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🚍 OLL's Out & About in Oaxaca Tours 2019/20  🚍

Pino Suarez 519
Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000
951-518-7077
library@oaxlibrary.org

HOURS:                                
Mon - Fri  10 AM - 7 PM
Sat 10 - 1 PM
Closed Sundays and
Mexican National Holidays
OLL'S 2019/2020 OUT & ABOUT  in OAXACA TOURS
The Oaxaca Lending Library is proud to announce it's lineup for the 2019/20 season of 
DAY TRIPS — MULTI-DAY TOURS
We have an extensive calendar from December through March
so be sure to scroll all the way down
Please note that all tours and day trips need to be signed up for and paid in advance
These fill up fast and we don't want you to be left out...
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SIGN UP EARLY
Prices are in pesos (MX$). Prices differ for members (M) and non-members (NM)
Go to OLL's online store for detailed information on our cancellation policy and more.

TWO EXCITING
MULTI-DAY TRIPS
Book Early • Registration Limited
THREE DAYS / TWO NIGHTS IN:
PUEBLA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 — SATURDAY, 4, 2020
RESERVATION FEE: MX$1200

HOTEL COST: MX$1600/PER ROOM

1 or 2 occupants per room (Breakfast included)
Palacio San Leonardo Room


Trip includes transportation to Puebla, sight-seeing and shopping in Puebla, visit to Talavera workshop, visit to Cholula, and visit to the fabulous new Baroque Museum.

Participants will pay for their own meals in the course of the trip.

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THREE NIGHTS IN:
PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Life on the beach on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

RESERVATION FEE: MX$1200 (includes transportation)
HOTEL: MX$1200/PER ROOM (1 or 2 people)
or MX$2400/ SUITE with space for 6 to 8 people 
Surf Olas Altas Room

Trip includes optional ocean boat rides, visit to Manialtepec Lagoon, boat trip to Ventanilla and visit to turtle sanctuary in Mazunte, Participants pay for their own meals at restaurants of their choosing. 

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LOTS OF FACINATING
DAY TRIPS
Book Early • Registration Limited
TOUR:
RUINS of ATZOMPA

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


For centuries the ruins of Atzompa were buried under vegetation. Then in 2007 work began to excavate the site. Finally, in December of 2012, the ruins were opened to the public. We will explore these, which compliment those of nearby Monte Alban, after first visiting the museum which explains and contains artifacts recovered at the scene. Then we will visit the nearby home and workshop of Angélica Vasquez, a noted local sculptor. 

The group will stop for lunch at the Hacienda Santa Marta. (Note: tour price does not include the cost of lunch.)

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TOUR:
ARTISANS of SANTO TOMAS JALIEZA

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The members of the Navarro family in Santo Tomas Jalieza are incredible craftsmen. The women of the family (mother and three daughters) produce exquisite work on backstrap looms, while their brother, Gerardo, is a talented and prolific painter. You will enjoy watching them work and be amazed at their creativity. 

The group will stop for lunch at the Azucena Zapoteca restaurant. (Note: tour price does not include the cost of lunch.)

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TOUR:
AMARANTH FACILITY in ETLA

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (N)


Known to the Aztecs as huāuhtli, amaranth is thought to have comprised up to 80% of their energy consumption before the Spanish conquest. Because it was also used to prepare ritual drinks and foods, the Conquistadores banned its cultivation for religious reasons. Nowadays, though, a new appreciation for the nutritional value of the crop has brought a resurgence in the cultivation of amaranth, as we will learn on this tour. 

Afterwards, we will stop for lunch at the Hacienda Santa Martha, which offer an incredible all-you-can-eat buffet featuring dozens of tempting dishes. (Note: tour price does not include lunch, which will cost approximately 200 pesos for food and beverage.)

NOTE: On the Tuesday evening prior to the tour there will be a  presentation at OLL by Jim Bach 

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Please note that there will be a talk at OLL on Tuesday, December 17 at 5 PM by Puente a la Salud Comuntaria (Bridge to Community Health) an NGO promoting amaranth in Oaxaca. It would be a good way to prepare yourself for this tour.
NEW
TOUR:

WOOD CARVERS on ARRAZOLA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
Because the home and workshop cannot accommodate 40 people at one time we are splitting our tour group into two segments...9 AM and 11 AM. 

9 AM - 2:30 PM CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
or
11 AM - 4:30 PM CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)

Our host will be Sr Angélico Jimenez, the grandson of Manual Jimenez who was the first to introduce the art form to Arrazola. Sr Angélico is an award-winning wood carver himself, who has continued innovating and refining the production of those colorful and whimsical carvings commonly known as alebrijes. The family home and workshop is also a museum with excellent displays showing the evolution of wood carving from the 1950's to the present.

Lunch at Los Higos restaurant. (Note: tour price does not include the $60 peso cost of lunch.)
 

TOUR:
RUINS of ZAACHILA and CUILAPAM
Lead by Archeologist Dr. Robert Markens
Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas—sede Oaxaca 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Oaxaca archeologist Dr. Robert Markens will give a fascinating tour of the archeological ruins in Zaachila, located just a block from the town center. The tomb of Lord Nine Flower was excavated in the mid-1960’s and yielded many exquisite treasures.

Then the group will move on to the nearby town of Cuilapam, where the grand ruins of the never-completed Dominican monastery can be explored. Dr. Markens will take the group through the monastery cloister, where artifacts from archeological sites around Oaxaca are brought to be cleaned, catalogued and preserved. There will be an admission charge of 45 pesos per person at both the Zaachila and Cuilapam sites.

The group will enjoy an incredible buffet lunch at the Hacienda Cuilapam after the tour. (Note: tour price does not include the cost of lunch, which will be about 200 pesos for food & drink.)

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TOUR:
ORCHIDS & ARTISTS of HUAYAPAM


THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


A Visit to the Art Studios of Fernando Andriacci and 
Cruz Alejandro and to an Orchid Farm in Huayapam

Fernando Andriacci is a prolific Oaxaca artist who has produced many paintings and sculptures in ceramic and metal, many of which can be seen in public places around the city.

Cruz Alejandro is a local painter probably best known for his amazingly detailed wall murals.

Octavio Suarez is a biologist who has created an orchid farm in the hills near Huayapam. Orquideario Encantada has in its inventory 85% of the orchids that grow in this state in addition to lots of bromeliads and other native plants. Please note there is an additional MX$100 fee for admission to the orchid farm.

We will stop for lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants at the presas (reservoirs) near Huayapam. (Note: tour price does not include the cost of lunch, approx. MX$100-150. There is a MX$100 fee for orchid farm.)

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TOUR:
FAMILY-OWNED MEZCALERIA in MATATLAN

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 / 9 AM - 5PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


We will visit one of the many family-owned mezcalerias near Matatlan to learn how this prized liquor is produced and marketed to places around the world. The age-old drink is manufactured using recipes passed from generation to generation.

The group will stop for lunch on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

NOTE: There will be a presentation about mezcal on the Tuesday evening prior to the tour at OLL.

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Please note that there will be a talk at OLL on Tuesday, January 21 at 5 PM. 
 
TOUR:
THE ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS at MITLA
and YAGUL


THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Mitla and Yagul are the most important archaeological sites near Oaxaca, after Monte Alban. Mitla, which became the religious center of the Zapotec empire after the decline of Monte Alban, is notable for its many nearly-intact buildings, many of which exhibit striking architectural details, like the exquisite stone fretwork that adorns both exterior and interior walls.

The palace complex at Yagul is impressive for its size and the presence of tombs and a large ball court. The fortress hill behind the palace offers a great view of the Tlacolula valley.

The group will stop for lunch at the Sabor de Antequera restaurant, which provides a stunning all-you-can-eat buffet. (Note: tour price does not include lunch, which will cost approximately 200 pesos for food and beverage.)

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NEW
TOUR:

TEXTILE ART in SAN MIGUEL del VALLE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


San Miguel is one of many villages around Oaxaca where women continue to wear traditional attire. Their colorful, flowing dresses and elaborately embroidered aprons are a sight to behold. We will visit some of the workshops where these items are lovingly made. 

The group will stop for lunch at the central market in Tlacolula on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

NOTE: There will be a talk on these aprons, dresses and blouses on the Tuesday prior to the tour by Jacki Gordon Cooper and Norma Schafer

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TOUR:
WEAVING and CANDLEMAKING in TEOTITLAN de VALLE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Teotitlan is justly famous for the fine textile products woven there by families who have been producing their wares for generations. We will visit the home and taller of the Gutierrez family. We will also stop at the recently opened community cultural center and visit one of the candle- making workshops in the town. On the way back to Oaxaca the group will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

NOTE: On the Tuesday prior to this tour there will be a presentation at OLL by Porfirio Gutierrez

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NEW
TOUR:
THE RED POTTERY of
SAN MARCOS TLAPAZOLA


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The inhabitants of San Marco almost all busy themselves with the making of the red clay pottery for which the village is famous. Perhaps the most illustrious of these is Macrina Mateo Martinez, whose work has been featured in exhibits on all five continents. She will welcome us to her home and workshop to explain the art which has kept her village alive for centuries.

We will enjoy lunch at the central market in Tlacolula on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

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TOUR:
SHROVE TUESDAY in
SAN MARTIN TILCAJETE


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The citizens of Tilcajete know how to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and we are invited to join in the festivities! Hundreds of noisy merry-makers roam the streets in all manner of home-made costumes. Curious tourists come to town to take part in the fun. Participants are encouraged to have lunch in local restaurants or sample the wares of food vendors lining the streets.

Caution: visitors should wear old clothes, as merrymakers delight in “tagging” tourists, leaving greasy handprints behind.

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TOUR:
MONASTERIES and ARTISTS of
HUITZO and YANHUITLAN


THURSDAY, MARCH 5 / 9 AM - 5 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Both Huitzo and Yanhuitlan boast restored monasteries from the colonial era, and both are home to well-known contemporary artists.

Weʼll tour the monasteries and drop in on the studios of the painter Enrique Flores in Huitzo and the ceramic artist Manuel Reyes in Yanhuitlan. Lunch at a restaurant in Yanhuitlan (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

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TOUR:
GLASSBLOWERS of ETLA
Xaquixe & Gorilla Glass

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Christian Thornton established Xaquixe, his glass blowing studio, in 2002. From its inception the workshop was intended to be a sustainable, earth-friendly place. It has since won numerous awards for both its environmental innovations and its contributions to the local economy. Jason Pfohl’s nearby workshop, Gorilla Glass, boasts similarly enchanting 
glass artifacts. 

Our tour will also include a stop at the very impressive old textile mill in San Agustin Etla, (founded in 1883) which Francisco Toledo converted into the Centro de las Artes (CASA). The center hosts traveling exhibits of art from Mexico and countries of central America.

We will stop at the Hacienda Santa Marta for an incredible buffet lunch on the way back to Oaxaca. 

Note: Cost of lunch $200 pesos is not included in the tour price. Lunch at Hacienda Santa Maria buffet.

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TOUR:
EXPLORING THE MINERAL HERITAGE
OF OAXACA STATE


THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 9 AM - 6 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The Spanish conquistadores came to the New World seeking fame and fortune. The Aztec Great Speaker, Monctezuma II, told Cortés that most of his gold came from Oaxaca, which is why Cortés claimed this region of Mexico as his personal fiefdom.

Today’s tour will take us through the ruins of the 18th century Cinco Señores hacienda near Lachatao. Lunch at a trout restaurant on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

Motion sickness alert! The drive to and from the mountains may make some people queasy.

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Please note that there will be a talk at OLL on Tuesday, March 17 at 5 PM by David Gitlitz, who wrote the book about the mining history in Mexico. A good way to prepare yourself for this tour. Sign up for this talk HERE
 
TOUR:
RED BUGS and BLACK POTS and
FOLK ART MUSEUM in 
SAN BARTOLO COYOTEPEC


THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 9 AM-3 PM
MX$ 350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The nearby village of San Bartolo Coyotepec is world-famous for its spectacular black pottery, and Doña Rosa’s workshop there is one of the best known. It is also home to a quaint facility dedicated to keeping alive the story of cochineal, source of a precious red dye once as valuable as gold. 

Our tour will conclude with a stop at the local museum, which features traveling exhibits of art by local artists. Before returning to Oaxaca we will have lunch at Casa Coyotepec. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.) 

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TOUR:
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION in
SAN ANTONINO


SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 10 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


Few towns around Oaxaca can rival San Antonino for its elaborate celebration of Palm Sunday. By long-standing tradition, townsfolk gather at the cemetery at 11 am and then process through town to the parish church, bearing all manner of gifts to be auctioned off after Mass to raise funds for the church and the community. This is a local custom well worth seeing. There will be plenty of food vendors set up on the zocalo to provide lunch to both locals and visitors alike.

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INTRO TO OAXACA
EVERY MONDAY @ 11:00 AM / FREE

This popular introduction to our adopted city is a great help to visitors and potential residents alike. If you're new to Oaxaca come join us for this introduction presented by a full-time resident and member of OLL. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what it's like to live in Oaxaca. No sign up necessary — just come up to the terrace and join the conversation!
 

¡CREA y COMPARTE!
Create and Share!

(formerly Stitch 'n Bitch)
TUESDAYS AT 11 AM - 1 PM
FREE ON THE TERRACE

Join this weekly NEEDLE ARTS GROUP to KNIT, CROCHET, EMBROIDER and KIBBITZ. Bring your own handwork of any type. Learn from others. Make hats and scarves for our Hats and Scarves Campokids project. If you can, donate yarn, needles or funds to buy yarn and needles for this project.
 
OHM YOGA on the TERRAZA
With instructor Teresa Diaz
MONDAYS • WEDNESDAYS • FRIDAYS  
9:45 to 10:45 AM

MX$70 (M) MX$85 (NM) PER SESSION

Yoga for all levels and ages in English and Spanish. No need to sign up in advance...just come on up to the terrace and join the class.
 
 
BRIDGE at the OLL
TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS, 1 PM
MX$20 pesos per session —
on the Terrazza
TUESDAYS: Chicago scoring with a change in partners every four hands. Come without a partner.
FRIDAYS: Duplicate game.
Come with a partner.
More information: Contact Richard Louis
 


INTERCAMBIO
EVERY SATURDAY, 10 AM to 12 PM
It's fun! It's free!

An excellent way to improve your Spanish, help our Oaxacan friends and neighbors improve their English, and learn more about each other in the process! 
 
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