• Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover cultural treasures just outside of Oaxaca on this half-day guided trip to Cuilapam de Guerrero, Villa de Zaachila and San Antonio Arrazola. As you explore these small traditional towns, visit a 16th-century Dominican convent, the former Zapotec capital before the Spanish conquest and the bustling main market of Zaachila. In Arrazola, admire ‘alebrijes’ woodcarvings depicting fantastical zoology. Hotel pickup and drop-off by comfy coach included.


  • Half-day tour of Cuilapam, Zaachila and Arrazola from Oaxaca
  • View the 16th-century basilica at the Cuilapam Convent in Cuilapam de Guerrero
  • Walk around the Thursday market in Villa de Zaachila to find unique local delicacies
  • Step foot inside local artisan workshops to see how traditional woodcarvings are made in San Antonio Arrazola
  • Hear onboard commentary from your experienced local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your Oaxaca hotel included

What You Can Expect

Zaachila Market, Cuilapam and Arrazola Tour from Oaxaca

Zaachila Market, Cuilapam and Arrazola Tour from Oaxaca

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.  

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Wonderful tour! Knowledgeable guide and very interesting locations!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I can not say enough WONDERFUL things about this tour. Apolo, my guide, was AMAZING. He went ABOVE and BEYOND to make this adventure so rewarding! THANK YOU, APOLO!!!!! Stephanie

Neal H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Wonderful guides with historic and current insights. very engaging and fun. Market we was sensory overload with beatifull sights and sounds

judith m

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

It was very interesting but very overpriced for the time spent at different sites. We spent more time riding in the van than sightseeing. Still, I enjoyed the market. Thank you.

Debra C

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

The tour was very interesting, but the guide was quite grumpy. One of the other people on our bus had several questions which were generally met with a curt "no sé" or "I don't know". Not knowing is fine - the curt way of cutting off the questions of a traveler was not.
It was a 4-hour tour, and mid-way through when an older lady asked about using the facilities before re-boarding the van she was met with an eye-roll and a reminder that everyone would be waiting for her so she should hurry. Again - the sentiment was reasonable but the customer service was not. This could have been a lovely tour with a different guide.

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