Guelaguetza 2024

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5 Day Tour
Availability : July 19th, 2024
Max People : 15
Guelaguetza Tour Summary

Jul 19 – Jul 22, 2024

Embark on a fully-escorted journey to experience the vibrant and colorful culture of Oaxaca during the largest folk event in Latin America, the Guelaguetza! Led by an expert host and certified guide from Authentic Mexico Tours, you’ll immerse yourself in the traditional dances, delicious local cuisine, and rich customs of the region.

Discover the rich history and culture of Oaxaca as you explore local markets, delve into ancient archaeology sites, and witness the skillful artistry of master craftspeople in their workshops.

The highlight of the trip will be attending three unforgettable performances of the Guelaguetza including a vibrant parade, an engaging theatre play, and the main performance showcasing the best traditional dances, costumes, and music of Oaxaca.

Get ready to feast your eyes and ears, as you will be surrounded by traditional music, colorful costumes, and the unique flavors of Oaxacan cuisine. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the authentic culture of Mexico and be part of the annual celebration of the Guelaguetza.

  • Fully escorted tour, with the services of an Authentic Mexico Tours host, who is also a certified guide
  • Experience the largest folk event in Latin America, with dances and food in an experience to remember
  • Visit local markets, archaeological sites and master craftspeople in their workshops
  • Enjoy three different performances related to the Guelaguetza (parade, theatre play and main performance)
Experience details
Not Included

$1,665usd per person (in double room)

  •   You can book with a 30% deposit
  •   Children aged 0-2 are free; children 2-12 pay $250usd (sharing room with parents)
  •   Should you need to cancel, the payment already made is transferable to other tours/departure dates
  •   Single room supplement is $372usd

5 days, 4 nights

Starts in Oaxaca City, July 19th, 2024

Ends in Oaxaca City, July 23rd, 2024

  •    Traveler insurance, valid for the entirety of the tour (7 days, please request separate document for coverage)
  •    4 overnights in a well located, locally rated 4* hotel (La Noria Centro Historico)
  •    4 breakfasts at the hotels or markets, including taxes and service charges where applicable
  •    Entrance fees according to described itinerary
  •    Guelaguetza tickets
  •    Tips for porters and maids at hotels
  •    Private vehicle for the group with A/C (highway fees, parking fees and driver expenses included)
  •    Licensed English-speaking guide
  •    Small group tour (max 12 guests)
  •    Airfare to and from any airports
  •    Meals not described as included in the itinerary
  •    Personal expenses, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, snacks
  •    Tips or gratuities for driver and Authentic Mexico Tours host/guide
  •    Anything not specifically and explicitly described as included in the itinerary
Day to day description
Experience the vibrant culture and history of Oaxaca on this 7-day Guelaguetza journey
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Upon your arrival in the delightful city of Oaxaca, our team will warmly welcome you and accompany you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. Take the evening to unwind after your journey and prepare for the experiences ahead.

Accommodation at La Noria Centro Historico; no meals included today

Dive into a captivating city tour of Oaxaca, exploring the intricacies of the Santo Domingo temple, the lively local market, and the enlightening Museo de las Culturas – and enjoy a delicious mezcal tasing experience. As the day concludes, immerse yourself in the lively Guelaguetza parade, a colorful downtown spectacle showcasing the vibrant culture and traditions of Oaxaca through local group performances.

 Accommodation at La Noria Centro Historico; breakfast included today

Indulge in the aromatic scents of a local market in a small Oaxacan town and savor the delicious flavors of local delicacies and fresh produce. Gain insight into ancient traditions by visiting picturesque craftspeople towns like San Bartolo Coyotepec and San Martin Tilcajete, where skilled artisans craft their wares. Experience the captivating theater performance of the Donaji Princess, offering a glimpse into the rich local culture.

 Accommodation at La Noria Centro Historico; breakfast included today

Uncover the region’s rich history at the archaeological site of Monte Alban, renowned for its ceremonial dance engravings. Following the guided visit, explore the charming town of Cuilapam and its impressive ex-monastery, a stunning piece of colonial architecture. As the sun sets, attend the pinnacle of your journey, the Guelaguetza main event, a dazzling display of dances, colors, and music showcasing the cultural richness of the region.

Accommodation at La Noria Centro Historico; breakfast included today

Your journey concludes as we transfer you to OAX airport at the designated time. Depart feeling enriched by the beautiful culture and experiences of Oaxaca, carrying memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for choosing to explore Oaxaca with us!

No accommodation provided today; breakfast included today


When is this tour happening?

The tour starts July 19th and ends July 25th, 2024

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends at the airport in Oaxaca (OAX). If you require a different start or end spot, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.

Can I extend my stay in Mexico City, Oaxaca, or any other?

Of course. Please let us know in advance, so we can make the appropriate arrangements. We might need to charge an additional supplement for a private transfer if needed, depending on your choice of an extension before or after the tour. Should you need help choosing a place to extend your stay, just let us know.

What is the activity level of this tour?

This tour is very easy going. There will be walking in hot weather, so remember to bring water bottles from the hotel, or purchase on the way. It will not be too physically demanding, but you need to be able to walk comfortably on uneven terrain, dirt paths and cobble stone streets, and climb up steps. Climbing on the temples and pyramids can be a bit more demanding, but this is optional.

What should I bring?

We expect the weather to be hot throughout the tour, so make sure to stay hydrated and cool. You will be walking in archaeological sites, cobblestone streets and markets, so bring comfortable, light clothes, walking shoes, and sunscreen. Sunglasses and bug spray are also recommended. We all like to look good for every picture, but try and pack on the lighter side. Please remember to bring some cash in case you want to buy anything, and for tips to our Authentic Mexico Tours host and for the driver.

I still have questions!

We love questions. Please send us an email or use our contact form and we’ll be happy to go through any unanswered questions you may have, and send the detailed itinerary.

What are the Guelaguetza events included?

There are three events related to Guelaguetza included in this itinerary:

  1. Guelaguetza parade: on the evening of the Saturday prior to the main event (which happens on a Monday), the performers dress up in full costumes and flood the streets of Oaxaca, which fills with colour, music, and dances.
  2. Princess Donaji theater play: a beautiful folk story that tells the story of Princess Donaji, performed at the Guelaguetza Auditorium in Oaxaca City, the Sunday prior to the main event
  3. Guelaguetza main event: performed on the evening of Monday, July 22nd, the main event includes many performances dancing to traditional, folk music from all regions in the state of Oaxaca, and takes place at the Guelaguetza Auditorium in Oaxaca City
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James V

Family Traveller

We really appreciated the team and Authentic Mexico Tours, and will surely book with them again.

July 22, 2023


Family Traveller

Everything was fabulous, our tour guide was very good, knowledgeable and passionate about his job.

July 20, 2023


Family Traveller

The tour planning was great, the tour itself was really good, and the show was simply spectacular

August 2, 2022

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