Experience the essence and diversity of Oaxaca’s art, culture, architecture, cuisine and history. Join us on a tour led by Marcia Lucas, owner of El Interior. Come discover the enchanting spirit of Oaxacan hospitality with us! With the soul of an ancient heritage, nurtured in a landscape of exceptional beauty, Oaxaca is a place of such warm-heartedness and vitality that you will instantly feel welcome.
We will be based in the colonial gem of Oaxaca de Juarez (Oaxaca City). We will travel to outlying villages and meet folk artists that Marcia has worked with for three to four decades and explore pre-Columbian archaeological sites and Colonial treasures. We’ll savor the unique tastes and music of Oaxaca. This tour will give you a profoundly intimate look into village life that remains rooted to the traditions of the land. As described in the New York Times:
"OAXACA, the southern Mexican city with Zapotec roots and a Spanish colonial gloss, simmers with a passionate spirit and zeal. You’ll feel it in the buzzing markets, see it in the wealth of colorful crafts, and taste it in the culinary specialty: mole. Come and you’ll experience the city in its full glory."
We will stay at the enchanting Casa de las Bugambilias. This B&B is beautifully appointed and each room is uniquely decorated with fabulous Oaxacan folk art reflecting an undeniable sense of place. You will see paintings by some of Oaxaca’s finest painters and eat delicious breakfasts set with visually stunning table settings. Its location is convenient to the Zócalo (town square), and many favorite restaurants, including La Olla, are right in front of Las Bugambilias. Las Bugambilias also offers free internet and free long-distance U.S. calls.
Your host is Folk Art Specialist
Owner and founder of El Interior
Join us for an outstanding walking tour of the Ethno-Botanical Gardens located on the grounds of the famous Santo Domingo Cathedral which boasts one of the most elaborately decorated churches in Mexico — a Baroque masterpiece in gold leaf and plaster.
We will explore the village churches of Tlacochahuaya and experience a culture still connected to their ancient Zapotec roots. We will see the spectacular Tule tree, one of the worlds oldest trees and largest biomass on earth. Majestic examples of Spanish architecture surround the lively Zócalo and you will find art galleries and museums are in abundance in the UNESCO-protected city of Oaxaca.
Oaxacan folk art draws its strength from ancient indigenous culture. It is suffused with enchanting art forms and a joyful appreciation of the natural and imaginary worlds that have captivated collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.
This is a tour specializing in Indigenous folk art. We will visit the homes of Mexico’s internationally-renowned Zapotec artisans including wood carvers of San Martin Tilcajete, black pottery ceramicists in San Bartolo Coyotepec, the famous potteries of Santa Maria Atzompa, the Aguilar sisters in Ocotlan, exceptional rug weavers of Teotitlan del Valle, and the backstrap loom weavers of Santo Tomas Jalieza. Participants will have ample time to shop the abundance of folk art in the city markets and shops or buy directly from artisans.
One full day is set aside to help prepare Oaxaca’s traditional cuisine with chef Pilar Cabrera. As owner of the internationally acclaimed La Olla, Pilar has elevated organic and traditional Oaxacan cuisine to new standards of excellence. We will go to market with Chef Pilar and buy the ingredients for our class and meal.
We will visit a local cottage industry mescal palenque or distillery and have a tasting of some of Oaxaca’s best mescal---currently being exported to Spain.
There are constant cultural celebrations filled with music and dance that will keep your soul stirred. Enjoy concerts and paseos in Oaxaca’s famous Zócalo over local mescal and Mexico’s richest chocolate or coffee. Every Wednesday, see the traditional Danzon on the Zócalo in the town square.
We will have a unique interpretative presentation of several Zapotec archaeological ruins led by our experienced and knowledgeable guide.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing us the heart and soul of the Zapotecs and their generational abundance of talent and creativity. I will cherish my pieces of art from those families and the many fabulous markets…” S.M.
“Thank You! You put together such a comprehensive tour that was so personal I felt as though we were visiting my friends. Your love of the state, the city and its wonderful people was obvious and warmly shared with our tour group. You remained positive and charming no matter what issue came up. I would go with you anywhere you would want to show me. Your love of the Zapotecs and their history helped me make it up those giant steps! Thank you for a wonderful trip.” M.M.M.
“This is better than any National Geographic trip I have been on!” C.S.
“That was my “Eat Pray Love trip”! ” G.C
TOUR COSTS: $2,350*
To reserve your spot:
TEXT Photo of your CDC Vaccination card to: 512-585-6910
(please let Marcia know by e-mail that you are texting her)
QUESTIONS:E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 512-585-6910 to set up a call
Mail your check to:
805 Kinney Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
AIRLINES: Several airlines fly into Oaxaca. United and American Airlines have the most convenient flights. They fly directly into the city, Oaxaca de Juarez, out of Houston or Dallas, Texas. Direct flights are highly recommended, you avoid the Mexico City airport.
*Price is per person based on double occupancy. Ground transportation provided to events will be listed on the details of itinerary. Listed activities may be changed due to unforeseen events. Airfare to and from Oaxaca is not included. Tips are not included. Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, telephone calls, and gratuities for guides are not included.
Our small tours allow for personal attention and hands-on participation. Please note unique requirements. Participants must have a valid U.S. Passport. All rooms are non-smoking. The tour will require “vigorous” strolling and step-climbing abilities.
ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Marcia Lucas is a folk art specialist and is the owner and founder of El Interior, since 1979. She spends about two or three months in Oaxaca every year and has come to love its people and culture. This tour offers an opportunity to experience and appreciate the diversity and dynamism of Oaxaca! Come experience the beauty of the culture, savor Oaxacan cuisine, and meet friends!
Please contact Marcia Lucas at email@example.com for more details and reservations.