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When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:10 AM
Where: Meet at Conference Hotel (Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel)
Contact: Kristine Rosa

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Field Trip to Friendship Park: US-Mexico Border in the Pacific Ocean (aka Border Field Park)

on Saturday May 27 2017 8:10 AM to 12:30

This fascinating border tour involves a visit to Friendship Park, the area on the US side of the fences separating San Diego from Tijuana, where people go to communicate with and see friends and relatives on the other side. Access to this area is severely restricted, and is significant not only for its historic and cultural significance, but also for the surrounding natural beauty. The tour is led by Prof. Antonieta Mercado (U of San Diego, US), who is also one of our Opening Plenary speakers, and includes presentations by the Border Angels, a Park Ranger (on both the border and on wildlife conservation), and by Prof. Mercado herself.  Please note this tour involves a fair amount of walking—about a mile and a half each way—because that is the only way you can get into Friendship Park from Border Field State Park. This tour does not include a border crossing; participants will stay on the US side of the border. The bus for will depart the hotel at 8:10am and will return to the hotel at 12:30pm. Prof. Mercado advises attendees will need to wear “good, closed-toe walking shoes and sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water (the water is very important!) and a sandwich/snack.” Additional information, including brief background reading material, will be sent to all registered attendees prior to conference. If this tour fills, we will create a wait list.

$60 per person

min: 30 people

max: 54 people

Note: A portion of the tour fee is earmarked as an honorarium for our guide, Prof. Antonieta Mercado, a scholar in communication and social justice. She will be donating her honorarium to Border Angels, a nonprofit organization that supports human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice, particularly as they relate to the US-Mexico border. The rest of the fee covers the cost of chartered bus transportation.

Additional tours available:

We have also arranged several additional tours with a discount to ICA attendees. These include:

  • Kayaking in LaJolla
  • Coronado Island Walking Tour
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Salk Institute
  • Balboa Park Museums excursion
  • Land & Sea Adventure with lunch at the Coyote Café

To view all options and their corresponding dates/times, and to register for these additional tours, please click here and select the green button marked TICKETS.  

ICA welcomes your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact the ICA staff at anytime.


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