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From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

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Activity provider: Enjoy Oaxaca

From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

Activity provider: Enjoy Oaxaca

From US$ 55.45 per person

Discover Oaxaca's traditional folk art on this tour to 3 villages, each famous for producing Oaxacan artisanal products.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about 3 of Oaxaca's traditional folk arts
  • Meet the locals and learn their techniques
  • Visit the famous Tule Tree
  • Lunch time optional
  • Pick up some unique souvenirs
Full description

Experience 3 of Oaxaca's traditional art processes on this tour. Learn about the Alebrije art process, barro negro (black mud) pottery, and how the residents of Teotitlan Del Valle make their traditional hand-dyed rugs.

Meet your guide at your hotel and hop in the car that will take you straight to your first stop, San Martin Tilcajete. Here, learn all about how alebrijes, traditional wooden fantasy figures, are made and discover how they became an emblem of Oaxaca.

Next, head to San Bartolo Coyotepec. Learn how barro negro pottery is produced and all the products it can be used to make.

Afterward, head to Teotitlan Del Valle and admire the traditional hand-dyed colorful rugs. Finally, visit The Tule Tree, the widest tree in the world, before heading back to your hotel.

Includes
  • Bilingual host
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Lunch

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Cash
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4.9 /5

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The lengthy, in depth explanation of their craft by both the wood carver and the weaver in their workshop/showroom was excellent, fascinating, and enlightening. The choice of venues were outstanding, not just some hole in the wall. Bring lots of cash, the results of their labors are expensive, but worth it for the quality. Sadly, we only saw a showroom of the black pottery. No artisan working. Our driver offered a minimal explanation. Had we not read beforehand, we would not have appreciated the uniqueness of the art form. Pottery prices were reasonable, but many forms may have been from molds, not individually hand made as we had witnessed elsewhere. We were told the weather was too cold for the clay to remain intact when removed from the fire, so no potter was working. Our driver was not readily forthcoming with information as we drove, but did respond to questioning. On another tour, we had been "spoiled" by having an historian as a guide, not just as a driver.

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January 17, 2023

Artisans in the 3 pueblos were very interesting & informative. The guide sent to meet us was not the man, Max, we were told to expect & seemed to be more of a driver than a guide - a sub-contractor. He was very polite but not aware of what was listed as "included" in the tour (tlayuda lunch). I recommend visiting the pueblos, but if you will need translators or prefer a guide to take you, I suggest specifying this at booking if possible.

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November 20, 2022

3 amis français qui ont beaucoup de chance de pouvoir faire ce tour avec Alberto. Nous avons énormément apprécié notre journée de découverte de la culture et de l'artisanat mexicain. Nous avons appris pleins de choses et rencontrer des personnes passionnées. Alberto n'a pas hésité à nous partager ses anecdotes, et c'est un guide passionné. Vous devez absolument faire ce tour, qui vous permettra de découvrir au plus près la culture et le savoir faire Mexicain. Je recommande les yeux fermés Alberto et l'agence Enjoy Oaxaca ! Merci encore à vous pour cette mémorable journée !

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January 29, 2023

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