Oaxaca


Oaxaca

Discover the land of the Ancient & Present Day Zapotec.

The land of the Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Huave, Mixe and many other indigenous groups, Oaxaca is a region of great diversity and contrasts, both in its people and topography. At 5,000 ft. Oaxaca City, is located in The Central Valley, and is flanked by two vast mountain ranges; Sierra Madre de Oaxaca to the North and Sierra Madre del Sur to the South. These vast ranges drop off into The Coastal Plains of the Pacific and converge into the narrow Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a lush tropical land of mangoes and strong women.

Tours in Oaxaca:

This is why we love Oaxaca:

Famous regional cuisine: mole sauces!.
Ancient Zapotec Ruins: Monte Alban.
Arts and Craft Villages, such as Teotitlan del Valle.
Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca.
Outstanding Museums, such as: Museo Textil de Oaxaca.
Craft Coops, Shops and Markets!.
Great chefs and restaurants, such as Alejandro Ruiz of Casa Oaxaca.

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Culinary Traditions

For foodies who love to cook and eat! We will explore local markets, take hands-on cooking classes from Oaxaca’s top chefs, eat quesadillas with squash blossoms and learn how mezcal is made. We end with a gala evening at one of Oaxaca’s finest restaurants.

 

Art and Craft traditions

Travel to the villages where the master artisans live and work. Here, in their workshops we learn about the materials and techniques used to create their works of art. Oaxaca is famous for whimsical wood carved, hand painted “alebrije”, animals and caricatures, and the austere, shiny black pottery which is made by burnishing and then firing the pots in oxygen reduced kilns. Textiles, such as the treadle loom weavings of Teotitlan del Valle and the hand embroidered blouses of San Antonino are famous worldwide!

The History and Use of Natural Dyes

The little known, but fascinating history of cochineal will be explored. In addition to the famous red dye extracted from a bug, we will learn where the other primary colors; yellows, blues and their multiple hues come from in nature. This is a hands-on workshop that takes place in the village of Teotitlan del Valle, with a special coop. We will USE the dyestuffs and mordants to create a full rainbow of colors!

 

This is the Guelaguetza

Viva Juchitan!
The Guelaguetza is a very colorful and festive event that takes place every July, in Oaxaca. Surrounding villages put on a display of their unique dance and music traditions for all to enjoy. It is said that this was originally celebrated as an offering to the goddess of corn, Centeotl, as the corn, or “milpa” harvest is essential in Mexico, providing the annual subsistence supply for tortillas. The term, “guelaguetza”, however, has a meaning that few people know about. Come find out what it is!

Photos From These Trips

Chiles at Market

Cooking classes!

Dried chiles anyone?

Stirring the mole!

Spices anyone?

Tasajo at Tlacolula Market

Teatro Alcala

Mitla

Mitla

Santo Domingo Church

Monte Alban

Mitla Oaxaca


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