OAXACA HIGHLANDS CULTURE TOUR

  • Oaxaca Highlands Culture Tour Astonishing, Stimulating, Absorbing.

Tour at a Glance

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TRAVELIAN JOURNEYS  
  Limited to 16 guests                   9 Days / 8 Nights                Physical demand: Level 2  
     
TOUR DATES  
  Nov 21-29, 2017       Nov 20-28, 2018     Nov 19-27, 2019  
     
2017 - COST PER PERSON:     Change currency to: CAD | USD

 
  Sharing room:                     $ 27,000  
  Single supplement:            $    6,000  
  Charges will be processed in MXN.  
     
  Eventbrite - Oaxaca Highlands  
     

Tour Details

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Immerse yourself in Oaxaca's diverse culture, art, extraordinary cuisine, and ancient archeological sites with a small group of appreciative travelers and expert guides. Travel in comfort and stay in an excellent hotel located within walking distance to great restaurants and important colonial and contemporary sites.

Discover Oaxaca City’s world class museums, its outstanding Ethno-botanic garden, notable galleries, and glorious shops.

Experience the traditional indigenous market of Tlacolula de Matamoros, and let your senses be swept up by this invigorating indigenous center of exchange.

Enjoy meeting master artisans and learn about their intricate, creative craftwork. We’ll visit them in their workshops in Teotitlan del Valle (textiles and carpets), Ocotlan de Morelos (ceramics), San Martin Tilcajete (carved wooden animals), Santo Tomas Jalieza, (traditional weavings) and San Bartolo Coyotepec (black pottery).

Take pleasure in enjoying exquisite Oaxacan cuisine at many fine restaurants, including those of traditional Zapotec chefs.

Appreciate the remarkable ancient archeological site of Mitla with its intricate architectural patterning and the expansive Monte Alban site, with our expert local guide.

Our flexible scheduling will allow you to fulfill your own interests in this astonishingly rich cultural area. Each traveler will receive maps and detailed information to help you weave your own itinerary during free time in Oaxaca City. Embrace this captivating region with ease through the help of Travelian’s attentive, experienced guides!



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Itinerary - 9 Days


DAY 1 - TRAVEL DAY TO OAXACA CITY
Fly to Oaxaca and drive to hotel
5:30 Meet Travelian guide in hotel lobby for Orientation and receive detailed itinerary and reference materials. Walk to dinner*.

DAY 2 - WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN
Breakfast at hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby for a Walking Tour with our local expert guide. Enjoy lunch* at one of Oaxaca’s excellent restaurants. Free time after lunch to continue exploring, shopping or taking photographs.  That evening meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner*.

DAY 3 - OCOTLAN, STO. TOMAS JALIEZA, SN. MARTIN TILCAJETE, & sN. BARTOLO COYOTEPEC
Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby with our expert local guide. Depart for Ocotlan de Morelos. Arrive in Ocotlan and visit el Templo de Santo Domingo and its Artisan Museum, visit the home of Rodolfo Morales. Depart for Santo Tomas Jalieza to witness weavers creating traditional woven goods. Leave for San Martin Tilcajete and enjoy lunch*.  Visit a local master carver’s workshop of wooden animals for a demonstration. Then stop in San Bartolo de Coyotepec for a visit to a black pottery master. Depart our hotel in Oaxaca City. That evening meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner*.

DAY 4 - ETHNOBOTANIC ART GARDEN AND MUSEUM OF OAXACAN CULTURES
Breakfast at hotel. Walk to Botanical Gardens for private tour. Enjoy a light snack and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate* at a nearby café.  Walk to Museum of Oaxacan Cultures.  Visit the Museum. Free time to explore or rest at our hotel. That evening meet in lobby and walk to dinner*.

DAY 5 - TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE
Breakfast at hotel. Meet in lobby and depart for Teotitlan del Valle. Visit Indigenous market and Textile Museum. Depart for workshop of a master weaver. Experience a demonstration of how these magnificent rugs are created. Enjoy a traditional lunch, and have time to purchase weavings and rugs. Depart for our hotel in Oaxaca City. That evening meet in hotel lobby and walk to a restaurant for supper*.

DAY 6 - TLACOLULA MARKET, MITLA ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby with our local guide and depart for the Tlacolula Indigenous Sunday Market. Drive to lunch en route to Mitla. After lunch* drive to Mitla Archeological Site. Depart for Mitla archeological site. Enjoy exploring the Mitla site and its market with our expert guide. Drive back to our hotel in Oaxaca City. Meet in lobby and drive to dinner*.

DAY 7 - MONTE ALBAN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE AND DOWNTOWN
Breakfast at hotel. Meet our expert guide in hotel lobby and depart for Monte Alban archeological site. Arrive for tour of the archeological site and its museum. Visit the Museum Shop or enjoy having a refreshing drink in the café*.  Return to town for lunch* at a local popular restaurant. Walk back to our hotel or enjoy exploring town. That evening meet in lobby and drive to dinner*.

DAY 8 - FREE DAY TO EXPLORE, VISIT MUSEUMS, SHOP, TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS
Breakfast at hotel. This will a free day to explore Oaxaca’s historical center on own or with other travelers. Detailed information provided (booklet and city tour). Lunch on your own*. That evening, meet in our hotel lobby and walk to a restaurant for our Farewell Dinner*.

DAY 9 - TRAVEL DAY
Early check out will depend on your plans. Travelian Guide for this tour will depart for the airport at 7:45 am. And fly to Mexico City and then shuttle to San Miguel de Allende. If you are planning to join our Oaxaca Birding – Central Valley, Highlands, Isthumus, Pacific Lowlands and Coast Tour, a Travelian guide for that tour will greet you at the hotel that evening after the group arrives.

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Water Bottle
  Binoculars
  Camera
  Bathing suit
  Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunglasses
  Umbrella and rain gear
  Hiking sticks
  Insect repellent
  Day pack
  Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
  A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
  Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of
resealable plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast,
to be used as mid-morning snacks
  Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Money belt
  Personal prescription drugs
 

First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder)

 

     
 

Further details about this tour

 
 
 
.   Travel Physical Demands
.   Reservations
.   Payment Options
.   Cancellations
.   Trip Insurance
     
 

Travelian Tour Leader

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Colleen Besman
Photo of Collen Besman Colleen grew up in Central and South America, and is English-Spanish bilingual. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, both on her own and with tours she has organized for 17 years.
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Tour Map

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Tour Cost

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$27000

  Price per person, double occupancy.
For a single-room, add:
 

$6000

     
 
INCLUDES:
  Accommodations (8 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Expert local guide
  Small group experience: 16 travelers maximum
     
  Eventbrite - Oaxaca Highlands
 

Physical Demand

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    LEVEL 2
    Includes Level 1 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill in town or on improved (paved or gravel) trails for a period of up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban settings with stair-climbs.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.
 

Featured Photo

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Eventbrite - Teotihuacan & Tula - Discover the city of gods
     
  Monte Alban is one of the most stunning Archaeological sites of Mesoamerica.

 
 

 

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