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Dates
  • Dec 20-27, 2014
  • Duration 8 days
    Group Size 2-10
    Land Cost $2,995
    Single Supplement $300
    Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Christmas In Oaxaca

    Indigenous cultures, holiday pageantry and hands-on fun with puppetry and crafts

    JOURNEYS' Christmas holiday trip in Oaxaca (Wa-HA-kuh) offers more color and hands-on fun than anywhere else in the Americas.

    This trip explores charming Oaxaca City in the heart of the high valley.  The over-the-top pageantry of December 24 features parades of giant papier-mache heads and competitions between artists who create sculptures from 7-pound radishes. This day alone would make the trip worthwhile, but you'll enjoy one delight after another from the moment of arrival. Sample Oaxaca's exotic fruit popsicles in flavors ranging from lime to tamarind to jamaica (ha-MY-ca). Learn from weavers and woodcarvers and try your own hand at painting those whimsical wooden animals that Mexicans call alebrijas (ah-lay-BREE-has). Visit the local markets and learn from a Mexican chef how to cook tortillas, tamales, and Mexican hot chocolate. Explore Monte Alban, the first urban center of ancient Mesoamerica. After a few days in now familar Oaxaca, sit at the Zocalo, listen to the marimba players, and soak up the festive atmosphere.

     

     


    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Oaxaca City
    Day 2Mitla/Tlacolula/Teotitlan del Valle
    Day 3Oaxaca City Tour
    Day 4Oaxaca Cooking/Radish Carving
    Day 5Monte Alban/Noche Buena
    Day 6Oaxaca Museums
    Day 7Ocotlan Market and Craft Route
    Day 8Departure

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