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.
13:30 to 14:30 hrs
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.
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.
12:30 to 13:30 hrs
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.
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.
10:30 – 11:30 hrs
11:00 – 12:30 hrs
12:30 – 13:30 hrs
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.
2 Day Tour
Day 1: Discover Artistry and Wellness
San Martin Tilcajete: Immerse yourself in the world of Alebrijes, intricate woodcarving figures that are not just art but a cultural treasure. San Martin Tilcajete is renowned for these masterpieces, and you’ll witness skilled artisans crafting them.
Enjoy an Early Lunch: Recharge with a delightful early lunch, savoring local flavors that tantalize your taste buds before setting out on a 2 hours drive to the gorgeous town of San JOsé del Pacífico.
San José del Pacifico: As the afternoon progresses, embark on a unique journey to experience a Temazcal, a sacred steam bath deeply rooted in local traditions. This is not a tourist show but a genuine wellness ritual guided by a local shaman, or “curandero,” who will care for your well-being as you deserve.
Overnight in San Jose del Pacifico: Rest in the tranquil embrace of San Jose del Pacifico, surrounded by the mystique of the Oaxacan mountains.
Day 2: Nature’s Bounty and Mezcal Magic
Morning Hike: Rise early to explore the enchanting forest of San Jose del Pacifico. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, embark on a hike that not only connects you with nature but also treats your senses to breathtaking vistas.
Lunch: Recharge with a delicious lunch amidst the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Mezcal Distillery: On your return journey to Oaxaca, stop at a local mezcal distillery. Here, you’ll witness the age-old process of crafting mezcal and have the opportunity to savor various types of this exquisite spirit, each with its unique flavor derived from different agave varieties.
Join us on this unforgettable journey of artistry, wellness, and the flavors of Mexico’s heartland.
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.