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Rugs for sale
Town festivity
Church on an archaeological site
Tourist Y'
Exterior of the Tourist Y'
Observation of birds
Tours to the surroundings

Teotitln del Valle

The name Teotitln, comes from a word in the Nahuatl language which means "Place of the Gods". This town has approximately 4,500 inhabitants.

The tradition of working with, and creating textiles, stands out as the primary activity of this community. Here, history is woven into beautiful wool rugs which are naturally dyed by substances such as the cochineal. The weft of these brightly coloured carpets ranges from Pre-Hispanic themes to reproductions of famous painters such as Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo.

Agriculture is the other principal activity in this community.

To be within this community of Zapotec origin, means to enter the magic world of the art of weaving in all of its expressiveness. The coexistence with the artists, observing and assisting in the creation of their rugs, as well as travelling through their fields and trails (which form part of a sacred place), make this an unforgettable experience.

An ancient church from the 16th C., which still retains vestiges of Pre-Hispanic culture, also welcomes you. This community has all basic services such as: telephone, medical assistance, a market, shops, tortilla vendors, bakeries, butcher shops, restaurants, etc. The administrators of the Tourist Y' (tourist house) organise trips to: the centre of town where the visitor will find a local museum and archaeological zone, to a nearby dam, to "Picacho" and to las "Cuevitas" (the little caves).

Every Monday, starting at seven oclock in the morning, people arrive at the market. Here, visitors can find food as well as locally produced arts and crafts. The community keeps alive traditional forms of greeting and the Zapotec language.

Teotitln del Valle: Is located 17 miles (28 kilometres) East of the City of Oaxaca via highway 190 to the Isthmus. Turn left at kilometre 27. Approximate travel time: [0:30]