Spanish club sponsors annual trip to Mexico

Coastal Bend College Spanish Club is organizing the ninth annual excursion to Monterrey, March 12-14. Anyone interested in a cultural and educational trip to the beautiful mountain city is welcome.

 The bus trip is directed by Mari’s Tours of San Antonio. Mari Sarmiento is an experienced guide who carefully arranges all details for travelers. Spanish Club sponsor Kay Past will accompany the group and assist with arrangements. Past is a longtime Spanish instructor at Coastal Bend College and adviser for the Spanish Club.

 The group will board the tour bus at CBC early Friday morning on March 12 and arrive in Monterrey mid-afternoon. They will check in to the five-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in the heart of downtown. The group will enjoy the Paseo de Santa Lucía, Monterrey’s impressive and beautiful version of the San Antonio Riverwalk, and visit other downtown sites before dining in the Macroplaza area near the hotel and visiting clubs in the Barrio Antiguo.

 Saturday’s schedule will include museums of art and history and other interesting sites in downtown Monterrey and a visit to the spectacular Grutas de García, a cavern in a mountain accessed by cable car. Sunday morning, they will visit the famous Cola de Caballo (Horsetail) Falls and have lunch at the Cavazos Market before returning to Beeville that evening.

 The cost for the trip is $249 per person for double occupancy for two nights in the hotel, round-trip charter bus transportation, all excursions and entrance fees. It does not include meals. Single occupancy is $299 and the price for a child, 12 or under in a room with two adults, is $189. A $50 deposit is due by Feb. 15 and the balance is due by March 1.

A valid passport or passport card is now required for land travel to Mexico. Applications should be made no later than Feb. 1 to assure receiving the passport in time for the trip.

 Spanish teachers who wish to earn Certified Professional Education hours may sign up for 20 hours credit through the CBC Continuing Education Office. This credit will cost $62 and teachers will work with Mrs. Past to earn their credit for the excursions.

 Interested participants may contact Mrs. Past at (361) 354-2401 or at to sign up for the trip.  Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.


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