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Wonderful guides with historic and current insights. very engaging and fun. Market we was sensory overload with beatifull sights and sounds
Loved every second of it! From buying the ingredients fresh at the market to preparing and eating everything. Thanks Oscar for a great afternoon!
Doing what: Oaxaca Cooking Class
Great overview of Oaxaca and you really can't beat the price! The guide's English was perfect and we walked around town talking about all things Mexico and Oaxaca related. From the Zocalo and it's impressive cathedral to the markets and the Oaxaca Regional Museum, this tour should not be missed!
David guide and Manuel driver were absolutely lovely. I was the only tourist to show up that day and they were incredibly gracious to take me. David was very well-informed and gave me a lot of great information as we walked through Monte Alban. We visited Arrazola, the village where wood figures are made of the copal tree and painted by the women. The people were not happy to have me there so I felt embarrassed to watch them work. We went off-script and visited the Friday-only Ocotlan market, which I loved I was perfectly happy to visit that rather than the church that was on the schedule. Then we visited Coyotepec, the village where pottery is made from black clay. This was only a warehouse and things to buy with no one demonstrating how they were made. At Monte Alban and Ocotlan I got an hour each to walk around by myself. I paid 47 for this tour but was told that other tours were 20.
It was very interesting but very overpriced for the time spent at different sites. We spent more time riding in the van than sightseeing. Still, I enjoyed the market. Thank you.
It was not as described, no shopping on the Al Aquin, didn't go to the market downtown. The tour was advertised as 5 hours, lasted maybe 2 1/2 only because we parked and walked to a beach overlook, which was a nice veiw, instead of going to one of the little shops the driver was going to take us to. We drove past it as he explained we were not stopping. Was supposed to be an english speaking tour and was not, luckily for my wife and I there was a nice guy that translated for us. The stop at Zicatela was also a drive through rather than visiting the shops.
Doing what: Puerto Escondido City and Shopping Tour
Complete chaos in the morning! They picked us up at our hotel and took us to a central spot where we were asked to switches buses, not once but twice. Another tourist we met there said he had to switch buses 5 times!
We also were told that our tour included Mezcal, not Matlatan. The tour description on Viator says Matlantan but the tour operator said that they haven't gone to Matlatan in 20-years, that the Viator website is wrong and they go to Mezcal instead.
Knowing nothing about the differences between Matlatan and Mezcal, we were put in a tight spot -- go on a tour whose description didn't match what we paid for or cancel. We decided to go, otherwise we'd have wasted a day in Oaxaca. In the end, Mezcal gave what was promised on the website for Matlatan, but that's not the point -- the description on the website and the tour should match. If it had, it would have saved us some unnecessary grief.
The Viator description says entrance fees are included - again reality didn't match marketing -- we had to pay for entrance fees to Tule. The entrance fees weren't a lot, 59 Pesos per person, but we shouldn't have had to pay.
The tour guide was good, gave clear descriptions of the sites and was knowledgeable. If I were just rating him, I would give the tour 4 or 5 stars.
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