February 5-14, 2018 – Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a city in central Mexico. It’s known for its colonial buildings, many of which are made from green volcanic stone. The central Zócalo square features the Palacio de Gobierno, with colorful murals depicting regional history. Alameda de León square faces the ornate facade of the Catedral de Oaxaca. The 16th-century Templo de Santo Domingo church has a rich baroque interior and an adjoining former convent. Oaxaca (pronounced wa-HA-ka), UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites is a magical & cosmopolitan city of rich cultural heritage & impressive colonial architecture. The artisans here are world renowned. Our personal guide, Fay MacDonald, who left her heart in Oaxaca spending 12 seasons there, knows, loves and treasures this area & will guide us to the best of Oaxaca as well as the less traveled.
Mon 5: Fly into Mexico City. Two hours on Estrella Roja Bus, (upgraded bus line) to Puebla.
Arriving approx 5pm, taxi to Hotel Colonial Puebla, historical district & 1 block from the Zocolo, a central plaza around a park, restaurants & music, located in every Mexican city. Always safe.
Tues 6: 10am we have a private local guide, Alejandra, (fluent in English), or a 2.5 hour walking & food tour of Puebla’s historical & cultural center. Cathedral, Palafoxiana library, Rosary Chapel, Candy Street, Barrio Del Artista and El Parian. Comfortable, leisurely walking with stops for food. Invigorating not tiring.
Afternoon: Scenic overlook of city on double-decker bus located at the Zocolo.
Wed 7: Fay will offer tour to historical Santa Monica Convent & Bello Home. Before the trip we will provide an in depth list of the best sites & restaurants. The day is yours to explore your personal interests.
Thurs 8: A morning departure for Oaxaca via a very comfortable bus for a 4 hr. trip thru beautiful canyons. Check into Casa Antica, (close to Zocolo-city center) & time for a “Siesta”. A walk to Iglesia Santo Domingo, built in 16th century, of Baroque style & to Zocolo for music & dinner.
Fri 9: Day trip to Ocotlan for a fun experience of “Market Day”, a festive ritual held for thousands of years. Tianguis, a vibrant, traditional indigenous market, also the oldest & largest in the region with some of the best native arts. Tour the art gallery & home of locally born and internationally celebrated artist, Rodolfo Morales. Lunch at Azucenas Zapotecos, a delicious cuisine experience. On to San Martin Tilcajete and to Jacobo y Maria, who teach the fine art of carving & painting the unique world-renowned Alebrijes.
Sat 10: Teotitlan del Valle, a weavers village & home of Orlando Lopez, friend of Fay, for a demonstration of the process of the dyes and weaving. Four generations of his family have lived there & passed down this tradition. On return, a stop at archeological site of Yagul, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica – 500 BC.
Sun 11: Am: Tour of the Markets. Noon: Zocolo for traditional music & bands from outlying villages. vFree time to explore the city, shops & museums. Maps provided. Last year folks asked for more free time.
Mon 12: A privately guided tour of Monte Alban, home to thousands of Zapotec people from 500 BC -850 AD. It is one of the most beautiful & spiritual archeological sites in Mexico & served enormous importance as an economic, political & religious focal point. San Bartolo for a demonstration of the Black Pottery.
Tues 13: A visit with Cliff Hinderman, brief history of 32 indigenous tribes & founder of Center of Hope for Children. Museum of the Cultures of Oaxaca. 23 exhibition rooms, Treasures of Tomb 7 from Monte Alban. Francisco de Burgoa Library, containing over 30,000 volumes & Ethnobotanical Gardens. Free afternoon.
Wed 14: Shuttle to Airport, flight to Mexico City for layover & on to Tucson. We will coordinate the flights with American Airlines, Group Travel. Tour does not include airline travel.
Fee: $975/Dbl, occupancy. Includes: Transportation in Mexico, Scheduled Tours, 9 Nights Lodging, 6 bfk . $100 deposit.