Oaxaca stands for a wonderful mix of indigenous vibes, particular local market and very colourful landscapes. Discover with us and our professional team the best of Oaxaca in this encounter.
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Cancún – Oaxaca 1n Oaxaca
From Cancún you will fly to the airport of Oaxaca, in the state of Oaxaca. Depending on the hour of your flight, we can add an activity to that day. If not, you can enjoy the first day and relax after travelling from Cancún to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca 1n Oaxaca
Today, you will be heading out to get this inspiring city a little bit better. During a guided tour of the city, you will visit Templo de Santo Domingo, the regional museum of Oaxaca, the city center square (zocalo), Mercado 20 de noviembre and Mercado Benito Juarez. Oaxaca is known for its culture and food. That’s why the city boasts a lot of regional markets. Each market has a different specialty: textiles, fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, … Also, make sure to taste an ice cream called nieve at the square in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.
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Oaxaca – Tule – Teotitlan del valle – Hierve el agua – Mitla – Oaxaca 1n in Oaxaca
Today you will have a very busy and interesting day ahead of you visiting a lot of interesting places in the region of Oaxaca city.
You will start your day with a visit to Tule. Tule is known for a tree. This tree has over 1.000 years of age and is the largest tree in the world, with a diameter of 11,62m. Even though the record is controversial, it is still amazing to visit this place and watch this ancient tree and the quaint little town.
After this visit, you continue to visit to Teotitlán. This place is known for its textiles, especially rugs, which are woven on hand-operated looms, from wool obtained from local sheep and dyed mainly with local, natural dyes. They combine historical Zapotec designs with contemporary designs such as reproductions of famous artists’ work.
Next on the list is Hierve El Agua. Hierve el Agua was created by mineral water that pushed through karstic limestone, depositing the falls onto the mountain’s edge. While the waterfalls are white, two mineral pools sit at the edge of the cliff. The name literally translates as “Boiling water”. Don’t get too excited though, the pools are NOT hot at all. The name comes from the fact that minerals bubbled out from the middle of rocks, slowly calcifying over thousands of years into the rock formations that you see today. This site is tremendously popular with tourists and Instagrammers. You will immediately notice why as soon you arrive.
After this mesmerizing trip and visit, we continue to the fascinating archeological site of Mitla. In the Zapotec times, the city was called Lyobaa. The Mixtec concurred the city about 100AD a renamed the city to Mitla, place of the death. Mitla was the main religious center. However, what makes Mitla unique among Mesoamerican sites is the elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork and geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and even entire walls. These mosaics are made with small, finely cut and polished stone pieces which have been fitted together without the use of mortar. No other site in Mexico has this.
To end off the day, we will visit a traditional Mezcal distillery in Matatlan, the most important place where Mezcal is produced. Just like Tequila, Mezcal is made of the agave cactus. However, Tequila can only be made with blue agave and has to be originally from the state of Jalisco. If it is a mix of agave or not coming from Jalisco, it is not Tequila. The Mezcal has a slightly different flavor, because of the mix of agaves. You will see the whole process, and afterwards have a nice tasting off course! Some Mexicans say that Tequila is for kids, but Mezcal is the real deal, as alcohol levels can reach higher than Tequila. Good luck 😉!
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Oaxaca – Monte Alban – Alebrijes – Cuilapam 1n Oaxaca
Also today will be a fully packed day. A bit less intense than yesterday, but still 3 interesting stops to get to know Oaxaca even better.
First of all, you will head to Monte Alban. The most visited archeological site of the Zapotec empire, with Mitla being the second most visited. Contrary to Mitla, this city was more a political center in the Zapotec empire. It shows from the structures you will find. You will find that Mitla is more heavily decorated as it was built for honoring the death. Let the guide inspire you with the tales of the Zapotec empire, learn about the structures, the ball game, etc. Some say these archeological sites hold some sort of energetic power. Curious if you will sense it as well, and leave the place inspired and happy.
After Monte Alban, you will visit the people who are working with the Alebrijes. These artisan works, you can find all over Mexico in tourist souvenir shops. Well, this is the place where the make (the original ones, not the fake made in China crap) these alebrijes with a lot of care. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares In the 1930s. The wood used for the carving is copal, which is a very light type of wood, making it easier to handle and to produce such fine artwork.
As a last stop of the day, you will go to the monastery of Cuilapam. It is one of the most extravagant and elaborate colonial area constructions in Oaxaca, but it is often overlooked in favor of churches and monasteries located in the Mexico City area. Built of green quarried stone and river rocks, it is a quiet place where footsteps can echo in the hallways. The extravagances of the site include the tall basilica, the elaborate baptismal font, the Gothic cloister and murals, which remain as national treasures. The decorative work of the monastery, especially its murals, are important because they show a systematic blending of indigenous elements into the Christian framework, done in order to support the evangelization process in the local Mixtec and Zapotec peoples.Hotel: type room
Oaxaca – Cancún
After this fully packed days, it is time to head back to Cancún.