Tourism Research and Training

Tourism research and training. San Miguel de Allende 2016, punto de no retorno.

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Letter and document to UNESCO, Salvemos Aldama civil movement. 

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National University Seminar, UNAM. Tourism, gentrification and real state speculation in San Miguel de Allende.  Cartel. Conferencia Somos, Las Cuevitas 2 Museo Allende, 3 Global Justice en Biblioteca, 4 Occupy Wall Street, 5 Unitarian Fellowship talks, artículo. Propuesta Somos, el cambio necesario en la política turística de San Miguel de Allende,  documentos. The Yacatecuhtli technique. Methodology for designing tours and heritage interpretation for tourist guides in Mexico and Latin America. The Destinationsphere model, a tool for the research and management of tourist destinations.

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Other Tours

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The Guanajuato city tour. The Pípila viewpoint. Teatro Juárez Walking tour through the city Jesuit temple University of Guanajuato Diego Rivera´s House Plaza de San Fernando, comida Mercado Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the murals of Chávez Morado.

The Pozos town tour. Main Plaza Church Walking tour other church Plaza and museum Venado Azul music instruments. Comida Jesuit ovens

The route of the Independence: Dolores and Atotonilco. Dolores church Ice cream in the Main plaza The House of Hidalgo museum The market Walking tour 2 churches Ceramics factory Atotonilco Sanctuary.

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Historic Center of San Miguel

The walking tour of the Historic Center of San Miguel. 2 hours Alberto was born in Mexico city, raised in Chihuahua, lived in Morelos and Veracruz states. He has been living in San Miguel since 2009, he was assistant manager of the Tourism Board in 2010, and since 2013 he is the president of the Friends of the Museum of the city, he has been part of the Civil Society movements defending the natural and cultural heritage of the city, he is member of the Somos citizen movement that participated as independent option (no party) in last major and city council elections in San Miguel (July 2018). Somos got a Chair of the ten in the City Council, the appointment is given to the proprietary of the chair and his substitute or deputy, Alberto is the last one, for the next 3 year municipality government period. Be pretty sure you are going to have an insider and Mexican look to the city, and the point of view of a researcher on historical, cultural and tourism topics related to San Miguel. We start at the Jardín and the parish, inside, we visit the Lord of the Conquest shrine. We walk around the main square to learn about the houses, from there we head to the Centro Cultural El Nigromante, the former Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes school, to see the murals painted by the students, teachers and the great David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the three best known Mexican muralists: Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. Alberto has been working on the rescue and research of the personal archives of the peruvian founder of the Bellas Artes school, Felipe Cossío del Pomar (learn more). From there we go to the Biblioteca Pública and the plaza of the Solitude, if you are on the mood we can go to the Mercado to have a glass of aguamiel or pulque, the agave nectar and the fermented drink that is done from it. We talk about the origins of the city, the history of the parish and its sacred images, about the golden age of San Miguel, the XVIII century, and of course about the role of the city in the Independence of Mexico. Finally, the tour focus on the recent history of San Miguel, the XX century, the art schools, and the challenges of that present San Miguel is facing.

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The House of Allende Tour

The House of Allende Tour. 1 hour and a half The house of Allende is the Historical Museum of San Miguel, this is a tour throughout the house, the first floor a museum dedicated to the history of Spanish San Miguel, the second floor having a re-creation of an eighteenth-century house.

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Cañada de la Virgen

Cañada de la Virgen archaeological tour. The pilgrimage to the sacred hill of the ancestors. Half day tour Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site is in San Miguel de Allende municipality, just 35 km from the historic center. It was first explored by Luis Felipe Nieto in 1985. The official excavation project started in 2002, leaded by Gabriela Zepeda. The site open to the public in 2011. Francisco Granados and Rossana Quiroz have done astronomical studies on site revealing the landscape calendars of the place and its connection with the broader Mesoamerican calendrics tradition. Alberto Aveleyra, anthropologist and your guide, is doing research about the site, trying to understand the meaning of the pilgrimages and processions in the indigenous pre-Hispanic world view. He is connecting the information of the site with the information about a sanctuary referred in the historical sources, located in northern Mexico but the exact location unknown until nowadays: Chicomoztoc, the place of the 7 caves or the 7 ravines. We pick you up at El Cardo Parking Lot, we drive to the Visitor Center and park our vehicle there. We hop on the official vehicle of the site that is going to drive us 7 km to the place where we are going to start our walk on the way to the sanctuary. As the ancient pilgrims, we´ll walk through the pre-Hispanic ceremonial road that was used during the 500 years history of the site. We visit the north temple, the south temple and we end our tour at the top of the main pyramid, the House of the 13 Heavens. From there we return to the point where the official vehicle leaved us earlier. We walk 3 km, about 2 miles, the site is surrounded by the Mesa del Gato at the west, the Mesa Ojo de Agua to the south, the Cerro Grande to the east, the 7 canyons are located to the northeast of the site, the Laja river basin opens to the north. The quite surroundings creates a unique atmosphere, cows, horses, turtles and frogs in the water pond at the rainy season, plants of the semidesert, oaks in the canyon where the ceremonial road begins. In the tour I share a first approach to the ancient cultures of Mexico and we talk about the discoveries made by the archaeologists, the burials, offerings and ceremonial objects. We talk about the meaning of the processions, of time and space, dead and life, about the landscape calendars, rulership and its connection with the ritual life of the site.

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