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THE ART OF VALLARTA ROUTE

All About this Trip

The Art of VallARTa
 

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 mandala art, acrylics, sea glass jewelry, weaving,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 all delicious.

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

 

The Itinerary.

The Annex owner Carolan Lassiter is an artist/teacher who carefully guides students on their art journey in a wide variety of media.

Day One

  • 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, and trips to the studio we will walk everywhere, giving us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience.

 

Day Two

  • Breakfast on your own as our lunches will be early this week to accommodate class

  • 11:30 AM lunch then a short cab ride to the studio.

  • Sea glass pendant class.

  • Bean to Bar chocolate making workshop

  • Dinner 

Day Three

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 11:30 AM lunch and ride to the studio

  • Mandala Manifestation Box project

  • Evening Taco Crawl to discover the best local specialities

Day Four

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 11:30 AM lunch, ride to studio

  • Sugar Skull class, a classic Mexican art form

  • Dinner followed by evening Art Walk in the Art District

Day Five

  • 9:00am 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

  • Breakfast on your own.

  • 11:30 AM lunch, then to the studio

  • Treasure basket weaving project

  • Farewell dinner overlooking the bay at sunset.

Day Seven

  • Guests depart.

 

*This itinerary is subject to change as needed.​

Guerra Art World, Art of VallARTa (Part Two)

Gallery owner Ernesto Guerra says  "My in-the-moment approach is based on fun and developing your skills as a painter."  Ernesto's deep understanding of Mexican culture and its art forms will be the inspriation for our creations. Ernesto has graciously allowed in his schedule to join us at some meals and excursions to guide us as we further  develop our artistic style.

Day One

  • 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, and trips to the studio we will walk everywhere, giving us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience.

Day Two

  • Breakfast on your own.

  • 10:00AM paper mache class at Guerra Art World inspired by Mexican art forms

  • Lunch

  • Taco Crawl to discover the best in local specialities

Day Three

  • Breakfast on your own

  • 10:00 AM acrylic class. Our instructor will guide us in technique and Mexican inspired projects paint.

  • Lunch

  • Private Tour of El Parque de Los Azulejos, an impressive Gaudi-inspired installtion in the heart of Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta

  • Dinner

Day Four

  • Breakfast on your own

  • Return to our paper mache projects to embellish and finish

  • Lunch

  • Bar to Bean Chocolate workshop

  • Dinner followed by evening Art Walk in the Art District

Day Five

  • 9:00am 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

  • Breakfast on your own.

  • Return to Guerra Art World for acrylic painting class.

  • Lunch

  • Afternoon free to enjoy on your own.

  • Farewell dinner overlooking the bay at sunset.

Day Seven

  • Guests depart.

*This itinerary is subject to change as needed.​

Important to Note:

  • As the number of participants is limited, early registration is advised.

  • The price is $2,995  USD per person for Trip One with The Annex.  Trip Two with Guerra Art world is priced at $3,295 USD per person.

  • A discount of $100 applies to deposits received by October 31,2023. For those wishing a single room a $500 single supplement fee applies.

  • This Route is limited to 8 with a minimum of 4 participants.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at registration.  The final deposit is due December 20, 2023. 

  • Included in your tour are: 6 nights accommodation, welcome reception, meals as indicated in the itinerary, 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.

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