One-Day Tlacolula Valley Folk Art Study Tour

We are your portal to Oaxaca! This one-day customized study tour takes you beyond Oaxaca City and into the villages along the Tlacolula highway to San Pablo Villa de Mitla. We schedule this excursion based on your travel plans and our availability. It is a menu-based, mixed-media approach to discovering the best artisans that the region has to offer. We visit where artisans live and work. You choose your own tour destinations.

We want to give you flexibility and choice. We also want to give you a guided cultural experience, personalized and deep. We have spent years developing relationships with the artisans we visit. This is NOT a “punch my ticket” tour.

You can select to visit four (4) of the following options from this menu of experiences:

  1. A flying shuttle loom weaver who creates beautiful cotton home goods and clothing — El Tule or Mitla
  2. A fine wool rug weaver who works only in natural dyes on the fixed frame pedal loom — Teotitlan del Valle
  3. A beeswax candle maker who is an artist craftswoman — Teotitlan del Valle

CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING, EITHER #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7. (Each of these villages are about 30-minutes from the main road!)

4. A pottery cooperative in San Marcos Tlapazola OR

5. A family of apron makers and embroiderers in San Miguel del Valle OR

6. A mezcal tasting at a palenque in Santiago Matalan OR

7. An antique dealer on a hidden-away street in San Pablo Villa de Mitla with a treasure trove of vintage finds

We give you a full day, picking you up in the city at 9 a.m. and returning you by 6 p.m. If you want to add destinations, the cost is $100 USD more for each.

We don’t go on Sundays, the frenzied day of the Tlacolula Market, when there is a crush of people and visitors, and it’s too difficult to savor the experience. We also select the artisans to visit based on our knowledge and experience about outstanding craftsmanship.

What is included?

  • Transportation to/from Oaxaca City Historic Center
  • Lunch at an excellent restaurant or comedor
  • Translation
  • Expert explanations of art and craft
  • Curated visits to meet some of the best artisans we know


$300 per day for one or two people. $135 per person additional. If you want more than 4 destinations, the cost is $100 USD for each added stop.

Schedule your dates directly with Norma Schafer. You reserve for the dates you prefer. Please send us a couple of date options. You are welcome to organize your own small group.  We match your travel schedule with our availability.

This is for a full day, starting at 9 a.m. when we pick you up and ending at around 6 p.m. when we return you to your Oaxaca lodging. Please provide us with hotel/lodging address and phone number.

Reservations and Cancellations

We require a non-refundable 50% deposit via an e-commerce payment service. We will send you an invoice when you tell us you are ready to register and we confirm dates. The 50% balance is due on the day of the tour in cash, either USD or MXN pesos (at the current exchange rate). When we receive funds, we will send you confirmation and details. Be sure to send us the name and address for where you are staying.

14 responses to “One-Day Tlacolula Valley Folk Art Study Tour

  1. Hi Norma,
    I and my son would love to register for the one day Tlocolula Valley Folk Art Study Tour either Wed, March 24 or Friday, March 26

  2. Hello! We (me and my friend) are interested in booking this course but wanted to double check the prices – for this tour does the $300 fee cover both of us? or do we have to pay $135 for an additional person? We haven’t set any dates for our travel just yet but would love to know in advance. Thank you!

  3. Hi

    My friend and I would love to do this tour if it is available on Feb 21, 22 or 23. I hope so. It sounds fascinating. Please let me know as soon as you can as I am holding off making other plans until I hear from you. Fingers crossed!


  4. Hi Norma, Would be interested in this tour if available Feb. 14 or 15 2020.
    I like option# 4 as i haven’t visited pottery artisans. Also if possible i have visited a number of artisans in rug weaving and natural dyes and would enjoy learning more about antiques option#7 as a trade out. I can also see if there are others in my group who are staying over these dates who may also be interested.

  5. Hello – I will be in Oaxaca with my husband and 2 other friends the week of Nov. 4 (arriving that evening). Could we possibly take the 1 day Tlacoclua Valley Folk Art tour on Nov 6,7, 8 or 9? That is 4 of us. And what would be the price? And can I pay the deposit with a credit card? We are coming from Virginia. Thank you, Kathleen Conroy

  6. Norma, the link isn’t working to your name. I will be in Oaxaca 26 Oct – 4 Nov. Am interested in the Tlacolula Valley day tour. Can you contact me? Thanks!

  7. Have you visited the well-excavated site with museum at San Jose Mogote in the Etla Arm? I worked there for several summers with Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus from the Univ. of Michigan.

    Is there still a Cecil Welte Library in the Tlacolula Arm?

  8. Sounds oddly familiar! Love it! Look forward to being there again someday.

  9. I can’t seem to open the link to Your name Norma. My husband and I will be in Oaxaca City October 30 – November 9 and are interested in the tour to Tlacolula Valley. We love the Tlacolula market on Sunday but will do that on our own.

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