Tour 7: Dominican Route

ITINERARY:

We will meet at Casa de las Bugambilias B&B or at the front desk of your hotel, from where we will drive 59 miles northeast on the Highway Cuacnopalan-Oaxaca 135D to Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán.

We will drive approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to arrive in Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán, where we will visit the museum and the temple. The museum preserves beautiful pieces of religious worship; Christs made of varied materials, angels, saints, a copy of the Yanhuitlán Codex, land grants, as well as architectural elements recovered from various phases of the intervention of the enclosure.

The temple and former convent of Yanhuitlán is a sixteenth-century colonial construction with typical characteristics of the Dominican Order in Gothic and Plateresque style. It was built on a pre-Hispanic platform. It has two floors: the first has a gatehouse, cloister, chapter hall, dungeon, refectory, and ante-refectory. From the outside, you can see the orchard and the inn. On the top floor, you can appreciate the cells, terraces, latrines, library, and have access to the church choir.

The temple has a notable facade, baptismal font, choir, roof, many fine colonial-era statues of saints, various altarpieces on the sides of the church, as well as the main altarpiece constructed like a folding screen.

After our visit to the museum and temple, we will drive 30 minutes southwest on Highway 125 to arrive in San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula. Here we will visit the town’s temple and cloister, which are a real Dominican treasure and one of the most relevant works of the sixteenth century New Spain. It is the largest open chapel in Latin America; 15 meters high, 43 meters long and 11 meters deep.

Inside the temple, you can admire various elements of great historical value, such as the monumental wind or bellows organ, the main altarpiece designed in Churrigueresque Baroque style, a confessionary carved out of a single piece of wood, as well as an old chest of drawers in the sacristy. The cloister is composed of the pilgrim’s portal and the Santa Gertrudis chapel, which shows a series of vaults in a unique style. Around 2 p.m. we will have lunch in a traditional restaurant in San Pedro & San Pablo Teposcolula.

After lunch, we will drive 1 hour and 15 minutes to San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca to visit the temple and the ex-convent. Coixtlahuaca was one of the major political centers of the Mixteca region in the post-classic period. Now it is famous for its Dominican architecture: one of the most peculiar examples of sacred art and sixteenth-century architecture of New Spain. The town also stands out for its natural sites, for example, the sanctuary of marine fossils and its pre-Hispanic vestiges.

TOUR PRICES:

(IN US DOLLARS)

1-2 persons: $100.00 per person.

3-5 persons: $75.00 per person.

6-9 persons: $50.00 per person.

MEETING POINT:

All the customers lodged in downtown Oaxaca will be picked up at the front desk of their hotel or at any other place in downtown Oaxaca.
We will establish a meeting point by telephone or email for travelers residing outside the city.

All tours normally end at the starting point, but this can be changed to another place in downtown Oaxaca if the customer prefers.

DURATION:

8-10 hours. Weather and traffic conditions might affect the length of the tour.

TRANSPORTATION:

VW Transporter Mod. 2019 with A/C, liability insurance, purified water, and driver.

INCLUDED:

The service includes transportation, an English-speaking tour guide, and soft drinks.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:

Admission fees, lunch, and additional beverages.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

We recommend you bring walking shoes, sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.

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