Thursday, February 6, 2014

Join me on an Oaxacan Adventure in October

An Oaxacan Adventure in October

I have put together an eight day guided tour in Oaxaca 
and the Oaxaca valleyfor October 5 - 13, 2014.

For those who have joined me on my San Miguel de Allende tours and my Artisan and Architecture tour in the state of Michoacan, I know if you join me again, Oaxaca will also capture your heart.

The main plaza, the zocalo, is one of the most spectacular in all of Mexico with its gazebo that usually has mariachis or a marimba band playing in it at night, vibrant cafes and restaurants lining the plaza on the main and second floor, the Cathedral on one side, towns people visiting...
One morning we will explore Monte Alban, the Zapotec ruins that was founded around 500 B.C..  At its grandest, over 25,000 people lived here.
The architecture is diverse from this 16th century monastery in Cuilapam, the brilliant painted church in Ocotlan, the Baroque Santo Domingo Church in the historic center of Oaxaca with its amazing ethnobotanical gardens off to one side to the impressive modern building that houses the only stamp collection in Mexico.
Oaxacan cuisine is some of the  most interesting and colorful in the world.
It is known for its queso de Qaxaca (string cheese), tlyuadas (above), chocolates, empanadas with squash blossoms...
And famous for its numerous and diverse moles
We will visit the City of Oaxaca market, the true spirit and soul of Oaxaca 
with the indigenous people dressed in their colorful clothing.
A real stimulation of the senses.
We will take in a cooking class one day.

We will visit many of the Oaxacan masters in their villages such as the Aguilar Sisters famous for their ceramic figures,the Bulmaro weaving family in Teotitlan de Valle known for their rugs and natural dyes, the workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angels world renown for their hand-carved wood painted Alebrijos (animals), the Nevarro Gomez family in Santo Tomas Jalieza and see them at work on their back-strap looms...
There is an abundance of museums:  Rodolfo Morales Museum in Ocotlan, Rufino Tamayo Museum with its Pre-columbian collection,
Museum of Textiles and Museum of Contemporary art in Oaxaca.  
There are cutting edge galleries in the historic center of town
Lovely climate and fabulous restaurants.

Oaxaca has maintained its artistic identity.
The culture, folk art, contemporary art, music, native dress, cuisine....

An adventure I would love to share with you.
I already have a few commitments!  

Please let me know if you are interested in joining me at your earliest convenience 

and I will send you additional information.

An Oaxacan Adventure in October
Sunday, October 5 - 13, 2014.

Robin Mullen 

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