Cross Border Tours

Nonprofit BCA offers cross-border intercultural experiences from Arizona into Sonora, Mexico and beyond for anyone interested in learning first-hand about the diverse heritage and realities of contemporary life in the shared border region.


Why take a Cross Border Tour?

Border Community Alliance is dedicated to championing public literacy in current borderlands issues, anthropology, economics, history and geography - taking those subjects and learning in the field - rather than dusty libraries and classrooms.  This is in fulfillment of the nonprofit's mission of education and in affirmation that context is vital to understanding.

Since 2010 many people have learned first-hand about the dynamics of the borderlands by taking a BCA Cross Border Tour. After going on one of our tours, Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News wrote, “…it changed my whole perspective on the border and our relationship with Mexico!” BCA’s cross border tour program has been also privileged to have been featured in the New York Times.

Consider joining us for one of our other cultural exchange excursions listed below. Check the schedule and register online through our secure website.  In recognizing BCA’s commitment to fostering international community, please know that part of the proceeds from your registration go directly to grassroots civil society projects in the BCA/FESAC network. Learn more. 

Please remember to bring your passport.


A Day in Mexico

Day tours typically begin with an orientation where you will have a chance to meet your fellow travelers and gain some context on Mexico. To provide an intimate and safe experience, groups are limited in size, traveling together in transportation with a professional driver and your guides. Your tour registration fee includes transportation, lunch, expert guidance, and tax. Returning to the US, participants often recognize and reflect on the significant intercultural learning experience. Schedules vary but most tours start at 9:00 in Tubac and Nogales, AZ, returning to those communities between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

What to wear and bring

  • Please remember to bring your valid passport!

  • An eco-friendly reusable bottle of cold water, sunscreen, and/or hat.

  • While there is not a lot of walking, we suggest comfortable shoes.

  • Long pants or slacks are ideal for both men and women, especially if missions or churches are to be visited.

For additional information, please see: Frequently Asked Questions

Membership and support of nonprofit BCA also entitle members to special rates for tours and programming.