Oaxaca is a mecca of fine ruins, talented folk artists, regional cuisine, and warm hospitality. Discover the wonders of this magical region with a small group of travelers on a 10-day guided tour. Travel to the most impressive archaeological sites, watch internationally-known folk artists create masterpieces from raw materials, sample and learn to prepare the famous Oaxacan cuisine, all this as you enjoy some of the finest and most varied shopping in all of Mexico.
Veteran guides Linda Ford and Doug (Diego) Rhodes work together to provide you with a varied tour with something for everyone.
Linda knows Oaxaca intimately from numerous visits and living with an Oaxacan family while studying at a language school. She is author of A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Mexico’s Copper Canyon Region, created Copper Canyon Wildflower Tours, and has been leading trips with Diego since 2010.
Formerly of Adobe Tours, Diego began taking tours throughout Mexico in the early 1980s. In 1990 he began construction and operation of Hotel Paraiso del Oso in the Copper Canyon where he now resides. Fully bilingual and bicultural, his tours are distinguished by organization combined with a flexibility and spontaneity that takes full advantage of the vibrant Mexican culture.
DISCOVER OAXACA ITINERARY
Monday, February 6, Day 1 – Meet in Oaxaca, capital of the state with the same name. Because flights may arrive late, we have no formal activities scheduled for today. Lodging during the tour is at the Posada de Chencho, a lovely guest house 20 minutes walking from the Zocálo
Tuesday, February 7, Day 2 – Every day at the Posada begins with a different, filling Oaxacan breakfast including fruit, coffee, tea, or Oaxacan hot chocolate. Morning orientation walk to the Zocálo, Cathedral (a lavishly decorated Santa Domingo church), and other points of interest. Lunch in one of the areas many fine restaurants. B,L
Wednesday, February 8, Day 3 – Cooking class with Susana Trilling. First, we visit the market at Etla sampling different foods. After lunch at the market, we are driven to the Seasons of the Heart. In a beautiful setting at a ranch in the Valle of Etla, we have a class on Oaxacan cooking including preparing several courses and then served the delicious food that we have prepared. B,L,D
Thursday, February 9, Day 4 – Morning trip to the quiet country Zaachila mercado. Make your own chocolate or mole mix at the local mill using natural ingredients. Dine on delicious food with the locals at the market. Visit the site of a beautiful, historic Dominican monastery, the Ex-convento de Santiago Apóstol at Cuilápan, with the unfinished church that has stood roofless since work stopped in 1560. This is the final resting place of the legendary Princesa Donajii (Daughter of the last Zapotec king of Zaachila). B,L
Friday, February 10, Day 5 – Many artists we visit today are world renowned. You will see black pottery being made at San Bartolo Coyotepec; the Aguilar sisters in Ocotlán welcome you into their homes as they create colorful characters from clay; and at his San Martin Tilcajete home, Margarito Melchor demonstrates how he begins carving masterpieces using only a machete. The charming back-strap weavers at Santa Tomas Jalietza offer some of the finest weavings of Mexico. Since Ocotlán is also the hometown of the artist Rodolfo Morales, you will have the opportunity to visit the handsome 16th century church that his foundation renovated as well as the ex-convent that was turned into a really lovely museum that houses his artwork. B,L
Saturday, February 11, Day 6 – Feel like a modern-day explorer as you enter the pre-Columbian mountaintop ruins of Monte Albán. One of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán’s importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. B
Sunday, February 12, Day 7 – Free day to explore: eg. Oaxaca Cultural Museum, Ethnobotanic Gardens, courtyards of Hotel Camino Real, Benito Juárez and 20th of November markets, art museums, or just people watch at café at Zocálo.
Monday, February 13, Day 8 – The Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle is known world-wide for the quality of its hand woven rugs. Using natural ingredients, Benito Hernández Contreras will share his craft with you beginning with raw wool and ending with a colorful piece suitable for display or everyday use. We will also visit Vida Nueva (New Life) which is a weaving cooperative creating economic and artistic opportunities for Zapotec women. B,L
Tuesday, February 14, Day 9 – Travel east to the ruins of Mitla, an ancient city founded more than 1000 years after Monte Albán. The architecture is a hybrid of Zapotec-Mixtec culture. Less massive and totally different than Monte Albán, the site is famous for exquisite “greca” stone fretwork. The local church, San Pablo Apostol Church, is worth visiting. Near the ruins is the Mercado de Artesanias which offers some of the best textile shopping during the tour. B,L Happy Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 15, Day 10 – Optional walking tour to some sights you may have missed: eg. Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Centro Académico y Cultural San Pablo, Museo de Pintores Oaxaqueños, Artisans’ Market, La Mano Mágica, just to name some possiblities. Walking tour will end at Zocálo for a cool beverage. Afternoon free for packing with gala farewell dinner. B,D
Thursday, February 16, Day 11 – Tour ends after breakfast. B
We are offering a 4-day add on guided tour to Chiapas for $500 per person (details upon request)
TOUR SIZE: This tour will operate with minimum of 8 people and maximum 16.
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: The fee for the tour is $2,036 per person double occupancy. This includes lodging, meals as indicated, guided tours with translator, admission fees, ground transportation, and information packet with map. It does not include airfare from your home to and return from Oaxaca, transportation to and from airport, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities, or items of a personal nature. Note: B,L,D indicates what meals are included each day. The single supplement for this tour is $350.
TOUR REGISTRATION: To register, please carefully read TERMS AND CONDITIONS, complete RESERVATION FORM, and send signed with deposit. Make checks payable to Copper Canyon Wildflower Tours, send to Linda Ford, 244 NY 355, Poestenkill, NY 12140. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 283-4201.