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$50.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Monte Alban, Arrazola, Coyotepec, Cuilapam Tour from Oaxaca

Upon pickup from your hotel at 10am, travel by comfortable coach to Monte Alban, located approximately 20 minutes from Oaxaca. Translated as ‘White Mountain,’ the immense archeological site stands atop a mountain plateau overlooking the city and valleys below. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins with your knowledgeable guide on a 2.5-hour tour, and learn about the significance of the pre-Columbian ruins as explore the complex.Visit pyramids, temples and altars, as well as several residential structures – all constructed around the rectangular Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau. Climb to the South Platform (Plataforma Sur), a large area known for its wide staircase and great panoramic views. You’ll learn interesting facts about Zapotec culture as you view the ancient ball court and ceremonial platforms, including a series of significant rock carvings called The Dancers (Los Danzantes). Don’t miss some of Monte Alban’s 170 tombs, whose excavations revealed a range of paintings and stone carvings.Re-board the coach for San Antonio Arrazola, a small and quiet town at the foothills of Monte Alban. Spend approximately 45 minutes walking around and taking in the local folk art, such as the world-renowned woodcarvings called alebrijes. Admire the ingenuity of the artisans, comprising 80 local families, who carve the figures – depicting a fantastic zoology of mythical creations and monsters – from the copal tree.Next, head to Cuilapam de Guerrero, a traditional town that holds feasts of saints throughout the year. Visit the Cuilapam Convent, a 16th-century Dominican convent known for its unfinished basilica and capilla abierta, or open chapel. Learn about this typical colonial feature, constructed for gathering a greater number of indigenous people for conversion to Catholocism. Around 2:45pm, take a break for lunch at Hacienda Cuilapam (own expense).You’ll make your last stop around 4:30pm in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town whose artisans are famous for their black pottery (barro negro), fashioned with techniques used since pre-Columbian times. The town boasts several dozen workshops, the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art (MEAPO) and a craft market featuring the work of more than a dozen local families, some with international acclaim. You’ll visit the beautiful 16th-century San Bartolo Coyotepec Church before your guide transports you back to Oaxaca with hotel drop-off around 6pm.

$36.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Oaxaca Day Trip: San Bartolo Coyotepec, Santo Tomás Jalieza and Ocotlán de Morelos

When your guide picks you up from your hotel around 10am, board the comfortable coach to San Bartolo Coyotepec, located just 15 minutes south of Oaxaca. Renowned for the beautiful black pottery produced by town artisans, Coyotepec features several dozen workshops where you can learn about these unique ceramics made locally since pre-Columbian times. Along with the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art (MEAPO) and a craft market displaying the work of more than a dozen families, you’ll visit the 16th-century San Bartolo Coyotepec Church with your guide. Re-board the coach and drive another 15 minutes south to Santo Tomás Jalieza, whose artisans are known as the ‘People of the Belts’ for their artfully embellished works. Your guide will take your group to a market in the center of this quiet village, where you can find exquisitely woven cotton goods made on back-strap looms. Take a look around and browse for colorful embroidered belts as well as shawls, blouses, place mats and handbags.Your last coach stop is the nearby town of Ocotlán de Morelos, whose main attraction is the Friday market, which highlights the red clay pottery made for centuries by the townswomen. Learn about the traditional pottery-making techniques of the Oaxaca Valley as you pore over the pots, cutlery and other kitchen utensils as well as painted clay figures. Before heading back to your Oaxaca hotel by coach, view the town’s 16th-century Dominican convent. Now a museum, it displays local handicrafts and the works of world-renowned artist Rodolfo Morales, who featured the town in his many paintings.

$20 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Monte Alban & Indigenous Villages Tour

Highlights:See the famous Oaxacan wordcarvings ‘Alebrijes’ and marvel at these fantastic creations.Learn about the ancient site that was the Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years.Visit indigenous villages and learn more about their Oaxacan way of life.This adventure begins at 10:00 a.m. when we pick you up at the hostel of your choice. You will visit the Monte Alban ruins, the greatest ancient capital built by the Zapotec culture and the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca.Then, you will continue to Arrazola to visit a famous wood-carving village, where Alebrijes are made. Alebrijes are brightly coloured Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.Following this, you will visit Cuilapan de Guerrero, a 16th century Dominican ex-monastery. Lastly, you will stop in San Bartolo Coyotepec to visit the home of the popular regional black clay pottery.

$278 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Oaxaca from Huatulco: San Bartolo Coyotepec, Monte Alban

Day 1: Huatulco-Teotitlan del Valle-OaxacaThe tour will starts at 6am with hotel pickup in Huatulco. The first stop is for breakfast at  Santa María Jalapa del Marqués. You’ll continue the journey to the Route of Mezcal, where you’ll visit the Palenques Mezcaleros, followed by a visit to theMixtec ruins of Mitla. The adventure continues to a Zapotec village, and Teotitlan del Valle, where you’ll see the famous Tree of El Tule and learn about the town's weaving industry. Then, travel to the Oaxacan capital, where you will appreciate the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Then, following check-in at your hotel, you'll have the afternoon off to enjoy the architectural and cultural beauty of the area.Day 2: Oaxaca-Monte Alban-Huatulco On the second day of the tour, you'll start travel to the ancient Zapotec city of Monte Alban following hotel pickup. Then, you’ll head to the Benito Juarez market located near a village of adobe houses, San Bartolo Coyotepec. Lastly, you will visit a village called San Martin Tilcajete or Arrazola. On the way back to Huatulco there will be a stop for lunch (not included in price).

$50.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oaxacas Arts and Crafts Experience

An assigned driver will pick you up at your hotel between 09:30 and 09:45 am. We start our tour by visiting the famous town of San Bartolo Coyotepec, here you are going to learn how the black pottery became known all over the world. San Martin Tilcajete is a town where the community live from carving these magical mixed-animals figures called Alebrijes. Appreciate the pre-Hispanic loom of Santo Tomas Jalieza the town of waist loom weavers, learn how belts, bracelets, hand bags, table matts among others are made by the switching of strings and the waist movement. Every Friday Ocotlan de Morelos becomes the center of attention because of its market full of color, scents, and tradition. But it doesn’t have to be a Friday to appreciate the art and color of Ocotlan. Here the oaxacan painter Rodolfo Morales was born and with his foundation was able to restore over 8 ex-convents around Ocotlan, being the ex-convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman in Ocotlan the most important, inside you will find a museum in honor of the painter which houses his originals paintings and collages. In town you also find the Cutlery Art a teaching that the Spanish thought us during the conquest , therefor the process of this artistic swords, knifes, blades among others are only handmade using the technique from Toledo Spain. On our last stop at Santa Catarina Minas we will have a full explanation of the ancestral Mezcal starting from the agave fields, to the harvesting of agave, the cooking process that takes place in an underground pit and finally the distillation process in CLAY pots! Yes, that’s right mezcal made in pottery.  Of course let’s not forget about the Mezcal tasting, you know what they say here in Oaxaca: “For every bad- drink mezcal! For every joy- mezcal enjoy! And if there is no remedy come to Oaxaca because - mezcal is the medicine!”

$40.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Oaxacan Artesanies

When your guide picks you up from your hotel 15 minutes prior 10am, board the comfortable vehicule to San Bartolo Coyotepec, located just 20 minutes south of Oaxaca. Renowned for the beautiful black pottery produced by town artisans, Coyotepec features several dozen workshops where you can learn about these unique black pottery  artesanies made locally since pre-Columbian times. Re-board the vehicule and drive another 20 minutes south to Santo Tomás Jalieza, whose artisans are famous for using an antique technique  for making textiles , which truthly are embellished works. Your guide will take your group to a market in the center of this quiet village, where you can find exquisitely woven cotton goods made on back-strap looms. Take a look around and browse for colorful embroidered belts as well as shawls, blouses, place mats and handbags. Your last stop is to the nearby town of San Martin Tilcajete, a town known for the incredible creativity and  hand work to make Alebrijes, famous wood carvings made with the Coopal tree, decorated with natural and acrilic paint. See how this artisans use their imagination and crativity to make this magical creatures with their bare hands.

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