Ruta Mágica de las Artesanías

Discover the Ruta Mágica de las Artesanías in Oaxaca

Watch the art and creativity reflected in the fine touches given to each of the pieces made, with love and dedication, by the inhabitants of the six communities that make up the Ruta Mágica de las Artesanías (Magic Route of Handicrafts).

Attests to the artesanal processes of the great Oaxacan masters who conserve and transmit techniques learned from generation to generation, and whose skill and talent have made the popular art of these localities of the Central Valleys shine, placing the name of Oaxaca very high and bearing the magic of the culture beyond time and borders.

It goes through the communities belonging to the route, in which the different crafts -green glazed or black clay pottery, alebrijes, silk and cotton textiles, or cutlery pieces-, utilitarian or ornamental, constitute a fundamental lifeline in the family and community economy.

In addition, savor the delicious traditional cuisine of the region, visit the museums and temples, share the simple life of the people and, above all, fill your eyes and your soul with the multicolored magic that arises from the wonderful hands of Oaxacan artisans.

The Ruta Mágica de las Artesanías is made up of 6 communities:

Santa Maria Atzompa

Santa Maria Atzompa
The various glazed green clay products made by the pottery craftsmen of this community are emblematic of the beautiful ceramics of the central valleys of Oaxaca.

Atzompa archaeological site
This site, satellite settlement of the Zapotec city of Monte Albán, was built between 200 and 900 AD, and has three ball game courts, one of them with 45 meters in length, which makes it the second largest set of the Central Valleys.

Community Museum
More than a thousand years of history find room in this museum, whose collection is composed of a set of 98 pre-Hispanic pieces.

San Bartolo Coyotepec

San Bartolo Coyotepec
Brilliant finishes of centuries-old tradition, and innovative designs of great quality and fine detail, make the black clay pieces of Coyotepec one of the most beautiful crafts of the state.

Temple of San Bartolomé Apostle
Visit this ancient temple, built between the 17th and 18th centuries and dedicated to Saint Bartholomew Apostle, patron saint of the town.

State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca
Admire the different samples of handicrafts that this museum exhibits, in which artisans of the own community and the Central Valleys participate. In the MEAPO you will also find different artistic works and exhibitions of great Oaxacan masters of popular art.

San Martín Tilcajete

San Martín Tilcajete
The noble copal wood comes to life in the wise hands of the artisans of Tilcajete, who in the intricate shapes and designs of the polychrome alebrijes challenge the limits of imagination and creativity.

Church of San Martín
It protects the image of San Martin, patron saint of soldiers, weavers and textile manufacturers, highly revered in the world.

The Cajete
It is a mound of stones that surround a water spring, an emblematic place that gives it its second name: Tilcajete (ink in the bowl).

Cerro de María Sánchez
Famous conical hill with an approximate height of 400 meters above sea level whose characteristic is a huge cave, from which countless legends emerge.

Saint Thomas Jalieza

Saint Thomas Jalieza
The gentle beauty of daily life and the centuries-old Zapotec heritage shine in the colors, shapes and designs of the textiles that the women of this community make in the waist loom.

The stone of letter
Get to know this unique rock, in which pre-Hispanic inscriptions from the time of Monte Albán II are carved. The oral tradition speaks of the existence of a magical market in the underworld, whose entrance door is this stone.

San Antonino Castillo Velasco

San Antonino Castillo Velasco
Multicolored silks and cottons, patience, creativity and dexterity, are essential ingredients to achieve the beautiful garments of San Antonino, eternal tradition as the immortal flower that distinguishes this community.

Church of San Antonino
Visit the temple of San Antonino Obispo, built in the seventeenth century, which highlights ancient pieces of religious art such as paintings and wood carvings.

Ocotlán de Morelos
Beauty and strength come together in each piece of the unique cutlery of Ocotlán, in whose powerful history you can guess the intensity of the fire and the tradition that has forged them.

Temple and former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Visit this Dominican architectural complex, dating from the sixteenth century, and know the chapel of the Lord of the Sacristy, decorated with neoclassical details.

House of the foundation “Rodolfo Morales”
Where there is a large bibliographic collection.

About the author

This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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