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Let's Visit Alamos!!!

Note: these photos were taken by Paula Beemer for the
Tubac Villager

Join us in a fantastic trip to Alamos and San Carlos!!

Feb.12-17, 2017

To receive a registration form or to speak about this trip, please contact

John Cloninger at


  • Three nights at the Hacienda de los Santos
  • Led by Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours
  • Guided by Greg Scott and Stephanie Meyer
  • Performance by Estudiantina de Alamos.
  • Most Meals as listed on day by day description as B,L,D

An amazing journey to the colonial town of Alamos, Sonora. Once the wealthiest silver mine in the Spanish empire, it is now a haven for a few Norté- Americanos who have restored historic haciendas back to their original glory of the “Silver Era”.

Spend three luxurious nights at the Hacienda de los Santos, named by Trip Advisor as the #5 top luxury hotel in Mexico. The hotel and staff deliver modern amenities and sophisticated service in an gorgeous Spanish Colonial setting. The Hacienda de los Santos is a crown jewel in Alamos and will captivate you with amazing gardens, stunning architecture, impeccable interior design, and innumerable authentic antique Santos and paintings.

Experience the magic, music, wonderful cuisine as well as the rich history and culture of Alamos, An unforgettable and most memorable tour you surely won’t want to miss.


Departure from Tubac Historical Society parking lot at 7:30 am. We’ll pass through Nogales on our way to lunch in Santa Ana. In the late afternoon we arrive to Bacochibampo Bay and the historic Playa de Cortes hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the waterfront of the Sea of Cortes followed bydinner. L,D


Today after breakfast we’ll visit the only cultured pearl farm in the Western Hemisphere. Afterwards we continue our journey south and step back 100 years as we ascend into the Sierra de Alamos. Upon arrival we check into the Hacienda de los Santos. One of Mexico’s finest luxury resort. After you’re settled, we’ll offer a tour of the Hacienda followed by dinner with a private musical performance by the Estudiantina of Alamos. B,L,D


This morning after breakfast we’ll offer a historical lecture by Stephanie Meyer before a walking/riding orientation of the central historic district. Afterwards we’ll travel outside of town for a traditional “carne asada” prepared by Mamen Acosta. We’ll have a chance to make your own hand made corn tortillas and have a tequila class with tasting. Afterwards, we’ll spend time in the historic cemetery. Tonight you’re free explore. B, L


Today after breakfast we’ll visit the Museum Costumbrista and then we’re invited to a few restored Haciendas and Gardens. Afterwards, you have a few hours of free time to explore the plazas, and small barrios or simply enjoy the quiet solitude of the Hacienda. Tonight we’lldineatTeri’sBistro. B,D


This morning we’ll say good-bye to this magical town and depart for San Carlos. In route we’ll visit the mining hamlet of Aduana. This afternoon we’ll stay on one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Mexico, the white sand beach of Playa Algodon at the hotel Plaza San Carlos. Enjoy a typical amazing sunset, sipping margaritas on the Sea of Cortez, followed by our farewell seafood feast at the hotel. B,L,D


Today after breakfast, we return home. We make timely rest breaks in route and we’ll enjoy lunch in Hermosillo. We cross the border in Nogales for customs and immigration. We expect to arrive in Tubac, by 6:00 pm B,L

STEPHEN BERNIER Driver/Logistics

Stephen is a second generation tour operator. He has organized and produced tours of the American southwest and Mexico since 1993 for the University of Arizona Elderhostel Program, Arizona Historical Society, Tohono Chul Park and the Heard Museum Guild, as well as various other museums and Universities. Stephen is also a volunteer naturalist with Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists.

GREG SCOTT Cultural Historian

After completing his degree and graduate work at the University of Arizona, Greg began a 30+ year career as a bilingual educator and is the current president of the Arizona Historical Society southern Arizona Chapter. He is a lifelong musician and has performed traditional music throughout the West. Recently retired, he stays busy writing, lecturing for the Arizona Humanities Council and performing. He has traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America and is very passionate about sharing all he knows about the regions he’s experienced.

STEPHANIE MEYER Biologist/Cultural Interpreter

Stephanie moved to Alamos with the intention of helping fellow ecologists and botanists with work in the dry tropical forests. What was supposed to be a one year sojurn has now become over 27 years of living in Alamos.

PRE-TRIP DOCUMENTS: The confirmation of pick-up times and location, pertinent trip information including packing suggestions, any major updates to any tour components as well as participating hotel numbers will be mailed in a pre-trip information packet approximately 21 days prior to the trip departure.

DEPARTURE INFO: The Motorcoach will begin loading at 7:00 am at THS parking lot. Departure time is 7:30 am. If you are running late, please call 520-250-3266 and advise Stephen of your delay.

MEXICO TRAVEL: Guests must have a valid passport. This tour is set up as an adventure for you to enjoy Mexico. Clients will be best served if this tour is viewed as an adventure and understand that traveling in Mexico brings certain logistical considerations that are different from traveling in the U.S. Those who have experienced Mexico’s colorful culture, rich history, wonderful cuisine and warm hospitality, understand that is part of the charm of Mexico.

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL: The activity level for this tour should be considered moderate. There will be a few situations where walking unassisted over uneven terrain will be required.


THS Mission

The Tubac Historical Society's mission is to provide leadership in promoting an understanding of local and southwest regional history through collecting, preserving, exhibiting, interpreting and disseminating that history to its membership as well as the general public.  This mission is supported through public educational programs, maintenance of collections, promoting preservation of historic sites and buildings and by partnering with other appropriate local and regional institutions.

Our Vision

THS will be a broad based institution that:

  • Fosters  an appreciation of the importance of historical materials and provides leadership in their preservation and public accessibility
  • Encourages high standards in the research, documentation, preservation and interpretation of historical materials
  • Supports the application of historical knowledge so as to enrich public understanding of  our community

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Tubac's 5 Cultures 
Hohokam:  (300 B.C.) 
Tohoho O'odham, (Pima):  (400 A.D.) 
Spanish:  Missionaries begin trading with the Pima as early as 1645, Eventually leading to the establishment of the Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac in 1752 
Mexican:  Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821 bringing Tubac under the flag of Mexico. 
American:  In 1853, with the Gadsden Purchase, Tubac becomes part of the United States. 

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