Arbol de Tule Tours

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A tree so fat it seems to strain against the confines of the surrounding square, the Árbol del Tule is at least 2000 years old, which makes it one of the world’s oldest living entities. El Tule is a Montezuma bald cypress (Taxodium mucrunatum), a tree the Aztecs cultivated as an ornamental and a source of medicine. Hoary yet flourishing, the giant has a mesmerizing quality: The bark is so thick and gnarled that various growths have nicknames, including “the pineapple,” “the elephant,” and “Carlos Salinas’s ears” (a reference to former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari).

El Tule is located in the village of Santa María del Tule, 13 km east of the capital. The square surrounding the tree features souvenir shops, snack stands, and the usual army of roving vendors.

Practical Info:

To get there, drive east on Highway 190, or catch a bus at the second class bus station (Central Camionera de Segunda Clase in Colonia Mercado de Abastos). Buses to El Tule depart every 30 minutes.
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Address: Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Hours: 24 hours
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Admission: 30 pesos for a close-up view; you can see the tree from afar for free.
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Day Trip to Mitla, Tule, Mezcal, Teotitlan and Hierve el Agua

Get to know the natural and cultural beauty of the Oaxaca Valley on this guided day trip by comfortable coach. Visit the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day rug weavers in Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle) and Santa Maria’s 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress, the world’s thickest tree. Spend time at the carbonized falls flowing from the cliffs of Hierve el Agua before wrapping up the day with a delicious mescal tasting in Santiago Matatlan. Round-trip hotel transport from Oaxaca included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mitla, Teotitlan and Santa Maria del Tule Sightseeing Tour from Oaxaca

Discover the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, modern-day weavers and the world’s thickest tree on this 4-hour guided tour by coach of the Oaxaca Valley. In the archaeological site of Mitla, admire amazing fretwork and learn about the former Zapotecan religious center. Visit a local weaver constructing a rug on a domestic loom in the town of Teotitlan of the Valley (Teotitlán del Valle). Snap a memorable shot in front of the gnarly tule tree (Arbol del Tule) in the town of Santa Maria. Pickup and drop-off from Oaxaca included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mitla, El Tule and Mezcal Tasting Day Trip from Oaxaca

Explore the highlights of Oaxaca’s Tlacolula Valley without getting lost on this day trip with special appeal for first-time visitors. You’ll jump from the Zapotec weavers town of Teotitlan del Valle to the Mitla archaeological site, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan. This leaves time to visit the Tule tree and the petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua. A mezcal tasting is also included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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El Tule Teotitlan Village and Mitla Ruins Tour from Oaxaca

Gain an understanding of Oaxacan culture during this 5-hour tour, including visits to a mezcal distillery, the Zapotec ruins of Mitla, the village of Teotitlan, and the Tree of Tule. Round-trip transportation from select Oaxaca hotels included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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