Southern Valley

Church in Ocotlan

Our first stop is the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for its tradition of making black pottery in a technique preserved through generations. Then we’ll continue on to the village of San Martin Tilcajete to visit wood carvers who create spectacular carvings in the shape of animals and mythical creatures. Then we’ll make a stop in Santo Tomas Jalieza. The women of this village weave using the prehispanic backstrap loom to make placemats, table runners, handbags and belts. Our next stop is the city of Ocotlán, hometown of Oaxacan painter Rodolfo Morales. Visit his house-museum, and the church and ex-convent restored by the Rodolfo Morales Cultural Foundation, which is now home to a museum of religious and folk art. Visit the workshops of the Aguilar sisters, folk art masters specializing in miniature figures that reflect rural life in Oaxaca, nativity scenes, the tree of life, market women, as well as Frida Kahlo replicas. If you plan this tour for a Friday, market day in Ocotlan, you’ll be able to visit the market which fills up the streets adjoining the central plaza.

We can recommend a restaurant along the way for lunch, or you may choose to eat in one of the stalls in the market – we can suggest a good place.

Tour includes: Stops at San Bartolo Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete, Santo Tomas Jalieza and Ocotlan. This tour includes transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and guide service with a knowledgeable, bilingual guide.

Duration: around 7 hours

Recommendations and tips: Wear comfortable shoes. It’s a good idea to bring sunglasses and a hat, sun block, and extra cash in case you want to purchase souvenirs and food.

Cost:  for one to four people: $250 USD. For more than four people, contact us for pricing.

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