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Address: Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 226 2742
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Cultural day tours and extended tours in an undiscovered Mexico. Since...

Cultural day tours and extended tours in an undiscovered Mexico. Since 1996 pioneering small group journeys into the world of indigenous traditions, folk art, food and festivals of Southern Mexico. Our expertly guided, off-the-beaten track journeys take travelers into Zapotec, Mayan and Mixtec villages, home workshops, festivals, smokey kitchens filled with good food and into an authentic world seldom visited by outsiders.

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Day of the Dead Back-Cactus Oaxaca, Mexico, 2015

This was an amazing adventure. I experienced people and places that I would never experience any other way. Our tour guide, Eric Mindling, knows the people and the area intimately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Sullivan, Missouri
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Sullivan, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an amazing adventure. I experienced people and places that I would never experience any other way. Our tour guide, Eric Mindling, knows the people and the area intimately and his friendships opened doors for us that wouldn't be possible under any other circumstances. Artisans demonstrated their skills for us - weavers, a renowned Oaxaca chef, aguave "farms", and... More 

Thank lorraine652
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are dreaming of traveling on your own and really get to know the people (not just the interpretation by the tour guide) this is your trip. We were a small group of 9 and our leader, Eric,made the traditions come alive. He brought us inside homes to meet with families who actively welcomed us. They always offered us... More 

1 Thank lewin619
Perth, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose Traditions Mexico after reading the website and were excited to think that we would be on a small tour that delivered a true cultural experience more than other Mexican tours. Unfortunately we were a party of 22. As well as the bus there was a car packed with as many people possible (some just for one day and... More 

Thank MarilynDM
EricMindling, Owner at Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys, responded to this review

Hello Marilyn and thank you for your review. I am extremely sorry that this trip came off poorly. We very much pride ourselves on creating unique cultural experiences, and we are known for that. But in this trip this year we fell short in a couple of important areas which I acknowledge and recognize. As you know by now, I... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How to describe a week long plunge into the history and customs of Oaxaca, their traditions, unique foods, textiles, beverages and style? Just ask the dynamic duo of Alex and Iliana, the awesome carriers of the passion of the hardworking people of Oaxaca! It was a week of new images, flavors, colors, civil structure and, above all, unique individuals. Their... More 

Thank Claudia B
Vancouver, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fabulous trip exploring the culture and customs still alive in Oaxaca. We met with artisans in many of the villages in the state, visited Zapotec ruins, and ate wonderful with families that we met. It was a very busy week culminating in the Day of the Dead celebrations. I would recommend this group and especially our guides,... More 

Thank Kathy E
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We spent 8 days exploring the Zapotec villages around Oaxaca with Traditions. The access that they provided to local artisans was truly unique. Helping us navigate through the bustling markets of Tlacalula and Etil made the experience more memorable than I expected. The guidance on food, language, customs and health were invaluable and every day was a wonderfully satisfying adventure.... More 

Thank Steve S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We have taken quite a few trips exploring culture and folk art in various countries, and have been fortunate to have excellent guides. However, this trip in the Zapotec area of rural Oaxaca ranks as one of the best, if not the best, due to the knowledge, experience, local connections, respect, and wisdom found in Traditions Mexico. We wanted to... More 

Thank Barbara20052015
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My family and I sampled almost the entire catalogue of Traditions Mexico day trips over a 9 day stay in Oaxaca. This type of trip is my kind of thing. I've spent half a lifetime trying different ways of visiting indigenous communities in the Americas and Tradition Mexico do this well. The obvious starting point are traditional artisan crafts and... More 

1 Thank chrismcl
EricMindling, Owner at Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your generous and thoughtful review, and of course for travelling with us on several occasions. I'm so pleased that our kind of travel matched your kind of travel. We absolutely strive to give people the real thing, which is fabulous and fascinating and, well, real. Your constructive criticism is more than welcome and heard with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My friend (& fellow Spanish teacher) and I traveled with Traditions Mexico to experience the Day of the Dead up-close and in-person. It was an unforgettable trip - I highly recommended that every Spanish teacher visit Oaxaca at some point in their career. Pictures and videos of el Dia de los Muertos do not do it justice. We visited with... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I have previously visited Oaxaca three times and loved it, but never got to know the people and culture deeply until visiting the countryside and people with Traditions Mexico. We took two tours - Sunday Market and Timeless Cuisine. The Sunday Market tour began at the amazing Tlacolula. We visited the market, shopped for food, and then ate with a... More 

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