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The Art of VallARTa

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The Art of VallARTa
March 5-11, 2023

 

You can’t say Puerto Vallarta without saying art.  Long known for its beautiful beaches charming culture, and friendly faces, Vallarta is gaining recognition amongst artists, collectors, and enthusiasts.  On this trip we will explore the world of Mexican art with a variety of media.  Our carefully designed workshops include ceramics, acrylics, watercolor, and paper mache with the area’s finest artists. We will enjoy a private tour of El Parque de los Azulejos (The Tile Park) hosted by the founder as she explains the symbolism and hidden meaning in the beautiful designs.  Being a Kitchen Routes tour, there will  be an evening taco crawl, cooking class and chocolate workshop. Toward the end of the trip we spend the day sailing the second largest bay in the world, and end our time together with a delicious farewell dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  

 

 

The city abounds with galleries, street art, and music everywhere. Gallery owner Kevin Simpson tells USA Today, “Puerto Vallarta has always had a vibrant art scene, from the naif paintings that Manuel Lope sold Elizabeth Taylor back in the 1960’s to the modern mural movement.  Traditional folk art hand crafted in villages by Indigenous people has become extremely collectable, and new infrastructure, cellular technology, and access to the internet have made it easier to connect with these artists.”  With these advances comes change to their work exhibited in different materials and colors. “ Adds Kevin, these changes enable them, “to express their ancient traditions and beliefs in a way that rivals contemporary art.  It’s very exciting”.

 

We meet in Puerto Vallarta, home to some of the worlds most powerful vortices.  These swirling centers of energy are regarded by many as inspiring, leaving you feeling energized.  Art inspiration is everywhere and our skilled instructors will show you how to express yours in a variety of art forms, all with a Mexican flavor.  As for flavors, Mexico is full of them; tangy, zesty, and delicious.

Each day is spent overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and ends with stunning sunsets.  This coming February never looked better.  

 

Day One - March 5, 2023

 

Evening welcome cocktail reception overlooking the pacific Ocean followed by a short walk to dinner.  With the exception of our sailing excursion and farewell dinner we will walk everywhere, giving us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience.

 

Day Two - March 6, 2023

 

Breakfast at the hotel.  10 AM pottery class where we learn hand building techniques to make three salsa bowls.  After lunch we will enjoy a private tour of The Tile Park.  In the evening we will explore Vallarta with a street taco crawl.

Day Three - March 7, 2023

 

Breakfast at the hotel.  10 AM Mexican Culture and Art class where we learn the history of the day’s theme and create a piece of art with a variety of materials.  Lunch will be on the beach.  In the afternoon we will attend a bean to bar chocolate class, with dinner later that evening.

 

Day Four - March 8, 2023

 

Breakfast at the hotel.10 AM watercolor class followed by a Mexican cooking class in which we take classic Mexican ingredients and use various techniques to create a variety of flavors, textures and inspiration for other dishes. Early evening we will attend the town’s Art Walk, ending with dinner by the river.

 

Day Five - March 9, 2023

 

9 AM we gather to take taxis to the pier where we will meet our captain and crew for a day sailing Banderas Bay. We will likely see dolphins at play and perhaps a whale or two.  Our excursion includes a light breakfast, appetizers, and a full lunch with dessert.  Dinner that evening is on your own. By now you may have your eyes on a new place to try, or a place to which you would like to return.

Day Six - March 10, 2023

  

Breakfast at the hotel.  During our 10 AM paper mache class we will learn to create structures, prepare paste from scratch, and gain a full understanding of the process to prepare us for future projects.  The afternoon is yours to explore.  Evening dinner overlooking Banderas Bay.

 

Day Seven - March 11, 2023

 

Breakfast at the hotel, guests depart.

 

The itinerary is subject to change as needed.

Important to Note:
 
As the number of participants is limited, early registration is advised. The price is $2,495 per person. A discount of $100 applies to deposits received by October 31,2022. For those wishing a single room a $500 single supplement fee applies.  This Route is limited to 12 with a minimum of 4 participants.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration.  The final deposit is due December 20, 2022.
 
Included in your tour are: 6 nights accommodation, welcome reception, daily meals (with the exception of Thursday as the evening is on your own), one adult or soft beverage with meals (other beverages are available for purchase for those who desire them), entrance fees, gratuities, and ground transportation. 
 
Please do not make travel arrangements until the trip has been confirmed to you by Kitchen Routes, LLC.  Airfare to and from Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), airport transfers, and discretionary spending money for incidentals are not included.  Please note that COVID-19 vaccinations are required to participate in this trip.  Travel insurance is highly recommended. All participants agree to abide by Mexican laws.