Best of Oaxaca Tour
March 27 - April 4, 2021
As a craftsperson, artist, or designer, crafts such as woodcarving, weaving, pottery, metal working, baskets and masks are just a few of the crafts that appear everywhere, and are an integral part of everyday life in Oaxaca. When we travel to the villages you will see the primitiveness of this area and their craft work reflects their wonderful culture. You will experience the markets which come alive with sights, smells and sounds that one will never forget. The markets have vast selections of all types of crafts. Oaxaca (Wah-Hah-Kah) is the ancient home of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations, builders of Monte Alban and Mitla. It is a charming colonial city, with grand churches, museums and public buildings. The zocalo (town square) is a place where people relax, listen to the mariachi bands, and is an area where cars are banned.
This region of Mexico has interesting mountain villages that are home to native craftspeople. We stay at a bed and breakfast that is owned by an American and is located only a few minutes walk to the town square. The rooms are set around a verandah and flower filled gardens and the friendly staff gives personal service and prepares delicious home style meals. Expect to have a fantastic experience with trips to the archaeological sites, visits to the craft villages and markets and the ability to meet the craftspeople of this area.
Most meals (see itinerary)
Group ground transportation to/from airport
Daily tours with local guide and private van (see itinerary)
Admissions to museums, churches and archaeological sites
Dates: March 27 - April 4, 2021
Duration: 9 days; 8 nights
$1850 per person (double occupancy)
$1850 per person (single occupancy *if available* small single room w/private bath)
$2300 per person (double occupancy)
Begins and ends at the Oaxaca Airport
Limited to 14 people and will run with a minimum of 8 people.
Single rooms are very limited
DAY 1: Saturday, March 27 (D)
Travel Day - Arrive in Oaxaca, Mexico. We will make your way via taxi/van to the Casa Colonial which will be our home for the next 8 days. Evening meal at Casa.
DAY 2: Sunday, March 28 (B,L)
After breakfast we travel via van to the Tlacolula market, which is held every Sunday and is filled with an abundance of local produce, livestock, the best selection of breads and a large variety of area crafts. Visit the Dominican Chapel considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Americas. We will make a brief stop at Santa Marie del Tule, home of El Tule a large (15 story high) Mexican cypress tree which is over 2000 years old. Back to the Casa for the mid-day meal. During the afternoon you will have free time to explore Oaxaca. Dinner on your own.
DAY 3: Monday, March 29 (B,L)
Breakfast at the Casa and then on to Monte Alban, Oaxaca’s major archaeological site where we have our own personal tour guide. This site was the elite center of Zapotec culture from 500 BC to 800 AD. We make a brief stop at the home of a local female potter in the village of Atzompa where we will see a pottery making demonstration. A quick stop at the village pottery co-op to see a wider variety of styles produced by the potters of Atzompa. Lunch at a local roadside restaurant. Our final stop of the day is Ex-Haciendo San Jose which has been converted into an incredible art and cultural center. Dinner on your own.
DAY 4: Tuesday, March 30 (B,L)
Breakfast at the Casa. Today we travel to Teotitlan del Valle, a village that is devoted entirely to the weaving of tapestry style rugs. We have been extended a very generous invitation to visit one family’s home and see the weaving process from the start (spinning and dyeing of the yarns) to the final process of the actual weaving of the carpets. Today lunch will be in a restaurant in Teotitlan. After lunch you have time to explore the village on your own for more textile shopping or to visit the town's church and amazing community center. Dinner on your own.
DAY 5: Wednesday, March 31 (B,L)
After breakfast at the Casa, we head into the Etla Valley to visit CaSa - the former textile mill converted into an art center. Then on to visit a glass blowing workshop that produces pieces that rival blown glass from high end galleries in the states, and finally a visit to a papermaking studio. Lunch at a roadside restaurant. Dinner on your own.
DAY 6: Thursday, April 1 (B,L)
Breakfast at the Casa. We will then travel to the village of Mitla and explore the Mitla archaeogical site with our own personal guide. Mitla, is an unusual site with the buildings containing mosaic geometric designs and is unique because it lacks any human or animal figures. Lunch in the village. Next stop, a Mescal factory where we will be see how this drink is made and be able to sample this fiery drink made from the agave cactus. Dinner on your own.
DAY 7: Friday, April 2 (B,L)
Breakfast at the Casa. Today we will travel to Ocotlan for the weekly market and visit the beautiful town church. Lunch at a roadside restaurant. After lunch we visit a wood-carving home/studio in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Our final stop of the day is the weaving village of San Tomas with time to wander through the village outdoor textile market. Dinner on your own.
DAY 8: Saturday, April 3 (B, D)
Breakfast at the Casa. Today will be entirely at your own pace. I highly recommend a visit to the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art. While this is a small museum in comparison to the large National Museum in Mexico City, the artifacts displayed were chosen solely for their aesthetic rank of the works, their beauty, and originality. Suggestions: during your free time in Oaxaca City be sure to visit the Benito Juarez Market (has a great selection of huipils and other textiles) and 20 de Noviembre Market). Also, you should visit the Basilica La Soledad, just 2 blocks from the Casa. There is a small museum attached to the church and a courtyard with vendors that sell nieves (a cross between water ice and ice cream.)
DAY 9: Sunday, April 4 (B)
Coffee, juice and toast before we leave the Casa for an early departure to the airport and travel back to the United States. Included is group transportation to the airport.
B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner
Meals not included in itinerary
Tips to driver, guide, etc.
Non-group transportation to/from airport