As a Traditions Mexico first-timer, I was thoroughly impressed with the thoughtfulness and care that went into creating such a unique and compelling itinerary. The Murex, Silk and Threaded Flowers trip was very well organized, yet left enough flexibility to allow for memorable unplanned experiences, like sharing dinner with a local family in their historic colonial home, to being invited to watch a special community celebration honoring their women for International Women's Day. We climbed rocks to follow a 73-year-old murex dyer as he demonstrated the process of dying a skein of cotton from sea snails. And, we met masters of backstrap weaving in cotton and silk, a family of hand embroiderers of colorful floral huipiles, a rug weaver working with all natural dyes, all of who so graciously invited us into their homes and explained the intricate process of their craft. It would have been impossible to meet these amazing people on my own, without the strong relationship and trust that Eric and his team have cultivated. All of our accommodations were clean and safe in each town that we visited and our van was well stocked with water and local snacks to keep us energized on the road. Our two guides, Eric and Carlos, both have an immense knowledge of Oaxaca, its history, people and traditions, and filled the trip with interesting local stories that can only be known by those who have lived in the area for many years. As a female traveling alone, I wanted to experience the cultural richness of Oaxaca in an up-close, personal and safe way, and Eric’s tour provided exactly that, and so much more. I would highly recommend Traditions Mexico and look forward to more adventures together.
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