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Oaxaca: One of the States in Mexico with the highest number of Indigenous people is a place to be discovered. The State Capital of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, owes its fame to the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the wide variety of its typical food and its soft temperate climate, spring like throughout the year. During this trip, you will be able to witness the City and the Surrounding. Without a doubt the highlights of this trip will be the Archaeological sites, the markets, Teotitlan del Valle (famous for the Oaxacan Rugs), the Mezcal and of course; the food!
We can arrange your flight!
Visit the Santo Domingo Church.
Drive to Monte Alban.
We’ll visit the market, an explosion of colors.
Colorful day with lots of activities.
A day to relax.
Back to Vallarta.
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The tours are guided in English or Spanish.
Example of tour:
Day 1: Puerto Vallarta – Oaxaca (via Mexico City)
Fly with Interjet Airlines for the best rates, we will take care of finding you the best rates and connections. At the airport our local representative will wait for you to bring you to the hotel.
Day 2: City Tour (half day)
Today you will get to know the City where you will stay the next few days. The best way to get to know Oaxaca is on foot; our guided tour will take you to The Santo Domingo Museum and Church. The Santo Domingo Church was constructed during Colonial Times and finished in the year 1608. It is one of the best examples of the Mexican Baroque Architecture. The one-piece Wooden Altar is completely covered with gold, a must see! In the museum we will show you the most important pieces of the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures that have been found in the Archeological sites of the State. You can see here all treasures that have been found in Tomb number 7 in Monte Alban, so far the most important from the Zapotec Culture. After our visit of the Santo Domingo complex we continue over the Alcala with its many Colonial Buildings. We continue to the Zocalo and the markets.
Day 3: Monte Alban (half day tour)
We will pick you up at the hotel, and will drive to Monte Alban. Monte Alban is Oaxaca’s most important Archaeological site. On top of the hill, a perfect strategic place, the Zapotecas made there marvelous Capitol, approx. 500BC. Today we will enjoy the view over the City, and will give you all explanations of the History of the most important temples. We will see the remains of the Ball Game, a pre-Colombian ritual, as well as the temple of the “Dancers”, the palaces and the thumbs. There is a small museum on site as well. After the tour we will bring you back to the hotel, where you will enjoy an afternoon off.
Day 4: Zaachila
The village of Zaachila, not too far from Oaxaca, is a must to visit on a Thursday. Every Thursday hundreds of people come to this village to the market. It is an explosion of colors. The prices of the pieces are considered the lowest of the whole country. Many of Oaxaca´s indigenous people sell (and buy) here their (handmade) articles. One of the most important treasures of the Zapotec culture was found in Zaachila, which is now exhibited at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. (This tour is only organized on Thursdays because of the Market. We will customize your tours so that you can take this tour on Market day).
Day 5: Hierve el Agua, Tule-Tree, Teotitlan del Valle and Mitla
Again a colorful day with lots of activities. In the morning we will pick you up from the hotel and will drive first to the famous Tule Tree. The tree is over 2000 years old, 40 meters high and has a perimeter of 52 meters (!). If we are lucky, some children of the villages will show you all kinds of figures in the tree. After El Tule we continue to Teotitlan del Valle, the most famous village for the Oaxacan Rugs. Buy them for the most incredible prices with the people that actually make them. We continue to one of the most traditional Mezcal factories. Mezcal, made from the Agave Americana, is the most traditional and famous drink from Oaxaca. You might know the drink because in some mezcals you can find a worm in the bottle. You will be pleasantly surprised how many different flavours there are and how good they taste!! Like the Mexicans say: Para todo mal, Mezcal, y para todo bien, tambien!!”. (for everything bad, Mezcal, and for everything good, as well”. Then we continue to Mitla, “The place of the Death”, one of the sites with one of the most amazing kind of Architecture. See the remains of the buildings of the Mixtecs, the Zapotecs and the Spaniards in a small area together. There is a nice little market here too, where you will have some free time to buy some souvenirs. Last but not least, we continue our day to Hierve del Agua. Hierve el Agua, just passed Mitla, literally means “the water boils”. Here we will witness the rock formations that look like waterfalls.
Day 6: Day off
After seeing so many highlights in the City of Oaxaca and its surroundings, have a day to relax or enjoy the city on your own. You might want to visit a Guelaguetza Folkloric Show, have a great mole for lunch, see how tlayudas are made at the local market and do some shopping of course!
Day 7: Oaxaca – Mexico City – Puerto Vallarta
Transfer from the hotel to the Airport. Usually it´s an early flight and you will be back in Puerto Vallarta around 1pm, depending on the day. End of service.
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