Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful and colourful cities in Mexico and there’s no other place where you can learn more about Mexico´s authentic traditions. During this 5-day Mexico Tour Module you will explore the city itself, as well as the surrounding attractions such as the archeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla, the Tree of Tule and the wonder of Hierve el Agua.
According to your time of arrival you are picked up from the airport of Oaxaca and brought to your hotel. Use the rest of the day to explore the cobblestone streets and plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oaxaca is famous for its delicious regional cuisine. Make sure you try the traditional mole made from over 80 different spices and chilies or tlayudas which are a perfect snack to share made from blue corn maize and topped with delicious ingredients such as refried beans, avocado, local oaxacan cheese and meat. Overnight stay. (Meals: none)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to visit Monte Albán, the most significant archeological excavation of the region. Steep and narrow roads lead up the hill to the largest and most stunning Zapotec city in Oaxaca. You will be fascinated by the beauty and the majesty of this sight. While enjoying an impressive panoramic view over the city and its hinterlands, it’s easy to imagine how the Zapotec used to dominate the whole Southwest of Mexico. Discover more than 20 historical buildings and learn all about the culture of this archaeological site. Afterwards, you will be brought back to your hotel where you will begin your walking city tour through the colonial city center of Oaxaca. During this tour you will visit all the “must” see sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Oaxaca is famous for its indigenous cultures and their artistic abilities. After breakfast you will visit three small villages each specializing in different handicrafts. The first stop is at the village of Jalietza, located 25km from Oaxaca and famous for intricate weaving and embroidery done on waist looms. Visit the 17th century Temple of Saint Tomas before continuing on to the village of Coyotepec. Here you will find a village dedicated to the production of black fired pottery. In small workshops using rudimentary wheels and old techniques spectacular pieces of shiny black pottery are created. The final stop of the day is the village of Tilcajete where colourful alebrijes are made. The carvings typically depict a combination of different animal attributes in brightly painted fantasy. Afterwards, you will be returned to your hotel in Oaxaca. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken towards the archeological excavation of Mitla. On the way you will stop at the famous tree of Tule which is the widest tree in the world. The tree is estimated to be more than 2000 years old and is marked by interesting formations. From here your tour continues to Mitla. Explore this wonderful excavation with its geometric mosaics and fretwork. The next stop of the day is Teotitlán del Valle, a village of weavers. For hundreds of years a large number of families have produced all kinds of woven goods. Take the opportunity to watch weavers fabricate intricate artistic products and get an impression of their traditional way of life. After a short Mezcal tasting in a local Mezcal factory continue to the mesmerizing limestone waterfalls of Hierve el Agua. These waterfalls are, apart from Pamukkale in Turkey, the only natural phenomenon of its kind in the world. Even though the meaning of Hierve el Agua is boiling water, the springs in this area are cool and refreshing. We definitely recommend taking a dip in the natural pools while enjoying the fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterwards, you will be brought back to your hotel in Oaxaca. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
It is time to say “Adiós” to this beautiful, colourful and friendly country with its welcoming people. We hope you had a wonderful trip and we look forward to welcoming you back! Depending on your flight´s departure you will be picked up at your hotel in Oaxaca and taken to the airport. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
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