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“A waste of time.”

San Antonio Arrazola
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Monte Alban, Arrazola, Coyotepec and Cuilapam Full-Day Tour from Oaxaca
Ranked #32 of 121 things to do in Oaxaca
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A waste of time.”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

You can find alebrijes everywhere in Oaxaca, as for artisans, well I've seen carve wood even in downtown Oaxaca, you can go to Mitla and you can see craftspeople working on alebrijes in their workshops, this place in not really special, I felt it is just a tourist trap, a place where you only go to purchase alebrijes (animal/monster carvings) and not much more, next time in Oaxaca I would not waste my time or trouble coming here, you can go to other pueblos that have more facinating stuff like Zaachila or Cuilapam de Guerrero, then again this is just my opinion (but I have been to Oaxaca at least 10 times over the last 21 years).

Visited July 2012
3 Thank Pelu_juarez
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Ithaca, New York
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“Lovely site, lots of alebrijes”
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Took a collectivo there on a Sunday, and would recommend going after 1 if you go then and want to visit the workshops where the gaily painted carvings are produced. People are welcoming and the small town looks up to Monte Alban in the distance.

Visited March 2012
Thank Karen R
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Tumwater, Washington
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5 reviews
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

How could you visit Oaxaca and not buy those fanciful animal carvings?

Visited January 2012
Thank Russell L
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 697 helpful votes
“All you ever wanted to know about Alebrijes”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

It is nice to see alebrijes from scratch: the piece of tender wood, then the sculpture then the painting.
But don't expect half price. Even if you are at the heart of the production, prices are still stiff and go down only for some quantities.

Visited April 2011
Thank TravelingCat22
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful folk art- buy directly from artisans in this town.”
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Alejibres are brightly-colored sculptures of fantastical animal-like creatures.Typically carved from the Copal tree , the wooden figures depict mythical creations and monsters. They are even featured in Disney’s Epcot –World Showcase as a main attraction and representation of Mexican culture. The town of San Antonio Arrazola is located just on the other side of Monte Alban and only 10-15 minutes by taxi (about $10.) from the zocalo in Oaxaca City. You can take a bus for under a dollar but its faster to take a taxi there and a bus on the return or have a taxi wait for you and get a round trip deal. You can visit a large open market but the good deals and most interesting encounters are found in the many blocks surrounding the town square where you can visit the artists home and workshops. The prices you will find are sometimes 50-70% less than what you find in Oaxaca City. On the way back you can stop in one of the black pottery villages and see the real non-tourist side of Oaxaca.

Visited August 2011
4 Thank SGHistory
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