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Tours in Oaxaca & Archaeological Sites

 

In Hotel Parador del Dominico you’ll be able to book tours and excursions to the different archaeological sites of Oaxaca, natural attractions and typical towns of this destination.

 

DOUBLE TOUR MITLA – OAXACA TOUR

 

Starts at: 10:00 AM every day.

It lasts: 7.5 hours.

IMPORTANT: The rates do not include tickets to the areas, drinks or food.

PRICE PER PERSON: $300.00 MXN

 

You’ll visit:

 

  • ARBOL DEL TULE: The mentioned tree is a typical species of the wetlands, distinctive and appreciated by our ancestors, who game it the name of “Ahuehuete”, which means “The old man in the water”. It’s a conifer tree of incredible proportions, as it has a 42 meter perimeter, reaching a 42 meters height and its estimated age is 2000 years.

 

  • TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE: During this visit you’ll see a demonstration of the making of the typical rug of the village, with natural colors. You’ll also get an explanation about the insect “grana cochinilla” and time to shop.

 

  • MITLA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: Founded originally by the Zapotecos, around the XVII century, it possibly was a gathering place that blended two lines of thoughts: the one of the native Zapotecos and the noble Mixtecos. Among the wonders of Mitla is worth mentioning the difficulty of carving thousands of pieces, some monolithic of over 14,000 pounds. Among the restored architectonic groups stands out the group of the columns called GRUPO NORTE (North Group), where is the catholic temple dedicated to San Pablo Converso (approx. 1530), built on the original building with the same materials.

 

  • HIERVE EL AGUA: It’s a system of petrified falls, formed by calcium carbonate. The falls have natural origin and were formed thousands of years ago for the leaking of water with high mineral content. The place is located about 80 km from the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, close to the archaeological ruins of Mitla. It’s also a place of archaeological interest since it has a complicated irrigation system and terraces built by the Zapotecas 2,500 years ago. The water has a 25C temperature and the waterfalls reach the 50 meters height.

 

  • MEZCAL FACTORY: Where you can see the process of making this local drink, world-wide famous, and you’ll be able to taste and buy samples. Return to the hotel.

 

DOUBLE TOUR MONTE ALBÁN – OAXACA TOUR

 

Starts at: 10.00 AM every day.

It lasts: 7 hours.

IMPORTANT: The rates do not include tickets to the areas, drinks or food.

PRICE PER PERSON: $300.00 MXN

 

You’ll visit:

 

  • MONTE ALBAN: Archaeological site located 20 to 25 minutes away. On our arrival we’ll start the tour to admire to Gran plaza, with its ceremonial buildings, such as: the Ball Game, the building S or Monte Alban Palace, the platform south with its inferior angles with replicas of the carved figures, the one called observatory or building J, unique in its kind in Mesoamerica, the imposing platform of the Dancers, in addition to the many monticules in the center of this plaza, and in the superior part of the main platform. This is a strategic place to admire a panoramic view of the Ceremonial Center.

 

  • ARRAZOLA XOXO: The wood carving is an ancestral tradition of the Zapotecas, which reaches its ultimate expression with the elaboration of the alebrijes; surreal and magical pieces from the imagination of the Oaxacan artisan, the alebrijes represent the innovative spirit of the Oaxacan soul through forming figures obtained after a hand-made carving. Alebrije is a word (in an adopted gipsy language) which means “difficult thing of a confusing or fantastic type”, and Arrazola is a Basque name that must have been of the holder of the grants, San Antonio Arrazola.

 

  • FORMER CONVENT OF CUILAPAM DE GUERRERO: Located in the region of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca. This is a building from the XVI century, of impressive dimensions although it was never finished. Among its most distinctive architectural spaces is the outdoor chapel, a type of religious construction of the first years after the conquest of Mexico, created with the purpose of gathering a major amount of indigenous people in order to convert them to Catholicism. Like many of the buildings of Oaxaca, the Cuilapam Convent was built with carved stone by indigenous artisans.

 

  • SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC: Pottery has been one of the most important activities for a long time. In Oaxaca stands out the world-wide famous and desired Black Mud. Originated in the community of San Bartolo Coyotepec, the black mud is known for its metallic finish.