Oaxaca

When: October 27 – November 6, 2017
Where: Mexico
How Much: $2,695 per person ($310 single supplement)

Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico during one of the most unusual festivals anywhere – the Day of the Dead.  On this day, people prepare home altars and cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life.  Not at all a morbid occasion, the town is filled with celebration.

Oaxaca lies in a semitropical valley surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre del Sur.  The city’s architecture reflects its rich Spanish Colonial and modern history.  Vast ruins of Ancient Mixtecan and Zapotecan civilizations lie just outside the city.  Dr. Jeffrey Blomster, an anthropological archaeologist and editor of After Monte Albán: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico, will accompany us on our trip.

To join us on this tour, or for further information, contact us at tours.tac@gmail.com or by phone at (505) 266-1540.

Friday, October 27

Join us in Oaxaca for a cocktail party at the Hotel Gala de Oaxaca, where we’ll spend ten nights.

Saturday, October 28

In the morning, we will tour the Mercado de Abastos, Oaxaca’s famous flower market.  In addition to an abundance of cut flowers we will also see special Day of the Dead decorations on sale.  In the afternoon, we’ll visit the regional museum and tour its displays of artifacts from Mitla and Monte Albán, including the gold treasures that were found in Monte Albán’s tomb #7 in 1932.

Sunday, October 29

We’ll spend the morning exploring the impressive ruins of Monte Albán, a city built by the Zapotecs between 500 B.C. and A.D. 750.  In the afternoon, we’ll take a walking tour of Oaxaca and visit the ornate church of Santo Domingo, the cathedral on the Zócalo, and the central market.

Monday, October 30

We’ll tour nearby crafts villages, including San Bartolo Coyotepec, San Martín Tilcajete, and Santo Tomás Jalieza. In Ocotlan de Morales, we will visit the home of Rodolfo Morales as well as the great Dominican complex he helped restore.

Tuesday, October 31

In the morning we’ll visit the archaeological site of Atzompa. Free afternoon. In the evening we’ll visit the cemetery in Xoxocatlán

Wednesday, November 1

Free Morning. In the afternoon we’ll visit the main cemetery in Oaxaca to observe the Day of the Dead festivities and we’ll also visit the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art.

Thursday, November 2

We’ll explore the elaborate ruins of Mitla.  Built by the Zapotec and later occupied by the Mixtec, the masonry buildings are decorated with mosaics made from thousands of hand carved stones.  We’ll tour Dainzú, a Zapotec city founded in 350 B.C. that controlled a narrow valley pass.  We’ll also visit the ruins at Yagul and Lambityeco.

Friday, November 3

We’ll tour the wood carving village of Arrazola as well as Cuilapan, a Dominican monastery built in 1555.  In the afternoon we’ll visit Zaachila, the last capital of the Zapotec kingdom.

Saturday, November 4

We’ll travel to the Etla Valley and tour the site of San José Mogote, an important village first occupied around 1400 B.C.

Sunday November 5

Free morning.  In the afternoon, we will see the native weaving village of Teotitlán del Valle. In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner at one of Oaxaca’s finest restaurants.

Monday November 6

Participants depart for home.  You may want to ask your travel agent about extending your vacation to the beach at Huatulco, or to other delightful destinations in Mexico.

Oaxaca Tour Details:

Cost Includes hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement is $310), ten breakfasts, nine lunches, one dinner, happy hours, admittance fees, tips, tours, background reading materials, surface travel via bus. Not included are meals other than those specified and transportation to and from Oaxaca.

NOTE: Oaxaca is located at 5,000 feet above sea level and the ruins are at higher altitudes.  People with respiratory problems should consult with their physician.  People unaccustomed to higher altitudes sometimes experience fatigue and dizziness. A modest amount of walking is required. Ruins have rubble, undeveloped trails and stairs. The Hotel Gala is a charming restored hotel.  It does not have an elevator or rooms on the first floor.

To join us on this tour, or for further information, contact us at tours.tac@gmail.com or by phone at (505) 266-1540.

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