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Crafts such as woodcarving, weaving, pottery, metal working, baskets and masks are just a few of the crafts that appear everywhere, and are an important part of every day life in Oaxaca. When we travel to the villages you will see the primitiveness of this area and their craft work reflects their wonderful culture. You will experience the markets which come alive with sights, smells and sounds that one will never forget. The markets have vast selections of all types of crafts. Oaxaca (Wah-Hah-Kah) is the ancient home of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations, builders of Monte Alban and Mitla. It is a charming colonial city, with grand churches, museums and public buildings. The zocalo (town square) is a place where people relax, listen to the mariachi bands and a great place to watch the local life.
We will stay at a bed and breakfast that is owned by an American. She has many successful years as both a tour guide and in the hospitality industry in this region. The bed and breakfast is only a few minutes walk to the town square and the rooms are set around a verandah and flower filled gardens. Their friendly staff gives personal service and prepares delicious home style meals.
This will be a fantastic experience with craft demonstration, hands-on workshops, trips to Oaxaca’s major archeological sites, visits to the craft villages, markets, museums and galleries, and the ability to meet the craftspeople of this area. Do not expect the normal run of the mill tour – this will be a very exciting trip with me as your guide to some wonderful, exciting places in Oaxaca.
The tour are small in size, no more than 12 people. We travel at a relaxed pace as many of my former travelers are in their 50's, 60's and 70's and stay at the same B&B for the entire trip - so you won't need to unpack and repack your suitcase every few days.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Since the early 1990's, Sharon has concentrated some of her textile, craft and travel interests to the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico. As a textile artist, collector of textiles and an avid traveler to Mexico, she was drawn to this area which is especially rich in traditional Mexican crafts and has many interesting mountain villages that are home to native craftspeople. Over the years she has enjoyed becoming friends with many of these Mexican craftspeople, merchants, museum curators and lodging owners. During the mid-70's Sharon learned how to weave and within a year or two began to participant in craft shows until 2010 when she decided to 'retire' from attending craft shows. However, the "fibers" are still in her blood and there remains a passion for weaving and a plan to continue making handwoven scarves, accessories and housewares to be sold through shops, galleries and this website.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to provide craft and cultural travel experiences to small groups, which allows them to get a special glimpse of life in Oaxaca, while learning about different artisanal trades, traditional foods and customs.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Currently we specialize in tours to Oaxaca, Mexico, but will be expanding to Puebla, Mexico at some point in the future.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
During the mid-70's Sharon learned how to weave and within a year or two began to participant in craft shows until 2010 when she decided to 'retire' from attending craft shows. However, the "fibers" are still in her blood and there remains a passion for weaving and a plan to continue making handwoven scarves, accessories and housewares to be sold through shops, galleries and this website.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
We only provide tours to Oaxaca, Mexico and people love them because of the small size, the personalized service and attention to every detail.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"Where is the next place you are planning a tour?" . . . a returning customer is the best kind of customer.
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