– 13th, 2010
from Ancient Civilizations, Oaxacans today have a heritage of over 16
different Indian Nations that speak at least 15 Languages & 30 Dialects.
Oaxaca is also the birthplace of famous National Heroes such as Benito
Juarez and Pofirio Diaz as well as of renowned contemporary artists such as
Rufino Tamayo, Rodolfo Morales, Francisco Toledo and the most vibrant art
center of today’s Mexico… come join us & discover the Magic of Oaxaca!
City and group transfer from airport to Hotel Hostal CasAntica.
is a block from the Oaxaca zocalo/main square, 2 blocks from the markets and
in the heart of the Historic District of the city.
hotel everyday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
for an overview of the city’s lovely museums, shops, and churches, visiting
the main square/zocalo, the awesome Museum of the Oaxacan Cultures
and glorious Santo Domingo Church & more. We will end at
the main square at the fabulous Asador Vasco restaurant
overlooking the 70 piece brass band concert below on the plaza
for a welcome cocktail for all to meet followed by a delicious full Oaxacan
4:00 p.m. – 5:30
comida, we will walk to the colourful Benito Juarez & 20 de Noviembre
central markets and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while we see its making at
the traditional chocolate mills La Soledad.
we return to the hotel, the balance of the evening will be free for leisure.
B, Comida (supper)
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
we will visit the East Valley of Oaxaca and start at a new, small but
remarkable Zapotec archaeological site of Lambityeco; from
there we will continue to visit the outstanding Mixtec archaeological site
Afterwards we will continue to the famed Zapotec weavers' town of
Teotitlan del Valle
, where we will first visit with a ZAPOTEC family to see the making of the
wonderful candles that decorate their church on festive occasions; and after
be hosted for a wonderful and traditional lunch in their home. Following
lunch we will be shown their weaving and spinning techniques using natural
our return, we will stop first to see a small church in the village of
which is a colonial jewel with original murals from the last part of the XVI
Century painted with natural dyes of the region, including “Cochinilla”.
returning to the city in the late afternoon, the balance of the evening is
a.m. to 4 p.m.
This morning we will visit the West Valley
of Oaxaca and start at the Village of Santa Maria Atzompa
where we will visit the most remarkable potter alive in Oaxaca today
Angelica Vazquez. She will show us her work based on Oaxacan legends
& Spiritual experiences using natural clays for color & work. We will
continue to the
& visit a unique natural paper factory established by the renowned artist
Francisco Toledo. Maestro Toledo has a complete natural
production using natural fibers, agglutinants, colors and interesting
artistic designs; here we can have a small workshop and each make our own
sheet of paper.
After, we will enjoy a traditional lunch at
a local favorite restaurant Los Caporales.
We will then return to the hotel for a
we will walk nearby to visit the contemporary art gallery Arte de
Oaxaca where we will have a reception and brief lecture on Oaxaca’s
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This morning we
will travel in the South Valley of Oaxaca and start by visiting the town of
there, first the home/studio/gallery of the Late Rodolfo Morales
and then the restored XVI century convent in the centre of town.
After we will visit
the home/studio of the fabulous folk potter Josefina Aguilar
and her sisters Irene, Guillermina & Concepcion. From there we will continue
to visit a Zapotec family in the village of Santo Tomas Jalieza
that makes amazing cotton textiles with a back strap loom and afterwards, we
will visit the village of San Martin Tilcajete, famous for making the
whimsical Oaxacan wooden painted animals called Alebrijes,
followed by a delicious home-hosted lunch with hand-made tortillas!
To end the day, we
will stop to visit the famous village of
and a traditional Zapotec family again that will show us now their secrets
at making the famed black pottery of
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
morning we will start with the day’s best light to visit the awesome
archaeological site of
From there, we will continue to visit the colorful weekly market in Zaachila.
There we will first walk through the animal section and then the general
amazing market square!
We will enjoy a
delicious lunch in a wonderful outdoor restaurant in the Valley La
On our return, we
will stop to visit the unusual & unique XVI century Dominican Convent in
Afterwards we will
return to the hotel for a brief rest and at 5:00 p.m. we will walk nearby to
visit the Lady of Solitude Church, the Patroness of Oaxaca,
and also to enjoy a delicious hand-made ice cream of Rose Petals!
Today is a free day
to leisure, walk back to the markets in town, shop, pack and/or do an
optional of these three activities:
1. Cooking Class
– Oaxacan Cuisine is praised as one of the most authentic ethnic Mexican
foods. Learn the secrets from a chef in a full morning class with lunch
– As a heritage
from the past, the Temazcal is an herb steam bath that purifies, cleanses,
clarifies and heals. Enjoy a traditional old-fashioned ritual with a
All optional tours
will have a cost of $75 per person that will be paid directly in Oaxaca.
This evening at 7
p.m. we will bid farewell to Oaxaca with margaritas & a festive dinner at
Oaxaca’s finest gourmet restaurant CASA OAXACA, with a private music
performance for our group.
Group transfer to
the airport to board flight home.
Florencio L. Moreno