Oct 19–27, 2024
Nine Days and Eight Nights
We all love Oaxaca and it has become so popular especially during the Day of the Dead celebration. We will do something very different, we will visit this beautiful place a week before, so we will have the opportunity to enjoy everything avoiding the lines, the wait and the crowd. But we will enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and visit all our friends where we will organize our own celebration; which will be intimate, special and authentic. We will have elements that will make us laugh, but also cry, everything will come together in moments of nostalgia and infinite joy. If you want to start celebrating the lives of your departed loved ones, there is no better way than with this trip. This is a unique opportunity that you will treasure all your life.
|Trip begins at:
|Oaxaca International Airport on October 19, 2024 at the time of your preference
|Trip ends at:
|Oaxaca Airport on October 27, 2024 at the time of your preference
|No. of days:
|Nine days and eight nights
|Areas of interest:
|Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP
- Enjoying the most colorful neighborhood in Oaxaca, Jalatlaco, previous to the celebrations of the Day of the Dead
- Visiting small villages around Oaxaca to learn about the culture, gastronomy and folk art
- Being in the homes of the most remarkable folk-artists and learning about their traditions
- Enjoying with the local families their creations and perceptions about the upcoming celebration of the Day of the Dead
- Visiting places off the traditional path, often on the market days
- Sharing the cycle of life in a colorful way through parades and processions at the cemeteries in the small villages
- Enjoying the most fascinating Zapotecan archaeological sites: Monte Albán and Mitla
Note: We will have the privilege of attending private events and intercultural communication with our friends and artisans in several villages of Oaxaca, such as Ocotlán de Morelos, Arrazola, Teotitlán del Valle & Mitla. Our friends will open the doors of their homes to honor our ancestors. Simply unique!
We will organize your transfer to our centrally located hotel in Oaxaca City. Then we will have our welcome dinner. We will enjoy this most beautiful city just before the Day of the Dead.
We will visit the colorful market of Tlacolula and then we will visit the archaeological site of Mitla. Then we will visit the extraordinary weaver, Arturo Hernández, where we will have.a workshop to learn about the natural dyes and the importance behind the traditional pre-Hispanic designs expressed in the textiles and the archaeology.
Our first stop will be at the local market of Teotitlán del Valle. There we will meet Eugenia Mendoza, an incredible weaver in Teotitlán. With her, we will learn about the dyes and other natural processes that involve the manufacturing of beautiful rugs. After lunch we will admire the geometrical designs and their deep meaning in pre-Hispanic architecture. We will have a personal celebration of the Day of the Dead in Teotilán where we will set up a beautiful altar in honor of our family members.
We will go to the local market of Benito Juárez, where we will learn about all the elements that are needed in order to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Also we will visit the extraordinary Museum of Rufino Tamayo. We will visit a private collection of Folk Art as well.
During the morning we will visit the wonderful archaeological site of Monte Albán, and then we will visit the family of Manuel Jiménez the first maker of the whimsical, wood-carved nahuales that Oaxaca is now famous for. (In México City, they are well known as alebrijes.) There we will meet with Isaías and Angélico, Manuel Jimenez’s sons. They will show us how they have been improving the tradition over the past thirty years.
We will visit the Mixtec, where we will have three important stops; Coixtlahuaca, San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula and Yauhuitlán. This experience will give us a very important sense of spirituality and popular religiosity.
Today we will go to Ocotlán de Morelos. First we will visit the museum that holds the most important pieces of Rodolfo Morales, the magnificent artist who showed the beauty and peace of his hometown, Ocotlán. Then we will visit Guillermina Aguilar Alcántara in order to learn about her contribution to the folk art of Oaxaca.
We will visit Santo Domingo de Guzmán Cultural Center and then we will spend time at the Textile Museum. After lunch you will have some free time to enjoy the last day of our visit in this lovely city.
Today we will take you (at the time of your preference) to the local airport in Oaxaca City.
COSTS (USD) & DETAILS
|Cost per person (double occupancy):
|To reserve your spot:
|Balance (due by July 1, 2024):
|If you'd like a private room, add:
The tour includes:
- Transfers to and from the hotel to the local airport in Oaxaca
- Daily tours
- A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
- Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
- Workshop to make alebrijes in the house of Manuel Jiménez, where this tradition started
- Workshop to make rugs with Eugenia Mendoza, the best known artist in Teotitlán del Valle
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Eight lunches, tasting the local flavors and the delicious traditional cuisine of Oaxaca
It does not include:
- International Flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Laundry and personal expenses
This trip was designed for only fourteen travelers.
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