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Cultural Tour of Vallarta Artisans

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Experience hosted by Anne Marie

2.5 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our 2.5 hour guided walking tour will introduce you to ten vibrant Mexican traditional artists and artisans in their workshops in downtown Vallarta. The visits are accompanied by cultural notes plus a few minutes to shop in his/her gallery or boutique. Not only beautiful or commercial art forms, the embroideries, paintings, and beaded pieces spring from Mexico’s spiritual roots in Mother Earth, the sacred and the harmony of the natural world.

Participants also learn how Mexico's history has influenced life in this beautiful tourist center, as well as the ongoing impact of immigrant cultures on Mexico's mestizo and indigenous roots.

We begin by the Guadalupe Cathedral and quickly reach a gallery created by an indigenous Wixaritari (Huichol) family, whose sacred blue deer and peyote-inspired visions are reflected in bead jewelry, sculptures, and yarn paintings.

Our second stop is the studio of the renowned stained glass artist who created the Guadalupe church windows; in a nearby shop a couple designs and interprets milagros (folk charms). After a quick visit to a traditional huaraches workshop, we stop at a new upscale boutique framed by straw petates and bamboo arches from Chiapas. And before closing at a center for hand-painted talavera tiles and pottery, we stop in at the new Casa Oaxaca to meet an award-winning potter and to see Zapotec weaving.
Other things to note
This walking tour of downtown Vallarta and a bit of adjacent Cinco de Diciembre is comfortable for visitors of all ages. Bathrooms and rest spots are plentiful. Wear comfortable flat shoes.
Our 2.5 hour guided walking tour will introduce you to ten vibrant Mexican traditional artists and artisans in their workshops in downtown Vallarta. The visits are accompanied by cultural notes plus a few minutes to shop in his/her gallery or boutique. Not only beautiful or commercial art forms, the embroideries, paintings, and beaded pieces spring from Mexico’s spiritual roots in Mother Earth, the sacred and the harmony of the natural wor…

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Meet your host, Anne Marie

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Anne Marie Weiss' first visited Mexico when she was 13 , and her love for its vibrant cultures and people led her to study Spanish. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico City and lived in Saudi Arabia and Syria, where she wrote the first of several books on global cultures.

Returning to the US, she was a newspaper columnist for the Dallas Morning News and founded a nonprofit that created dozens of multi-cultural festivals - including the Dallas International Festival, Fiesta Latinoamericana! and the African Unity Fest.

In 2003 she was named 'Dallas Peacemaker of the Year.'
Anne Marie Weiss' first visited Mexico when she was 13 , and her love for its vibrant cultures and people led her to study Spanish. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico City and lived in Saudi Arabia and Syria, where she wrote the first of several books on global cultures.

Returning to the US, she was a newspaper columnist for the Dallas Morning News and founded a nonprofit that created dozens of multi-cultural festivals - including the Dallas International Festival, Fiesta…
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About the organisation: International Dallas Communities (DFW International Community Alliance)



Vallarta Abuelos is a group of expats and nationals who assist the families of Col. 5 de Diciembre in the areas of education, medicine and food, and cultural activities.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to International Dallas Communities (DFW International Community Alliance).

Where you'll be

1. A Huichol Indian gallery with bead jewelry, yarn paintings, art.
2. The workshop of Vallarta's renowned stained glass artist.
3. A shop where milagros are created.
4. A designer of high-quality 'wearable art'.
5. A family-owned huaraches (leather sandals) factory.
6. Six talavera painters in their large business.
7. A Zapotec family of weavers.
8. An award-winning potter
9. A piñata creator.
10 A wholesaler of hand-made hats.
Kim
February 2020
This is a great tour to learn more about local actual artists of PV verses many store fronts of tourist shops. Anne Marie was very knowledgeable & engaged the whole group in the learning more about culture & history as to Puerto Vallarta. I would recommend it was great!
This is a great tour to learn more about local actual artists of PV verses many store fronts of tourist shops. Anne Marie was very knowledgeable & engaged the whole group in the le…
Octavio
January 2020
This is a good experience for foreigners with no previous experience in Mexico. It is a good FIRST GLIMPSE of our culture and traditions.
Cheryl
November 2019
Anne Marie was a wonderful, intimate speaker...as a 60 + person myself I appreciate that her life experiences have brought the tour to another level of understanding and quality. Do not think it is just another “art walk” it is far more and then some!! She generously gives of her time and the money generated to provide children in Puerto Vallarta with reburbished bycicles.
Anne Marie was a wonderful, intimate speaker...as a 60 + person myself I appreciate that her life experiences have brought the tour to another level of understanding and quality. D…
Ryne
November 2019
Anne Marie provided a perfect blend of local insight and historical perspective during our tour. There was plenty of time to browse and explore each location. Would highly recommend!!
Robert
October 2019
My wife found this Cultural Tour of Vallarta Artisans which I initially thought was just another tour. I was incorrect. Anne Marie's tour introduces you several local Vallarta artists in their studios and you can have a conversation with them or watch them work. I particularly loved the glass makers. The tour is inexpensive and she uses the proceeds to repair or purchase bicycles for children which enables them to go to school, work odd jobs and to access recreation. Two thumbs way up for this Cultural Tour!
My wife found this Cultural Tour of Vallarta Artisans which I initially thought was just another tour. I was incorrect. Anne Marie's tour introduces you several local Vallarta ar…
Catalina
October 2019
A fabulous tour where you personally meet Mexican artisans and how they create their products. Each and every artisan was unique with a story to share. The products are high quality. I bought a wonderful fold up woven hat from the family that makes hats, a handwoven wool blanket from the son of an Oaxacan weaver and milagros with their stories by a spiritual woman. Anne Marie has organized this tour with cultural maps and personalized stories of living in Mexico. This is a must do tour for a hands on, primarily walking, Cultural experience in Puerta Vallarta. Do it!!
A fabulous tour where you personally meet Mexican artisans and how they create their products. Each and every artisan was unique with a story to share. The products are high qualit…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

a small bottle of water