Oaxaca (wa-hah-kah) is a land of bountiful possibility. Striking scenery, ancient history, authentic cuisine and a lively arts scene come together to create an unforgettable journey. Based in Glendale, Arizona, A Closer Look Tours recognizes Oaxaca as a land of extraordinary contrasts, a must for groups in search of an adventure for the senses. Its vibrant images, diversity, distinct experiences and unexpected possibilities make Oaxaca a memorable trip.
Those who venture to this artisan area will embrace the spirit of Mexico’s enthralling past, touch the unspoiled beauty of its landscapes and discover the endless variety of choices that lie at the heart of the Mexican experience. This six-day, five-night all-inclusive itinerary was developed by A Closer Look Tours, a family-owned company prioritizing partnership with local guides and vendors.
Arrive at Oaxaca’s airport and transfer to the Hotel La Noria. Enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight.
La Verde Antequera & Monte Albán
Spend the morning exploring the ruins of Monte Albán, an ancient Zapotec city founded around 500 B.C. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated high on a mountaintop with outstanding views of the city of Oaxaca below. Rich with history, Monte Albán is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Mesoamerica.
Catch a glimpse of the vibrant past in the fascinating remnants of a once-glorious city. Return for lunch and spend the afternoon touring the city of Oaxaca.
Originally called “Nueva Antequera” after a city in Spain, Oaxaca is now nicknamed “La Verde Antequera” for the green quarry stone seen in its buildings. Be sure to take some selfies and environmental photos; Oaxaca is one of the most visually stunning cities in Latin America.
In the evening, see a presentation of Guelaguetza, a song-and-dance display of traditional Oaxacan culture.
The Mitla Valley
Tour the archaeological site of Mitla, a Mixtec ceremonial center. Then, observe Zapotec weavers at Teotitlan as they demonstrate traditional techniques of weaving and wool-dying. After lunch, visit a distillery to learn the secrets of making mezcal. End the day’s adventures with a stop in Santa Maria del Tule, location of the vast and ancient Árbol del Tule, the extraordinary Montezuma cypress. Return to Oaxaca for an evening of leisure.
Flavors of Oaxaca
This morning is dedicated to the flavorful and aromatic cuisine of Oaxaca. Visit the Mercado Juarez, a colorful marketplace brimming with local ingredients and handicrafts. A guide will provide a lesson on the tools and techniques used in the region’s cooking, followed by lunch at a traditional restaurant for the full taste of what groups have learned. Return and pass the day at the group’s leisure.
Take in the artistry of Oaxaca’s native handicrafts with a tour of artisan villages. Begin with San Bartolo Coyotepec, known worldwide for its distinct black pottery, and continue to the village of San Martín Tilcajete, the birthplace of magical alebrije wood carvings.
Finish with a stop at Santo Tomás Jalieza to see the diligent work of local backstrap weavers.
Say farewell with breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airport.
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