September 14-21, 2019, 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Join us on an extraordinary journey with Cabot’s Pueblo Museum to explore the culture, arts and crafts of Oaxaca. Based in Oaxaca City, we’ll visit communities of the Central Valleys, where we’ll meet the wonderful artisans featured here at the Museum! In San Bartolo Coyotepec, known for its black pottery, we’ll join Magdalena Pedro Martinez, to see how the soil from the region is masterfully transformed into beautiful pots and sculptures. In San Martin Tilcajete and San Antonio Arrazola, known for whimsical carved wood animals and “alebrijes”, we’ll join Julia Fuentes, Eleazar Morales and Mario Castellanos. In Teotitlan del Valle, the legendary “tapestry” weaving town, we’ll visit the family of recognized artisan, Porfirio Gutierrez, who recently has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for his work with his ancient family and Zapotec community traditions of using natural dyes in their weavings. We’ll meet Yesenia Salgado Tellez too, who will help us understand the historic craft of filigree jewelry. Join us on this very special opportunity to travel with Cabot’s Pueblo Museum to explore the craft traditions and meet the artisans of Oaxaca!
Day One: Saturday, September 14, Arrive Oaxaca City (Welcome Dinner!)
Transfer to our incredible and centrally located and charming hotel. Tonight we enjoy a festive welcome dinner to explore the culinary world of mole and the famed Oaxaca cuisine!
Today, we’ll explore Oaxaca City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and our home for the next days. We’ll visit cultural highlights, museums, stroll the pedestrian streets, learn about the Dominican churches, visit colorful markets. We’ll enjoy a fun lunch together, again enjoying the famed cuisine from Oaxaca. Highlights today include:
Day Three, Monday, September 16, Mitla, Tlacolula Market, Afternoon with Porfirio Gutierrez and Family (B, L)
Traveling through Oaxaca’s Central Valleys, Easter Valley, we begin at the ancient Zapotec and later Mixtec site of Mitla, meaning “Place of the Dead,” where the ancestors who were the leaders of this civilization and people are honored and revered. Being a Sunday, we will visit our favorite weekly market at Tlacolula. The “tiangus” markets operate today, much as they did in pre-Hispanic times. In the afternoon, we spend the day at the studio and workshop of artisans and master weaver Porfirio Gutierrez and Family to learn about the ancient art of natural dyeing and weaving. We’ll enjoy a special lunch prepared by the Gutierrez family, and savor their ancestral Zapotec dishes. Evening is at leisure to relax or stroll in Oaxaca.
Day Four: Tuesday, September 17, Monte Alban, Arrazola and Atzompa, Lunch at La Capilla (B, L)
Today we visit the first urban center of Mesoamerica, Monte Alban, to learn how the Zapotec people developed advanced systems in math, writing and astronomy. We’ll refresh at the on-site cafeteria, before heading out to the wood carving town of Arrazola, where we will meet with artisan Eleazar Morales, Mario Castellanos and Fernando Peguero. We’ll also visit the famed pottery producing community of Atzompa. Lunch, family style will be in between visits! Evening is at leisure.
Day Five: Wednesday, September 18, Ocotlan and the Southern Craft Route (B, L)
Today we’ll travel into the southern valley of Oaxaca, known as the Southern Craft Route. Beginning in the town of Ocotlan, birthplace of famed Oaxaca artist, Rodolfo Morales, we’ll explore his art, before making stops in the craft villages on this route. We will enjoy a special lunch with Jacobo Angeles at Azucena. And, we’ll visit the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca, with a special invitation and tour by the Museum’s Founder and Director, Master Carlomagno Pedro Martinez. Evening at Leisure.
Visits today include:
Day Six: Thursday, September 19, San Agustin Etla, Centro de Artes San Agustin Etla (CaSa), Dinner at Restaurante Casa Oaxaca (B, L, D)
Today we travel to the community of San Agustin Etla, known for their cheeses. We’ll explore the weekly Wednesday market, before going to the Centro de Artes San Agustin Etla, an incredible renovated former textile mill, now in the loving hands of Master Artist, Francisco Toledo and his creative staff. Returning to Oaxaca, we enjoy our afternoon at leisure, exploring Oaxaca or relaxing. We gather for a fun evening together, rooftop and under the stars at Chef Alejandro Ruiz’s acclaimed Restaurante Casa Oaxaca, overlooking Santo Domingo Church.
Day Seven: Friday, September 20, Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Free Afternoon, Evening reception at Art Gallery Noel Cayetano, Farewell Dinner at El Catedral (B, D)
Today we visit Museo Textil de Oaxaca to experience an immersive explosion of vivid colors, dynamic textures, intricate patterns and varied forms of Oaxacan textile traditions. The afternoon is free to relax at the centro Zocolo, or explore galleries, cafes, bookstores or markets. We’ll enjoy an evening reception at Noel Cayetano Contemporary Art Gallery. Finally, we’ll share a fabulous farewell dinner at El Catedral, a charming and gracious restaurant situated in a lovingly restored colonial home that reflects the grandeur of the Porfiriato era.
Day 8: Saturday, September 21, Return Flights Home (B)
DINNER AT LEISURE/DINNER ON YOUR OWN SUGGESTIONS
ORIGEN RESTAURANT. Inspired cuisine that reflects Oaxaca’s culture, customs and traditions. Chef Rodolfo Castellanos was awarded Mexico’s 2016 prestigious “Top Chef.” Avenue Hildago 820, Col. Centro, 68000 Oaxaca.
LA OLLA. Serving regional specialities for 22 years, this family owned restaurant features local seasonal ingredients. Chef Pilar Cabrera’s cuisine is influenced by balance, tradition and innovation. Calle de Reforma 402, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca.
Photos from this trip