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Human Connections

Bucerias, Mexico
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About Human Connections
Human Connections offers a completely unique cultural experience. We bring our guests into the vibrant neighborhoods within Bucerias that travelers rarely get to see. There, we visit three different homes and engage with local artisans, tradespeople and food vendors. We spend about an hour with each person, learning the story behind their craft and seeing the "real Bucerias" through their eyes. While you will enjoy an outstanding homemade meal and history about the area, your favorite thing about the tour will surely be the people you meet. They are simply inspiring. This is a tour about progress (not a tour about poverty) that aims to foster cultural exchange and promote local businesses, all the while providing our guests with an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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See a different, non-touristy side to Bucerias and immerse yourself in the region’s culture during this half-day artisan and local businesses tour. Speak to people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to meet with the help of a translator—including local families, indigenous weavers, hammock-makers, and more—try your hand at some crafts, and enjoy a hearty Mexican lunch.
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Halee R wrote a review Aug 2022
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We visited a local potter on our tour and my 3 kids loved the interactive experience. I loved that they were experiencing Mexico away from the tourist hub. The food was excellent and our guide went way out of his way, literally, for us. A truly exceptional experience!
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Molly F wrote a review Jul 2021
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What an incredible experience! We learned so much about the local culture, different art techniques, and local food. We even got to make our own salsa! The best part was the real "human connections" that were made during the trip. The opportunity to chat with folks about their lives, our lives, share stories about our kids, learn from our hosts, and laugh together was such a highlight! This is my third tour, and they just keep getting better! I am already looking forward to my next one! Thank you, Human Connections! By far and away is the best way to spend a day!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from CulturalTourGuide2, Cultural Tour Guide at Human Connections
Responded Jul 28, 2021
Hi Molly! Thank you very much for your feedback! It was such a delight hosting you! Your participation on a tour with Human Connections now is even more special than ever! Our local hosts really apreciate your visits and we are excited to keep inspiring our travelers to travel responsibly anywere they travel next. Thank you for sharing and we look forward to continue our responsible travel experiences up and up as much as we are able to! Looking forward to host more traveler groups like yours very soon!
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MustangMary67 wrote a review May 2021
Southaven, Mississippi24 contributions2 helpful votes
This is always one of the highlights of my trip and I really missed it last year during COVID. What Elly and her team do through this program is exceptional! They have found ways to stay safe in the pandemic and continue to support their artisan partners. Please review their website and get to know the artisans who soon will be offering their goods through an e-commerce store. The artisans are so hospitable and share their stories so well. They are so willing to answer questions and tell us about their lives and work. It is so special to be able to purchase directly from the person who made it!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from CulturalTourGuide2, Cultural Tour Guide at Human Connections
Responded May 27, 2021
Hi! We were so happy to host you in one of our private Bucerias Cultural Tours! We are so happy we can still host small groups of families or friends - like you and your team - who would like to live this very mexican and culturally rich experience. Our artisans were craving to see visitors once more during these hard times and by complying with all Covid precautions we are happy to be able to make this possible still. We look forward to show with our public our next e-commerce project definitely!
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Clevelandocks wrote a review Mar 2021
Cleveland, Ohio169 contributions84 helpful votes
We were staying for a week in Punta de Mita and wanted something more immersive than a pure beach vacation. Fortunately we found this tour. Claudia was our guide. Very kind, safe easy, little walking. She shuttled us between family homes in Bucerias that hosted us to show us their trade and share experiences. It was well organized and we left feeling apart of the community instead of outsiders. Sadly few people coming to Punta de Mita discover this wonderful experience. So glad I found them.
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Response from CulturalTourGuide2, Cultural Tour Guide at Human Connections
Responded May 27, 2021
Hello! Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad you found what you expected out of your Punta Mita vacations which must have been very nice too. We will make sure more people in Punta Mita know about this experience so we can easily offer this type of authentic experiences with more people that can take advantage of them like you! It was great hosting you! Thank you for participating with us in these trying times for our artisans!
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Thierry C wrote a review Mar 2021
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates3 contributions1 helpful vote
Highly recommended!! We met Claudia, our tour guide at Human Connection's office. She presented the organisation, responsible tourism, some interesting information about Mexico and the three families of local artisans that we were going to meet. Leonarda was our first host and she told us her fascinating story. Maria explained the Lopez Lopez family business between Chiapa and Buscerias. Illena and her daughter Sophia prepared a very tasty Mexican meal in their home and share their story. Amazing day spend exchanging with these people. Great responsible tourism experience!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from CulturalTourGuide2, Cultural Tour Guide at Human Connections
Responded Mar 25, 2021
Hi Thierry, It was such a pleasure to host you very recently at one of our three recent private Bucerías Cultural Tours of this new season 2021! After a year with no tours at all! Human Connections' partners - the artisans - and our HC team was so excited to finally host responsible travelers like you this year with our new Covid safe protocols ! We had such an amazing time and having the chance to interact with you in a more private experience was delightful. Thank you for coming!!
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