UPCOMING TREKS

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TIX beer OCT 2016

TIJUANA BREWERY HOP | 1 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 1 | $65
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Join Turista Libre in raising a glass to Tijuana's artisan beer scene, with a visit to three local craft brewers that are on the rise. Also on the itinerary are a taco stop or two.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at each brewery, a pint at a local brew pub and tacos at two of the town's famed taquerias.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.

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tix panca oct 2016

TIJUANA STREET ART TREK WITH PANCA | 1 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 | $55
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Arguably one of Tijuana’s more popular visual exports in recent years, Panca’s (aypanca.com) paintings are an existential take on the border city's vivid surreality. Once reserved for underpasses, alleyways and other urban crevices, her work has since soared to new heights, from the walls of San Diego Art Institute to Wallpaper Magazine.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, a lap of recent murals with the artist, lunch at one of Panca's favorite taco spots, a visit to her Playas de Tijuana studio and an after-tour pop-up exhibit before returning to the border at Estación Federal.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 8 p.m.

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TIX TACOS FEB 2016

TIJUANA TACO TOUR | 1 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 | $55
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Be it birria, lengua, asada, cachete, carnitas, costilla, ojo, pescado or pastor, nothing compares to the almighty taco. Join Turista Libre for a trek to the edges of Tijuana in search of the city's most authentic, incomparable incarnations of Mexico's culinary superstar.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, courses at three taquerías and dessert at an artisan ice cream parlor with more than 80 flavors.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.

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TIX anniversary

TURISTA LIBRE 7TH ANNIVERSARY | 10 AM SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 | $77
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Celebrate with us seven years of destigmatizing Tijuana for thousands of tourists from San Diego to Sri Lanka, with a grab-bag lap of seven of our most favorite spots around the border city whose names, in the spirit of suspense, we’re keeping secret until the day of. Some are pretty off the beaten path, others not so much. But all are downright iconic.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, courses at any food and drink spots we happen to visit (no one will go home hungry, promise), and a limited-edition Turista Libre gift bag so curada — as they say for "cool" around these parts — you’d think it were your birthday, not ours.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 10 a.m., with an expected return to the border at 6 p.m.

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TIX damnfine dives OCT 2016

DAMN-FINE TIJUANA DIVES | 7 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 | $55
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For the after-dark installment of Turista Libre’s seventh anniversary soiree comes a lap of seven of downtown Tijuana’s damnedest-fine dive bars, a collection of what locals know as the border city’s most quintessential cantinas. Watering holes that double as would-be wormholes in the spacetime continuum, these are hands-down some of our most favorite classic spots in town whose names, again, in the spirit of suspense, we’re keeping secret until the night of.

Tickets include a round at each cantina, plus an all-you-can-eat feast of tacos varios before calling it a night.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 7 p.m. with an expected return to the border at 12 a.m.

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TIX MARKETS OCT 2016

TIJUANA MARKET HOP | 10 AM SUNDAY OCTOBER 23 | $30

On Sundays, the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by swapmeets so massive – blocks and blocks of vendors selling mountains of the most random secondhand loot. Even if you make your way out of the bargain bin maze without dropping a single peso, you’ll walk away having lived an essential Mexican experience: the mercado.

We'll do stops at three of Tijuana's most iconic tianguis: the city's longest-running flea market, the Mercado de Artesanías and Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market in Zona Rio.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and complimentary pan dulce upon arrival.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.

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JUAN SOLDADO

DAY OF THE DEAD IN TIJUANA | 10 AM SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 | $65
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The annual passing of Día de Muertos calls for a visit to a pair of Tijuana's oldest cemeteries — one of which serves as the resting place of the city’s unofficial folk saint, Juan Soldado — where an urban legend historian will be on hand to tell us his controversial tale and more about the border city's unique adaptation of this quintessential Mexican holiday.

We’ll also visit the crypts at San Francisco Asís, the oldest church in the city, followed by sugar skull shopping at Mercado Miguel Hidalgo — Tijuana's oldest open-air market and home of its largest Día de Muertos altar. And, in keeping with the culinary traditions of the season, we’ll finish up with mole pizza at El Taller, house of gourmet Baja Med pies housed in a midcentury warehouse, and a round of mezcal.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch and mescal tasting.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.

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