Isabel Fuente, Jim Lloyd and Efren Gonzalez

invite you to join them for




Efren working on new mural for ceiling at Plaza Bugambilias


“Mural painting is the most difficult to do because it shows my soul and spirit…completely open to the world…all of my ideas, fears and hopes…all of this without exception for thousands of people to view, analyze, admire and critique.” Efren Gonzalez


DATES: December 9, 10, 11 & 12

TIME: Depart from Lloyd’s in Ajijic at 9:00 AM

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $2950 pesos per person



INCLUDED IN TOUR: Bus transportation, 2 nights lodging in Melaque, 1 night lodging in Colima and boat tour in Barra de Navidad (meals NOT included)

PAYMENT: ½ payment at the time of reservation and full payment by December 1.  Nonrefundable after December 1.


DAY ONE: On our way to Melaque, where we will be staying we stop for lunch at a popular restaurant in Manzanillo.  After checking into our beach front hotel you there is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach.  At 5:00 PM we leave for La Manzanilla, thirty minute drive, for Efren’s second opening at the prestigious Gallaria La Manzanilla in La Manzanilla.  Following the opening we have dinner in a lovely palapa restaurant on the beach and then back to Melaque.


DAY TWO: Coffee served at the hotel.  Recommendations will be made of nearby restaurants for breakfast.  The morning and first part of the afternoon is free for you to explore the shops in Melaque and/or enjoy the beach.  At 4:00 PM we go to Barra de Navidad where you may tour the village, shop or take a scenic boat trip on Laguna Barra de Navidad.    We return to our hotel to freshen up and then off for dinner at a famous international cuisine restaurant in Melaque.


DAY THREE:  Coffee served at the hotel.  The morning and early afternoon is free.  At 2:00 PM we leave for Colima where the people will be celebrating the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  After checking into our lovely and popular downtown hotel you are free to join in the celebration of the fiesta in the downtown plaza.  Dinner will be in a popular Colima restaurant.


DAY FOUR: You may have breakfast at the hotel where you can eat in the outdoor café and enjoy people watching.  Later in the morning we visit the studio of Raphael Samarripa, one of Mexico’s most

famous sculptors, artists and ceramicists.  Several of his famous sculptures are found in Guadalajara: the seal of Guadalajara in Plaza Tapatia and the huge sculpture behind Teatro Degollado.  Also, he did the famous seahorse on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta.  As well as being an artist he is also the director of the Ballet Folklórico de Colima.  On the way back to Ajijic we stop for comida at a famous and fun restaurant.   We arrive back in Ajijic around 6:00 PM



For reservations contact:

Isabel Fuente: (376) 766 0822 or



Subject to change


EFREN GONZALES: Biographical Notes


Efren Gonzalez was born in Ajijic, Jalisco on June 1st, 1972.  Throughout his life, he has always studied, worked and been inspired by some form of art, either painting, drawing or sculpture.


Efren has studied with many well-known art teachers such as Antonio Cardenas, B.R. Kline (international painter), Maestro Luis Eduardo Gonzalez (watercolorist), Kent Clark (sculptor) and Juan Navarro (etching).


Efren is constantly working to broaden his artistic knowledge.  Although he has most recently been working on large mural paintings, he continues to work and exhibit in watercolor, oil on canvas, pastel and acrylic.  He has become one of the most recognized painters in the Ajijic Art Colony, as well as in surrounding communities and cities.


Mural painting is the form of expression that Efren finds most gratifying.  One of his most important murals is an expansive work (240 square meters) painted along the staircase of the Palacio Municipal de Chapala depicting the history of the Lake Chapala area.


Presently Efren is working on a large ceiling mural at Plaza Bugambillas.


Efren continues to reside in the town of his birth, Ajijic, with his wife Reyna and their three children Leonardo, Paula Regina and Zyanya.


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