ART & CULTURE
Go off the beaten track to discover Oaxaca’s vibrant art scene. From handcraft, architecture, street art to a selected gallery tour, understand the symbols and cross cultural influences of Mexico’s tribal, cosmic and contemporary art.
STREET ART BIKE RIDE
The street art in Oaxaca is vast: talented artists, different techniques, messages, protests, etc. We will be cycling around 3 neighbourhoods of the city visiting interesting spots, art workshops, and of course… street art. We also will be visiting some of the most well respected workshops in the city.
During the ride we will have time to share a local and organic drink or snack.
DAY OF THE DEAD EXPERIENCE – TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE
Join us on an adventure to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with the hardworking people of Teotitlán del Valle. On our trip, we’ll meet a host family who will greet us with an incense cleansing before entering their home. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a traditional Muertos meal with our host family along with some drinks of mezcal and beer. During this Dia de Los Muertos experience, we’ll get to see our host family’s altar, leave our own offerings, and view other families’ altars. Along the way, we’ll learn about different customs in Teotitlán and how they compare to Muertos customs in different pueblos. Celebrate a genuine Muertos experience with our friends in Teotitlán del Valle and open your world to different cultural holidays and traditions.
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS WITH A FAMILY OF CLAY ARTISANS – SANTA MARÍA ATZOMPA
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with a family of ceramicists working out of Atzompa, Oaxaca. On this trip, you’ll learn all about Dia de Los Muertos and how it is celebrated by our host family. We’ll be able to participate in the tradition by visiting different altars, leaving our own offerings for ones we’ve lost, enjoying a traditional Muertos meal with our host family, and noticing the different customs each family has. During our expedition, we’ll also learn about our host family’s ceramics work. Atzompa is known for its ceramics since there are so many families practicing with unique techniques. Our host family uses different colors of clay to produce beautifully layered pieces. Join us on this once in a lifetime Muertos experience with our host family in Atzompa.
DAY OF THE DEAD TRADITIONAL FESTIVITIES – SAN GABRIEL ETLA
Enjoy a journey filled with tradition and culture in the city of Oaxaca and its surrounding communities. Celebrate Day of the Dead with families of artisans who open their doors to us to share with us this incredible tradition. The celebrations, parades, colors, skies, altars, flowers, aromas, and seasonal fruits will accompany you in a once in a lifetime experience.
On this experience you will get to know mezcal in depth, its history, context, variety, processes, mysticism, etc. We start by walking trough trails in nature where the producers select their agaves while we enjoy photographical landscapes. Afterwards, we’ll go to the palenque (mezcal distillery), where, while drinking artisanal mezcal, we experience process of cooking, grinding, distilling and tasting.
STREET ART WALK
Oaxaca is a magical city. The skies are deep blue in the heart of the valley. Women in embroidered huipiles, colourful houses, flowers on the trees, parades, and local people garnish the streets. And then there’s the street art.
We will be walking around 3 neighbourhoods of the city visiting interesting spots, art workshops, and of course… street art. They are everywhere: big murals, stencils, posters. Oaxacan Artists are abundant and very talented. It’s like visiting an outdoor museum.