Visit the workshops, galleries and stores of 2 famous artisan villages on a half-day tour from Guadalajara City. Discover ceramics made from mud, as well as wrought iron, papier mache, and blown glass crafts.
What to Expect
Explore the workshops, galleries, and stores of the artisan villages of Tlaquepaque and Tonala on this half-day excursion into traditional rural life outside of Guadalajara City.
Begin at Tonala, which has been dedicated to the production of pottery since prehispanic times. Visit the handicraft center to see ceramics made from mud, wrought iron items, papier mache work, and spun and blown glass.
Founded by Zapotec Indians after they mixed with other tribes, including the Tonaltecas, the clay soil provides the perfect material for colorful pots and vases, many sold at a giant street market that covers several main streets twice a week.
Continue to Tlaquepaque to see beautiful colonial mansions, now converted to shops and galleries that showcase the varied crafts of the residents. Tlaquepaque derives its name from the Nahuatl for "place above clay land,” and as well as its famous pottery and blown glass, the town often comes alive to the sound of mariachi bands.
- Biligual guide
What's Not Included
- Optional gratuities
- Food and drink
Know Before You Go
• Please contact a Mexitours representative to confirm your hotel pick-up time at least 24 hours in advance using the phone number listed on your voucher, or send an e-mail including your hotel name and any special requests