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Students Immerse in Artists' Market

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Just a few minutes away from Tlaquepaque, lies the smaller artisan town of Tonala. This vibrant community invites students to immerse themselves as they peer into the artistic soul of Guadalajara, watching artisans such as glass blowers perform their craft and bartering for a good price. Both activities provide great practice for Spanish language, too!

Tonala is a craftsman's town. It's not as tourist-y as Tlaquepaque, but is a city of factories and stores which are open to the public for the products they sell. Many of the ceramics, pottery, and some fine china sold throughout Mexico, are created by some 6,000 artists who love living in Tonala.

The best time to visit is on a Thursday or Sunday, when the center of the town is transformed outdoors into a colorful and crowded open market. The streets are filled with stands offering unimaginable crafts. Some are a true bargain, since the competition can be strong in an open market.

Learn more about Guadalajara, Mexico.

Cassandra Peacock is CEA Global Education's Program Director in Guadalajara, Mexico.
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