DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TIJUANA GRAVEYARD | 11 AM SUNDAY NOV. 2 | $45
The annual passing of Dia de los Muertos calls for a visit to Puerta Blanca, Tijuana's oldest cemetery and the resting place of the its unofficial folk saint, Juan Soldado, where an urban legend historian will be on hand to tell us his controversial tale. Also on the itinerary: sugar skull shopping at Mercado Hidalgo -- the city's oldest open-air market -- followed by mole pizza at El Taller, TJ's house of gourmet pies housed in an old screen-printing bodega.
Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and dinner.
The group meets in San Ysidro at 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 6 p.m.
TIJUANA MEGA MONUMENTS | 11 AM SUNDAY NOV. 16 | $40
Join Turista Libre for an afternoon of photo opps with the city's stationary giants, statues that most locals know from afar but few have actually stopped to take in: Padre Kino, Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, Abraham Lincoln, Armando Muñoz's Tijuana Milenio III (better known as La Mona), Tijuana's take on Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer and more.
Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, en-route libations and lunch alongside giant Jesus at San Martin de Porres' parish fondita.
The group meets in San Ysidro at 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.
TIJUANA TACO TOUR | 1 PM SUNDAY NOV. 30 | $45
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 taquerias 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.
TIJUANA MARKET HOP | 10 AM SUNDAY DEC. 7 | $25
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 -- they make Kobey’s look like a 7-Eleven. Even if you make your way out of the bargain maze without dropping a single peso, you’ll walk away having lived an essential Mexican experience: the mercado.
We'll do stops at the city's longest-running flea market and Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air farmers market in Zona Rio.
Tickets include roundtrip border transport and complimentary pan dulce and coffee upon arrival.
The group meets in San Ysidro at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.