• Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Combine sightseeing with souvenir shopping at exquisite craft markets on this 4.5-hour guided tour to three towns in Oaxaca’s Central Valley — San Bartolo Coyotepec, Santo Tomás Jalieza and Morelos Ocotlan. Gain insight into the region’s unique history and meet artisans who make beautiful ceramics, belts, textiles and other handicrafts. On this comfortable coach tour, you’ll see attractive landmarks including the San Bartolo Coyotepec Church and a 16th-century Dominican convent.


  • Oaxaca day trip to Coyotepec, Santo Tomás Jalieza and Ocotlán de Morelos
  • Browse for black pottery (barro negro) in San Bartolo Coyotepec
  • Admire the workmanship of craftspeople that weave colorful cotton belts and other textiles in Santo Tomás Jalieza
  • Stroll around the Friday market to find clay pots and figures in Ocotlán de Morelos
  • Round-trip coach transport from your Oaxaca hotel included

What You Can Expect

Oaxaca Day Trip: San Bartolo Coyotepec, Santo Tomás Jalieza and Ocotlán de Morelos

Oaxaca Day Trip

The region of Oaxaca is well known for its high-quality craft markets. After morning pickup by coach from your Oaxaca hotel, travel just south of the city to San Bartolo Coyotepec. With your guide, visit the 16th-century San Bartolo Coyotepec Church, the Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art (MEAPO) and a craft market displaying the work of more than a dozen families. Learn about this town known for its black pottery, unique ceramics made locally since pre-Columbian times.

Next, explore the tranquil village of Santo Tomás Jalieza, whose artisans are referred to as the ‘People of the Belts’ for their artfully embellished works. In the central market, browse through colorful embroidered belts, as well as handbags, blouses, shawls and place mats. You’ll also discover intricately woven cotton goods made on back-strap looms.

In the nearby town of Ocotlán de Morelos, explore the Friday market, which features red clay pottery. As you peruse the pots, cutlery and other kitchen utensils, as well as painted clay figures, learn about the traditional pottery-making techniques of the Oaxaca Valley.

Make a last stop at Ocotlán de Morelos’ 16th-century Dominican convent. Today a museum, its exhibits showcase local handicrafts and the works of world-renowned painter Rodolfo Morales.

Your half-day tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Oaxaca.

Customer Reviews

Debra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This is a shopping trip. The market at Ocotlan de Morelos is spectacular wish I could have spent more time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Highly recommend

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour was very enjoyable. Everything on time as scheduled and the guide knowledgeable, with excellent english. Super, thank you.

Debra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We took 3 tours while in Oaxaca and this one was our favorite!
The artisans were very generous about their time and explained everything in detail. Our tour guide (Moises) was funny but very informative. It is absolutely a "shopping" tour as compared to the other tours we took, but as it was the last one after a long week of visiting "sights", it was the perfect light-hearted day with which to end the week.

Lucy R United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

My girlfriend and I were the only ones on the tour and the guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate. Gave us a great tour and lots of history.

Geraldine C

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

The highlight of this tour was visiting the artisans and having a demonstration by them of the heritage techniques they use to produce their products. The black pottery and rugs made with natural dyes were particularly fascinating. Take some cash with you because there are some beautiful items which you will not see in places like Oaxaca or any where else and they are extremely reasonable priced.

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