Trips

You’ve got a couple options. I have some trips already scheduled, with spots available for anyone who wants to go. You can also hire me for a private tour, customized to meet your group’s interests, budget, etc.

Click on a destination to learn about my tours there and see what’s on the calendar!

–Matt


Destination: Nicaragua
Highlights: Coffee Farming and Production
Grinding coffee beans This coffee origin tour visits a top Nicaraguan producer of specialty coffee, going behind the scenes to learn what goes into a great cup. We’ll visit several farms in the mountains of Matagalpa, then cup some beans to taste how different growth conditions affect flavor. We’ll also spend some of our trip exploring Nicaraguan life and culture, along with the country’s colonial history and natural beauty.

Scheduled trips include February and March 2014.

This trip is presented in conjunction with Joe – The Art of Coffee.

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Destination: Guadalajara, Mexico
Highlights: Artesania, Mariachis, and Pilgrimage to Tequila
Church in Tequila, Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city, is known as "the San Francisco of Mexico." It’s a Mecca for LGBT Mexicans, artists, performers, and the rest of the creative class. The region is also home to a huge number of artisans, who produce everything from ceramics to artisanal tequila. Despite the many things to do and see in the area, Guadalajara isn’t overrun with English-speaking tourists… so it’s never developed that lovely Mexico-for-gringos vibe.

Scheduled trips include New Year’s 2013/14, LGBT Pride in June 2014, and the Festival of the Mariachi in August 2014.

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Destination: Puerto Rico
Highlights: Beach, Bay, and Seasonal Fiestas

The beach along San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is famous for its beautiful tropical beaches. Less well-known and more unique are its bioluminescent bays, which glow as you canoe or swim through them. Our favorite is in Vieques, a small island where horses are as common as cars. We’ll take in the sights (sounds, tastes…) of San Juan, from picturesque Old San Juan to trendy Santurce. Last but not least, we’ll head west to enjoy some of the island’s less-hyped attractions.

Scheduled trips include October 2013, July 2014, and October 2014.

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Destination: Panama
Highlights: Rainforests, Cultures, and the Canal
Folkloric dancers in Panama in traditional costumes Panama is a small country with a lot going on. Its rainforests and beaches are beautiful and largely undeveloped – often compared to Costa Rica before its huge tourism boom. The country is also home to several indigenous groups, such as the Kuna Indians, who produce Panama’s iconic molas. Last but not least, there’s Panama City. Some people love the city for the famous Canal. I love it for the marvelous ice cream. It’s all about your priorities.

Scheduled trips include April 2014.

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Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Highlights: Beef, Wine, Waterfalls, and Tango Queer
Tango dancers Argentina is a world leader in LGBT rights, and the Tango Queer movement is redefining gender roles for the national dance. We’ll explore Buenos Aires during the International Tango Queer Festival and join some of the festivities! Then we’ll fly to the Iguazu rainforest, home of the waterfalls that were recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Scheduled trips include November 2013 and 2014, in conjunction with the Int’l Tango Queer Festival!

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