After morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Oaxaca hotel, travel with your informative guide for about six miles (10 km) south of the city to the charming town of Cuilapam de Guerrero, where the townspeople celebrate the saints throughout the year.
Swing by the Cuilapam Convent, a 16th-century Dominican convent known for its unfinished basilica and capilla abierta, or open chapel. Learn about this historical colonial feature used to encourage larger numbers of indigenous people for conversion to Catholicism.
Next, discover many pre-Columbian traditions and customs still intact in the town of Villa de Zaachila, located south of Cuilapam. Learn about the popular Thursday open-air market, the town’s history as the Zapotec capital until the Spanish conquest and its yet unexcavated archaeological site.
In the zócalo (main square), soak up the flavors and energy of the Alarii Market, where nearly 100 stands serve chocolate, bread, and a variety of fresh meats. This is a great spot to purchase a quick lunch or beverage, and try a snack of fresh sugarcane or tasty peanuts (cacahuates).
The final town on your itinerary is San Antonio Arrazola, a tranquil town at the base of Monte Alban. Stroll through the town and admire the local folk art, such as the world-renowned woodcarvings from the copal tree called alebrijes depicting a fantastic zoology of mythical creations.
Your 4.5-hour tour ends with return transport by coach to your hotel in Oaxaca.