La Fiesta Charra: Mexican Cowboy Experience with Snacks and Drinks
Beverages - Tequilla.
Tour Participation Requirements
If you want to know this country better, explore Charreria, its official national sport. On this GoBe tour, be immersed in this meaningful competition and the interconnected customs of the people who celebrate it.
Welcome to the fascinating domain of El Charro, the legendary regional cowboy. In Jalisco, being a charro is synonymous with Mexican pride, and his image embodies core, homegrown values, strong family ties, and ingrained honor and rituals. You'll learn how the sport represents being competitive and successful in every task and being able to enjoy with friends the rewards of hard work.
The history of charreria begins on haciendas, evolving from traditions that arrived with Spanish settlers in the 16th century. Workers turned daily duties into an art form, topping each other and opponents on rival haciendas with their horse-riding and roping skills. But after the Mexican Revolution, haciendas dissolved. To keep the culture alive, enthusiasts transformed it into a sport with formal competitions dubbed charreadas.
Teams vie in nine scored events, like horse riding, reining, and heeling, steer tailing, bull riding, and team roping. In "The Pass of Death," a charro leaps from the bare back of his horse to that of another loose, unbroken one, and rides until it stops bucking. Sometimes, backwards. A tenth skirmish engages the ladies, executing precision displays while riding sidesaddle in Adelita dress. It's utterly thrilling, and today, you are genuinely Mexican.
Who can resist a crooning cowboy...or cowgirl?
Charreria and mariachi music have long been linked, both emerging simultaneously in west Mexico. At competitions, mariachis perform their traditional tunes while dressed as charros, only in brighter, more ornately embellished garb. Cinema in the 1940s and '50s played a part too, with actors including Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante handsomely portraying singing cowboys, endowed with strength, nobility, and masculine swagger.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.