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Tour to the pre-Hispanic market in Tlacolula

Tour to the pre-Hispanic market in Tlacolula

The tour begins when our driver meets you in your hotel lobby or Airbnb, ready to take you on a trip that promises to be exciting. Our first stop will transport you in time and space. You will visit the impressive Church of Tlacochahuaya, an architectural treasure dating back to the 16th century. Its exquisite wall paintings and serene atmosphere will leave you speechless. Get your camera ready to capture moments that will last forever! Then, we head to the colorful traditional market of Tlacolula, where flavors and colors merge into a symphony of culture. Here, you will have the opportunity to admire vibrant colors, enticing aromas and the bustle of locals exchanging traditional products. Here you can explore, taste and learn about the culinary traditions of Oaxaca. The Church of Tlacolula is our next destination, home to the enigmatic Chapel of Mirrors. This place will envelop you with its history and its unique architecture. You will feel transported to another dimension as you explore its secrets. Finally, we venture to the archaeological site of Yagul, where the ancient ruins tell us stories of past civilizations. The impressive landscapes and the energy of this place will remind you of the greatness of Oaxaca's history. After an exciting half day of exploring, we'll return to your hotel or Airbnb around 2pm.

From Oaxaca : Hierve el Agua & more All Included Guided Tour

From Oaxaca : Hierve el Agua & more All Included Guided Tour

Hierve el Agua is a stunning natural phenomenon located in the mountains outside Oaxaca’s Central Valleys. A petrified waterfall with spectacular views across the Sierra, the uniqueness of this place will blow you away. Imagine pools of water that are formed by natural springs from within the mountain, located on a natural shelf overlooking the valley below... Hierve el Agua is almost like a landscape from another planet. With our early morning visit, a pleasant hike around the waterfall allows you to get multiple perspectives and great photos of this natural wonder, before anyone else arrives… It also means you will be that little bit warmed up should you wish to take a swim in the waters, considered a place of healing to the Mixtecs who inhabit the mountain ranges beyond. The area is full of naturally occurring agaves and cacti, adding a real sense of the Mexican frontier to the atmosphere. After coming back down the mountain we head for Yagul archaeological site. A rare jewel that sees very little visitors, Yagul is full of wild cactus and agave plants growing among and on the Zapotec ruins. The place has a fascinating history and is incredibly atmospheric, and has featured in many books and films throughout Mexican history. Nearby is Teotitlan del Valle, a town famous for its tradition of Zapotec weavers, whose designs and styles have become world famous. We will visit a household who acquire their wool only from their own livestock and give us a full tour of their production methods from start to finish. This is a wonderfully refreshing and interactive experience where we gain an understanding of the work and symbolism behind these textiles, with a family who have been weaving for generations. Our lunch is also prepared by the family and we eat inside their home, a real treat of traditional Oaxacan cuisine. On the road home to Oaxaca, we will stop by Santa Maria del Tule, location of one of the largest and oldest trees in the world. A Moctezuma Cypress, considered to have the widest trunk in the world, this tree is a whole ecosystem in itself whose size is so impressive it dwarfs the church next door. At around 1500 years old, it is a wonder of nature and feels incredible just to be in its presence. Tour Program : - 7am : Hotel or Meeting Point Pickup - Hierve el Agua - Yagul - Traditional Homemade Lunch - Zapotec Textile Studio - Tree of Tule - 5:30pm : Drop off

Desde Oaxaca: Clase de Cocina Ancestral Zapoteca Chocolate

Desde Oaxaca: Clase de Cocina Ancestral Zapoteca Chocolate

Immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural richness of Oaxaca through our exciting Zapotec Cooking Class in the heart of a little Town on the outskirts of the City. This unique gastronomic experience will take you on a journey of flavors, traditions, and ancestral techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation by the vibrant Zapotec community. ·Local Instructors: You will be guided by expert local instructors who come from families with a long tradition in Zapotec cuisine. They will provide you with a unique and deep insight into the culinary culture of the region. ·Fresh Ingredients: We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many of which are grown in the surroundings of Oaxaca. You will immerse yourself in the experience of selecting ingredients at the local market of Tlacolula before starting to cook. ·Hands-On Experience: You will learn to prepare dishes from scratch, actively participating in every step of the culinary process. From making sauces to cooking ingredients, you will become an expert in Zapotec cooking. ·History and Culture: As you cook, our instructors will share fascinating stories about the history and customs of the Zapotec community, providing you with a deeper cultural context. ·Tasting: After the class, you can savor the delicious food you've prepared, accompanied by traditional beverages and the opportunity to socialize with other participants and instructors. ·Take-Home Recipes: At the end of the class, we will provide you with detailed recipes for the dishes you've prepared, so you can replicate them at home and share authentic Zapotec cuisine with your friends and family.

Zapotec Women

Zapotec Women

Live an ultimate experience visiting different Zapotec families and learning the process of each one of their ancestral handicrafts. We'll visit 5 different places around the Valley of Oaxaca. Where in each one of the places you'll learn about the history and evolution of each pieces. How they're made and even participate in the process. We'll visit small female led familes that welcome us into their homes and show us the beauty and hard work inside their skills. We will visit Teotitlan del Valle, a place known for the elaboration of wool rugs that are painted with natural dyes, where the artisans show us how their colors are obtained, their tools and how their waving process is done. Inside this town we will also learn the process of the sea shell candles or Velas de Concha, bee's wax candles that have become part of the most important traditions inside the town and one candle can measure 2 yards. Later we'll be stopping at the Tlacolula Market for lunch where we can find a variety of traditional food options for all our visitors, this place is very popular for having a huge street market specifically on Sunday. After that we'll go to San Marcos Tlapazola to visit Las Mujeres del Barro Rojo, a group of beautiful women that show us their elaboration process of the red pottery that have been used for hundreds of years in the traditional local kitchens. Last we'll visit a small female owned distillery where you'll learn of the making of our popular mezcal and have a taste of their varieties.

Oaxaca: Exclusive Private Yagul UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Oaxaca: Exclusive Private Yagul UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Discover the cultural richness of Yagul, a UNESCO Heritage Site, on an exclusive private tour from Oaxaca, Mexico. Your adventure begins with a visit to the archaeological World Heritage Site of Yagul, where you'll explore the top of the fortress with a licensed tour guide in your preferred language – English, French, or Spanish. Marvel at the cactus-studded plateau and take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the Tlacolula Valley. A hat is recommended for this part of the tour to ensure your comfort. After exploring Yagul, the journey continues to Mezcal Don Agave, a distillery and palenque. Enjoy a private tour with mezcal experts, learning about the mezcal-making process, the types of agave, and the art of tasting. The duration of this part of the tour can vary based on your interest, allowing you to ask questions and delve into the world of mezcal. The tasting experience is a highlight, and it's the perfect opportunity to purchase some mezcal to take home. Throughout the tour, enjoy the convenience of an air-conditioned vehicle and the expertise of a licensed tour guide. Lunch and a bottle of water are included, providing a truly all-inclusive experience.

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What people are saying about Tlacolula de Matamoros

Overall rating

4.6
(11 reviews)

Our tours with Rosario and Alejandro were exceptional. We were able to see and learn about all the sites we were interested in, as well as many more that they had knowledge about. We saw more places than we were expecting and learned so much about the history of this region. They were so fun, flexible, accommodating, knowledgeable, punctual, and just awesome all around. They made our time in Oaxaca absolutely fabulous and really connected us to this special region. We highly, highly recommend touring with them; they provide such a unique and rewarding experience.

A superb excursion! Very complete tour, all included. I loved Hierve el Agua. A magnificent landscape not to be missed! Super well organized tour with many stops. The meal, a delight! Our guide was truly amazing and we learned a lot throughout the day

An incredible day! Boiling water is magical! We have learned about these places while enjoying their beauty. The Tule tree is impressive. Also being able to see the textile work that Oaxacans do is super interesting. It's a walk well worth doing!

Our tour was excellent! Javier is very knowledgeable about the areas we went to and used our time wisely. I would recommend the tour highly.

What can I say, other than, PHENOMENAL. We have enjoyed every minute and this tour gets a 10/10 in our book!!