Craftspeople of Oaxaca

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6 Day Tour
Availability : Year round
Max People : 15
Craftspeople of Oaxaca Tour Summary

This experience is available year round, and the pricing shown is subject to variations based on the number of guests in the tour.

Oaxaca is arguably the cultural and gastronomical capital of Mexico. Its markets host some of the best and most imaginative crafts you will see in Mexico, and arguably the best Mexican food. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to get close and intimate with Oaxaca’s craftspeople as we visit the experts in their own shops, in their own towns – and, of course, get a sense of that wonderful Oaxacan cuisine.

  • Visit the local markets of Oaxaca, a feast for the senses as you discover secrets of local culture and gastronomy.
  • Visit four different towns around Oaxaca, each specializing in a unique craft.
  • Enjoy a close look at the craft masters work as we visit them in their workshops
Day to day description
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our team, who will transfer you to the hotel in downtown Oaxaca City.

Accommodation tonight to be provided at La Noria. No meals included today.

Your first day in the cultural and gastronomic capital city of Mexico will be on the easier side: take a city tour to get yourself acquainted with the vibe of the city, and learn more about the history of Oaxaca. You will also visit the main market, to feast all your senses with the colours, the  flavours and the smells, as well as the museum of the city.

Accommodation tonight at La Noria. Breakfast provided.

Today offers a good glimpse into the richness of the state of Oaxaca, as in a single day you will experience archaeology, craft making and natural wonders. First you will visit the archaeological site of Mitla (literally translated as “place of the dead”, or “underworld”), famous for its elaborate and intricate geometric carving designs that can be found around the site. After a visit to the site, you will head to the small town of Teotitlan del Valle, famous for its craftspeople, who have mastered the art of wood weaving, creating colourful, ornate rugs, created on hand operated looms. Finally, before going back to Oaxaca City, you will visit the stunning Tule tree, the widest tree in the world, and among the oldest in Mexico.

Accommodation tonight at La Noria. Breakfast provided.

Day four of the tour leans a bit more on the craft-making side. The tour today starts with a visit to Monte Alban, the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, and notable for its hand carved stones depicting dancing people. Now, get ready for some workshop visits. First, the little town of Santo Tomas Jalieza, where the local craft masters have specialized in embroidering textiles, initially creating mostly belts and giving their hometown the nick name of “city of belts”. Their delicate work can now be found also in rugs, purses, and others. The next town we will visit is San Martin Tilcajete, where the local craftspeople master the unique art of making “alebrijes” which are brightly coloured, wood carved or cardboard-made mythical creatures that are very popular in Mexican folk art. Finally, you will visit the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec, home to black clay pottery, which produces beautiful pieces in a shiny black finish without the need for painting.

Accommodation tonight at La Noria. Breakfast provided.

The last day of touring will take you to witness and learn more about one of the most famous of all the natural wonders of Mexico: the petrified waterfalls. A highly unique and stunning view, the waterfalls provide also an opportunity to bathe in a natural pool formed by a fresh water spring in the mountain. On the way back to Oaxaca City, you will visit a mezcal distillery, where you can learn more about the varieties of mezcal, its difference with tequila, and participate in mezcal tasting.

Accommodation tonight at La Noria. Breakfast provided.

The journey has come to its end. At the specified time, we will pick you up for your transfer to the airport.

No accommodation today. Breakfast included.

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