San Antonio Arrazola
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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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.
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.
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.
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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