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From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

1. From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

Experience 3 of Oaxaca's traditional art processes on this guided tour. Learn about the Alebrije art process, barro negro (black mud) pottery, and how the residents of Teotitlan Del Valle make their traditional hand-dyed rugs. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop in the car that will take you straight to your first stop, San Martin Tilcajete. Here, learn all about how alebrijes, traditional wooden fantasy figures, are made and discover how they became an emblem of Oaxaca. Next, head to San Bartolo Coyotepec. Learn how barro negro pottery is produced and all the products it can be used to make. Refresh and reenergize with a tlayuda, a traditional Oaxacan street food dish. Afterward, head to Teotitlan Del Valle and admire the traditional hand-dyed colorful rugs. Finally, visit The Tule Tree, the widest tree in the world, before heading back to your hotel.

Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour

2. Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour

The trip begins with pickup from your Oaxaca de Juarez accommodation and heads deep into the Central Valleys of Oaxaca to the colorful and friendly town of Ocotlan de Morelos. The first stop of the day is the town's main church, a place of emblematic significance for the community which is decorated in Neoclassical details. Continue the tour to Ocotlan de Morelos' traditional plaza, where residents and craftsmen from nearby towns meet every Friday to sell and trade products from the region. Follow your guide through the plaza and soak up the unique atmosphere of this vibrant hub, then stop by a cafe to taste Tejate, also known as the ‘drink of the God’s’. The next stop of the tour takes you to Santo Tomas Jalieza to visit a small community dedicated to the art of Waist Loom, a pre-Hispanic textile technique. Listen to the history of this craft as you watch local people creating colorful clothes, bags, and other unique pieces by looming cotton threads. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, taste a selection of delicious Oaxaca delicacies while learning more about the culture’s traditions and people. The final stop of the tour is San Martin Tilcajete, a small township bursting with colorful crafts and handmade trinkets. Wander around the town and admire the array of incredibly elaborate art works, which have been created by local people inspired by nature.

From Huatulco: Oaxaca Overnight Guided Tour

3. From Huatulco: Oaxaca Overnight Guided Tour

Discover the city of Oaxaca on a guided overnight trip from Huatulco, stopping at the highlights between these places. Visit archeological sites, and learn about local culture and heritage. Day 1: Get picked up at your hotel in La Crucecita or Tangolunda and start the journey towards Oaxaca. Stop at Jalapa del Marqués, where you can enjoy breakfast, at your own expense. Continue to the mezcal region, where you'll take a tour to learn how this delicious drink is produced. Enter the Mitla Archaeological Zone and explore the ancient ruins. Afterwards, head to Teotitlán del Valle to discover how rugs and blankets are made and enjoy some free time for shopping. Stop at Santa María del Tule to admire the 2,000-year-old tree, take photos, and enter the church. Arrive in Oaxaca in the afternoon, and visit the former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and its museum. Check-in at the hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day to wander through the historic center and explore on your own. Day 2: After checking out of the hotel, take a tour of Monte Albán Archaeological Site. Admire the ancient ruins and take in views from the top of the pyramids. Continue to Benito Juárez market, where you can have breakfast and learn about local cuisine. Stop at San Bartolo Coyotepec, to watch local artisans producing handicrafts from black mud. Visit either San Martín Tilcajete or Arrazola, to see how local folk art sculptures called alebrijes are made. Depart for Huatulco, stopping at San Jose del Pacifico along the way. In the evening, you'll get dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

I would recommend this tour/workshop to anyone visiting Oaxaca. You are driven to a small town 40 minutes from the city and visit a alebrije-making workshop. There you are given a tour and shown the different stages that it takes to make these iconic and colorful Mexican art pieces. It was so interesting and eye-opening to see just how talented the artists are and how much work (time) goes into making the alebrije figures. When it’s time for you to paint your own you truly realize the skill set that is required to make the artworks. Painting your own alebrije was super fun! You get to pick your own small piece and are helped by one of the resident artists. At the end you end up with a unique souvenir. You can also buy more professionally made pieces there, which make a great gift for friends and family.

A truly magical experience from the moment Marcos, who was our guide and driver, narrated the traditions of Oaxacan families along the way to David's Fantastic Animals Workshop. For my family it was incredible to be able to translate everything they had learned prior to the alebrije class into a piece of wood that my daughters decorated in her class with the teacher Ana, who has been decorating these works of art for 2 years. David's workshop is a true work of art all full of color and history.

We enjoyed learning the history about the alebrijes and we have so much respect for the artists who create them! It takes a community effort to create something so meaningful and beautiful!

A very good option to learn a little more about the cultural and artisan wealth of Oaxaca.

The wood carving was an excellent stop and the market is very lively.