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San Antonio Arrazola
San Antonio Arrazola

San Antonio Arrazola

San Antonio Arrazola, Mexico

The Basics

In San Antonio Arrazola, travelers can explore the markets, museum, and galleries where these one-of-a-kind pieces are on display and learn more about the age-old tradition passed down through generations. A popular stop on half- or full-day tours (both group and private) of Oaxaca’s Valle Centrales region, Arrazola is typically combined with nearby Monte Albán, an archaeological site; the barro negro producing town of Coyotepec; and the striking Cuilapam Convent in Cuilapam de Guerrero.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

star-4
Wonderful guide and tour of Monte Alban
Todd_L, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
The guide Antonio and Monte Alban tour were wonderful. The stops at at craft villages were canned and cheesy. Handicrafts way over priced.
star-5
A Fascinating Look Back
Tracy_W, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
The tour was expertly run, gracious, and very informative. Our archeologist guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable, and shared his wealth of history & stories with us! Bus was comfy. Buffet lunch was yummy - get the mole!
star-5
Great experience
Victor_V, Jul 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
Our tour was a wonderful experience. Monte Alban was the ultimate experience and our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We also enjoyed touring the villages and getting a better perception of the locals. I don't care much about souvenirs and shopping but you get a better understanding of the people who make out trip worthwhile.
star-5
Experience the magic of Oaxaca
Marisa_B, Nov 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
This tour not only exceeded my expectations but set my expectations for other tours so much higher. What an incredible and meaningful day my friend and I had. Antonio, the most wonderful, spirited, personable educator and guide we could have possibly had led our English-speaking group through Monte Albán, sharing its history, its secrets, its stories and truly brought an ancient site alive again. After a very filling lunch of traditional and familiar fare, we visited a small marigold farm and plucked our own marigolds to lay at a Muertos altar. Our hosts were warm and welcoming, teaching us about mezcal and its connection to the land, as well as giving us the opportunity to drink much of it! The other stops, including a Mexican folk art gallery and barro negro pottery gallery absolutely transport you. I had truly wonderful and magical experience.
star-5
Moises the best!
Beth_M, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
I loved this tour as well as my food tour with Elizabeth!!! I learned so much. Made new friends and can’t compliment Moises enough! Spoke great English and very knowledgeable on everything Oaxaca!
star-5
100% recommend
Manuel_D, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
This is a must take tour if you visit Oaxaca. Food was excellent, tasty and great selection 😋. Our guide did a very good job. Thanks Moises
star-5
Antonio is a great guide.
Jordan_L, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
Be ready for a full day! Antonio is very passionate and knowledgeable about the sights to be seen during the tour. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to purchase drinks along the way. Due to the pandemic there will be changes such as the monastery being closed to the public but Antonio will still bring you there (just outside) for a quick history of the place. Of course the main attraction is the Monte Alban site and it was not disappointing.
star-5
Best Specialty Oaxaca Tour
Miguel_M, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
Wow! What a way to see ancient Oaxaca! Monte Alban is the most preserved and famous archeological site and its well-worth visiting. This tour even takes you some really cool little towns that specialize in specific artistry like one that makes black pottery and the other that makes hand-carved wooden figurines called Alebrijes! This tour was amazing ! Highly recommend it !
star-5
Great way to spend a day in Oaxaca
Matthew_G, May 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
This was a great tour to experience Monte Albán and artisan villages in the area. Going to an alebrijes workshop in Arazola was particularly interesting. Our tour guide was top-notch.
star-4
Was a good experience
Katsiaryna_K, Mar 2021
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
Our guide Antonio was very good, very knowledgeable about the places, give a lot of information . The first part of the trip( visiting Monte Alban) was amazing, second part( visiting some villages) -boring, and just took so much time.
star-5
Antonio was an excellent guide
Winston_H, Dec 2020
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
I forgot to mention my guide's name was Antonio. He was very knowledgeable about the Monte Alban site.
star-5
I had a fantastic Zapoteca guide
Michael, Dec 2020
Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec.
My guide had 40 years experience at Monte Alban. He was very knowledgeable about it as well as he is a Zopoteca born in Oaxaca de Juarez. He did an excellent job. I could not have asked for anyone better. He was very kind, polite and courteous the whole time. I really enjoyed myself. I give my guide an A+++.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Antonio Arrazola is a must for anyone interested in local Oaxacan craft and culture.

  • There are some 80 families in Arrazola that are said to craft the alebrijes, principally from copal wood.

  • Vendors will happily and carefully wrap up alebrijes for you to take home with you or ship to friends.

  • Combining a tour to San Antonio Arrazola with a stop at nearby attractions is a great way to maximize your time in the region.

  • San Antonio Arrazola may not be easily accessible for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

San Antonio Arrazola is situated roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Oaxaca City and is easy to reach by both private and public transportation. Grab a taxi from Oaxaca City, hop on a colectivo (shared minibus)—look for those which say “Arrazola” on the windshield—or arrive as part of an organized tour with round-trip transportation included.

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When to Get There

There’s no bad time to visit San Antonio Arrazola, although it’s better to arrive in the early afternoon as many stores and workshops are closed in the morning. Expect the weather to be fine year-round, although be careful if traveling during the rainy season of roughly June to October, because it typically begins to pour in the mid- to late-afternoon.

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Where Are Alebrijes From?

San Juan Arrazola purports to be the birthplace of the wooden alebrije figurine, although the name and basic idea for these colorful, borderline fantastical figures was born in the 30s in Mexico CIty. Back then, alebrijes were made from papier-mache. Nowadays, Arrazola and nearby Tilcajete are overwhelmingly associated with the copal-wood critters, attracting visitors from around the world to browse and buy.

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