Fundacion En Via tour

  • from their website: http://www.envia.org/ "Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico. We are committed to supporting social and community development through the combination of three main programs: microfinance, responsible tourism, and education." "We lead weekly tours into Oaxacan communities [such as Teotitlán del Valle, San Sebastián Abasolo, and Santo Domingo Tomaletepec} to meet with our borrowers to learn about their loans and project plans, and offer support for their success. Our tours also provide a special glimpse of life in Oaxaca; you will learn about different artisanal trades, traditional foods, and local economies, all while supporting the local community through your tour fee."

Monte Alban

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Alb%C3%A1n Have I mentioned that Oaxaca is hot? And dry? Monte Alban is hotter, dryer, and higher... sin embargo, vale la pena.

Jardín Etnobotánico

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    http://www.gardendesign.com/travel/oaxacas-ethnobotanical-garden "It may sound ordered and academic but a stroll through the garden is anything but dull. It’s a landscape of unexpected shapes and colors, thorny branches, and velvety petals. Bulbous ponytail palms lead to a cycad section where golden football-size cones bulge from the centers of plants. While late spring is the most colorful time, there are flowers year-round: the creamy blossoms of flor de mayo (Plumeria rubra); tiny vermilion wild hibiscus; native bell-flowered dahlia, thick with palm-size white blossoms tinged with a purple core. Although extensive databases are kept on the collection, there is no public master list of the more than 1,000 varieties. Bio-pirates have raided the garden, stealing rare cacti and cutting samples for cell tissue propagation. Now visitors are only allowed in on guided tours. The rarest plants, some started from seed, are kept locked in a greenhouse. "
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