Yes this was a good all day trip. It started off a little shaky, with the computers down. We left late from our meeting place, but after that it was smooth throughout.
Special shout out to our guides: Daniel and one they called Pansonsito. So informative and their English was very good.
This was a fantastic full day tour. The tour guide, Moses, was friendly, helpful and very knowledgable on the sites we visited. The use of the Viator site was easy and the arranged hotel pickup was simple. I will be using their services again!
Long day, but very rewarding. We had an extremely well versed tour guide who had all the answers and provided lots of interesting information. Especially enjoyed the artisania and luncheon buffet. Visited a variety of interesting towns and locations.
This tour was amazing. David was great and very informative. Definitely recommend food was delicious and Monte alban is beautifullll.
We really enjoyed this tour and our guide/driver was courteous, informative, and spoke excellent English. The only thing that keeps me from giving it five stars is that we were only allowed 45 minutes of free time at Monte Alban, which is not nearly enough to explore the sight. If the tour could be adjusted to allow at least an hour and a half, it would be perfect. Despite that criticism I would still recommend this tour to others. It's particularly good for people whose time in Oaxaca is limited and who want to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.
Very well run tour commencing at a hotel in the central city. The company was well organized, easy to contact, and offered well trained guides and drivers. The van drivers were professional and safe. The tour buses were recent models, comfortable and well maintained. We felt safe. The tour provides both English and Spanish speaking guides depending on the needs of the group.
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.
My rating is two stars. The visit to the wood carvers was a tourist trap--too much time for not much to do or see. There was a guy sitting there with a machette pretending to carve a piece. The lunch was beyond terrible. It was buffet style and flies were everywhere. There were women standing over the food to push the flies away! We had no choice but to pay around $15 / person and could eat nothing but the soups or rice which was covered. A real disappointment given all the amazing food we had in Oaxaca. The visit to the potters was nice as we watched a demonstration. And the monastery was worth it too. Monte Alban is certainly worth a visit and a little more time would allow us to see the museum as well as climb to the top to see the whole area.
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