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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Uncover the Art & Culture of Los Cabos

My first visit to Mexico was when I was approximately 10 years old. My grand parents took my brother and I to vacation at their home on Cholla Bay. Ever since that very first visit as a child, I fell in love with the beauty and culture that Mexico has to offer.

For years...we would go down to their vacation home to take in some festivals, shopping, sea fishing, crabbing, etc. The locals always treated us well and looked forward to my family's visits. Matter of fact, my grandfather ended up employing several locals to care for his property & boats when he would be home in the US (Arizona).

Today I wanted to share some information with all of you about Los Cabos and the art culture that exists there.

Uncover the Art & Culture of Los Cabos: Travelers Invited to Engage in "Art Therapy" by Participating in Art Classes, Gallery Tours & More!

Travelers exploring Los Cabos will not only discover white sand beaches, breathtaking backdrops and one-of-a-kind gastronomy but also a budding, vibrant art scene. From various art programs available in many of the destination's top hotels to the Art District in San Jose del Cabo, travelers have the opportunity to engage in "art therapy" while exploring Los Cabos' rich cultural offerings first hand.

San Jose del Cabo is home to the culturally rich Art District, featuring numerous high-end fine art galleries showcasing original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and jewelry by contemporary artists. The Art District of San Jose del Cabo has become the cultural center of Baja and is home to some of the area's top restaurants. Every Thursday evening from November to June, San Jose del Cabo hosts an Art Walk where art galleries welcome guests to enjoy an evening stroll through the neighborhood while exploring a series of events including wine tastings, dinner and "meet and greets" with the artists. Galleries are open to the public year-round.

Located in San Jose del Cabo in the center of the Art District, Mi Casa Restaurant has become a landmark in the heart of San Jose del Cabo and has been internationally recognized for its authentic Mexican cuisine and its traditional Mexican art decorating the hacienda-style restaurant. Travelers can enjoy life-sized murals depicting tales of Los Cabos and unique, colorful art pieces throughout the venue. For more information on Mi Casa Restaurant.

Many of the destination's resorts incorporate art into the property's d├ęcor and make it available for purchase by guests. At Las Ventanas al Paraiso guests can admire and purchase stunning artwork, jewelry, pottery and other items created by Mexican artisans at its MAP Store, Museum of Mexican Popular Art. The MAP Store is a nonprofit organization that provides Mexican artisans a venue to exhibit and sell their products. Experts from the MAP Store travel to small towns and villages in Mexico in search for the highest quality pieces from local artisans so guests can appreciate and bring a small piece of Mexico's rich culture home. Art lovers will also appreciate Las Ventanas al Paraiso's recently unveiled villas featuring art pieces of renowned Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante.

One & Only Palmilla recently introduced its Art Studio, offering guests the opportunity to personalize art classes that suit their interests. Families seeking a unique activity can partake in the 'Family Art Lab Workshops", instructed by a professional in-residence artist at the oceanfront Studio Terrace or in the comfort of their own private villa. The class includes three hours of instruction and all materials for $300 per family.

The new Hotel El Ganzooffers a different approach to art through its unique artists in residence program. Renowned artists from around the world are invited to stay at the hotel and create a masterpiece anywhere they choose in the property. The property's white walls serve as canvas for the artists. Some of the artists that have stayed on the property include Manel Pujol, Jan de Cock, Sean Dower, Saner, among many others. Guests are invited to experience the art installations and interact with the artists in residence.

Located within the same development as Hotel El Ganzo, the Puerto Los Cabos Sculpture Garden features 15 bronze sculptures and 50 pieces of artwork and Wirikuta Botanical Garden features hundreds of different types of cactus and has hosted major events including fashion and dance shows. Travelers are welcome to take a bike ride through the scenic marina and gardens to enjoy the spectacular art pieces by surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.

Just 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, the "Magic Town" of Todos Santos is famous for its vibrant art scene. In recent years, many artists, artisans and craftsmen have moved to the area and established numerous art galleries. Located in Todos Santos, Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa houses the art exhibition of Mexican artist Aleta. Guests can appreciate her work, which decorates the hotel's interior, and bring out their inner artist through an art class aimed at refining artistic abilities in charcoal, watercolor, paper mosaic and more.

Film aficionados will be thrilled to learn that the Los Cabos International Film Festival will return to the destination for third consecutive year, taking place from November 11-16. Celebrated artists, filmmakers and A-list personalities from the film industry from around the world will converge in Los Cabos to showcase a variety of international documentaries and films. Celebrities that attended the event previous years include Edward Norton, Matt Dillon, Josh Lucas, Gael Garcia, Diego Luna and Melissa Leo among many others. For more information on the Los Cabos International Film Festival.

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is one of the world's most diverse tourism destinations. Boasting a dramatic desert backdrop nestled by coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments, and state of the art convention facilities add to the destination's unmatched appeal.

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