Guelaguetza Tour

7 days / 6 nights 2017: 25.07

Guelaguetza means sharing or giving. The Guelaguetza is the most important festivity in Oaxaca, also known as “Lunes del Cerro”. Dancers from the seven regions of the state of Oaxaca (Cañada, Mixteca, Valles, Sierra, Tuxtepec, Costa and Itsmo de Tehuantepec) arrive dressed in typical costumes in order to share with you their dances and flavors of mestizo cuisine.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico City Airport – Hotel

Arrive at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2: Mexico City sightseeing tour – Teotihuacan Pyramids – National Museum of Anthropology

What will you see in Mexico City:

  • “Zocalo”, one of the largest city squares in the world
  • Tenochtitlan’s main temple complex, the Templo Mayor
  • The largest cathedral in the Americas, Mexico City Cathedral
  • The National Palace

Teotihuacan

  • Avenue of the Dead
  • Pyramid of the Sun
  • Pyramid of the Moon
  • Temple of the Feathered Serpent

National Museum of Anthropology

The Museum contains one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts from prehispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest.

Stay overnight in Mexico City.

Day 3: Mexico City – Cholula – Puebla – Oaxaca

Pyramid in Cholula Puebla

The Great Pyramid in Cholula

Cholula is best known for its Great Pyramid, with the Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios sanctuary on top and its numerous churches. The views from its hilltop site are spectacular! The Pyramid  will be explored either via a labyrinth of interior tunnels, or above ground and be walking through excavations at the pyramid’s base.

Puebla is one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. The city retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of beautiful churches. You will visit the main square, Cathedral, the Street of Candies and other sites.

Stay overnight in Oaxaca.

Day 4: Oaxaca – Monte Alban – The tree of Tule – Guelaguetza

Monte Alban

Monte Alban

The ancient Zapotec capital Monte Alban is one of the most impressive ancient sites in Mexico, with the most spectacular 360-degree views.

The tree of Tule has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world, placed on a UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites. It is a bald cypress with a perimeter of about 42 meters and a height of 40 meters. The age of this magnificent tree is unknown but according to studies is estimated to have more than two thousand years.

Guelaguetza: The Legend of the Princess Donaji

The performance of the Legend of Donaji begins at sunset. Lit by torches, no less than 1,500 actors, most of them amateurs, tell the story of the last Donaji princess, who was sacrificed to the Mixtec Indians in order to preserve peace in the Central Valleys of the region of Oaxaca.

Stay overnight in Oaxaca.

Day 5: Oaxaca – San Bartolo Coyotepec – San Martin Tilcajete – Guelaguetza

Black pottery in San Bartolo Coyotepec

San Bartolo Coyotepec

San Bartolo Coyotepec

Barro negro, the polished, surprisingly light, black pottery that you find in hundreds of forms around Oaxaca, comes from San Bartolo Coyotepec. For almost all of the town’s history, the color of the local pottery was a dull dark gray, until Doña Rosa Real discovered a way to create a shiny black finish t create barro negro pottery. The innovation made the pottery more popular and famous, with Nelson Rockefeller having a collection of her pieces.  Doña Rosa died in 1980, but the tradition of making the barro negro pottery is being carried on by Doña Rosa’s daughter and grandchildren who stage demonstrations for tourists.

Alebrijes in San Martin Tilcajete

San Martin Tilcajete

San Martin Tilcajete

San Martín Tilcajete is known for its wood carvings of real and fantastic animals painted with bright colors and designs. This is part of Oaxaca’s tradition of being one of the leading producer folk and modern art, which is displayed in shops and galleries all over the world.

Guelaguetza: The parade of the delegations

The parade of the delegations Guelaguetza

The parade of the delegations

The parade is organized according to the traditional calendar, and takes place on the Saturday before each Monday. A large round lantern covered in material called “la Marmota” leads the parade, followed by the “giants” and the “Oaxacan pebbles”, women from the city carrying baskets overflowing with beautiful flowers, accompanied by a musical band and the joyful fireworks masters. The rest of the delegations follow the procession, each one preceded by traditional music from its region.

Stay overnight in Oaxaca.

Day 6: Oaxaca – Mezcal distillery tour – Mexico City

Mezcal distillery tour Oaxaca

Mezcal distillery tour

You will visit the exhibition of various types of traditional Mexican drink mezcal. Here you can taste and buy genuine mezcal.

Stay overnight in Mexico City.

Day 7: Mexico City – Airport

Breakfast and transfer to Mexico City Benito Juarez airport.

Departure from Mexico City on the 25st of July 2017

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