Tlaquepaque Arts and Craftsmen Tour with Free Time
- Be inspired: Visit the Museo Pantaleon Panduro and a variety of workshops, including that of Paco Padilla, where you'll craft something interesting yourself.
- Free time: Pop in and out of picturesque shops and restaurants in a colorful area bursting with local goods, ideal souvenirs, and delectable regional cuisine.
- Expert escort: Travel between stops in total comfort, aboard a convenient, air-conditioned vehicle, accompanied by a friendly and helpful, certified GoBe guide.
About This Guadalajara Tour
We know what you're thinking, so first things first. Its name is pronounced "tlah-ke-pah-ke," springs from the Nahuatl (or Aztec) language, and means "place above clay land." Tlaquepaque, historically called San Pedro Tlaquepaque, borders the south side of Guadalajara. Here, it has shaped up to be a famous source of Mexican pottery and blown glass.
Ever felt the mesmerizing lure of humankind's creative power? You'll love this journey. Be guided into the historic corners of this city, where inspiration finds artists, and the environment influences their work. The impressive result? Some of the most beautiful ceramic pieces in all of Mexico come to light in the hands of their brilliant designers.
At Museo Pantaleon Panduro, roam museum rooms filled with among the finest ceramic art collections in the country. Admire pottery awarded the esteemed National Prize. See pieces portraying scenes that range from real life to mythical, and developed in an awesome array of techniques, such as natural clay, burnished, glazeware, polychrome, miniature figures, and more.
Step into Paco Padilla's workshop, and maybe meet the man himself. A local master who began his career as a singer, he toured the world playing music and concurrently studied the craft of pottery. In his venue, you're invited to indulge your own artistic passion. Old mansions and churches. A rainbow of flowers and fragrant orange trees. Warm, vivacious folks. With rousing surroundings like these, what choice have you but to say hello?!
When lighting candles just won't do
Every June, Tlaquepaque hosts Feria de San Pedro, a celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In El Jardin Hidalgo ("Hidalgo Garden"), the city's main square, revelers stroll streets garlanded with papel picado (cut-paper banners) and browse stalls stacked high with arts and crafts. But the hottest attraction remains the moment when firework-adorned towers, the Castillo ("castle") and Toro ("bull"), are set ablaze.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your Guadalajara hotel. Our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Plenty of time to shop and purchase lunch and beverages on this tour.
Although minimal walking, there is uneven terrain and steps. This is not a suitable tour if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Air-Conditioned Van or Bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.
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