New Field Trip Program Biblioteca Tours & Artisans of Time
By Emma Salazar
It’s time to present La Biblioteca’s joint field trip program for the winter season. This joint venture is a creative way of integrating two different kinds of cultural projects. La Biblioteca has been operating for 60 years, helping sanmiguelenses reach their full potential through the scholarship program, the English classes, and the library itself. As a result of six decades of lectures and Theater Santa Ana programs, the English-speaking community has increased its awareness of and appreciation for the creativity and artistic spirit of the many “Mexicos” within Mexico and San Miguel.
Cañada de la Virgen Field Trip
Biblioteca Tours & Artisans of Time
Departure times: 9am and 2pm
Return times: 1 and 5pm
Includes transportation from San Miguel to the archaeological site (40 km), entrance fee and heritage interpretation by Mexican anthropologist/authorized tour guide
Artisans of Time is a project focusing on culture, heritage, and its relationship with the travel industry. Through cultural tours and lectures, Artisans of Time gets funds to develop sustainable approaches to cultural and travel research and then applies that knowledge through consulting and training.
Inaugural field trip
Join us on a field trip to pre-Hispanic Guanajuato and its cosmic cities. Cañada de la Virgen is a ceremonial site built around 500 AD. The place and the surroundings were inhabited for five centuries until 1100 AD, when it was abandoned at the same time as dozens of other sites in the region.
At the center of the Cañada de la Virgen sacred landscape, the Cosmic Mountain, the House of the Thirteen Skies was built. From the top of this temple, the horizon transforms into a calendar. The wisdom of time mastered by the Mayas, the Zapotecs, the Mixtecs, and the Aztecs was also mastered by the founders of Cañada de la Virgen.
Walk with us through the archaeological site while we explore the relationships between this ceremonial center and other sites and cultures over Mesoamerica, the Ancient Mexico. Walk with us and enjoy the serenity and calmness of this pre-Hispanic sacred landscape.
For more information about Teotihuacán in the Central Highlands of Mexico, and Peralta-Plauzelas, archaeological sites tours, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 127 0450, 152 0293.
The field trips are conducted by Mexican anthropologist Alberto Aveleyra, a tour guide authorized by the National Ministry of Tourism since 2003 and leader of Artisans of Time. He is a lecturer and trainer on Mexican culture and history, heritage interpretation, destination management, Mexican archaeology, the Aztec calendar stone, and tour guide performance. He lives in San Miguel de Allende. Since October 2014, he has been President of the Asociación de Amigos del Museo de San Miguel A.C.