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Mercado de Artesanias

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Mercado de Artesanias

62 Reviews
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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca
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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

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Hierve el Agua, a set of calcified mineral deposits that have hardened to resemble cascading waterfalls, is one of Mexico’s most spectacular natural attractions. During this exciting combo tour from Oaxaca, enjoy free time to dip in the mineral pools before heading to a local mezcal producer for tastes of the powerful brew. Top off the day with a visit to the traditional weaving town of Teotitlán del Valle.
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Andrew F wrote a review Jan 2020
Portland, Oregon119 contributions37 helpful votes
This is very slightly off the beaten track and mostly frequented by locals. There is a wide variety of textiles at reasonable prices. I've seen mention of ceramics, but found only one person selling them.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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DMGAmes_Iowa wrote a review Nov 2019
Ames, Iowa527 contributions145 helpful votes
This consortium of artisans presents a wide variety of arts and crafts: ceramic bowls and figures, weavings, clothing, basketry, and Day of the Dead art (paper skeletons, ceramic skulls, cut-paper pendants), and elaborate wood carvings. We had fun buying things for ourselves and our family for holiday gifts.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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GypsieeRose wrote a review Jun 2019
112 contributions19 helpful votes
Tho Mercado de Benito Juarez has a lot more stalls, head there first then if you are interested in rugs or other textiles for home this might be a better bargain. They need more business as they have some good items for the home and probably cheaper than on the tours.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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LazyRose wrote a review Apr 2019
Alberta, Canada1,687 contributions437 helpful votes
As far as merchandise goes, it seems like this market has seen better days. Most of the stalls are pretty repetitive, and a lot of them seem to be closed often. It's rather sad. There are a couple interesting shops in the market if you are willing to take the time to look, and understand what you are looking for. You will see some stuff there that is machine woven, yes, but other people make it sound like the market is full of imported garbage, which is certainly not the case. It just doesn't have the selection that it probably used to at one point. There were a couple shops selling black pottery and alebrijes, but the selection in the villages is better. If you need a last minute thing though, you might find it here. I'm surprised at how condescending some of the reviews are of this market, it's certainly not a "dump". Perhaps they should stick to shopping at "upmarket" stores because mercados in Mexico are clearly not for them, it's no different than any other typical market I've been to in regards to the state of it (in terms of cleanliness and the like). What makes it disappointing is the lack of variety. If you want a little handicraft to bring home and you don't have time to go to the villages, you may find it here. If you want a piece of art, stick to the galleries.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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califcasl wrote a review Jan 2019
1,107 contributions174 helpful votes
I went here looking for a wedding present for the daughter of old friends. The place was dark and dirty, and the merchandise was inferior to what I had already found at admittedly more pricey stores in the shopping district north of the zocalo. To me, quality is more important than price.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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