OAXACA... THE INDIGENOUS HEART OF MEXICO!!!

Feb. 22nd, 2020 (by plane)

8 days tour. $1,050 per person (double occupancy)

 

DAY 1

What a tour you are about to experience! Today we travel south! once we are transferred to Reynosa´s airport, it will be a 90-minute flight to Mexico City! As soon as we gathered our luggage, our coach will be taking us to Puebla City! flight departure, traffic and weather conditions permitting, we will be arriving in time to have a walking tour and get acquainted with downtown area! You won´t believe the much colonial architecture built in this area! 

Overnight  in Puebla City

DAY 2

Good morning! After breakfast we will be walking some of the historic district in this city, founded in 1531. We will be able to see the cathedral, the zocalo, 5 de Mayo street, Santo Domingo Temple and the chapel of the Holy Rosary! Then we go to Calle de los Dulces to get a taste of the famous candies made in Puebla, as well as mole and Talavera tile and pottery!

After lunch, we will be going our way to Oaxaca City, famous for its greenish sandstone architecture! arrival is estimated  around 7 PM!

Overnight in Oaxaca City

DAY 3

Today we will go to visit the Regional Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed at a historic building: the ex-convent of Saint Dominic, which construction began in 1575. After lunch there will be a chance to visit the local markets for us to discover the local produce and delicacies, including cooked grasshoppers, in different sizes! Be amazed by "tlayudas" and get to buy your own, or how about sipping a good traditional chocolate? Then, the rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy at leisure! May be you would like to pay a visit to the "Rufino Tamayo Museum", which houses an exquisite collection of precolumbian art, or perhaps take a stroll on the main square? Also, a museum dedicated to the artistic painters of Oaxaca is located very close to the cathedral!

Overnight in Oaxaca City

DAY 4

After our included breakfast, we will be going our way to a site enlisted by UNESCO as World Heritage: Monte Alban.  This place became a really important center for architecture, commerce and the flow of religious ideas in Middle America. Later we will be going to a town where everything is woven by means of using traditional weaving looms, in different sizes: Santo Tomas Jalieza. Then, we will make a special stop in San Martin Tilcajete, home of the fantastic "Alebrijes": incredible sculptures carved out of wood, painted by hand in the  most imaginative fashion!

One more stop in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec, will get you acquainted with the amazing technique to produce "Black Clay Pottery", a very typical handcraft known only to this region of the world!

Overnight in Oaxaca City

DAY 5

Have you heard of mezcal? It's a very famous drink obtained from a particular kind of agave plant. Today we will be going  to visit one of the distilleries where they make this traditional dink!

We will visit as well the archaeological site of Mitla, with its very intricate geometric designs and incredible architecture where rocks of many tons in weight were used!

The town of Teotitlan del Valle is located close by and every family here is dedicated to the production of Loom-woven rugs made out of wool!

One more stop will be provided in the town of Santa Maria del Tule, where one the most famous specimens of Taxodium mucronatum (Montezuma cypress) exists: 2,000 year old and counting!

Overnight in Oaxaca City

DAY 6

Time to start heading to the Capital City of the Mexican Republic: Ciudad de Mexico. The road  will be lined up with spectacular views of different cacti, pine trees and rugged terrain. After lunch, we will visit a very famous family spot: Xochimilco. We will ride a boat that is known to locals as "trajinera", and if lucky enough, we might be able to eyewitness the performance of the "flying indians from Papantla" (Yes, the guys that set up a pole that goes 80 feet into the air and then, then come down spinning around the pole, tied by their waists)

Overnight in Mexico City

DAY 7

This morning we are off to visit the historic district to admire the Presidential Palace and its fine mural paintings by Diego Rivera. Also, we will take a peek on the ruins of the "Templo Mayor" (Main Temple of the Aztec culture), the zocalo or main square as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Afterwards, we will go to visit one of the most important archaeological sites of Mexico: Teotihuacan, the city where the Gods created the sun and the moon, built in 100 B.C. A visit to the museum is a must and there will be time to climb the pyramid to the sun!

Overnight in Mexico City

DAY 8

We start our way back to Rio Grande Valley. Our shuttle will be waiting for us at the airport in Reynosa and soon we'll be home, letting all our friends know about the wonderful memories we just collected on this tour!

THIS TOUR INCLUDES: transfers McAllen – Reynosa’s airport – McAllen, airfare Reynosa - Mexico City - Reynosa, 7 hotel nights, complimentary bottled water in our motor coach or Van vehicle, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch. 
NOT INCLUDED: admissions to attractions, museums or archaeological sites (other than the ones clearly described as included in the above paragraph), tips to waiters at any meal. Gratuities to tour guide are not included. We strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of $6-8 dollars per person, per day, for your tour guide. You will find that your guide is very knowledgeable and professional. Besides, he will always be on call to take care of you in every aspect you indicate him. Gratuities to bus driver are not included either.

NOTE: The cost of the Mexican Immigration Permit to travel into Mexico (charged by Mexican authorities and obtainable at the Mexican air or land ports of entry), beyond the 20 mile allowed distance, is about $35 USD, and it is not included in the tour price!