Activity note: Flight to Oaxaca, participants must be able to walk up to 2 1/2 miles
Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax.
Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a three course meal plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Optional Walk to downtown Oaxaca and get familiarized with the surroundings
Activity note: Participants must be able to walk up to 2 1/2 miles
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet including a variety of hot dishes, bread, pastries, yogurt, fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
Morning: Program Orientation: in our private meeting room we will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. An instructor conducts classroom sessions, a certified expert will lead field trips, and transportation will be via bus unless specified otherwise. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. , after the orientation we will depart to Santa Maria del Tule. This used to be marshland filled with bulrushes, which the Aztecs called “tulle” and cypress trees. At the town center is El Árbol del Tule, a 2,000 year old Montezuma cypress tree that is the widest tree in the world (diameter almost 40 feet). We’ll continue to the Mitla Archaeological site, the most important for Zapotec culture and unique for its intricate geometric and mosaic work. Well preserved thanks to the dry climate, Mitla was the residence of the high priest, whom the Spanish likened to the Pope, and served as the main religious center for the Zapote.
Lunch: At a local restaurant just outside Mitla Archaeological Site featuring a buffet specializing in different kinds of moles, enjoy a variety of salads, main dishes, and desserts, plus coffee, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Our exploration continues with a visit to Teotitlán del Valle, a small village known for its handmade textiles from local materials. We will visit the Vasquez family for a demonstration on the carding, dyeing of wool, and making it into a rug in a loom. The village was originally founded by the Zapotec under the name Xaguixe, meaning “at the foot of the mountains” and still retains much of its original culture. The Spanish then renamed the site Teotitlán del Valle; Teotitlán meaning “land of the gods” in Nahuatl. Our field trip concludes with a return to the hotel.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure
Activity note: Walk up to 2 1/2 miles on site trails.
Breakfast: At hotel
Morning: Our field trip then takes us to Monte Albán, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico with the most spectacular views. One of the greatest Mesoamerican cities, it served as a political and economic center for the Zapotec from roughly 500 BCE to around 500 CE. One of the most defining features of the city are the carved monuments or “Danzantes” lining the Main Plaza. After the site visit, we will walk into Monte Alban Site Museum with an opportunity to observe many of the artifacts excavated from the area; one of the highlights is the collection of the Danzantes. We will continue to San Antonio Arrazola a quiet town outside of Oaxaca that is the birthplace of alebrijes, or brightly painted folk art sculptures of creatures limited only by the imagination. When woodcarving was introduced to the area in the 1950’s, this art form took on a life of its own and has become internationally renowned. After the field trips, the bus will drop us off at downtown Oaxaca for lunch
Lunch: Local restaurant, two course lunch, with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: After lunch and led by a local expert, we will continue to Arrazola a quiet town outside of Oaxaca that is the birthplace of alebrijes, or brightly painted folk art sculptures of creatures limited only by the imagination. When woodcarving was introduced to the area in the 1950’s, this art form took on a life of its own and has become internationally renowned. Returning to Oaxaca you will have time to visit some of the most important historical buildings. Though the current city was founded in 1532, the Zapotec and Mixtec pre-Columbian civilizations settled in the area for thousands of years. The city is known for these archeological sites and the large number of colonial-era structures. you will have free time to explore Oaxaca, group leader can make suggestions on places to visit. At the hotel the group will reassemble at 6:45pm to walk to a local restaurant for closing dinner
Dinner: At a local restaurant enjoy a three course meal with coffee, tea, soft drink; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure
Activity note: Hotel Check-out and departure around 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Mexico City about 4 hours total; drive to Oaxaca Airport is approx. 10 miles; about 1/2 mile; flight to Mexico City is about 1 hour; drive from the airport to hotel in Mexico City is approx. 10 miles; about 1 hour
Breakfast: At hotel.
Morning: After breakfast we will board our bus for a transfer to the Oaxaca International Airport for our flight to Mexico City.
Lunch: After checking in at our hotel for the Great Global Get Together program, enjoy a buffet lunch, featuring International cuisine with coffee, water, tea; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Program concludes after lunch. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Thank you.