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Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys

Oaxaca, Mexico
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About Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys
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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Deborah D wrote a review Apr 2020
Eugene, Oregon26 contributions17 helpful votes
This was my second tour with Traditions Mexico, and if I thought my first was the best ever, I was wrong. The Nouveau Maya Weavers Tour surpassed all my expectations. Based in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, the 8-day tour included traditional marketplaces, colorful and talented artisans, delicious meals, awe inspiring landscapes and so much more, including a living saint named Sergio Castro. Our guide, Ana Paula, was the consummate and tireless hostess. San Cristobal is a UNESCO heritage site, and Ana Paula made sure we had all the intel necessary to enjoy everything the small city had to offer when exploring on our own. Walking up and down the "pedestrian street" I discovered much traditional art as well as slow fashion, chocolates, coffee, ancient churches, regional fruits and delicacies, and the warmth of the people. (Of note – the sidewalks must be a throwback to the days of the pyramids as they are about 18 inches above the street!) The van trips into the small pueblos to see the artists at work are experiences one would never be able to have on their own. That is what makes a trip with Traditions Mexico so special. We, as a group were welcomed warmly by the artisans because of the relationships made by Traditions Mexico, and Ana Paula. She has studied with them and studied their craft. She understands their plight and is their fierce advocate. Every artisan had a smile and a hug for her, as did their beautiful children. I'll never forget the misty highlands, the smoky kitchens and homemade tortillas, the sounds of Tzotzil chatter, and the proud look on the faces of the artists. I am forever grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the Nouveau Maya weavers of the Chiapas highlands.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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rfruibt wrote a review Feb 2020
7 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoy learning about the people and the cultures in the places where we visit. This tour allowed us to meet with the group who formed and supports a pottery alliance, and to learn about their history. Then we drove to Coyotepec and met with a wonderful family who have been potters for generations. They shared every step of their process and helped us to participate, question, and photograph all they did. There was NO pressure to buy, yet the pieces that we did buy were much less expensive than in town. And they were made by our new friends! I was so delighted to be part of this experience, and to know that my fees went directly toward the people and community who we are visiting. Thank you for this opportunity!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Eliza R wrote a review Jan 2020
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A terrific day. Antonio clearly has a passion for the artiseans we visited which made the visits even better. We visited four artists who took time to show us how they worked and had a wonderful lunch. I would recommend taking some extra pesos..... you'll want to do a bit of shopping after you see all of the effort that goes into the crafts.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Anthony J wrote a review Jan 2020
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The cultural traditions tour linked the tour participants to artisans in the Otaclan region. It was a great tour. Antonio, our tour guide was knowledgeable, humble and friendly. You could tell he has established a great relationships with the local artisans, by their conversations and body language. Seeing first hand the tools they use to make their wonderful art was astounding. And our lunch which was provided by Cocina de Frida, served by none other than Frida Kaloh herself was tasty and fun. A worthwhile experience I’d recommend to anyone. Tony Jones
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Bob S. wrote a review Jan 2020
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As others have said, this tour was a highlight! Antonio is an exceptional guide: enthusiastic, respectful of the culture, informative, and a superlative English speaker and translator. Make sure your budget covers this special opportunity!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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