Explore Oaxaca’s pottery, textiles, and other artisanal goods on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit three towns famous for their crafts—San Bartolo Coyotepec, Santo Tomás Jalieza, and San Martin Tilcajete. Led by an informative local guide, you’ll find the best spots for exquisite black pottery, embroidered belts, shawls, and handbags, and gorgeous alebrijes, the colorful wood sculptures carved from the copal tree.
Experience Oaxaca’s craft culture on a guided tour to 3 artisanal towns
Find the best spots for vivid alebrijes, ancient black pottery, and textiles
Get out of the city and enjoy a different perspective on Oaxaca’s crafts
Make the most of limited time with convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
5 de Mayo 300, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico
calle 5 de Mayo, esquina Murguía, o en el lobby del hotel Quinta Real
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Hand Crafts available for purchase at local price
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Turismo el Convento de Oaxaca
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
Showing 1-5 of 7 reviews
Tour okay, but will try again after back to more 'normal' times!
Margaret_M, Oct 2021
Seeing the very rustic way they make Mezcal was super interesting and the guide was well informed about the process. I also very much enjoyed the tour of the family run alebrijas business. I felt this was thorough enough to get a good understanding of the process involved as well as all the zapotecan symbols used in the painting of these beautiful pieces of art!
There were a couple of spots that unfortunately just felt like a cash grab although when I asked to see a little more of the process they were somewhat accommodating, so felt a little better about it.
I did think that we were going to see how they make the berro negro that Oaxaca is famous for? But maybe this tour like many others right now have had to alter due to covid?
I would recommend to friends but only after it has come back to more 'normal'.
The tour guide was well informed and was helpful in answering questions, etc.
Myrna_O, Apr 2021
Our guide Moses was so wonderful. We loved our tour.
We would definitely use your service again if we needed a tour.
It was only me and my boyfriend.
Amazing tour seeing local artisans in their craft ... 5 stars
Dr-G, Mar 2021
The trip to the Alebrijes factory was amazing. Watching the artisan hand paint the figurines with such detail and skill.
Response from Host, Mar 2021
appreciate your comment, we work every day. so that travelers like you can enjoy the places they visit to the fullest!
Watching the artists at work!
Kathryn_H, Feb 2020
This tour gave an intimate and in-depth experience with three types of Oaxacan crafts. We watched hands-on creation of Black Clay Pottery, Alebrije Wood Carvings and Back-Strap Weaving.
I can tell my friends all about the artists who actually created the little gifts I brought back to them.
billt7939, Jul 2019
Tour takes you to three of the best artisans in alebrijes, back-strap weaving, and barro negro. Sites are off the beaten track, but judging by the awards these artists have received they are not unknown to collectors and high-end vendors. Guide was very friendly and easy to talk with. Same with the artists and staff in the studios. They show you everything about their work process and leave you alone to browse the pieces offered for sale.