Coyotepec, Jalietza, Ocotlan: 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.