New Discovery Tours Benefit Jóvenes Adelante

By Robin Loving Rowland

When Dali Amaro, Discovery Tours director, brought Jóvenes Adelante its first donation from its tours to handcraft workshops, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo/Atotonilco, eighteenth-century haciendas, wineries, and colonial homes, he had big news: “We’ll now benefit Jóvenes Adelante with tours to Cañada de la Virgen, as well!”

Cañada de la Virgen, an Otomi/Tolteca/Chichimeca archaeological site on private property and the northernmost pre-Columbian site ever to be found, has seven enormous pyramidal structures of different sizes and styles that reflect the indigenous tribes’ understanding of celestial and agricultural cycles. It is a city made up of various architectural elements, including a ballgame court, a huge plaza, sunken patios, squares, esplanades, and a 1,000-meter road. Jóvenes Adelante gives university scholarships to students with a grade point average of 9 on a 10-point scale who otherwise could not afford to go to university. Eighty-five percent of JA’s students graduate, as compared with 22 percent in Mexico, 55 percent in Canada, and 60 percent in the US, probably because of the support they receive, including laptops, mentors, counseling, networking, life skills, and English.

For more information on Jóvenes Adelante, contact me at 152 3709 (SMA), 925 476 8117 (US),, and/or For more information contact Amaro at 415 153 2627, 415 111 0501, and Tickets for the tours mentioned here as well as for tours to Pena de Bernal/Freixenet/Tequisquiapan, Mineral de Pozos, Querétaro, and a walking tour with Ignacio Allende are available from Amaro as well as SUA, David Godinez’s jewelry store at Hidalgo 5.


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