Patronato Pro Niños Spring Break


The dates for Spring Break 2019
are March 25 - March 31

Please join us for this
fun-filled week!

See how to make your
reservation below…

For one wonderful week you can live the high life in the charming colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in the high desert plains of Mexico.  In 2008 San Miguel was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and when you come here, you'll see why!

During this fabulous week-long event, you'll be housed in a private residence, visit magnificent homes and haciendas, see unique gardens and participate in events that are just not available to the average visitor.  Proceeds from Spring Break benefit San Miguel’s oldest charity, Patronato Pro Niños, which provides medical and dental care to over 11,000 needy children. A portion of the cost for this wonderful trip is tax deductible.

Check out this Spring Break video:

Below is a day-by-day overview of activitiesfrom a recent Spring Break.


Day 1

Upon your arrival at the airport in the afternoon, you will be picked up and driven to the home where you’ll be staying throughout your visit.  Once there, you’ll be greeted by your Home Hosts and given your gift bag that will include a finely detailed schedule of the week’s events.

garden view

Welcome Dinner
Your Welcome Dinner this first night will give you a taste of things to come!.  You’ll be entering another world – a world of colonial elegance and grace.


Walking Tour of San Miguel
For this event, your Home Hosts will arrange transportation to the Parroquia (church) side of the Jardín (central square) for a guided walking tour of San Miguel, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Walking Tour takes around two hours, is mostly level walking, and covers about a ten block area.  A bathroom stop is included.  During this tour, you’ll learn of San Miguel’s historical past and see many interesting architectural examples from its Spanish colonial era.  At the end of the tour you will end up at the lovely home where you'll be having the President's Lunch.

Garden 2

President’s Luncheon
This year’s President’s Luncheon will take place at another gorgeous home.


Cocktail Reception
You and your Home Hosts will be served Mexican botanas (hors d’oeuvres) and cocktails at another charming home.  And as a special treat, you'll be warmly welcomed by a tequila burro!

Day 3

Atotonilco Sanctuary, Galeria Atotonilco & Comida in the Country
For this wonderful day in the country, your Home Hosts will make sure you get to the vans that will take you to today’s activities, which includes a tour of the magical sanctuary in Atotonilco, a wonderful folk art gallery, and an elegant comida in the country at yet another wonderful home.


The Sanctuary in Atotonilco:  Seven miles northeast of San Miguel de Allende, is the small but much venerated pilgrimage church of Atotonilco.  In the indigenous language of the region, Atotonilco (pronounced ah-toe-toe-NEAL-co) means ‘Place of the Hot Waters’ and the site actually began as a hacienda with a spring from which curative waters still bubble forth.


The Galeria Atotonilco:  Owner Mayer Shacter finds the most talented and imaginative artists and craftsmen working today, and then he buys their finest work.  The gallery includes Mexican antiques, crafts, and folk art that perpetuate the centuries-old traditions of Huichol art, Mexican pottery, Mexican papel mache, vintage serapes, Oaxacan wood carvings, and much more.

Day 4

Once again, your Home Hosts will make sure you get to vans that will take you to the San Miguel Botanical gardens, the Artisans Market, and a Mask Museum, where we'll also have a wonderful Mexican comida.


El Charco del Ingenio - Located a few minutes from the center of town, El Charco del Ingenio is a Botanical Garden and outstanding Nature Preserve.  It displays a vast botanical collection of cacti and other Mexican plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.


Artisans Market - This market spans three connecting walkways, beginning where the Ignacio Ramirez food and flower market ends.  In the Artisans Market, you can buy everything from small stocking-stuffer gifts to antique art—silver, pewter, glass, tin mirrors, Moroccan-style lamps, paper maché statues, shawls, tee shirts, jewelry, Huichol beaded masks and figures, and much, much more.  This is ‘the’ spot to go if you’ve got a lot of small gifts to take home.


Comida at Casa de la Cuesta Mask Museum - This museum is a showplace for Mexican artists and craft persons.  Casa de la Cuesta gallery offers a truly unique look at Mexican culture through its crafts.  Items for sale include paintings, indigenous textiles, handmade paper, masks, handcrafted toys, milagros and more.

Garden Party & Cocktail Reception
Tonight you and your Home Hosts are invited for cocktails at a lovely home with wonderful gardens. 

Day 5

House & Garden Tour & Lunch
On this day we'll depart on our House & Garden Tour of four fabulous homes and gardens.


Day 6

On this day, you may go to a Cooking Class, go shopping on your own, or just relax and enjoy our beautiful weather…  It’s totally your choice!  But just make sure that you’re ready for a wonderful Farewell Dinner at 7:00 PM!

Paco Cardenas

Cooking Class
Back by popular demand is our cooking teacher Paco Cárdenas.  In this class, Chef Paco Cárdenas will showcase the traditional flavors of regional Mexican cooking with three recipes you can easily make back in the US.
Paco is chef and owner of El Petit Four, a pastry shop and cafe located in the heart of San Miguel's historic Centro.  Paco has been featured in Travel & Leisure, Coast, and Better Homes & Gardens.  More recently, he has recently collaborated with Mexican cooking doyenne Diana Kennedy.  El Petit Four was named Best Cafe


Farewell Dinner
You and your Home Hosts will celebrate your last night in San Miguel with a wonderful Farewell Dinner.  And after a delicious meal, it will be time to drink a toast to San Miguel and all the good times you’ve had during the week.

Day 7

Depart for Airport
When it's time for you to leave for the airport, your Home Hosts will take you to the private bus that will take you to the airport.

The Spring Break Package includes:
• Transportation to and from the Leon (BJX) airport, 
• Transportation to and from all sponsored events,
• Gracious accommodations for the week,
• Breakfast each morning provided by your hosts,
• Fabulous luncheons or dinners each day,
• Wonderful parties and events each day
• Fascinating guided excursions to nearby cities and sites,
• Cultural and historical lectures prepared just for your interests,
• A Mexican cuisine cooking class,
• Private showings of artists and jewelers not open to the public,
• Availability of golf, croquet, tennis, horseback riding, and hot springs,
• World class shopping for one-of-a-kind items, and
• A US-based tax deduction of $2,000 per person for the guest who pays for double occupancy, and a US-based tax deduction of $2,300 per person for the guest who pays for single occupancy.


Spring Break Costs and Payments:
The cost of this fun-filled week is $2,700 per person for a double occupancy room. The single occupancy room cost is $3,200. Both prices are exclusive of airfare. A non-refundable deposit of $600 US is due upon registration. The balance is due by January 1, 2018. To receive a tax deduction you should make your check payable to FTC International. (FTC International is our US-based 501(C)3 funding arm.)

Checks should be mailed to:
Patronato Pro Niños
c/o FTC International
PMB 228
220 N. Zapata Hwy. 11-A
Laredo, Texas 78043

How to Make Your Reservation:
If you would like to register for this fun-filled week, please email us at or call us at (512) 351-4344 (US Vonage Phone), or at 152- 7796 (San Miguel Phone). To find out more about our organization, visit our website at:

Sign up now for our next Spring Break!

To call us on our U.S. Vonage phone, dial:  512.351.4344

To call from within Mexico, dial:  415.152.7796


Mailing Address in US:
Patronato Pro Niños
c/o For The Children International
PMB 1103-B
220 N. Zapata Hwy 11-A
Laredo, Texas 78043
Mailing Address in Mexico:
Patronato Pro Niños
c/o La Conexión
Box 1103-B, Aldama 3
San Miguel de AllendeGto, 37700, México