Jalisco ~ Masters of Folk Art

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Introduction

Join Travelian Tours for an extraordinary cultural shopping journey to Jalisco. Travel in comfort and safety on this rich excursion with a small group of travelers and our expert guides!

On our first day of travel the group will be driven to the charming town of San Jose Tlaquepaque, one of Mexico’s preeminent centers for decorative arts and crafts. A relaxing lunch at one of Tlaquepaque’s fine restaurants will await travelers. After checking into our new small hotel in the middle of the Shopping District, travelers will have time to explore its plethora of shops and two outstanding museums featuring ceramic art from the region.

For the second day of travel, the group will head south toward Lake Chapala and the small lakeside village of Ajijic, where we’ll stay in comfort at a charming hotel. Lunch will be reserved at one of Ajijic’s casual delicious restaurants. After lunch, we check into our hotel, and enjoy an afternoon exploring town. Ajijic is an expat community with many galleries, shops, good restaurants and its Malecon (lakeside walkway).

In addition to enjoying good food and shopping in Ajijic, our main goal is to visit the first-rate Annual Masters of Folk Art Fair at the Chapala Yacht Club nearby. The third day, after breakfast, travelers will be driven to the fair on Opening Day and will have time to visit all the featured artisans. Take in the festivities, and purchase the works of prize-winning master artisans from all over Mexico. The group will head back to Ajijic mid-afternoon allowing time to rest or have a cold drink at our hotel before dinner.

On our final day, after breakfast and checking out of the hotel, the group will head back to San Miguel de Allende.

Discover Jalisco’s delicious food, outstanding artisan works, and first-rate shopping in comfort and style on this tour with Travelian’s friendly professional guides!



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Itinerary


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Day one

• TRAVEL DAY
7:00 am Depart from St Paul’s Church (Cardo #6) ~ A sack breakfast will be provided en route. Arrive in Tlaquepaque and have lunch*. Visit museums and shops. Depart for Tequila and check into our hotel. Walk to town (provide maps at hotel) or relax by the pool. Meet for dinner at the hotel*.


Day two

8:00 Breakfast at our hotel. Leave for our private tour with our Maestro Tequilero of the agave fields and tequila processing. Enjoy a private expert tasting and the creation of the perfect blend for your palate with the help of our Maestro (Tequila Expert). Return to our hotel for lunch*. Free time to visit tequilerias (recommendations will be provided along with maps) in town or relax at hotel and meet for dinner*.


Day three

8:00 Breakfast at our hotel. Pack and check out. Depart for archeological site of Guachimontones, Visit the museum and the site. Have lunch* at a nearby refurbished hacienda, and then drive to Ajijic. Arrive in Ajijic ~ check into B and B. Meet in the lobby for orientation and get maps. Relax or have time to wander town, bird watch next door, or rest. Meet for dinner*.


Day four

8:00 Breakfast at B and B (birdwatchers may wish to rise earlier and bird at the Society next door. Leave for Chapala Yacht Club for the Masters of Folk Art Festival. Arrive at the fair as it opens and spend time shopping or looking at all the fine artisan folk art, and/or explore Chapala and its shoreline park. Eat lunch* at the fair or at one of Chapala’s nearby restaurants. Leave for Ajijic mid afternoon. Arrive at hotel and relax, explore the shops of Ajijic, take a walk on the shoreline Malecon (paved walkway), or visit the gardens of Lake Chapala Society next door to our B and B. Meet in lobby of B and B to go to dinner*.


Day five

• TRAVEL DAY
7:00 Breakfast at B and B for birders ~ head out to Magic Tree at 8:00. 8:00 Breakfast at B and B for non-birders. Check out of Band B. Stop at the fair on the way out (we will give you a choice and a time limit). Leave for San Miguel . We’ll stop for sandwiches* along the way. Approximate arrival to San Miguel de Allende about 4:00 pm.

asterisk Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
    This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.




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What's included

 Hotel (4 nights)
 All transport between destinations and to/from included
    activities
 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
 Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary
 Comfortable private transportation with driver
 Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
 Travelian Tour leaders
 Small group experience: 10 travelers

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Booking and cancellation policies

We accept payments by:

   Credit Card (Paypal) through our Online Booking System    

   USD Wire Transfers Read More

   Checks (No US Bank Checks please) Read More

   MXN Cash (Mexican Pesos) Read More

Please remember that each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
(Except if you are using our Online Booking System)

Instructions for Trip Form:
 bullet Download this link: Trip form
 bullet Fill it out
 bullet Print it and sign it
 bullet Put your Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
 bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
 bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
 bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
    Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
    220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
    Laredo, TX 78043-4464


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Payment with credit card
    To pay with credit card, please use our Online Booking System it's very simple.




Payment by wire transfer
    To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please use this information:

    bullet Beneficiary: Intercam Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V.
    bullet Address of beneficiary:  Rio Tiber No. 67   Col. Cuauhtemoc   06500 Mexico, D.F.
    bullet Account No. 8900720557
    bullet ABA (Routing): 021 000 018 (for domestic transfers, within the USA)
    bullet Bank: Bank of New York Mellon
    bullet Branch address:  1 Wall Street 19th floor   New York, N.Y.   10015 U.S.A.
    bullet For further credit to: Rodrigo Lopez

       Please notify Rodrigo Lopez, of the expecting wire transfers so that we can
       identify them immediately.

       For any questions regarding this matter, please contact directly Rodrigo Lopez
       Email: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 100 2798

       To to download or print this information about Wire Transfers, please click here.




Payment with check (don't send US checks please)
     If using a bank account from Canada or another country (except USA),
     please make your checks payable to: Rodrigo Lopez

    bullet Put your check, Trip form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
    bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
    bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
    bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
       220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
       Laredo, TX 78043-4464






Payment with cash (only mxn pesos)
    At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos.
    All cash payments must be delivered to Carmen Silva personally:
    bullet Tel. 415 152 1662, Cel. 415 100 2081  reservations@travelian.com.mx




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Booking and cancellation policies

bullet Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment
   has been received
bullet Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must
   retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation
bullet If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of
   your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able
   to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your
   payment
bullet If Travelian does not have the minumum number of travelers
   necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and
   you will receive a full refund of your payment

Travel Insurance
    We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case
    you need to cancel.

    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


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What to take

We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry.
A good size daypack is also essential.


Check list

bullet Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID
   (copies are fine)
bullet Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
bullet Water Bottle
bullet Binoculars
bullet Camera
bullet Flashlight
bullet Hat
bullet Sunblock
bullet Sunglasses
bullet Umbrella and rain gear
bullet Hiking sticks
bullet Insect repellent
bullet Day pack
bullet Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
bullet A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
bullet Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your
   day pack A supply of resealable plastic storage bags can be
   handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used
   as mid-morning snacks
bullet Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for
   bathroom fees
bullet Money belt
bullet First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar
   tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be
   taking)
bullet Bring $2000 to $3000 Mexican Pesos for meals not included



Duration
5 days

Travel style
Folk Art, Tequila, Scenery, Shopping, Birding

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands

Start/Finish City
San Miguel de Allende

Trip Highlights
Explore the extraordinary Agave
   Landscape (World Heritage site)
Create the perfect Tequila blend
   for your palate and bring it home
Enjoy the town of Tequila
Discover the circular stepped
   pyramids of Huachimontones
Walk the malecon of Mexico's
   largest freshwater lake
Meet the Masters of Folk art
   and purchase first-hand
   their unparalleled-quality works

Trip Cost
Please request a quote by sending an email to: reservations@travelian.com.mx

or please give us a call:

+52 (415) 100 2798
+52 (415) 100 9175
+52 (415) 152 3644
+52 (415) 152 1662