Lucha libre Mexican wrestling live in Tijuana

7 pm Friday Dec. 15
$20.51-$80.12
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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, entrance to the match, pre-fight tacos and beers and a lucha libre souvenir so sweet you’ll probably pass it on to the grandkids.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 7 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 12:30 a.m.


Baja winery hop

10 am Saturday Dec. 16
$170.85
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Eighty miles from the border lies the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, a cluster of some 150 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 bus transportion for a van with space for 11.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at three wineries and dinner at celebrity chef Javier Plascencia's famed Finca Altozano.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.


Tijuana holiday market hop

10 am Sunday Dec. 17
$35.81
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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.

On this special holiday edition of our monthly market hop, 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 on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.


Tijuana 'hold the meat' vegan taco tour

10 am Saturday Jan. 13
$59.02
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Be it de chile, lenteja, yuca, garbanzo, betabel, coliflor, huitlacoche or huazontle, nothing compares to the almighty taco. Join Turista Libre for a special vegan edition of our regular treks 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 vegan taquerias, a stop at a vegan bakery and dessert at an artisan ice cream parlor with more than 80 flavors, half of which are vegan, too.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 3 p.m.


Tijuana craft brewery hop

1 pm Saturday Jan. 20
$69.57
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Join Turista Libre in raising a glass to Baja California's artisan beer scene, with a visit to three of Tijuana's more than 40 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 stop and tacos at two of the town's famed taquerias.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

10 am Saturday Jan. 27
$53.74
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See the U.S.-Mexico border like never before, with this expedition to three iconic spots along the already-existing San Diego-Tijuana border fence, erected during Operation Gatekeeper in 1994.

Among the stops are the eight 30-foot prototypes for the Trump Administration’s proposed border wall in Otay Mesa and Friendship Park in Playas de Tijuana, the northwestern-most corner of Latin America where the border fence trails some 100 yards into the Pacific.

Also on the itinerary are three of the historic 258 boundary monuments that were placed by the International Boundary Commission after the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty in 1848 and Gadsden Treaty in 1853, which redefined the border after the Mexican-American War. Historic but often overlooked, as most are just south of the current border fence, these obelisks stand half in one country, half in the other.

Joining the tour will be Tijuana-based photographer Jill Holslin, who has been documenting the border fence since 2011 and more recently made headlines after participating in a controversial project to project "light graffiti" across the border and onto the prototypes, and members of Espacio Migrante, a Tijuana-based NGO dedicated to the protection of the human rights of migrants and the awareness of migration-related issues.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch at one of Tijuana’s many gastro parks and a donation to Espacio Migrante.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.

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