Why take a Cross Border Tour?
Since 2010 many people have learned about the border by taking a Cross Border Tour. These one day immersions have proved so popular that we are now expanding our offerings. After you have taken the Introduction to Nogales, Mexico tour, consider joining us for one of our other excursions listed below. Check the schedule and register online through our secure website. Remember to bring your passport.
BCA Cross Border Tour Schedule – 2017
For six years, BCA has offered tours to Nogales Mexico as part of a partnership relationship with Fundación del Empressaríado Sonorense (FESAC), a Mexican NGO that operates like a community foundation. These daylong ventures offered monthly have proved very popular, with almost two hundred participants (many from Green Valley) last year. Tour guides provide seminar-like content on matters related to economic development, history and immigration with visits to several Mexican-led community projects, illustrating the growing nonprofit sector. The final stop is at La Roca Restaurant with a member of the US Consulate staff to de-brief. Click here to register for any of our upcoming Cross Border Tours.
Introductory Cross Border Tours:
Online registration is available by clicking the links below. You may also call us at 520-398-3229.
- April 6 – Cross Border Tour – FULL
- April 27 – Cross Border Tour – Click Here to Register.
- May 11 – Cross Border Tour – Click Here to Register.
- May 25 – Cross Border Tour – Click Here to Register.
- April 7 – Kitchens of Nogales: La Zona Gastronomica – Full
- April 12 – Magdalena Tour – Click Here to Register.
- April 22 – Kitchens of Nogales: La Zona Gastronomica – Full
- May 12 – Kitchens of Nogales: La Zona Gastronomica – Click Here to Register.
- May 18 – Magdalena Tour – Click Here to Register.
- May 26 – Kitchens of Nogales: La Zona Gastronomica – Click Here to Register.
- March 19th – Economics at the Border
So much is being said about the US-Mexico border these days but do we really understand how deeply interwoven our two economics are? This Forum will give you a better picture of what’s happening and what might change. Joining us are Jaime Chamberlain and Ricardo Santana Velazquez. Mr. Chamberlain is President of J-C Distributing Company in Nogales, Arizona and a representative of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
- Mexico: History, History, Culture & Context
This short course provides a basic intro to Mexico with lecture, multi-media presentations & guest presenters. The course is FREE with a suggested donation of $20 per session payable when you arrive.
- What’s Happening at the Border? A Breakfast Gathering.
Three panelists will share perspectives on the border, followed by a question/answer period: Alma Cota de Yanez, Director of FESAC, a Mexican non-profit; Peg Bowden, author and activist; Jerry Haas, Director of the Border Community Alliance.
Tour sites are determined at the time of each tour and can be tailored to individual groups. Some potential stops in Nogales, Sonora include:
Possibly the most revolutionary organization in the region, Arsobo is redefining what it means to be “disabled” in Nogales, Sonora.
Albergue San Juan Bosco
A shelter which offers temporary housing, meals, religious services and access to further social resources to deported migrants as well as people who are about to journey into the US.
DeiJuven Community Center
DeiJuven Community Center offers an array of services in one of the city’s most impoverished areas where the youth of Nogales can come to learn and play.
Introduction to Nogales, Sonora
Kitchens of Nogales
For the last thirty years people from all over Mexico have moved to Nogales in search of jobs. They brought with them cuisine from throughout Latin America and a surprising variety of options to consider. Several restaurants have been widely praised by discerning Americans for their service and cuisine.
Have you ever wondered what exactly is Sonoran food and how it differs from Mexican cuisine in general? This gastronomic tour of modern Nogales will clarify the regional characteristics of our culinary vibrant southern neighbor in situ while providing a local historical background. Visitors to Nogales, Sonora are often limited to walking distance in the main tourist zones for dining options while visiting south of the border. This tour takes you off the beaten path deeper into Nogales to the gastronomic zone of local Nogalenses centered around the street known as Calle Hermosillo. This tour is your chance to taste and see for yourself.
Cowboys to Vaqueros
This tour includes a visit to the amazing Sante Fe Ranch on the US side, followed by an incredibly scenic 60 km van ride over rough roads on the Mexican side. Travel by rental van in MX. Great trip for outdoor enthusiast, but not for the faint-of-heart.
The Santa Cruz River begins in the United States, flowing out of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains heading south into Mexico. The river then curves 180 degrees in a wide loop before crossing back into the US near Nogales and heading north to Rio Rico, Tubac, Green Valley and Tucson. Even though much of the water is underground, the river valley is an extremely important and vital agricultural area with ranching and farming on both sides of the border. Its unique setting makes it a special place for bird watching and wildlife. This tour follows the riverbed on both sides of the border.
The first stop on this tour is on the US side at the amazing Santa Fe Ranch Foundation where for more than 35 years scientific research has been done to measure drought and evaluate best grazing practices. Dean Fish, PhD is the lead cowboy and he will be your instructor in arid land ranching practices. Also at the Ranch, owner Tony Sedgwick will introduce you to other services the Foundation provides. Then your group will carpool to the border and load a rental van driven by a professional driver. On the van you will drive from the bustling metropolis of Nogales, Sonora (population 400,000) to the back country along the US-Mexico border where the wall becomes a token fence. Continuing east and south you will follow the Santa Cruz River as it enters Mexico and makes a big loop back towards Nogales. After lunch in the small Mexican town of Santa Cruz, you enjoy brief stops along the way before visiting El Estero Ranch where you’ll be introduced to ranching as it’s practiced on the Mexican side.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
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Why take a BCA tour?
The story of the borderlands is not often told well, as media tend to offer snapshots of frightening events rather than give a picture of everyday life. The dominant narrative is often negative, yet the region we call the borderlands is historically, environmentally and culturally rich and unique. BCA and FESAC seek to balance the negative narrative with stories of ordinary and extraordinary people, places and perspective. We want you to see for yourself and make up your own mind about this region and its people and consider partnering with us in future endeavors.
Do I absolutely have to have a passport?
A Day in Mexico
Tours typically with an orientation where you will have a chance to meet your fellow travelers and hear about the Mexican context today. To provide an intimate and safe experience, groups are limited in size to about a dozen, traveling together in a van with your guides. Your fee includes transportation, lunch, expert guidance, tax and tips. Returning to the US participants know that they have had a significant learning experience. Schedules vary but most tours start at 9:00 in Tubac, returning to that same community between 5:00 and 5:30.
What to wear and bring
• Please remember to bring your passport!
• While there is not a lot of walking, we suggest comfortable shoes. Men in Mexico do not generally wear shorts. Long pants or slacks are probably best for both men and women. No tank or halter tops or short shorts. You may want to bring a bottle of water and wear sunscreen.
Waiver of Liability
• When you arrive for the orientation, you’ll be asked to complete a Waiver of Liability. A copy will be provided to you or you may wish to download and print.
Schedule and registration
Select the type of tour and the date from the tour schedule page. Your online registration is quick, easy and secure!
Prepare for your trip
You may enjoy your trip more by reading one or more of the books or articles on our Recommended Reading List
See also the tab on our website “Learn More” for a selection of other resources that may be of interest to you.
Take a Survey
Before you go, test your knowledge of the Nogales region with this brief survey.