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Hidden Gems Of Oaxaca Architectural Stroll

This experience follows our Covid Protocol. Please make sure to go over our protocol and to only reserve an experience if you´re in complete agreement with the terms.

This event is led by the architect and restoration specialist Flor Cantón. We’ll be discovering the footprints left by Oaxaca’s fascinating history as we take a walk from the beautiful cobblestone streets of Jalatlaco to the city’s center.  This tour delves into an exploration of often-overlooked or seemingly “hidden” gems throughout the two neighborhoods.

Do you know the history of how Jalatlaco evolved from one of Oaxaca’s least desirable neighborhoods to the favored zone it is today? Do you know which craft store in the center holds an emblematic painting done by the first Dominican priests? How about which common store close to the zocalo was home to the city’s first school for girls? We´ll delve into all of this and much more on this walk, and save the most renowned architectural marvels (Santo Domingo, etc) for another day.

Flor Cantón is a talented architect and restoration specialist in Oaxaca City, and has a penchant for remembering fascinating recondite historical details. Her passion for history and architecture is omnipresent, and she´ll guide us in seeing the cultural patrimony that has been woven and constructed throughout Oaxaca with new eyes.

What to Expect

Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. Let us know where we’re staying so that we can arrange to pick you up on the agreed-upon date.

Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.

Step Three: We will meet you at the start date/time of your experience. Masks required.

We’ll traverse some of Oaxaca’s popular downtown streets and buildings, only we’ll be reading between the lines. We’ll identify some of the original houses from the colonization-era of Oaxaca, as well as the first schools, military barracks, and homes of the first religious congregations. The course of this tour is not predetermined and often depends on the composition and interest of our group. Sometimes we get sneak peeks into ancestral restoration techniques from one of Flor´s ongoing projects, an insider´s view to a local museum, or another surprise!

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Experience Includes

  • Guided walk through Oaxaca´s City Center.

  • Map.

  • Water, if needed. (Bring your own bottle if you can, to reduce our footprint!)

  • Spanish to English translation.

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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement: 2.5-3 hours (This will depend on traffic, questions asked, group dynamics, and a number of unpredictable factors)

Transportation: None. This is a walking-experience.

Costs and Minimums: 690 MXN 

Children ages 10 and up are welcome to participate, although this tour is geared toward adults.

There is a maximum of 8 people for this experience.

Bring: Water, a hat/sunscreen, and comfortable shoes for walking.

*This is not your typical “Oaxaca Overview” tour, as we’ll be skipping over some of the most renowned architectural sites in the city, choosing to really “see” some of the many architectural details that Oaxaca´s fascinating history has left us hidden in plain sight. Would you like to arrange this experience as a women’s travel opportunity? Contact us to schedule your personalized women’s “Hidden Gems” walking tour for your small grou