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Oaxaca Highlands and Archaeology


The Best of Oaxaca's History, Culture and Archaeology


This 8 day / 7 night tour explores the ancient civilizations and legacy of ancient, colonial and native Mexico.  The tour includes ruins and remnants of the Zapotec and Mixtecs cultures plus the UNESCO World Heritage site of OAXACA.

Begins and ends in Oaxaca Mexico.

This tour can run year round, but upon request only.

Featuring the archaeological sites of Mitla, Yagul, San Jose Mogote, Zaachila, and, of course, Monte Alban! Plus visits to the picturesque villages of Teotitlan del Valle and Cuajimoloyas, a day tour of the Spanish Colonial jewel of Oaxaca will including a visit to the Cathedral and the Church of Santo Domingo, the City Culture Museum, the Market and the Rufino Tamayo Museum, the colorful market days in Etla and Zaachila and the Convent of Santiago in Cuilapam.   


  • DAY 1 (SAT). ARRIVAL TO OAXACA, Mexico.   Meet at Oaxaca International Airport and transfer to hotel Oaxaca City for overnight, no guide.  

  • DAY 2 (SUN).  MITLA – YAGUL – TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE   One hour scenic drive to the South East of Oaxaca City is located Mitla Archaeological Site, a Zapotec city that reached its peak in the 14th Century.  Famous for the fretwork with unique decorative greca facades.   Nearby Yagul Archaeological Site will also be visited, and it shares with Mitla some of its interesting architectural style, believed to come from the interacting of Zapotecs and Mixtecs.  En route back to Oaxaca City, visit to the picturesque town of Teotitlan del Valle.  Lunch stop will be in a typical hacienda.  Overnight in Oaxaca City.  (B,L)

  • DAY 3 (MON).  SIERRA NORTE  The Northern Sierra is a scenic area with beautiful forest mountains and several picturesque villages among them, Cuajimoloyas that will be visited.  Lunch in a community restaurant is included.  Overnight in Oaxaca City.   (B,L) 


  • DAY 4 (TUE). OAXACA CITY TOUR  A day in this Spanish Colonial jewel includes visiting the Cathedral and the Church of Santo Domingo, the City Culture Museum, the Market and the Rufino Tamayo Museum.  Oaxaca is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Overnight in Oaxaca City. (B,L)


  • DAY 5 (WED).  ETLA – SAN JOSE MOGOTE   Today is Market Day in Etla and it is very colorful.  Etla is only 10 miles from Oaxaca City and located 2 miles beyond the San Jose Mogote Archaeological Site, with origins dating 1500 BC making it the oldest city in the Oaxaca Valley, will be visited en route back.  The site consists of 8 mounds with only one of them extensively investigated.   Visiting the community museum is planned, although unfortunately is not always open.   Overnight in Oaxaca City.  (B,L) 

  • DAY 6 (THU).  ZAACHILA – CUILAPAM DE GUERRERO   Just 10 miles to the south of Oaxaca City is Zaachila Archaeological Site, that during some time in the 14th and 15th Centuries was the Capital of the Zapotec People.  It is near the town of  Zaachila.  Our visit will be on their market day or “tianguis”.  Lunch will be at the La Capilla Restaurant on a hill that overlooks the valley.  On the way back, the Covent of Santiago in Cuilapam is a must stop place.  Overnight in Oaxaca City.  (B,L)


  • DAY 7 (FRI). MONTE ALBAN   Monte Alban definitely ranks among Mesoamerica's most important archaeological sites.  Its location by itself is impressive enough.  This great city atop the hill, reigned for at least 12 centuries, between 500 BC to 750AD.  Monte Alban is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Farewell Dinner with Guelaguetza Folk Dance Show.  (B,L,D)


  • DAY 8 (SAT). DEPARTURE FROM OAXACA  Transfer to Oaxaca International Airport.  


Begins and ends in Oaxaca Mexico


2020 Per Person Tour Prices, Double Occupancy



 Two persons, double occupancy - $2,615 per person

Four persons, double occupancy - $2,025 per person

Six persons or more, double occupancy - $1,805 per person

Single supplement - $655 per person


What’s included: All accommodations, daily breakfasts, arrival transfers in Mexico City, Mexico City tour, guided tours of all sites and attractions, English speaking guide, lodging taxes.

What’s not included:  Meals other than breakfasts, tips to your driver and guide (suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide) items of a personal nature, tips for baggage handling, nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary.  ALSO, no international airfares are included.

MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE NOTE – Even though private tours are available, the tour presented above is not private. This tour is offered on a shared basis so you will be traveling with others. It is possible that there will be different passengers traveling with you on some tour days. This is so the tour can be organized in such a way so that all passengers scheduled for that tour day can travel together. There will be the main tour route and some other shorter routes which overlap the main route. Again, there will not always be the same people touring days because they will be joining the main tour and in some of the cities visited.

TOUR LOGISTICS – Upon arrival you will be met and greeted outside the customs area by your pick up and transfer representative. He will provide you with our welcome packet with the local version of your itinerary, travel recommendations and the appropriate hotel vouchers, normally for the accommodations for the first and last nights. Vouchers will not be provided for all hotels on tour since your guide will be with you during your tour and he will have those vouchers. You will then be transferred to your first night’s hotel for check in and overnight accommodations.

During the rest of your tour you will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel at the time designated in your local itinerary. Then you will either begin your tour or pick up others at other hotels or be transferred to a meeting place where you will join other passengers to begin the tour. Where there is any question about the exact pick up time at your hotel your guide will call you and/or the front desk to confirm the exact time of his arrival at your hotel.

Please call us at 1-888-843-6292 or email us at with your questions or for more information. 

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