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This large cypress tree is said to be over 2,000 years old.
Calle dos de Abril 2, Santa Maria del Tule 68297, Mexico
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The picture above cannot and does not do justice to this tree. It's Immense and quite amazing. It's well worth the drive to Tule to see the tree as it's unlikely you'll ever see anything quite like it. And, it's fun to take about an...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Doug B
Reviewed 4 days ago

While the fee to get up close to this cypress is a little steep for such a short visit, I recommend paying it. I could've spent an entire morning marveling at the grandeur of this tree. You can't truly appreciate it until you walk all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sassafrasfarmhouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Widest tree in the world. Buy a ticket ($10) at the building next door to get in. Fun, if quick stop. Great photo op. Best part was taking a colectivo from Oaxaca to get there and back. $11 each way. I thought I made a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jamesfam1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a small entrance fee, but well worth it to go and take a closer look at the tree, the church and surrounding gardens. It's well looked after and a living treasure.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank julesthumper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a truly amazing tree. You've got to see it to believe it. And the best way to see it is with Jesualdo. He's an amazing 8 year old who gives tours around the tree. It's an imagination tour and he showed us "lions"...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MissMem
Reviewed December 12, 2018

This tree is amazing. It is the widest tree in the world. There is so much shape to it that my husband took a video in order to take it all in. They have beautifully manicured gardens around it with many shaped plants.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed December 10, 2018

The Arbol del Tule is the widest tree in the world and is located in the small town of Tule, just outside of Oaxaca City. I visited there as part of a full-day tour from Oaxaca, which included stops at Mitla, Teotitlan del Valle, a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrittanyAdventures
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The sheer massiveness of this tree is hard to comprehend unless you see it for yourself. It’s cordoned off so you can’t get too close to it but man it’s beautiful. Very easy brief quick stop but absolutely worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank seanyj2014
Reviewed October 28, 2018

the area around the church (Santa Maria del Tule) and the trees (there are two large old trees) has been carefully set up for tourists - it's very well done and is a pleasant area to visit. The Tree is truly awe inspiring. The gardens...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nick D
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

Yes, this is on the tour. We had hired a private driver for the day and knew we were to see this huge 2000 year old tree. It’s been preserved and saved by being fenced in. You can’t touch it. You can only look at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Geronimo R
April 20, 2017|
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Response from fcortina | Reviewed this property |
Hi, what I did is grab a cab from your hotel or even in the street and propose them to hire for one day trip or hald day, they charge by hour. signals are not always clear nor the roads, I think is the best option same... More
Lizette m
May 5, 2015|
Response from erica_mb_64 | Reviewed this property |
Not much really. Unless you want to see the small shops around. There's only the tree and the chapel. But the town is like all other towns, so you can look around if you want. Have fun on the trip!
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Day Trip East of Oaxaca City (5 Replies)
I fly in to Oaxaca on a Saturday in July to meet one friend. We're both in our 20s and are looking forward to some packed days to enjoy what Oaxaca has to offer. For the first full day (Sunday) I was thinking of visiting the Mercado Tlacolula, Hierve el Agua, Mitla, Yagul and the Tule Tree. Is this too much to see in one day? Does anyone have recommendations regarding which order? I wasn't sure what time the market opens in Tlacolula. I was thinking we would hire a taxi or private guide to...More
April 03, 2017|
Response fromJayPFrancis|
Hierve and Yaguul may be biting off a little too much on one day but it would be do-able, especially if you don't spend much time in any one place. Now the cleanest way to do most of what you want to do is actually with a tour group that will take you to Tule, Mitla and then Tlacolula. You can tell them that you will bus back to Oaxaca independently of them and then, you can spend as much time as you wish in Tlacolula. The issue is that Hierve el Agua is the farthest point and, aside from...More
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Driving itinerary help please! (2 Replies)
Hello We have a car/driver to drive us for the day around Oaxaca, and we're trying to figure out whether we can do everything we want in the time we have. We were thinking about doing the Ocotlan route first (San Bartolo Coyotepec, San Martin TIilcajete, Santo Tomas Jalieza, San Antonio Velasco, and Ocotlan de Morelos), and then go to see the Tule tree, Mitla, Hierve del agua, and end with a mezcal factory. Is the above itinerary possible in a day? If not, which specific villages can...More
March 07, 2012|
Response fromMezcal_Tours|
Your driver should sit down with you before heading out, so you can prioritize, and based on priorities he can help you to come up with a full day, noting the "time permitting" stops. But you cannot possibly fit in everything unless you start out at 7 a.m. and go until dark, which is fine along highway 175 to conclude. He should be able to tell you what opens at 8 am, and what closes at 5 pm or later, or can be visited at any time with making prior arrangements, and thus how to schedule the...More
Oaxaca Area Private Tour Guide (1 Replies)
We want to recommend Roberto Gavidia as a private tour guide for the Oaxaca area. He took us on a day trip to Hierve el Agua, the Tule Tree, and points between. He's very knowledgeable of the area and its customs, traditions and history. And he knows the good places to eat. He was very reasonable in his price and very personable. Had we longer to stay, we would have definitely used him again. He even took us to the airport on the day we left and made sure our departure went smoothly at the...More
July 15, 2011|
Response fromCucan|
How does one contact this guide?