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Oaxaca: Paint Your Own Alebrije Workshop

Oaxaca: Paint Your Own Alebrije Workshop

From US$ 33.19 per person

Visit an authentic Alebrije workshop, where you can paint your own Alebrije. Meet the artisans that create this traditional art craft.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Paint your own Alebrije
  • Meet the locals that will teach you more about Alebrijes
  • Let your imagination fly, while creating your own unique figure
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Be picked up in Oaxaca City and head to the land of Alebrijes: San Martıń Tilcajete. Here you will learn about the process of making figures, carving, and painting an Alebrije. After learning about the process of making Alebrije figures, it’s your turn to create, carve and paint one. With the help of an expert, you’ll follow the steps of making these figures into whatever your imagination can think of past creations include small animals, pegasus, aliens, and mythical figures. During the activity, you will get a wooden figure, a brush, and paint. You have about 90-minutes to paint your Alebrije according to your imagination. If you don't finish it, you can take it home and finish it there. The artisans of this community will share with you the traditions inherited by their ancestors.
  • Pick-up and drop-off in a vehicle with air conditioning,
  • Alebrije workshop
  • Small figure to paint and paint
  • Food or Drinks
  • Gratuities (Optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Clothes that can get dirty

Know before you go

  • The wooden figure that you'll paint is a size small
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I would recommend this tour/workshop to anyone visiting Oaxaca. You are driven to a small town 40 minutes from the city and visit a alebrije-making workshop. There you are given a tour and shown the different stages that it takes to make these iconic and colorful Mexican art pieces. It was so interesting and eye-opening to see just how talented the artists are and how much work (time) goes into making the alebrije figures. When it’s time for you to paint your own you truly realize the skill set that is required to make the artworks. Painting your own alebrije was super fun! You get to pick your own small piece and are helped by one of the resident artists. At the end you end up with a unique souvenir. You can also buy more professionally made pieces there, which make a great gift for friends and family.

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July 18, 2021

Una experiencia realmente mágica desde el momento en que Marcos quien fue nuestro guía y chofer, ya que va narrando durante el camino al Taller de los animales fantásticos de David, las tradiciones de las familias Oaxaqueñas. Para mi familia fue increíble poder plasmar todo lo que habían aprendido previo a la clase de alebrijes en una pieza de madera que mis hijas decoraron en su clase con la maestra Ana, quien lleva 2 años decorando estas obras de arte. El taller de David es una verdadera obra de arte todo lleno de color e historia.

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November 6, 2021


We enjoyed learning the history about the alebrijes and we have so much respect for the artists who create them! It takes a community effort to create something so meaningful and beautiful!

October 22, 2021

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