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Southern Mexico

OVERVIEW

At the southern territory of Mexico city one can find Oaxaca, a beautiful city with a big indigenous social group, where the culture of Mixteco – Zapoteco left archeological sites like Mitla and Montalbán. The tour continues at the magical towns of Calpulalpan, Teotitlan del Valle and the Dominican missions located at Yanhuitlan, Teposcolula and Coixtlahuaca. This trip will definitely amuse the tourist.

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 01: MEXICO

Reception at the airport, assistance and private transport to the hotel.

 

DAY 02: MEXICO & XOCHIMILCO

Panoramic sightseeing through the ancient and modern streets of the Mexican capital, like Reforma Avenue, until we arrive at the historical center where we will visit the Cathedral and the National Palace. We will also have a panoramic view of the remains of the ancient Tenochtitlan (the Azteca capital) as well as the palace of art and other important buildings. We will then continue the sightseeing of the city towards its southern region. On the way we will see the Cibeles Plaza, Siqueiros Cultural Poliforum, the sport city, and the Bull-fighting Plaza, the largest in the world, where we will see the sculptures. We will also visit the Insurgentes Theatre where we will see the murals of famous Mexican artists, until we reach the University City of UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico), the largest in the world, where 10,000 students are housed. We will visit the rector’s office as well as the Olympic Stadium of Mexico 1968. Upon arrival at Xochimilco, we will board a “chalupa”, a typical boat in which we will navigate through channels while we enjoy a typical Mexican lunch (included) and famous mariachi songs. Finally, we will return to visit the Azteca Stadium, where two world football (soccer) championships have taken place. Back to hotel.

Includes meals: Breakfast & Luch

 

DAY 03: CHOLULA & PUEBLA

We will pick you from your hotel to go on a 2 hour trip towards the archeological Cholula, where we will visit the largest pyramid of America. At its peak we will see a beautiful church. At the village of Cholula we will also visit the Convent of San Gabriel Árcangel, built in 1529. Afterwards, we will travel towards Puebla, where we will visit this city, considered by UNESCO a “Heritage of Humanity”, its cathedral, the main square where we will also see many churches’ peaks decorated with mosaics. We will also visit the famous chapel of Rosario. In the afternoon, lodging at hotel in Cholula.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 04: CHOLULA & OAXACA

We will travel by road for 3 hours towards the city of Oaxaca. Upon arrival, transport to the hotel. After lodging and lunch (not included), we will visit the beautiful city of Oaxaca, walking through its historical center. Back to hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 05: MONTE ALBAN – ALEBRIJES – CUILAPAM DE GUERRERO – SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC

We will visit the archeological site of Monte Alban, which lies on a mount near the city of Oaxaca. Monte Alban is the most important archeological site of Oaxaca, important for its religious, political and economical power exerted by the zapoteco people for more than thirteen centuries. It is considered a Cultural Heritage by UNESCO since 11 December 1987, as well as the city of Oaxaca. Afterwards we will continue visiting the villa of Arrazola Xoxo to see the elaboration of alebrijes or mythical beings. We will then visit ex-convent of Cuilapam de Guerrero, a XVIth century building of enormous dimensions. This day ends by visiting the villa of San Bartolo Coyotepec, where we will see how the famous black clay is elaborated. Lunch (included) during the trip.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

 

DAY 06: GUELATAO – IXTLAN DE JUAREZ – CAPULALPAM DE MENDEZ (MAGICAL TOWN) – ROUTES OF CAPULALPAM – CABINS

This day we will visit San Pablo Guelatao, famous for being the birth place of Don Benito Juárez (the most respected Mexican ex-president). We will walk around the lake and we will be able to see how people lived back then. The tour continues at Ixtlan de Juarez, a villa situated in the Sierra. We will visit a majestic church of XVIII, where we will see Baroque altarpieces. We will have an impressive view of the villa. We continue to have lunch at the community restaurant of Capulalpam de Mendez (Magical Town), where we will be able to eat the rainbow trout in its many preparations and we can optionally taste mescal (kind of tequila). If you are fond of rappel or Tyrolese you will have the opportunity to do it at the installations of this valley (not included). We will have lunch (included) and in the afternoon we will lodge at the cabins of the community of Capulalpam de Mendez, recently named “Magical Town”. This community has natural and cultural sites like the traditional architecture of the civil and regional constructions with a great influence of the colonial times. We can walk through its streets to observe the customs and traditions of the local zapoteca culture. At Capulalpam we will be able to see how its people produce wool, like blankets and beautiful dresses. The local musicians, gastronomy and the traditional doctors are also part of this culture. We will also visit the nearby caves. Finally, we will return to the rustic cabins, where we will stay overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

 

DAY 07: CAPULALPAM DE MENDEZ – TREE OF TULE – TEOTITLAN VALLEY – ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE OF MITLA

After breakfast in Capulalpam, we will return to the city of Oaxaca to visit the tree of Tule, a typical specie of the swampy regions, nicknamed “Ahuehuete” (the old man of the water) by our ancestors. This tree is a coniferous of incredible size, it is approximately 42 meters tall and its estimated age is 2000 years. We will then visit the villa of the valley of Teotitlan to see how the typical mat is elaborated with natural colors as well as the explanation of the dark red woodlouse. There will be time to buy souvenirs. We will continue to visit the archeological site of Mitla, founded originally by the Zapotecos. In the XVII century A.D. it became the point of encounter for two lines of thought, like the indigenous Zapotecos and the lordly Mixtecos. Among the wonders of Mitla, it is worth mentioning the difficulty of its construction, especially the carving of its monolithic pieces, each having a weight of 7 tons. Other wonders are the northern and southern pillars, where the Catholic Temple of San Pablo Converso (1530) is located, having been constructed over the original building and with the same materials. Lunch (included) on the road. Back to hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

 

DAY 08: OAXACA – DOMINICAN ROUTE – YANHUITLAN – TEPOSCOLULA – COIXTLAHUACA – OAXACA

After a 2 hour ride, we start the Dominican Route. The nearby towns have archeological sites, colonial buildings, communal museums and handicrafts. We will visit incredible constructions of the XVI century as well as rustic landscapes. We will also visit these nearby villas:

Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán: This town is located at the 119 km of highway 190. We will visit the temple and ex-convent Santo Domingo, which was the second religious Dominican order of the Oaxaqueña region. Nowadays, it is an outstanding example of XVI century novo-Hispanic architecture. It was built on top of a pre-Hispanic platform, and although some modifications were made in XVIII century, it preserves original paintings and sculptures, like the main altarpiece of XVI century, constructed by the Sevillian painter Andres de la Concha.

San Pedro & San Pablo Teposcolula: This town is located at 23 km away from the previous site due to the detour of Tlaxiaco, on the highway 190 in the Oaxaca-Mexico stretch. The Dominicans established in 1541, building afterwards a fabulous religious ensemble with an open chapel, one of the most relevant constructions of XVI century Nueva España. This chapel had two choirs, one for singers and one for musicians. It was also decorated with an altarpiece made by Andres de la Concha and Andres Pereyns, whose paintings are preserved inside the temple.

San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca: At only 2 km away we will visit the temple and ex-convent San Juan Bautista. This beautiful Dominican ensemble, constructed in 1576, consists of a temple, a cloister, an open chapel and an atrium. This ensemble represents one of many examples of novo-Hispanic art and architecture of XVI century. The decoration, mainly in the exterior, presents very original traces, as well as sculptures, among them the group conformed by San Juan, San Pedro and apostle Santiago and a series of niches, rose windows, medallions and other symbols of passion. Lunch (included) on the road. Back to the city of Oaxaca.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

 

DAY 09: OAXACA

Transport to the airport.

Included meals: Breakfast.

 

ALL SERIVCES IN THIS PROGRAM ARE PRIVATE SERVICES

 

Included:

  • Transport in deluxe touristic vehicles
  • Guide with credentials of the Ministry of Tourism
  • Tickets to the sites to be visited
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Breakfasts include juice, coffee or tea
  • When included, lunches and dinners without beverages
  • All taxes