2. From Oaxaca: Natural and Cultural Highlights Guided Day Tour
On this guided tour from Oaxaca, experience the countryside's ancient wonders and rich cultural heritage. Spend the day with a local guide as you visit heritage highlights, including the magnificent Tree of Tule and Hierve el Agua. Visit a rug workshop and pause at a distillery for a mezcal tasting. Begin your tour in Oaxaca, where you'll meet your guide. Arrive a few minutes early to the meeting point to enjoy a cup of hot coffee before you set out on your adventure. Once you're on your way, enjoy the scenic countryside on a short drive east of the city to the legendary Tree of Tule. Once you arrive in the quant town of Santa María del Tule, stop at the church grounds to marvel at the Tree of Tule. This stout tree, known by some as the "Tree of Life" for the animal shapes in its bark, is thought to be over 2,000 years old. Feel awed by the Tule tree's presence and beauty. Continue your tour as you visit a traditional rug workshop in Teotitlán del Valle. Here, surrounded by vivid strings of yarn and tools, discover the original birthplace of this artisan craft. Connect with local artists and learn how each rug is imbued with a story, symbols, and cultural tradition. Next, head to the ancient Zapotec archaeological site of Mitla. Known for its intricate mosaics, detailed design, and Mixtec architectural influences, this sacred burial ground is unique among archaeological sites in Mexico. Soak up the ancient atmosphere as you tour the building complex. Once you've explored the marvels of Mitla, head to Hierve el Agua for stunning natural wonders. Visit the grounds on your own or with a local village guide as you wander past the petrified waterfalls. Peer at the cliffside pools of clear water while you take in the ancient, exquisite natural beauty. Finally, begin making your way back to Oaxaca. Before you reach the city, however, make a pit stop at a traditional mezcal distillery. Discover the taste of the region with a sampling of mezcal, then head to Oaxaca to conclude your tour.