- 9 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Experience the natural and cultural highlights of the Oaxaca Valley on a day trip to several small towns and sites. You’ll be amazed by the sizable
Tule tree (Arbol del Tule) of Santa Maria and the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of
Hierve el Agua. Explore the Zapotecan ruins of the
Mitla archeological site and the modern-day community of
Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) with your knowledgeable guide and to finish a
Mezcal distillery. Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable coach is included in your full-day sightseeing tour.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Mitla
- Entry/Admission - Tule Tree
- Entry/Admission - Hierve el Agua
- Food and drinks
Quinta Real Oaxaca
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure time is at 10:00:00 Hotels pickup commence 30 minutes prior to this time.
Returns to original departure point
At 10am you’ll be picked up at your hotel and driven by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to the town of Santa Maria del Tule, just 5 miles (9 km) east of Oaxaca city. Stop in the center of town to see the famous Tule tree, located within the church grounds. Gaze in awe at the 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, which is thought to have the thickest trunk of any tree in the world – boasting a girth of 173 feet (53 meters) and weighing 509 tons! Your guide will point out how this unique natural monument is actually rooted in a family of ancient trees.
Back aboard the coach, you’ll drive to the nearby archeological ruins of Mitla, a Zapotec religious center whose construction began in 850. Hear about the Zapotecs, who developed a hierarchical society governed by kings and nobles – relatively isolated until Spanish conquest in the early 1500s. While touring the site with your guide, admire the beautiful mosaics of the colonial Church of San Pablo, built by the Spanish in the 16th century.
Made with finely cut and polished stone pieces, the mosaics tell a vivid tale with their pictures. The elaborate and intricate design of the fretwork and geometric patterns decorate tombs, panels, friezes and entire walls, making Mitla stand out among well-preserved Mesoamerican sites of the Oaxaca Valley. Your guide will discuss the unique harmony of its buildings and the proportion of its yards.
Next, head to the Zapotec community of Teotitlan of the Valley. Here, wool rugs are woven on domestic looms, using natural dyes to color their pictorial designs, which include reproductions of Matisse and Picasso! You’ll observe weavers at work as you browse the larger showrooms located in the village before winding down a narrow, unpaved road for a scenic stop at Hierve el Agua – Spanish for ‘boiling water.’
Here, spend approximately 1-hour marveling at a set of fossilized 'waterfalls.' These natural rock formations are created by carbonated springs on a cliff, where a large pool has given rise to a natural spa. Observe the bubbling mineral springs as they run into cold bathing pools below – believed to have been a sacred place of the ancient Zapotec. Saturated with calcium carbonate and other mineral deposits, the rock sculptures appear as white as waterfalls and offer great photo ops or a swim! You'll have time to energize and eat lunch at a buffet restaurant (own expense) before heading to Matatlan.
Finally, your guide will make a stop in Santiago Matatlan, a town is known as the 'world capital of mezcal.' As you take a look around, learn about the undiluted white mezcal as well as other fine varieties produced in the large number of mezcal factories and outlets. Visit one of these factories and see how this drink is produced, and enjoy a taste of it at the end of the tour!
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Very informative and fun day trip. It is a very busy day so be prepared for that. The lunch buffet was amazing. I would highly recommend.
While this tour was amazing, I will say that Viator charges almost three times as much as the tour was originally cost with the original touring agency. It is still best to do your own research and communicate with the tour agencies.
I generally steer clear of tours but am so glad I took this one. Had I not, I would have missed out on learning all I did about the amazing places visited. Excellent tour for the money.
Excellent tour guide. They picked us up on time at our b and B to go to the van meeting spot. Excellent packed day and the guide had so much knowledge and was fluent in both Spanish and English. We stopped at the biggest oldest tree, Hierve del Agua, a really nice buffet lunch spot, Mitle, Teotitlan to learn about natural dyeing and textiles, and finally a Mezcal spot. They were so nice and provided bottled water for everyone. Bring a backpack and sneakers bc you will be walking a lot and it can be tiring but you get to see everything. This was the highlight of our Oaxaca trip. Highly recommend this tour as it was professional and we learned so much.
Very enjoyable trip including a variety of activities and sights and a very friendly, knowledgeable guide.
This was an excellent tour, done in both Spanish and English. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend it!
Best thing ever. My family is originally from Oaxaca and I loved every single part of it.
EXCEPTIONAL!!!! If you're fortunate enough to have Apolo as your guia guide consider yourself LUCKY!!! He was our driver as well as guide and his knowledge at Mitla was mezmerizing. He made us feel so comfortable and he did not act like he was anything but happy to be with us and to share with us. We spent more time than anticipated in a couple of places but he NEVER rushed us!! WHAT A JOYFUL and AMAZING DAY!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Great tour. Excellent guide. The handicraft demonstrations are really quite something.
One of the best tours ever! Our tour guide Daniel was very interested in archeology and we got so much information, amazing. We are not normally tour types, but this covered so much ground in one day. The weavers, wow. Mitla wow. The big tree was a fun first stop. Have three pesos in your pocket if you want to use the bathroom there. The buffet lunch was done very well, complete with two women making tortilla based items to order on the grill, tons of fresh fruit, grilled meats, side dishes galore. Last stop, mescal production facility, fascinating. Being picked up and dropped off at our hotel, bonus.
I really enjoyed this tour. I usually avoid touristy activities when I'm exploring a new place by myself, as I was in Oaxaca, but I wanted to check out the towns outside the city and didn't have a car. I thought the driver and the guide were very kind, patient, funny and relaxed. I thought each stop was interesting and beautiful. I especially appreciated that none of the guests were ever pressured into buying anything from any vendors, even though I bought two gorgeous rugs from the master weaver favorite stop!. I'm so glad I went on this tour and I would highly recommend it to anyone else visiting Oaxaca.
A good trip with a good tour guide, Apolo. It is a very long day, but he handled it well. As can be a problem with group tours, one member was very annoying and kept us all waiting for 20 minutes. Apolo was quite diplomatic about the situation. The highlights, in my mind, were Mitla and the weaving workshop at Teotitlan.
The guide was great and told us tons of great information! We loved every second and would definitely go again! Thank you!
fascinating trip, wonderful knowledgeable guide with Don Antonio, good food for lunch. Especially enjoyed watching the beautiful Oaxacan rugs being woven.
My guide was Clemente. The tour was on a Sunday and there were 7 people. I was the only one who didn't speak Spanish. The guide spoke Spanish most of the time and occasionally explained things to me in English. In the visit of the rug workshop and the mescal factory, both presentations were in Spanish. Other than that, the tour was very well organized and the destinations are definitely worth the visit. The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. The upshot is -- if you speak Spanish, or if you don't mind not understanding everything, or if you can manage to find a group of English speakers to join you, this tour is great for you.
Apolo was our guide and he did a great job. His English was excellent and he was helpful and ready to answer our questions. The mix of stops on this tour made for an interesting and informative day. There were several opportunities to buy items but we were not pressured to buy. Lunch was a traditional Mexican buffet. Quite good. Our minibus was cool and comfortable on a hot day. The hike back up from the frozen waterfall was quite strenuous but not overly long. A great way to spend a day.
A great trip. Clemente was an excellent guide. The trip to the falls is a strenuous walk. A great starting tour for the area.
This tour was great. Our guide was funny and informative and spoke perfect English. It's a great way to see a lot of interesting sights in a short period of time. There's a lot of time in the car so bring a book or something else to distract you. We liked the lunch buffet, which was also a good value.
This was a great excursion. Very well organised and throughly explained. The time went fast and there was a lot to see. Everything was well explained and we could ask questions very openly. I'd highly recommend this company as their communication is great and easy to book.