Immerse yourself in the traditional Zapotec way of life. For an extra cost, join our workshops: rug weaving, natural dyes, Temazcal (authentic zapotec sauna), pre-hispanic cooking or learning our native Zapotec language. Explore the countryside and surrounding landscape on horseback riding or hiking. You'll stay in a large well lit room with rug gallery, book collection, fancy fan and a hammock. Join us for the numerous festivals and authentic traditions all year round in our village!
A family of four: Mario is my Dad, my mom is Leonor, and Celestino also has access to manage this account when I am traveling to showcase our rugs abroad.
You'll be staying in the biggest room of the house, it has large windows and a nice hammock. We have a big house with a large patio where we keep some livestock (goats, sheep, horses, cows and free range chickens) you are welcome to help feeding them ;-) we are just happy to share our culture and meet people from all over the world, you'll get a chance to live the Zapotec culture, enjoy listening to our native language, going shopping to the local farmers market and joining many of the village festivals and traditions.
Zapotec architecture is centered around the household activities, the house is huge and spread around a central patio. There is a separate room for everyone. You are welcome to use the kitchen, we will make a hot drink and offer sweet bread for breakfast. The bathroom (for some) is inconveniently located at the back of the house (blue room) so expect to walk around the patio a lot (good exercise).
THINGS TO DO:
As part of your stay we will show you how we make our rugs; we grind some cochineal to show you how we get different colours from the bugs, my mom is very good at spinning wool and very patient if you would like to try it, we even teach you the very basics of weaving on the looms if you are up for it. In one of the rooms we have a large gallery with a varied collection of rugs, bags, textiles and other small crafts that my family makes. Feel free to take as much time as you like to do your shopping while you stay with us ;-)
You are welcome to join us at parties or festivals in the village if there are any during your stay. My aunts run a shop in front of the local market and every morning ladies meet for shots of Mezcal and other spirits before going to the market for grocery shopping; you are welcome to join in and learn about the many varieties of Mezcal and the way in which it can be drank for fun, healing or spiritual purposes.
There is a trail that goes to the sacred peak in front of my house (picacho) this is where legend has it that our ancestors first arrived to. The great spirit manifested itself in the great sky in the form of a huge beautiful bird accompanied by the seven pleyades. At the top of this mountain, the great spirit gave all the land that the eye could see to the Zapotec people for them to care and live. This why private property was and it is still not entirely part of the view of life in Zapotec communities. We recommend doing this hike early in the morning or in the afternoon, it takes 1 hour to reach the top on a steady phase.
Workshops are not included in the airbnb price, this are sold separately. We run them everyday when we have guests.
NATURAL DYES. Learn how to dye using cochineal (Dactylopius Coccus) a bug that growns on nopal cacti and that changed the way Europeans saw color and did business in the 16th century. We would also dye with another local and seasonal plant to explain how to achieve color variation and fix the dye. All materials are provided and you get a skein of yarn of every color died. The workshop lasts around 4 hours and the next day we take out the died yarn. It costs 1,000 pesos per person.
WEAVING. You get access to a warped loom and materials to weave your very own rug with our coaching. You get 6 hours of coaching per day and all the materials and tools you need to weave. Depending on your weaving skills and the pattern you would like to learn you can make a simple stripe rug in a day or a basic pattern rug in 3 days. The cost is 1000 pesos per day. 1,800 pesos for two days. 2,400 pesos for three days.
COOKING. Let us know if you would like to cook a prehispanic Zapotec dish with us. Cook mole from scratch, learn how to make hand made tortillas, sopa de guias (tender squash leaves soup), segueza (cornmeal soup), atole or champurrado. We will discuss the recipes according to the season and dietary requirements. The cost is 1000 pesos, all inclusive (ingredients and teaching).
My brother Celestino could arrange horse riding sessions for one or more people to explore the country side, ride on the foothills, enjoy the landscape of agave fields or stop at the local damn where migratory birds arrive. You can tailor your ride according to your interest.
1 to 2 hours ride: $600 pesos per person.
2 to 4 hours ride: $1,000 pesos per person
4 to 6 hours ride: $2,000 pesos per person
TEMAZCAL. We can also arrange the traditional Zapotec Temazcal with an experienced lady healer; she has been healing people for over 20 years and is well renowned in the area. The temazcal is a small adobe room which is layered with healing herbs and then steamed from the hot rocks on the fire pit. You entern the temazcal naked (optional) and lay down on the floor. The healer will use a bouquet of herbs and plants to bring the steam on your body, then you will start to get hot and to sweat. You tell her to stop any time and take a break inside or outside of the temazcal. You can go in and out as many times as it pleases you during the session. The idea is that when you crawl out of the Temazcal you are being born again, this time from the womb of mother earth. The family prepares a hot drink made with toasted corn kernels for you to drink after the experience.
The temazcal session lasts up to two hours and it costs $350 pesos per person, payable up front. Check availability in advance.
We accept credit cards and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for all your purchases during your stay. There are no ATMs in the village, the nearest one is 20 minutes drive away in Tlacolula.
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Guests have access to all common areas: kitchen, weaving room, patio, farm site and rooftops.
Just bear in mind that this is an active farm, there are animals and a tractor. Farm animals do make noise (specially roosters) so bring earplugs if you are sensitive to this. Our tractor and big truck will only be a bit of a noise disturbance when we are maintaining it, but generally it just goes in and out to the fields when there is farm work. Our farm is not the tidiest of places but we make sure that all guest areas are clean and organised.
Traditional Zapotec architecture builds rooms surrounding the patio; each room is an individual building next to each other, whilst this gives plenty of open space and privacy, it also means that the toilet and shower room are at the extreme end of the house.
We have an our house if your house philosophy (mi casa es tu casa); just be friendly and respectful of the guest access areas.
We are happy to help and interact with you as much as you would like during your stay. My brother Celestino and I, both, speak English fluently but my parents only speak a few words and phrases. Although, having said that, my mom has managed to communicate with people from all continents!
We are happy to include you in all the daily activities and family socializing if you are interested :-)
If you would like to join our family meals we charge a flat rate of $100 pesos per meal, eat all you want.
I am a Zapotec from Teotitlan del Valle, I grew up herding a flock of goats or else helping my family at our rug making workshop and also farming our land. I've always been in contact with nature and doing outdoor activities, I can say I know every square mile and every path in our village from the northern montains, the low pasture lands and the cornfields.
My weaving skills lead me to get a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering; I always liked the production aspect of rug making. After finishing my degree I realised that the industrial production system needed to turn 180° to become more sustainable. I did not hesitate to apply for a scholarship and become an agent of change pursuing a PhD on Sustainable Manufacturing at the Liverpool University in the United Kingdom.
After almost a year working at a University near Oaxaca city, I've decided to close the circle and return with my parents helping them in their farm and weaving workshop. I think that farming and weaving are elementary skills that make us human and I would like to share that with the word whilst finding new ways to make the industrial production system more sustainable.