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The Magical OAXACA Tour 

December 22 - 28
Itinerary Below
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Oaxaca is one of the cities where all the historical periods of Mexico shine: pre-Hispanic, colonial, independent, modern, and contemporary are expressed with its natural elegance in every street, colonial building, museum, magical festival, colorful crafts, pre-Columbian ruins, and the many splendorous baroque churches that are to be found in every corner of the city.

ITINERARY Dec 22 - Dec 28 

Dec 22 - Day1(Wednesday)Departure from your city. Arrival at Oaxaca International Airport.

Airport to Hotel Transfer. Check In at Hotel 

December in Oaxaca: It's a full month of celebrations, marked with family feasts and lots of piñatas. Starting on 12 December and lasting until 6 January, Christmas celebrations in Mexico have their own flair. There are candle-lit processions, elaborate nativity scenes, Spanish Christmascarols, dancing and fireworks.

Nothing is as colorful or fun as the Festival de la Noche de Rabanos, a world-class cultural event.

7:30pm Dinner at an agreed restaurant. Pay your own and optional.

 

Dec 23 - Day 2 (Thursday)Visit Museu de la Cultura and Festival de la Noche de Rábanos

07:00am - 09:30am Breakfast

08:00am Yoga (45-min)

10:00am Museum Visit - we will walk to the museum passing through lovely art galleries and lively streets. 

Museum Tickets included

Lunch and Water Included (non alcoholic drinks is yours)

03:00pm or earlier - Tour of Festival de la Noche de Ribbons

From myfamilytravels.com - The legendary-amongst-travelers Night of the Radishes was what drew us to Oaxaca in the first place.  In the much more interesting reality, the spectator’s parade, and the radish sculptures remain stationary! Midday, radish carvers from surrounding villages descend on the Zócalo to man their booths and begin assembling creations from root vegetables. 

Besides many classic scenes, such as the Nacimiento (birth of Christ) or Danza y Musica (Mariachi bands or figures doing folk dances), there were radish girls holding flowers, and even a marvelous Vendedor de Chapulines, a grasshopper seller. Since my husband ordered fried grasshoppers, a local delicacy, for lunch the day before, we were fascinated by these larger-than-life sculptures. Other sides of the Zócalo had cornhusk tableaux and scenes made of dried mums. I must note that some tourist families we spoke with (usually from smaller towns) were upset by the squash of crowds.

As part of the 10 days of festivities leading up to Christmas Eve, children sell dyed eggs filled with confetti. You are meant to buy some and smash them on each other’s heads for good luck. 

The Rest of the Evening Is Yours

Dec 24 - Day 3 (Friday) - City Walking Tour and MUST SEE EVENING PROCESSION with DINNER

Advance Reservation is recommended.

7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast

8:50am We will walk to the meeting point at Macedonio Alcala Teatro  (less than 5-min walk)

9:00am Tour - Discover why Oaxaca is one of the country’s better-kept secrets. A center of craft and culture, it is, at first glance, an obvious mentor to New Mexico’s Santa Fe. It is still real, with a strong Mexican and Zapotec Indian heritage, artisans creating exquisite black pottery, the region’s finest rugs, sophisticated folk art displayed in modern Outsider Art galleries, and several excellent, go-ahead-and-drink-the-water restaurants to suit even fussy young eaters.

We will visit Santo Domingo church, a library, organic market, chocolate shop, textile factory, art galleries. We'll talk about culture, music, arts, history, architecture, social and political movements.

$5.00 US Tip is appreciated.

Lunch Option:

Lunch in a locally own organic restaurant with vegetarian and vegan options. Pay your own.

The Rest of the Day Is Yours.

07:00pm Group Dinner in a Restaurant with the View of the Parade and Zocalo (optional, pay your own)

MUST RSVP a month before. 

Day 4 - December 25 (Saturday) - MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Monte Alban and Mitla Ruins Full Day Tour with Lunch

07:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

09:00 am - Tour Pick Up 

The remains of the ancient sacred city of the Zapotecs, Monte Alban served as a holy center for the ancient Zapotec culture and is usually considered to be one of the most majestic and architecturally harmonious ruins in Mesoamérica. This place is a must for everyone visiting and discovering Oaxaca.

12:30pm Lunch included (pay your own alcoholic drinks)

5:30pm Back to Oaxaca City

The Rest o the Evening is Yours 

Day 5 - Dec 26 (Sunday) This Day Is Yours

Check SUGGESTED EXPERIENCES IN OAXACA BELOW

7:00am - 10:00am Breakfast

8:00am Hike and Yoga in one of the Parks

Lunch and Dinner are yours.

Option 1:  Hoofing It In Oaxaca DAY HIKE: You are supporting the local library Oaxaca Lending Library 

You need to reserve on your own or let Henna at henna@culturalwanderer.com know 10 days in advance.

Reservations can be made here click: http://www.hoofingitinoaxaca.com 

Option 2:  Stay in the City 

Las Calendas (parades) in the afternoon or evening are streams of bands interspersed with dancing papier mâché giants whose arms swing in time to the music and marmotas, lovely translucent spheres lit from within and carried aloft on poles. Following behind are truck-mounted floats belonging to the major churches of Oaxaca.

On this night, each household carries their own Baby Jesus, following behind their church’s mariachis or float as the calenda winds its way through town, past the Zócalo and back to a Midnight Mass, where all will be blessed. There are little girls dressed as angels, finely-costumed adults carrying paper torches and tall candles, and spectators with spiral-coiled sparklers waiting for a light. It’s noisy, bright, and captivating, and a genuine Mexican ritual.

Lunch on your own 

07:00 pm Group Dinner in a Restaurant with the View of the Parade and Zocalo (optional, pay your own)

MUST RSVP a month before. 

 

Day 5 - Dec 25 (Saturday) - Monte Alban and Mitla Ruins Full Day Tour with Lunch

07:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

09:00 am - Tour Pick Up

The remains of the ancient sacred city of the Zapotecs, Monte Alban served as a holy center for the ancient Zapotec culture and is usually considered to be one of the most majestic and architecturally harmonious ruins in Mesoamérica. This place is a must for everyone visiting and discovering Oaxaca.


After the visit of Monte Alban the tours goes to the east side of the Valley and we might visit there a nature wonder: the giant tree known as the Tule tree. It has the largest trunk in 'South Americas' and is more than 2000 years old.

The next place to visit is the stone lace decorated wall of the palaces of Mitla.

IF we have time on the way back we do visit the weavers village of Teotitlán del Valle, famous for its delicate and beautifully woven rugs.

Tip of US $5 for driver and guide is appreciated.

The Rest is Yours.

Day 6 and 7 - Dec 26 and Dec 27 (Sunday and Monday)  - These Days Are Yours

Check Experiences at the Bottom

07:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast

08:00 am SunRise Yoga 

Lunch and Dinner on your own. 

Dec 27 (Monday) 

07:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast

08:00 am SunRise Yoga 

04:00 pm Dinner at an agreed restaurant. Pay your own and optional.

Experiences To -  

  • Wander in the City

  • Mercado Benito Juarez for great shopping

  • Mercado de la Merced for great food stalls

  • Sitting in the Zocalo for guaranteed wholesome entertainment

  • And more shopping at the street vendors near Mercado 20 de Noviembre

  • Eat chocolate from all of the shops that gave away free samples (follow your nose!)

  • Have a Massage 

  • Take a Culinary Tour

  • Take a Day Trip to Hierve el Agua or check this out: https://www.seanandmittie.com/perfect-day-trips-from-oaxaca-city/

  • S H O P

 

Note: IF you are leaving the next day, an early hotel check out may help.

Day 8 - Dec 28 (Tuesday) Departure from Oaxaca

Depending on your departure flight itinerary

07:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast

Hotel Check Out. Airport Pick Up. 

Welcome Back to USA! Have a safe trip. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

essential experiences in Oaxaca

Zone out at the Zocalo

The zocalo is the heart and soul of the city. A cross-section of travelers, gringo expats and locals of all ages gather in this shared living room to eat, drink, chat, read, flirt, stroll, play and people watch. Terraced cafes line the traffic-free square with lots of open air seating ideal for the “perpetual spring” climate. Indigenous vendors may pass by selling anything from hand woven huipils (traditional shirts) to chapulines (fried grasshoppers).
You might catch a concert, festival or protest in the park. Sit on a shady bench near the fountain or promenade around the perimeter as the locals do each evening. The Oaxaca zocalo is a lively yet peaceful place to hang out any time of day.

Peruse the Pyramids

Support Local Artisans

Chanel your inner Indiana Jones and explore the important archeological zones not far from Oaxaca City. Monte Alban and Mitla are exquisitely intact sites that predate the popular ruins of Palenque and Chichen Itza. Pre-Columbian Oaxaca never fell under Mayan or Aztec rule, so they reflect the Zapotec and Mixtec influences of the area. 
For some reason Oaxaca seems to produce more talented artists, weavers, embroiderers, potters, silversmiths, leathermasters and  craftspeople than just about anywhere on the planet. Each village seems to have a particular creative specialty that garners global respect.

Savor the Flavors

Meander the Markets

Oaxaca is world-renowned for a variety of specialties that every foodie or connoisseur should sample. First and foremost is Oaxacan chocolate (the original!) in Oaxaca’s legendary signature dish, mole, a complex spicy savory sauce that can take days to prepare. Another is the famous queso cheese, a mild, stringy, stretchy ball of dairy deliciousness. Oaxaca is one of the largest coffee growing states in Mexico. Can’t forget the prized local liquor, mezcal, a distilled tequila-like alcoholic beverage made from the maguey cactus. Then there are the chapulines, crunchy fried crickets served with chili and lime, which are great to munch on with a cold cerveza.

Find a Fiesta

Take a Temazcal

Experience Spirituality

Regardless of what you believe in, pop into it's 27 churches and, or dip into its landscape and that will take you to a higher ground of spiritualilty.
Try a traditional baño de temazcal, an ancient Mesoamerican sweat-lodge cleansing. This is not your typical relaxing spa. You are brought to a womb-like steam-filled adobe hut where you are told to sip herbal teas and relax. After some time, a healer will come in and start gently whacking you with large bushels of local herbs, apparently to beat the bad energies out of you. This may be followed up with a massage. Give it a try, as it supposed to have profound mental, physical and spiritual benefits – or at least make a fun story to tell the folks back home.
Lastly, Oaxacan people really know how to throw a party. There’s always some celebration going on with special music, dance, food and drink on the agenda.