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Mysteries of the Mogollon
MYSTERIES OF THE MOGOLLON
Pottery Workshop in Mata Ortiz
Chihuahua State, Mexico
8 Nights / 9 Days
September 28 - October 6, 2024
$46,000

"I thought clay must feel happy

in the good potter`s hand"

- Janet Fitch

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DID YOU KNOW?  The Mogollon culture thrived between 200-1450 CE in what is now Arizona and New Mexico in the United States and Sonora and Chihuahua in northern Mexico.

Trip Overview

 

THIS IS AN ADVENTUROUS ART WORKSHOP IN MEXICO

From the desert to the mountainous canyons of Chihuahua, this lovely workshop is an experience every adventurous potter has been waiting for.  We will visit ancient archaeological sites for inspiration between working with an experienced potter in the small but important village of Mata Ortiz...   

Questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer!

Email: coppermoontravels@protonmail.com

Text/WhatsApp:  +52 443 639 2782

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As the first pottery found in the Southwest was well-crafted Mogollon pottery, archaeologists theorize the skills and techniques were brought by skilled artisans from Mexico.

Trip Itinerary

 

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7 NIGHTS IN CASAS GRANDES, 1 NIGHT IN MADERA & 1 NIGHT IN CHIHUAHUA CITY

Saturday September 28, 2024: Bienvenidos

Hotel:  Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

Arrive at the Chihuahua Airport early and depart for the archaeological site of Paquime in Casas Grandes.

Sunday September 29, 2024: Journey to Oasisamerica

Hotel: Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

Our pottery workshop begins with harvesting clay.  We then commute to Cueva de la Olla to see an impressive ancient cave settlement.

Monday September 30, 2024: Ancient Coiled Pottery Techniques

Hotel:  Madera, Chihuahua Mexico

Craft a pot using coil techniques and leave it out to dry.  Commute to the city of Madera for the night.

Tuesday October 1, 2024: Forty Houses

Hotel: Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

This morning we will visit the spectacular cliff dwellings of Cuarenta Casas.  We will then commute back to Casas Grandes.

Wednesday October 2, 2024: A Day of Rest

Hotel: Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

This morning we will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and day of rest to explore the Pueblo Magico of Casas Grandes.

Thursday October 3, 2024: Ancient Pictographs

Hotel:  Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

Today we will fire our pots using traditional techniques.  We will spend the afternoon exploring Arroyo de los Monos to view zoomorphic and anthropomorphic pictographs.

Friday October 4, 2024: Hacienda San Diego

Hotel:  Casas Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico

This morning we will sand and polish our pots before lunch, with one last stop at the historic Hacienda San Diego to conclude our adventure.

Saturday October 5, 2024: Back to the City Lights

Hotel:  Chihuahua City, Chihuahua Mexico

This morning we depart Casas Grandes for the city of Chihuahua.  We will visit the Museum of the Revolution and enjoy a wonderful final dinner together.  

Sunday October 6, 2024: Home Sweet Home

Hotel:  N/A

This morning we will have breakfast and depart for the Chihuahua Airport for our flights home.

We hope you enjoy this fun adventure in Chihuahua!

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There are different styles of Mata Ortiz Pottery available for purchase in Casas Grandes and the small private galleries of Mata Ortiz.  Come prepared to collect some museum quality work while learning about this interesting history.

Price & Inclusions

 

JOIN US FOR A MESMERIZING CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

The price for this tour is $46,000 MXN based on shared accommodations for 2.  If you are traveling solo and would like a roomate, we can try to match you with someone.  If we are unable to find you a roommate or you prefer your privacy, the single supplement is $9500 MXN.

ONE WE HAVE ENOUGH INTEREST, WE WILL START ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS  TOUR.

What is Included

 

TRANSPORTATION  

All private ground transportation is provided for the duration of our tour.  On the last day, we will cover everyone`s taxi fares to the airport.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Your hotels are included, but are priced based on shared accommodations for 2.  If you are travelling alone, we can try to find you a roommate, but if we are unable to do so, you are responsible for the single supplement cost, as this is what the hotel charges us.  The single supplement for this tour is $9500 MXN.

 

MEALS 

Your meals are included, but drinks + drink tips are separate, including non-alcoholic beverages.  

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees are included, as is our pottery workshop.

DISCRETIONARY TIPS
If you feel your team leaders have done a good job, tips are customary and appreciated in Mexico.  This also applies to room service at your hotel.  Please ask us if you have any questions.

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Mata Ortiz is a very small village without many amenities.  We will travel there for our workshops from the nearby Pueblo Magico of Casas Grandes.

Guest Responsibilities

 

BE A TEAM PLAYER

When you embark on a group tour, it is important to acknowledge that your tour leaders are there to assist the group.  If you have specific needs that are in conflict with group travel, please contact us about booking a private tour.

BE ON TIME

Please arrive ten minutes early instead of 5 minutes late.  It is crucial for groups to respect departure times so we can keep our schedule as fluid as possible.  Traffic is a huge obstacle during Dia de Muertos, so walking to our departure points is advised (taxis are busy and often unavailable during the day).

CHANGE SEATS DAILY

Nobody wants to sit in the middle or be relegated to the back seat for the duration of an entire tour.  Out of consideration for fellow travelers, please trade seats daily.  If you´re in the front one day, opt for the back on the second day.  If you have the window seat one day, opt for the middle for the next commute.  

ALWAYS BE PREPARED 

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, please alert us so we can go over the meal times with you and ensure that you are prepared with appropriate supplements in the event that a meal is delayed.  If you get irritable due to low blood sugar, please bring along some protein bars or known remedies for your condition.  If you have allergies, please let us know when you reserve your tour so we have plenty of notice for any meals that are being prepared for you. 

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU SKIP A DAY TOUR

Sometimes a guest feels under the weather, or just wants to spend a day doing nothing.  If you decide to skip a tour, you are responsible for your own meals, as we may not be returning to the hotel until closer to supper time.  The hotel desk can call you a taxi, or may be able to recommend a restaurant nearby.  Talk to your team leaders before they leave if you´d like them to bring you something back at the end of the group tour.  If you are staying behind because you are seriously ill, we will call a doctor and one of the team leaders will stay behind to run to the pharmacy for you and make sure you have what you need.  In severe cases, you may require hospitalization or even want to cancel your remaining tour for emergency private transport home.  If you are having a medical event, we will do everything we can to assist you.

Please make sure you purchase medical insurance, and send us your emergency contact information.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT? 

Everyone suffers a complaint at some point during a group trip, but how one handles that complaint can affect everyone else.  If you have anger-management issues and are prone to yelling or disruptive outbursts, you will be removed from the group without warning.  We will arrange your transportation home, at your own expense.  It is our responsibility to make sure guests feel safe and that the group dynamic is peaceful and light-hearted. 

 

If you have a serious complaint with one of your team leaders or fellow travelers, please take them aside privately to discuss it.  Berating anyone in front of other guests creates a negative environment for everyone and will not be tolerated.

CONCLUSION

Please remember that flexibility is part of being a seasoned traveler and mature adult.  None of us can predict what bumps may lie ahead, but most annoyances and obstacles are temporary and can either be prevented, or tempered with a little humor and diplomacy.

We are dedicated to ensuring your experience with us is positive

 

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Adrian Corona will be sending more information about our project.  We will spend 4 days in his workshop, with 2 days scheduled for field trips so our pots can dry before being fired.

Cancellation Policy

 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMITTING

We have recently made some very drastic changes to our reservation and cancellation policy because as a small business that is privately owned, we cannot afford the financial fall-out when guests cancel their tours.  We would like to explain our new policy and shed some light on why this was necessary.

WE NOW REQUIRE TOURS TO BE PAID IN FULL 

We used to ask for a 25% deposit, and then moved to a 50% deposit - but this still didn´t ensure commitment and left us enduring huge financial hardship when guests dropped out.  We are now forced to require full payment for your tour in order to confirm your reservation.

COST SHARING

When we price our tours, costs are divided into two categories.  Your hotel room (if applicable), entrance fees, and meal inclusions are a per-person cost, but the van rental, gas, tolls, driver, guides and all of their expenses are shared between all of the guests.  Once we confirm a price for 10 guests, the price reflects that cost sharing.  If one guest must cancel, we cannot raise the price for the other 9 guests who have already confirmed based on an agreed-to amount, and who have already purchased plane tickets etc.  Going forward, commitment means we cannot offer refunds for cancelled tours.

 

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR TOUR

We will reimburse you for any entrance fees and activities we do not have to pay for, minus the banking fees we are charged.  We cannot always secure a refund from the hotels, so this will be assessed on an individual basis.  We will not reimburse you for the shared costs, as we must cover them regardless of your presence.

 

YOU MAY TRANSFER YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE ELSE

If you have to cancel your tour, you may transfer it to a family member or friend.  We will also try to find someone to take your place.  If we can find someone to take your place, we will refund you for your tour minus the cost of the banking fees, as we do not get those back.

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You can shop directly from artists at private galleries in Mata Ortiz and also in Casas Grandes and at the gift gallery at Paquime Archaeological Site.

Reserve Tour

 

WE ARE ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR

Please email us if you are interested in this tour.  We will send payment links once we have enough guests to confirm the tour.

Wise Discount

 

SAVE 2.5% WITH WISE

If you would like to open a WISE account, please click on the link below, as WISE uses a referral system and pays us a small reward after 3 new transactions (for new accounts) are made.  Between this gift and the fact that WISE does not charge us the hefty fees we pay to STRIPE for credit card processing, we are able to discount our tours by 2.5% when you pay with WISE!

DON`T HAVE A WISE ACCOUNT? 

 

Please click on the link and open an account through their referral system:  https://wise.com/invite/dic/jenniferb907

 

DISCOUNTED PRICES:
Once we have our price confirmed, we will list the discounted prices.

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