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One-Day Ocotlan Highway Oaxaca Folk Art Study Tour

This one-day customized study tour takes you beyond Oaxaca City and into the villages along the highway to Ocotlan de Morelos, the home of famed Mexican painter and muralist Rodolfo Morales (1925-2001). We schedule this excursion based on your travel plans and our availability.

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

  1. Black pottery making in San Bartolo Coyotepec
  2. A back-strap loom weaving workshop in Santo Tomas Jalieza
  3. A fine copal wood carver and painter (alebrijes) in San Martin Tilcajete
  4. A family of clay sculptors in San Antonino Castillo Velasco
  5. A group of embroiderers in San Antonino Castillo Velasco
  6. A visit to the Morelos murals, museum and market meander in the Ocotlan municipal center

We don’t go on Fridays, the frenzied day of the Ocotlan Market, when there is a crush of people and visitors and it’s too difficult to savor the experience.

What is included?

  • Transportation to/from Oaxaca City Historic Center
  • Translation
  • Expert explanations of art and craft
  • Curated visits to meet some of the best artisans we know
San Antonino embroidery and deshillado (pulled threads for lace)


$325 per day for one or two people. $165 per person additional. Does not include lunch or beverages. You will cover the cost of lunch for those in your party and the cost of lunch for your tour leader.

Schedule your dates directly with Norma Schafer. You reserve for the dates you prefer. Please send us a couple of 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 about 6 p.m. when we return you to your Oaxaca lodging. Please provide us with hotel/lodging address and phone number.

Front door, Rodolfo Morelos home

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.

Holiday Gift Ideas From Oaxaca: Alebrijes for Sale

Blue Lizard by Arrazola carver Bertha Cruz is 10″long and 10″ wide at the claws.  It is $135 plus shipping.

The Armadillo is also by Bertha Cruz.  It is 8″ long, 4-1/2″ high and the tail is 12″ long.  This is carved from one piece of copal wood.  $240 plus shipping.

Bear is by Jacobo Angeles, one of the most famous carvers from San Martin Tilcajete.  It is painted with all natural dyes and has been in my personal collection.  It is 9″ long and 5″ high.  $240 plus shipping.

SOLD Angel is by Alberto Jimenez Ojeda, another well-known carver from San Martin Tilcajete.  She is 10″ tall by 5-1/2″ wide. $135 plus shipping.

Husband and Wife Devils are Day of the Dead primitives carved and painted in the village of  La Union.  Unsigned, they are $90 for the pair, plus shipping.

Handwoven wool and silk shoulder bag by Tito Mendoza, Teotitlan del Valle, 8″ square, $125, plus shipping.

Please let me know which piece(s) you are interested in and where you live and I will quote you a shipping cost.  To expedite, I will invoice by PayPal.