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Oaxaca: Paint Your Own Alebrije Workshop

Activity provider: Enjoy Oaxaca

Oaxaca: Paint Your Own Alebrije Workshop

Activity provider: Enjoy Oaxaca

From US$ 48.34 per person

Visit an authentic Alebrije workshop, where you can paint your own Alebrije. Meet the artisans that create this traditional art craft.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Paint your own Alebrije
  • Meet the locals that will teach you more about Alebrijes
  • Let your imagination fly, while creating your own unique figure
Full description

Be picked up in Oaxaca City and head to the land of Alebrijes: San Martıń Tilcajete. Here you will learn about the process of making figures, carving, and painting an Alebrije. After learning about the process of making Alebrije figures, it’s your turn to create, carve and paint one. With the help of an expert, you’ll follow the steps of making these figures into whatever your imagination can think of past creations include small animals, pegasus, aliens, and mythical figures. During the activity, you will get a small wooden figure, a brush, and paint. You have about 90-minutes to paint your Alebrije according to your imagination. If you don't finish it, you can take it home and finish it there. The artisans of this community will share with you the traditions inherited by their ancestors.

  • Pick-up and drop-off in a vehicle with air conditioning,
  • Alebrije workshop
  • Small figure to paint and paint
  • Food or Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Clothes that can get dirty

Know before you go

  • The wooden figure that you'll paint is a size small
  • Food, drinks, and gratuities are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 6 reviews

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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.

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November 6, 2021

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.

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July 18, 2021

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!

October 22, 2021

Product ID: 398765