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Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
Paint your Alebrije

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Learn about Mexican culture and arts while having fun and expressing your creativing with this activity. You'll visit the village of Arrazola and meet a family of artisans who have been making alebrije folk art sculptures for decades. Learn about the carving and painting process, then get the chance to paint your own animal figurine. Keep your creation as a souvenir to remember your time in Mexico.
  • This is a private, customizable activity just for you and your party
  • All necessary art supplies are provided
  • Travel to the village in comfortable private transport
  • Snacks and bottled water will keep you refreshed
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Paint and brushes
Snacks
Bottled water
Small animal figure to paint yourself
Private transportation
Usana Distribuidor Laura Juárez , C. de Manuel García Vigil 504, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax., Mexico

We pick you up in front of the restaurant Gozobi (Garcia Vigil 504, Oaxaca, MX 68000) in downtown Oaxaca. If you're staying close by, we can also pick you up at your hotel/hostel/airbnb. Just let us know :)

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Cesar Morales
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Highly recommended!
Jay_F
, Jul. 2022
This is such a great experience! It's really fun to learn about the history of alebrijes and to see how they are made, and painting our own was a great time. They turned out better than we expected because we are not very artistic, so don't worry about it being too hard! Cesar was a great guide and made the experience even more fun.
star-5
Unique experience
Lizzie_S
, Jun. 2022
Highly recommend this experience. Got picked up in Oaxaca by Cesar and drove to a house and workshop in a small village. Here, we chose our models and started painting our alebrijes. Could get inspiration from the family’s shop. We then had a talk from the owner of the workshop about how he makes them and how his grandfather had started it. It felt like we were supporting a small business and local family, rather than our money going to one of the many large tour companies. Cesar was an excellent host and gave us lots of local knowledge and helped us while painting with any questions we had. This experience is totally worth the money and you get to take home your own alebrije (can also buy more from their shop if you want but there was no pressure!).
star-5
So Super Glad We Did This / Muy Feliz
Lauretta_P
, Mar. 2022
This was a perfect artistic workshop experience. Our facilitator Ceasar was helpful, easy, great to be around, and did a great job translating to English. Visiting the artisan family felt unique and special. We learned some history, saw the production process hands on in an intimate way, and got to paint alebrijes. That was artistic and meditative and I think anyone regardless of what artistic level they are at would have a great time. The family is part of a lineage, and in a strong way how the tradition started. I super highly recommend this experience.
star-5
A must do! Wow
Sara_M
, Dec. 2021
Caesar was very informative. The experience was authentic, serene and very creative. Kid friendly. I highly recommend this experience!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Best craft experience!
Erin_W
, Mar. 2021
This was the best experience! Such a fun activity. Our tour guide, Cesar was fabulous - really kind and knowledgeable. And the family we met who makes the alebrijes was so warm and informative. Would highly recommend for any creative travelers!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
A must if you're in Oaxaca - Best tour
Fiona_G
, Nov. 2019
I can't recommend this tour highly enough. Took this trip on my 3rd visit to Oaxaca and have taken a lot of tours with various companies but none compare to this. Well coordinated, excellent communication from the moment you book, really personal feel and a true taste of authentic Oaxaca delivered by guides who are clearly very passionate about what they do and responsible tourism. I hope next time I visit to take this tour again and look forward to any other trips you add to your itinerary as was such a great experience. Thank you
1 traveller found this review helpful
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Immersion dans une famille d’artisans
stephanie_b
, Feb. 2020
Belle immersion dans une famille d’artisans depuis 3 générations. Le père fait une magnifique démonstration de sculpture pendant que mère et fils peignent. Puis vient le temps de peindre votre propre alebrije, et justement, vous avez tout le temps nécessaire avec tout le matériel et le choix de votre figurine.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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