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lucha aug 2014

LUCHA LIBRE RINGSIDE IN TIJUANA | 7 PM FRIDAY SEPT. 26 | $50

Masked men in stretchy pants throwing down body slams, somersaults, backflips and trash talk en español could only mean one thing. Así es, ¡lucha libre! Mexican wrestling differs little from its American counterpart technically speaking. Best two out of three wins. But the camp, action, drama, color, acrobatics and sporadic pyrotechnics make it nothing short of a living, breathing comic book.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, en-route libations and a lucha libre souvenir so sweet you’ll probably pass it on to the grandkids.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 7 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 12:30 a.m.

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TIJUANA MARKET HOP | 10 AM SUNDAY OCT. 5 | $20

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 at the San Diego Sports Arena look like a 7-Eleven. 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 a stop at Tijuana's longest-running flea market, followed by a visit to Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market in Zona Rio, and finish up at Entijuanarte, the city's largest annual art festival happening outside Centro Cultural Tijuana.

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.

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BAJA WINERY HOP | 10 AM SATURDAY OCT. 11 | $150

Eighty miles from San Diego lies the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, a cluster of some 80 vineyards scattered between the hills between Ensenada and Tecate. Often referred to as the Napa of Mexico, it's increasingly perking the curiosity of oenophiles from near and far. Given the distance and rural terrain, we'll be forgoing our usual mode of transport for a van for 15.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at three wineries and family-style pizza dinner at Ochento's, house of amazing wood-fired pizza and even more amazing sunset views.

The group meets in San Ysidro at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.

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AN AFTERNOON WITH ARMANDO MUÑOZ | 1 PM SATURDAY OCT. 18 | $50

All aboard for a rare opportunity to tour two of Baja California's most iconic pieces of architecture -- Tijuana III Millennium (aka La Mona) and Puerto Nuevo's La Sirena -- and meet the man who built them. Sculptor-architect Armando Muñoz Garcia gives us not only a head-to-toe tour of his pair of giant lady houses (more on the massive concrete sisters here), he'll be cooking us dinner, too.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and at Restaurante La Sirena, Muñoz's sustainable culinary venture in Puerto Nuevo.

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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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.

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