The Valley of Oaxaca is known for its magnificent colonial buildings, world-famous crafts, fabulous cuisine, and nearby ancient temples. Encircled by the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, the charming city of Oaxaca (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) sits at 5,000 feet on a fertile plateau and enjoys a springlike climate year-round. The bustle of everyday life takes place around the zócalo, or town square, considered one of the prettiest in all of Mexico. Journey to the heart of Mexico to experience the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Enjoy private visits to artists’ studios and vineyards, and savor the incredible local Oaxacan cuisine.
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- Departure Dates
Mar 5, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022
March 5 - USA/ OAXACA
Gather this evening for an orientation and welcome reception.
March 6 - OAXACA
Situated at the confluence of three valleys, Oaxaca’s sunny, temperate climate and rocky landscape provide a bracing contrast from the Maya lowlands. A center for handicrafts and the arts, the capital city of Oaxaca de Juárez is also famous for its creative cuisine. This morning visit Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, which was constructed primarily from 1570 to 1608 and remains the most splendid of Oaxaca’s churches. The church is part of a great Dominican monastery, whose stone cloister is the antechamber to the Museo de
las Culturas de Oaxaca, with its outstanding display of archaeological treasures. After lunch from Santo Domingo, stroll down the Calle Macedonio Alcalá, a boulevard restricted to pedestrians, to view many of the city’s most remarkable colonial buildings and shops. Highlights include La Mano Mágica, with its original and sophisticated crafts, and Mujeres Artesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca (MARO) , a women’s cooperative representing hundreds of craftsmen. Visit a private artist’s studio. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner.
March 7 - OAXACA
Perched on a flattened hilltop just a few kilometers west of the city and with commanding views of the surrounding valley, Monte Albán is one of the most impressive sites in Mexico. First occupied around 500 B.C., Monte Albán was the center of the Zapotec Empire, which extended over most of the present state of Oaxaca, between 300-700 A.D. Explore the pyramids, palaces, platforms and tombs arranged around a grand plaza. Highlights include bas-relief “Dancers” (conquered chieftains) and hieroglyphs that are the earliest examples of writing in Mexico. Evening at leisure.
March 8 - OAXACA/ SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Depart this morning for a flight to San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel de Allende is a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. It is part of the Bajío macroregion. it was inscribed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, under the title of Villa Protectora de San Miguel and Santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco, the distinction was awarded due to its cultural and architectural contribution to the Mexican Baroque and its importance in the struggle of Independence of Mexico from Spain. Gather this evening for dinner.
March 9 - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE / GUANAJUATO
Today explore the capital city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Diego Rivera. Begin with an orientation walking tour of the fascinating city center with its winding streets, subterranean passages and many historic landmarks, including the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the site of the first major victory over the Spanish in 1810. Visit a vineyard for a tasting and lunch.
March 10 - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
This morning travel to La Aurora to meet with local artists at their galleries. What used to be a textile factory, today houses canvases, sculptures and artisan products of great artists who live in San Miguel. After lunch enjoy a walking tour of the city center, including a stop at the famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, designed by the stonemason and architect Zeferino Gutierrez in the neo-Gothic design. Visit the hand craft market and enjoy a private visit to a workshop. Gather this evening for a farewell dinner
March 11 - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE / RETURN
Depart the hotel early this morning for the flight home.
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