charlotte bell photo
Charlotte Bell Photography

I'm a free lance photographer in Austin, TX and San Miguel de Allende, MX.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” — Henry David Thoreau

The challenge of photography is to capture these moments in life. Every location and every person is unique so my work is always new, interesting and exciting.

Rancho Tour

The Rancho Tour is an opportunity to meet the weavers of Las Rancheritas by visiting their village. This is your opportunity to experience life in a rural village. Included is: transportation, a fabulous home made traditional Mexican luncheon, a visit to their store, a burro ride if you’d like, demonstrations in rug hooking, traditional cooking techniques and stone carving. This is a great tour for children and photographers. Remember to bring extra cash. There are wonderful crafts to purchase at great prices.
Learn more about your hosts, Las Rancheritas, Mexico’s only rug hookers at their website: http://rughookproject.com/

The tour is available in English or in Spanish.

For May and June the rancho tour is only by appointment for groups of 6 or more.
Reservations are required for the tour.

Reservations and information for the tour at: info@rughookproject.com        512 447 2150

Cost is $550 pesos and includes transportation, lunch and the rancho tour. If you have your own transport the tour is 400 pesos.
Tours leave from in front of St. Pauls Episcopal church on Cardo 3.

In the small village of Agustin Gonzales located in the central Mexican highlands near San Miguel de Allende, 15 women spend what little free time they have hooking rugs. You will find them working late at night by kitchen tables after children are asleep or perhaps you will see them sitting under a tree in the hillside tending the cows and working on their rugs. Their subject matter is the life around them, mountains, cactus, cows, horses, burros, flowers, a small house, a church, ducks, rabbits, chickens, roosters or fish.
The people of the area are subsistence farmers who grow corn, beans and squash. The proceeds from selling these art pieces help with paying for additional food, children’s schooling, doctor visits and other family needs. Many of the women are the sole support of their families. Each art piece is entirely unique as is the skill of rug hooking in Mexico.

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