Walking up to 2 miles on uneven streets and sidewalks.
At the hotel restaurant, enjoy a buffet including a variety of hot dishes, bread, pastries, yogurt, fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. 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. we will walk to downtown to explore the Historical Center. Led by a local expert, we will 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. On our field trip we will see and learn about the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. Founded by the Dominican Order, the rooms that once constituted the monastery today house Cultural Center of Oaxaca. The construction started in 1570 and continued over a period of 200 years, and has since undergone a complete restoration that was finished in 1999. Located next door, we will visit the Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman, founded in 1528 by the Dominicans. We will get to see and learn about the second largest treasure after the Tutankhamen tomb, found in Monte Albán.
At a local restaurant we will enjoy a two course plated lunch with coffee, water tea; other beverages available for purchase.
Walking back to the hotel, we will reconvene in our private meeting room for an introduction to the fiestas, legends, and traditions that are celebrated in Mexico. This lecture will focus on the celebration of Christmas in southern Mexico and Oaxaca and the culture and customs associated with the holiday. With a local instructor, we will have a hands-on activity to construct a piñata. A container typically filled with toys or candy, the Mexican piñata combined a similar Aztec tradition celebrating the birthday of the god Huitzilopochtli with the Spanish tradition of breaking a similar container on the first Sunday of Lent. Before dinner, enjoy a social hour. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.
At a local restaurant enjoy a three course plated dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.