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Join ArtSpace/Lima in February 2010 for an eight-day tour of exquisite Oaxaca,

Mexico's folk-art treasure and culinary wonder.

 

With its combined Hispanic, Zapotec, and Mexican heritage, Oaxaca is

an unspoiled jewel in Mexico's tourist crown.

 

From the immaculately restored pre-Columbian mountain-top city of Monte Alban,

to the multitude of churches built by the Spaniards during the conquest,

to the quaint and lively streets of the capital city,

to the surrounding countryside in whose towns live the folk artists

in weaving, pottery, and wood-carving for which the area is renowned,

Oaxaca will take your breath away with its splendor and grace.

 

We will stay at the Hostal CasAntica

in the heart of the city's historic district.

 

Tour costs $1,175 + individually arranged air to Oaxaca.

(Based on double occupancy; Single Supplement $300.)

 

Tour is limited to 18 persons, first-come, first-served. 

Early registrations strongly recommended.

 

 

 
     
 

 

 

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Oaxaca

 

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February 6th – 13th, 2010

 

As descendants 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!

 

Saturday 6th

 

Arrival to Oaxaca City and group transfer from airport to Hotel Hostal CasAntica. The hotel 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. 

 

Sunday 7th

 

Breakfast in hotel everyday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

 

Orientation in Salon                                                                                           8:30 a.m.

                                                                                                           9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Walking Orientation 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 “comida”.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

After 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.

 

 After we return to the hotel, the balance of the evening will be free for leisure.

 

B, Comida (supper)

 

Monday 8th

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

 

Today 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 of Mitla

 

 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 dyes.

 

 On our return, we will stop first to see a small church in the village of Tlacochahuaya 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”.

 

 After returning to the city in the late afternoon, the balance of the evening is free for leisure.                                                                                                      

 B, L

Tuesday 9th                                                            

 9:00 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 village of San Agustin Etla & 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 brief rest.

 

 At 5:30 p.m. 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 Contemporary Art.

B, L

 

Wednesday 10th 

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 Ocotlan and 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 San Bartolo Coyotepec and a traditional Zapotec family again that will show us now their secrets at making the famed black pottery of Oaxaca.                                                                                                       

B, L 

 Thursday 11th

8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 This morning we will start with the day’s best light to visit the awesome archaeological site of Monte Alban. 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 Capilla.

 

On our return, we will stop to visit the unusual & unique XVI century Dominican Convent in Cuilapan.

 

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!

B, L

 Friday 12th 

 

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 included.

      2.Temazcal – 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 spiritual guide. 

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.                              

B, D

Saturday 13th 

Departure day                                                          

Group transfer to the airport to board flight home.

B

 

 OAXACA 2010

Florencio L. Moreno

Academic Tours Oaxaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

 

 

     
 

 

For a printable copy of the REGISTRATION FORM in pdf format,

 

click OAXACA 2010 REGISTRATION FORM.pdf