Gabriel, a genius who loves to share his knowledge

My husband and I enjoyed beautiful, pleasant, serene days in the Oaxaca area with Gabriel, to include visits to a petrified waterfall, mescal farm, weavers and potterers studios, local Sunday market... and so much more. Beautiful people, culture and territory. Thank you for a memory we won't forget. See you again, dear friend. Mike and Paula, Sedona Arizona

Paula M - Sedona, Arizona

Tours in Oaxaca
5
2018-09-12T16:12:24+00:00

Paula M - Sedona, Arizona

My husband and I enjoyed beautiful, pleasant, serene days in the Oaxaca area with Gabriel, to include visits to a petrified waterfall, mescal farm, weavers and potterers studios, local Sunday market... and so much more. Beautiful people, culture and territory. Thank you for a memory we won't forget. See you again, dear friend. Mike and Paula, Sedona Arizona

Outstanding

Gabriel Sanchez was our tour guide in March for our holiday from Mexico City to Cancun. He could not have done more to make our holiday perfect. His passion for his country and its history was apparent from the very beginning... I am disabled and wasn't able to walk around all the sites but I was very happy to sit and wait for the group.... He really put himself out for people, nothing was too much trouble for him. I have travelled extensively and have come across guides of every type, some dreadful and others OK, with a few outstanding and Gabriel definitely falls into that category. I would recommend him to anyone travelling in Mexico. I wonder if he still has his whistle!

S S - Bristol, United Kingdom

Tours in Oaxaca
5
2018-09-12T16:19:07+00:00

S S - Bristol, United Kingdom

Gabriel Sanchez was our tour guide in March for our holiday from Mexico City to Cancun. He could not have done more to make our holiday perfect. His passion for his country and its history was apparent from the very beginning... I am disabled and wasn't able to walk around all the sites but I was very happy to sit and wait for the group.... He really put himself out for people, nothing was too much trouble for him. I have travelled extensively and have come across guides of every type, some dreadful and others OK, with a few outstanding and Gabriel definitely falls into that category. I would recommend him to anyone travelling in Mexico. I wonder if he still has his whistle!

Excellent Tour Guide

Gabriel Sanchez was our guide on our recent "Treasures of Mexico" tour. He is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic that he made every part of our visit a truly enjoyable experience. Not only did he tell us about the local history and culture, but his knowledge of the local food and drink was also exceptional and he shared some fantastic restaurant experiences with us. Despite a sometimes punishing schedule, he never showed any signs of tiredness or lack of enthusiasm and this was a great inspiration for our group.

MCook18 - Port de Pollenca, Spain

Tours in Oaxaca
5
2018-09-12T15:01:41+00:00

MCook18 - Port de Pollenca, Spain

Gabriel Sanchez was our guide on our recent "Treasures of Mexico" tour. He is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic that he made every part of our visit a truly enjoyable experience. Not only did he tell us about the local history and culture, but his knowledge of the local food and drink was also exceptional and he shared some fantastic restaurant experiences with us. Despite a sometimes punishing schedule, he never showed any signs of tiredness or lack of enthusiasm and this was a great inspiration for our group.

Our Oaxaca guide for 4 years on small group tours and personalized car trips

Gabe makes an outing extra special with the details of local folklore and indigenous specialties. He incorporates his knowledge of other cultures relating to Mexico's customs and offerings. He has also been a kind of concierge directing us to local services such as lodging and transportation options.

jas550 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tours in Oaxaca
5
2018-09-12T16:15:56+00:00

jas550 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Gabe makes an outing extra special with the details of local folklore and indigenous specialties. He incorporates his knowledge of other cultures relating to Mexico's customs and offerings. He has also been a kind of concierge directing us to local services such as lodging and transportation options.

From one tour guide about another!

I have a small tour company in Nogales, Az. I used Gabriel Sanchez on our second 8-day tour to Oaxaca. He was excellent! He is personable, knowledgeable, caring about my clients and able to go off itinerary when interesting things popup. I have experienced many guides over the 20 years in business and he is be far one of the best. You can't go wrong using Gabe!

Linda R - Nogales, Arizona

Tours in Oaxaca
5
2018-09-12T16:09:46+00:00

Linda R - Nogales, Arizona

I have a small tour company in Nogales, Az. I used Gabriel Sanchez on our second 8-day tour to Oaxaca. He was excellent! He is personable, knowledgeable, caring about my clients and able to go off itinerary when interesting things popup. I have experienced many guides over the 20 years in business and he is be far one of the best. You can't go wrong using Gabe!

We were so lucky

We were so lucky to have booked a private tour of Monte Alban and Oaxaca area artisan villages with Gabriel! He picked us up promptly at 9am from our Oaxaca airbnb in his comfortable car and immediately I knew we were in good hands. Gabriel speaks fluent English. He obtained his history degree from a university in Texas, and was also trained to be an Oaxaca area tour guide by National Geographic. He also speaks French, Spanish and Zapoteco. His passion for history and for explaining the sites you choose to visit was well evident. He was intelligent and friendly and he knows Oaxaca inside out. We had a fantastic tour with Gabriel. Highly recommendable!

Trisha Sen - Google Reviews

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5
2020-01-06T23:17:02+00:00

Trisha Sen - Google Reviews

We were so lucky to have booked a private tour of Monte Alban and Oaxaca area artisan villages with Gabriel! He picked us up promptly at 9am from our Oaxaca airbnb in his comfortable car and immediately I knew we were in good hands. Gabriel speaks...
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COVID-19

Due to the New Normal, I would like to inform you that I am aware of the situation that we are living world wide due to COVID-19. I have prepared myself taking courses by the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMMS) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, taking the necessary precautions to give you and your family a safe trip. If we work together, we can travel together…
A private service is the best option to travel safe and according to your needs and interests.

Prevention Policy

  • Temperature check
  • Have a temperature less than 38° / 98.6°
  • Use of face masks at all times
  • Use of hand sanitizer
  • Practice social distancing

* Hand sanitizer provided by me

About Me

I wasn’t only born in Oaxaca but am descendant of one of the 16 original indigenous groups that exist in this beautiful state… the Zapotecs. Having studied in the USA, I speak English fluently and have an advanced level of French as well not to mention speaking my native dialect of Zapoteco.
Though I mainly work in Oaxaca, my affiliations with various other reputable travel agencies have me travelling outside the state of Oaxaca quite a bit. This has given me, unlike most other local tour guides, the opportunity to extend my knowledge base and experience beyond Oaxaca and into other parts of the country. Therefore extended tours to other amazing areas of the Mexican Republic are also offered for my more adventurous clients. I assure you a safe and memorable experience no matter where you want to go or what you want to do here in Mexico.
Being a guide is my passion and my ULTIMATE GOAL is to make every tour unique, comfortable, cultural and memorable for all the travelers visiting Oaxaca.
I wasn’t only born in Oaxaca but am descendant of one of the 16 original indigenous groups that exist in this beautiful state… the Zapotecs. Having studied in the USA, I speak English fluently and have an advanced level of French as well not to mention speaking my native dialect of Zapoteco.
Though I mainly work in Oaxaca, my affiliations with various other reputable travel agencies have me travelling outside the state of Oaxaca quite a bit. This has given me, unlike most other local tour guides, the opportunity to extend my knowledge base and experience beyond Oaxaca and into other parts of the country. Therefore extended tours to other amazing areas of the Mexican Republic are also offered for my more adventurous clients. I assure you a safe and memorable experience no matter where you want to go or what you want to do here in Mexico.
Being a guide is my passion and my ULTIMATE GOAL is to make every tour unique, comfortable, cultural and memorable for all the travelers visiting Oaxaca.

Services

Tours

I can take you on a pre-packaged tour or we can design you a personalized tour, either way I guarantee you absolute safety and comfort the whole trip. Check out my tour packages here and if you want an estimate for a personaliazed tour, contact me here with the details.

Tour Guide

I am a certified and highly qualified tour guide for ALL the tourist attractions in Mexico. If you already have a way to get around and only need a guide, I can do this for you. Contact me here with your itinerary.

Transportation

If you’re coming to Oaxaca and need only transportation to get around, I can rent you a car, a van or a bus with a driver depending on you needs. It doesn’t matter if you plan on staying in Oaxaca or if you want to go to other states, I can assure you the best prices around. Get an estimate here.

Tours

All tours leave from the Historic center of Oaxaca with pick up at your hotel at 9am.

Monte Alban

9:30 to 11:30 hrs

Monte Alban is one of the first cities in Mesoamerica as well as one of the most powerful, located 10 kilometers outside Oaxaca city at a height of 2,000 meters above sea level. The civilization started around 500 bc by the Zapotec civilization and then eventually was populated by the Mixteca culture. Monte Alban was the seat of power over the central valleys, it`s political influence extending far beyond the walls of it’s city.

San Bartolo Coyotepec

12:00 to 13:00 hrs

This town has become world famous for it’s hand-made black pottery. One of the most coveted qualities of their black pottery is the shiny finish given to it by rubbing it with a quartz crystal before firing it in an underground homemade kiln.

Lunch

13:30 to 14:30 hrs

Arrazola

15:00 to 16:30 hrs

The famous alebrijes started in Mexico city but it was brought here to Oaxaca by the people of Arrazola and perfected. Practically all of the families in this town make a living by creating these wood carvings most of which are of mystical creatures painted colorfully, an art handed down from generation to generation.

Cuilapam

17:00 to 18:00 hrs

Just stepping in this ex-convent is like stepping back into the 16th century. Never finished for unknown reasons, this beautiful yet ominous construction is a must see whilst here in Oaxaca.

The Tule Tree

9:30 to 10:30 hrs

An ahuehuete tree with a height of 42 meters and a diameter of 14 meters, the Tule Tree is arguably the oldest tree in the world. Through the millenium, amazing figures have emerged on its trunk and branches that have taken on a life of their own. Surrounded by markets and outdoor restaurants, the Tule Tree is a great place to visit on your way to Mitla.

Teotitlan del Valle

11:00 to 12:00 hrs

Teotitlan is filled with a wonderfully colorful zapotec tradition, the weaving of wool rugs, or how we say it in Mexico, “tapetes“. The whole town’s primary income comes from the selling of these tapetes so it offers tourists gallery after gallery of simple and complex rug weavings which vary from family to family. You can find the simple Mitla grecas in their weavings o even a painting from Picasso, such is their skill.

Sit down and watch a demonstration of how they weave and how they create the colors of their tapetes using plants and the cochinilla insect.

Lunch

12:30 to 13:30 hrs

Mezcal Factory

14:00 to 15:00 hrs

One of the alcoholic beverages that Oaxaca is known for is Mezcal. Oaxaca, having 8 different regions, offers a grand variety of mezcals and what better way to enjoy some than going to a mezcal factory where you can observe how it is made and then taste test as many as you want.

Mitla

15:30 to 17:00 hrs

The second most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, Mitla, which means “The place of the dead”, was a ceremonial and religious construction for the priests and nobel classes of the Zapotec culture. Mitla is the only archaeological site in Mesoamerica decorated with elaborate grecas and geometric figures which cover walls, friezes and tombs making Mitla quite a unique destination.

Hierve el agua (extra)

17:30 to 18:30 hrs

Passing Mitla and going up into the mountains for about 30 minutes, you arrive at “Hierve el agua”, or “The Water Boils”. Known for it’s large petrified waterfalls and the natural spings which bubble up from underground giving this place its name, Hierve el agua is a place of beauty, rest and relaxation. Take a dip in the springs and enjoy the view and a nice typical Oaxacan lunch.

Guelatao

10:30 – 11:30 hrs

Ixtlan

11:00 – 12:30 hrs

Lunch

12:30 – 13:30 hrs

Calpulalpan

14:00 – 15:30 hrs

If it’s nature you want, you don’t want to miss out on a trip to the Sierra Norte. Small towns and beautiful mountain views await as you visit San Pablo Guelatao, where president Benito Juárez was born, then on to the ecotourisim town of Ixtlan de Juárez where you can visit their beautiful church and take a stroll around town. Our last stop is Calpulalpan where you can get a nice relaxing temazcal and if you’re lucky enjoy some of the music the town is famous for.

Tule Tree

9:00am – 11:00am

First we stop at the village Santa Maria del Tule, the town that is home to the famous Tule Tree… a 2000 year old ahuehuete with the largest diameter trunk in the world.

Teotitlán del Valle

11:15am – 2:00pm

Live the joy of the Zapotec Culture in a unique way. Discover the essence of it by spending time with a Zapotec family in Teotitlán del Valle, who through their art, will take you into a deep indigenous experience full of colors and textures.

You will learn the techniques for creating natural dyes in a plethora of colors the way the ancient Zapotecs did. You will not only learn about their art but will also enjoy a delicious Zapotec meal. And you will most certainly pick up quite a few Zapotec words while you are there as well.

Minimum 2 People

Mitla

9:00 – 11:30 hrs

The second most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, Mitla, which means “The place of the dead”, was a ceremonial and religious construction for the priests and nobel classes of the Zapotec culture. Mitla is the only archaeological site in Mesoamerica decorated with elaborate grecas and geometric figures which cover walls, friezes and tombs making Mitla quite a unique destination.

Lunch

12:00 – 13:00 hrs

Yagul

13:30 – 14:30 hrs

Was an important place for the zapotecos in the year 600 A.D, this site was mostly used as a military point and gave great defense to the zapotecos against their enemies. The important places to visit here is, the ceremonial plaza, triple tumb, ball court and residence area not to mention the fortress that is open still to visitors. The name Yagul means “old tree” in zapotec language.

Teotitlán del Valle

15:00 – 16:00 hrs

Teotitlan is filled with a wonderfully colorful zapotec tradition, the weaving of wool rugs, or how we say it in Mexico, “tapetes“. The whole town’s primary income comes from the selling of these tapetes so it offers tourists gallery after gallery of simple and complex rug weavings which vary from family to family. You can find the simple Mitla grecas in their weavings o even a painting from Picasso, such is their skill. Sit down and watch a demonstration of how they weave and how they create the colors of their tapetes using plants and the cochinilla insect. Ask about our natural dying classes

Zaachila Market – Thursdays

10:00 – 13:00 hrs

Ocotlan Market – Fridays

10:00 – 13:00 hrs

Tlacolula Market – Sundays

10:00 – 13:00 hrs

If anything characterizes Oaxaca it’s its food. Regional dishes such as black mole, coloradito, green and red estofado, stuffed chiles and higaditos attract hungy national and international tourists. But the food doesn’t just appear on the table. It is carefully prepared with ingredients that come from the many local markets. On Thursdays the town of Zaachila  has its local market. Fridays belong to Ocotlan which is one of the most important markets in Oaxaca after Tlacolula which is the largest and most indigenous market in Oaxaca taking place every Sunday. Local Oaxacan markets of filled with color and smells that you just don’t experience any other place in the world, so come and experience it for yourself!

Walking City Tour

9:00 – 12:00 hrs

Declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1987 by the UNESCO, the city of Oaxaca is full of old churches, colonial edifices, interesting museums and restaurants. The Santo Domingo church is the main attraction and one of the most beautiful ones due to its gold laminated walls and altars. Next to the church, you can visit the Santo Domingo museum, one of the most important museums in Oaxaca. Let’s not forget the local markets dotted all around the city with their delicious food and colorful stands. Take in our beautiful Oaxacan culture as you walk through the cobblestone streets of our vibrant and enigmatic city.

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