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Oaxaca City Tour, Mexico

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2100 US Dollar (USD)

Oaxaca (Wah-Hah-Kah) is the ancient home of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilization, 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, have a drink and watch the local culture pass by.

As a crafts person, artist, or a traveler who likes unusual places, 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 everyday 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.

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. Friends in the States have expressed interest in these travels and having the opportunity to take "not the normal type of tour" to this region of Mexico. Since then, she has led many successful tours to Oaxaca, Mexico, Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala.

This will be a fantastic experience with visits to an archaeological site, visits to the craft villages, museums, churches, galleries and markets as well as have the ability to meet the people of this area. Do not expect the normal run of the mill tour – this will be a very exciting trip with Sharon as your guide to some wonderful, exciting places in Oaxaca.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Travel Day - Arrive in Oaxaca, Mexico. Transportation from Airport to B&B via taxi/van.

Day 2: Tlacolula Market, visit the Dominican Chapel in Tlacolula, shopping time in the market. Santa Marie del Tule – large, 2000 year old tree. Free time in afternoon. (BLD).

Day 3: Visit to the archaeological site of Monte Alban with our own personal tour guide. Atzompa – pottery making demonstration and visit the village co-op. Walking tour of Oaxaca City to include the Santo Domingo Church, sites around the Zocola and surrounding streets, to the Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre markets and ending at a chocolate making factory to see the process of how chocolate is made. (BLD).

Day 4: Weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle – demo of the spinning, dyeing and weaving processes. Visit to the town market and church. After lunch a visit to the home of a candle maker with a demonstration of how they make the elaborate church alter candles. (BLD).

Day 5: Today is a free day as there is so much to see and do in the city. Sharon will provide the group with a list of museums, churches and markets, but there are so many galleries and everyone loves just strolling up and down the streets at their own pace. (BD).

Day 6: Visit the village and archaeological site of Mitla with our own personal guide. Lunch in the village and plenty of time for shopping. Stop at Mescal factory where we sample this fiery drink made from the agave cactus. (BLD)

Day 7: Travel to Ocotlan for the weekly market, visit the beautiful town church and a visit to the home (now a museum) of painter Rodolfo Morales. In the afternoon visit to a woodcarving home/studio in San Martin Tilcajete for a wood carving and painting demonstration.

Day 8: Today will be entirely at your own pace. Recommendations: Abastos Market, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, Benito Juarez Market (has a great selection of huipils and other textiles), 20 de Noviembre Market, Basilica La Soledad, just 2 blocks from the Casa with a small museum and a courtyard with vendors that sell nieves (a cross between water ice and ice cream.) Very special farewell dinner planned. (BD).

Day 9: Coffee, juice and toast before we leave the Casa for an early departure to the airport and travel back to the United States. (B).

Supplemental Tour Information:
We stay at a bed and breakfast that is owned by an American. The owner has many successful years in the hospitality industry. The bed and breakfast is only a few minutes from the town square and the rooms are set around a veranda and flower filled gardens. Their friendly staff gives personal service and prepares delicious home style meals.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Lodging.
- All meals (as noted in the itinerary).
- Ground transportation to and from the airport.
- Walking tour of Oaxaca.
- Daily tours per the itinerary.
- Museum/archaeological site admissions. Lodging at a B&B in Oaxaca City where they serve wonderful Oaxacan cuisine.

This tour is limited to 8 people. Single rooms are very limited – you may be paired with another single traveler. $1850 pp/double (2 people in 1 room), $1850 pp/single If Available - (small single room with bath) $2200 pp/ 1 person in a double room.
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About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2003

Since the early 1990’s, I have concentrated some of my 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, I have been drawn to this area which is especially rich in traditional Mexican crafts and has many interesting...

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