Options for Spanish-language tours in nation's capital

Q&A

August 05, 2007|By Mercury News

How can I find out about tours of Washington, D.C., that are conducted in Spanish?

We couldn't find operators or companies that provide regularly scheduled Spanish-speaking group tours of Washington. However, WashingTours and Events (wash ingtours.net), which is owned and operated by Maricar Donato, offers private tours of the city in Spanish and several other languages. She handles primarily large groups but can also accommodate small parties.

Donato charges $65 an hour, regardless of the size of the group, but you must provide the car, and her tours are a minimum of four hours. Contact her at mcdonato @aol.com.

The Smithsonian Latino Center (la tino.si.edu), which celebrates Latino culture and achievements in the United States, organizes Spanish-language tours for its exhibits. For example, it will feature Mexican Treasures for the Smithsonian, Sept. 5-Nov. 11; a photo exhibit featuring the work of Mexico's Lola Alvarez Bravo, Sept. 5-Nov. 11; and Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Revolution, 1763-1848, Sept. 27-Feb. 10.

Also, the National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.si.edu) offers tours in Spanish on the first and third Saturday of every month.

You can also contact the Washington, D.C, Convention and Tourism Corp., which has representatives fluent in Spanish.

San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News

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