We will pict you up at Oaxaca’s International Airport; from there we will take you to the boutique hotel, Casa Catrina located in the heart of the city center of Oaxaca, just a few blocks away from Oaxaca’s main plaza, the Zocalo. After checking in we will hit the streets for an introductory walking tour of Oaxaca City.
After breakfast at the hotel, Introduction at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. After the orientation we will walk through Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical garden. Lunch at Los Danzantes. Before having some free time in the afternoon, we will head over to admire the beautiful Santa Domingo church.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave the city for an excursion into the surrounding villages. The trip includes visits to the archeological town of Mitla, also famous for mezcal, Teotitlan del Valle, which is known for their weavings, and Santa Maria el Tule, home of the infamous, grand Tule tree – the widest tree in the world. We will lunch in Santa Maria el Tule at the restaurant “El Milenario.”. Enjoy a free evening, exploring the nightlife of the city or simply relax in preparation for the next day!
We will start the day with a typical Oaxacan breakfast served in the hotel restaurant, and then head over to Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca (Oaxaca’s Institute of Culture) for our hands-on mask making workshop. The masks are a distinct accessory to the comparsas, an important parade that takes place during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). After this workshop we will visit two culturally significant places in Oaxaca, the first place is the archeological site of Monte Alban, once considered the capital of the Zapotec people between the years of 500 B.C. and 800 A.D. The second is Arrazola, a town famous for the production of Alebrijes (fantastical animal woodcarvings). Ending the day with dinner at La Biznaga, a contemporary restaurant situated in a lovely dimly lit courtyard, serving modern Oaxacan cuisine.
After breakfast at the hotel, the day’s adventures will commence at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca (ICO), where we will finish-up with our maskmaking workshop. After lunch we will have a guided tour through the market “Benito Juarez” where you can find the ingredients for our traditional cooking class on Mole Negro (Black Mole). We will also have the opportunity to buy artifacts to build our altar. Following the market, we will have the wonderful opportunity to build an altar for Dia de los Muertos. In this construction, it is customary to include pictures of your own departed loved ones, and we encourage you to bring them along. Participating in such a ritual is an important aspect of embracing the culture’s reverence of life and death. After, we will attend an educational lecture on the importance of the Day of the Dead, and the many traditions and customs that are associated with this special day.
Dinner will be at El Asador Vasco.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will dawn our handmade masks and participate in the ICOs traditional Comparsa, a parade celebrating Día de los Muertos through dance, costume, music and mezcal! We will have a few hours free in the afternoon, and recommend visiting some of the art galleries, shopping or relaxing in the zocalo. We will meet for dinner at Casa Oaxaca, described as the best restaurant in town, before heading over to the cemetery Xoxocotlan to experience the customs of Día de los Muertos.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet at the ICO for an introduction for our trip, after the introduction discover the secrets of Oaxaca’s famous Mole Negro (Black Mole), as well as the most traditional dish of Día de los Muertos, in our much anticipated cooking class. After indulging in the wonderful Mole and a delicious Surprise Oaxacan dish, enjoy a free afternoon exploring the city. We will meet again in the late afternoon, and head over to Etla to watch their comparsas.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have our Grand Masters excursion visiting with world class artisans that are producing some of the most beautiful Oaxacan handcrafts, such as The Aguilar Sisters in Ocotlan,. We will then go to San Martin Tilcajete to visit the gallery of Jacobo Angeles, a famous contemporary woodcarving artist and San Bartolo Coyotepec, the capital of the Barro Negro (Black Pottery).
Lunch will be at La Azuncena Zapoteca.
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