Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - "Mágico Oaxaca"  Tour
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Who could resist falling under the spell of ‘Magic Town’? This stop is included in this day trip taking in Guelatao-Capulálpam, Ixtlan de Juarez and Mendez. This comprehensive day tour includes the famous attraction St Paul Guelatao, the birthplace of Don Benito Juarez, Father of the Americas. As you circumnavigate the scenic lake, be transported back to life in the time of Don Benito.
This second destination is pretty Ixtlan Juarez, a town that time forgot, nestled in the heart of the Sierra. Visit the town’s majestic eighteenth century Church to view magnificent baroque altarpieces, before stepping outside to take in a breathtaking view of the Villa.
Adventurous visitors can try their hand at rappelling or zip-lining, two of the eco-tourism ventures available in the valley.
Take time to wander the streets of Capulalpam Mendez town. Learn about its history as a gold mining town, before community action eradicated the industry to protect the stunning surrounding environment – an ongoing battle that continues to this day.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: 9am.
End/closing time: Between 5pm and 6pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.

Available until 29 December 2017
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Coyotepec, Jalietza, Ocotlan
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: A trio of ancient indigenous Mexican gems awaits you on this fabulous day of discovery. The first of the fascinating stops is the quaint Villa of San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for its expertly crafted black pottery, desired and collected worldwide. Here you will have the opportunity to witness a demonstration of the elaborate, traditional techniques used to create this typical regional product. Be tempted by these and numerous other colourful and quality original handicrafts on show in this lively pueblo.
Only 20 minutes away, the next stop is the village of Santo Tomas Jalietza, where you can visit a typical handmade textile works. The workshop at Santo Tomas Jalietza is most widely known for the manufacture of detailed, flamboyant and brightly coloured traditional dresses. Browse, wander, shop and enjoy learning about this important traditional and economic activity. But make sure you save a few pennies for the next destination – the busy bustling indigenous markets to be found in the village of Ocotlan de Morelos.
Admire the sprawling maze of stalls, where typical wares are proudly displayed for sale. Take in the village’s beautiful old church, and travel back in time with a visit to the house of the famous painter Rodolfo Morales. Be swept away by the bold colours, dream like depictions and surrealist creations of this Mexican master. Dig up a trio of treasures during your time in Oaxaca!
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 2pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Dominica Path, Coixtlahuaca & Teposcolula
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: This tour will take you to 3 of the most important Dominica order places in Oaxaca, starting with SANTO DOMINGO YANHUITLÁN. This beautiful place which name in Mixtec means "The New Llano". Here you can admire the Temple and former convent of Santo Domingo, set that, at the time, was the second largest order of the Dominica in the Oaxaca region. Today, it is one of the most outstanding examples of new Spain architecture of the sixteenth century. Then you will know, Saint Peter and Paul Teposcolula.
The Dominicans settled here in 1541, starting soon after building a fabulous religious complex with a magnificent open chapel which is one of the most important works of the sixteenth century in New Spain. Note that this chapel had two choirs, one for singers and one for musicians. At the time, the chapel was decorated with an altarpiece by the painters Andrés de la Concha and Andrés Pereyns of those few works are preserved inside the temple.
Finally you will visit SAN JUAN BAUTISTA Coixtlahuaca, Its decoration, mainly outside the temple, presents very original features, along with magnificent sculptures, among which the assembly formed by San Juan Bautista, flanked by St. Peter and St. James and a series of shell-shaped niches, large rosettes, medallions and symbols of passion.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up
Duration: 9 hours.
Start/opening time: 9am.
End/closing time: 6pm.
Languages: English, Spanish.

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Hierve el Agua, Mezcal Factory and Teotitlán del Valle
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: In this tour we will visit the greatest petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, one with 95 feet taller another with 40 feet taller, made of carbonated water that falls springs localized on the top of the mountain. You will have enough time to swim on natural pools, walk through the trails with local guides and enjoy the beautiful landscape of this place.
We will learn the Mezcal process and enjoy some shots of different mezcal flavors that they offer.
Finally we will visit the Zapotec weavers town, Teotitlán del Valle, in this place the weavers use ancestral techniques to make and paint the rugs, most of them are personal designs and also imitations of famous artists like Toledo, Picasso and Tamayo.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel lobby.
Duration: 7 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 4pm.
Languages: Bilingual (Spanish and English)
Others: We recommend use comfy clothes, jeans, tennis and sweater. If you want to swim bring suit and towel.

Available until 31 December 2017
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Mitla, Tule y Teotitlan
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Meet Santa Maria de Tule’s most famous, favourite and much loved resident, the Tule Tree. Gaze in awe upon this marvellous natural wonder, letting your eyes wander along its tangle twisting roots and branches. With a trunk circumference of 42 metres and diameter of 14 metres, Tule’s tree is a truly colossal specimen. A typical species of the swampy areas that surround this region, the ancients called the tree Ahueheute, meaning The Old of the Water.
Following your encounter with this gentle arboreal giant, you will continue to the small and picturesque village of Teatitlan del Valle. Here you can observe as local artisans demonstrate the elaborate and intricate process of throwing a typical Mexican rug. Stroll the quiet, enchanting streets of the town, and take time to make any purchases you desire along the way.
Architectural treasures await you at the next stop, the archaeological zone of Mitla. Witness a number of recovered architectonic ‘groups’ of artefacts, paying special attention to the impressive ‘North Group’ of columns, which formed part of a catholic temple dedicated to San Pablo. Since the first temple was destroyed, this once revered building has been carefully restored on the same foundations and using pieces of the original structure, making it a reborn product of its own destruction.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 2pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Not included: Meal, drinks, entrance fees.

Available until 31 December 2017
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Monte Alban 4 Hours
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Explore the amazing pre-Columbian archaeological site of Monte Alban in this morning tour from Oaxaca. Explore this impressive mountain-top complex with its magnificent pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, a huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs in the company of a knowledgeable local guide.
Unesco-designated World Heritage Site Monte Alban is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Oaxaca Valley. Its history can be traced back to around 500 B. C. when Zapotec builders began levelling the mountaintop and constructing terraces and other works. Around 800 A. D. the Zapotec people abandoned the city for reasons unknown. The Mixtec people later entered the Valley of Oaxaca in 1200 AD and used the Monte Alban site to bury their elite.
After hotel pick-up, you’ll travel by comfortable coach to the site, situated just 20 minutes away. Explore the massive, well-preserved complex on foot with your professional guide who will provide you with plenty of background to the history of this fascinating site. Visit pyramids, temples and altars, as well as several residential structures – all built around the rectangular Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau.
Marvel at the ball court dating back to 100 BC, and then climb up to the Southern Platform, famous, for its wide staircase and great panoramic views. Admire the wonderful series of rock carvings known as The Dancers and wander around some of Monte Alban’s 170 tombs. You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore on your own before re-boarding your coach back to Oaxaca, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotels.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Not included: Meal, drinks, entrance fees.

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Monte Allbán, Arrazola, Cuilápam de Guerrero and San Bartolo Coyotepec
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Monte Albán is the biggest Zapotec urban center, was builded in Oaxaca and thats because this ruins are the most important of the entire state. It takes part of the World Heritage list of UNESCO, this place is going to be our first stop.
Arrazola is an artisan town. The shapes made of Copal are fantastically carved and painted, called Alebrijes.
Our next stop is Cuilápam de Guerrero, in the XVI century it was a Dominican monastery, we can see the open chapel, the place where General Vicente Guerrero was shot.
Finally, we going to visit San Bartolo Coyotepec, worldwide famous because the beautiful black mud shapes.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel lobby.
Duration: 8 hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
End/closing time: At 6pm.
Languages: Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Others: We recommend use comfy clothes, jeans, tennis and sweater. If you want to swim bring suit and towel.

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Oaxacan Cooking Classes
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: We will start at the market to shop all the fresh ingredients. In the kitchen you will be instructed by a cooker about the prehispanic and culinary techniques and also about the ingredients.
You will prepare sauce, tortillas and a principal dish; it could be traditional black mole or delicious red mole.
This class is an opportunity to learn how to do Oaxaca dishes at home, when your visit in Oaxaca has finished.
It is an interactive and fun class. For a better learn the class is limited to 10 people.
You don’t have to worry about food because you will make it by yourself.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel lobby.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 2pm.
Languages: Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Sunday Market
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: You will be witness of the marvelous XVI construction by San Jerónimo Tlacoyahuaya Friars. In which the most important figures are the altars of Rosario’s Virgi, Descending, Maria and his child, and Angel Gabriel. Also one of the most beautiful art masterpieces made by the Indian painter Juan de Arrué.
We will visit archeological zone Yagul, this city grow as an urban center during the Monte Albán decline (800 d. C ). Later Yagul was established as a city- state in Oaxaca Valley and preserved until the arrival of Spain.
Our last stop is Tlacolula, we will walk through the traditional market, colorful and varied, this fascinating place is in the main Street of the town and Sunday’s only. This is the closest example of prehispanic market because a lot of Indians are involved in the sale.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel lobby.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
End/closing time: At 2pm.
Languages: Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Others: We recommend use comfy clothes, jeans, tennis and sweater.

Available until 27 December 2017
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Wendsday Tour
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Visit some of the Oaxaca Valley’s world-famous craft markets in this morning trip to the settlements of Villa de Etla and San Agustin de Etla. Learn all about the history and culture of these picturesque villages in the company of a friendly local guide, as you explore the narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses and meet some of the local artisans.
Villa de Etla is a colonial-style town situated around 20km from Oaxaca, originally founded by the Spanish in the 17th century. It is centred on the church and former monastery of San Pedro y San Pablo, built from the striking local green sandstone.
The town is now famous for its Wednesday market or tlanguis, attracting artisans from all over the region, selling beautiful, locally manufactured pottery, leather belts and textiles as well as other handicrafts. This market also well-known for its locally produced variety of white cheese, known as Quesillo as well as the local specialities of tamales and barbecued goat cooked in traditional earthenware ovens.
From here it’s just a short drive to the nearby town of San Agustin de Etla. This small town houses the first ever ecological centre for the arts in Latin America, the Centro de las Artes de San Agustin, or CaSa, founded by Mexican artist Francisco Toledo in 2000. This fascinating centre for contemporary culture is housed in an old paper factory and you’ll find several large exhibition spaces, a massive library, photographic laboratories and workshops, all in a stun-ning natural setting.
Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotels.
Duration: Between Four and five hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
End/closing time: Between 2pm and 3pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.

Available until 28 December 2017
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - Xoxo, Cuilapam y Zaachila
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Fall under the spell of the charming village of Arrazola Xoxo in Oaxaca. Marvel at the mysterious folk art this tiny town is famed for. The lovingly carved woodwork made here is a long and important tradition of Zapotecan culture, and one most eloquently expressed in the creation of the famous Alebrijes. The Alebrijes are surreal and magical hand carved pieces, a combination of woodwork and paper craft. A quintessential Mexican favourite, the Alebrijes depict fantastical, bright and colourful creatures that are brought to life by the imagination.
Following your journey into the dreams of Arrazola’s artisans, continue to Cuilapam de Guerrerom, a pretty former monastery nestled amid Oaxaca’s diverse Central Valleys. Wander beneath it towering archways and proud pillars, and hear its fascinating history, as a structure that was started in the XVI century but was never completed.
No tour of this delightful region would be complete without a visit to a local artisan market. It is with this in mind that you make your way to the village of Zaachila, founded around the 13th century AD and named after the Zapotec ruler, Zaachila Yoo. It is now home to a thriving and varied market and a rich archaeological zone, both of which will keep you happily enthralled as you discover the beating heart of Oaxaca.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 2pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Others: Minimum: 7 years. Maximum: 70 years.

Oaxaca Excursions & Tours - ZA de Yagu, Lambyteco, Dainzu Visit Iglesia de tlacochahuaya
Oaxaca Excursions & Tours: Dig up the delights of Dainzu and Yagul, two remarkable Zapotec archaeological sites on the eastern side of the central valleys of Oaxaca. Delve deep into Oaxaca’s past, beginning at ancient Dianzu. This impressive site sits in contrast to the more contemporary developments of nearby Monte Alban and Mitla. A window into Mexican history, Dianzu offers up unique archeological treasures of high artistic quality, setting itself apart from other sites in the area.
Discover the different buildings and galleries, witnessing some of the finest examples of ancient Mexican art and architecture still visible today. After the orientation tour of Dianzu move to Yagul, an intriguing maze of low lying ruins and a former city-state associated with the Zapotec civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The site is considered to be highly precious and was declared one of four Natural Monuments in Mexico in 1998.
Known locally as Pueblo Viejo or ‘Old Village’, Yagul was formerly occupied during the Spanish Conquest. During the occupation, the people of Yagul were moved to the nearby modern town of Tlacolula, about 20km southeast of Oaxaca city, where their descendants can still be found today. Hear the fascinating history of this region as you travel through it with your knowledgeable guide for a true introduction to the Oaxaca of old.
Meeting/pick-up point: the hotel lobby.
Duration: Eight hours.
Start/opening time: 10am.
End/closing time: 6pm.
Languages: Spanish and English.

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