Venture with Thread Caravan to the beautiful and bright city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Connect with a community of skilled weavers to learn the traditional crafts of natural dyeing and weaving. When we're not on the loom, we'll sip mezcal and venture to natural springs on the side of a cliff, ancient Zapotec ruins, and cacti-filled Botanical Gardens.
October 20 - 26, 2019
Choose your own dates! Already have a group of travelers you'd like to venture with? You can contact us to select your own dates. This option is great for families, birthday trips, honeymooners, work retreats, craft groups, university students + more.
Email us to inquire about and suggest future dates.
Pricing + Payment:
$2,200 (can be paid in full or in three separate installments including a $500 non-refundable deposit.) Please contact us if you’d like to arrange a different payment plan.
In-Country Transportation: Thread Caravan covers all transportation within Oaxaca city, as soon as you arrive at the airport until you depart. We'll be taking a mix of shuttles and taxis. *Airport transfers are only included if you are arriving within the workshop dates. If you choose to spend extra days in Oaxaca, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the airport.
All Meals: From street food to fine dining, you're taste buds will thank you for indulging in Mexican cuisine. We are able to accommodate vegetarians and other specialty diets, we just need to know your dietary preferences at least a month in advance.
Education + Supplies: We offer a fair wage to artisan instructors. This price also includes all supplies for natural dyeing and weaving.
Double Occupancy Accommodation: Our group will be staying at a boutique bed and breakfast with lots of plants and tasteful local decor. Because the bed and breakfast is a small boutique establishment, rooms will be double occupancy. If you're traveling with a friend you'd like to share a room with, please let us know.
Extra Excursions: We'll be venturing to Hierve el Agua, natural spring-fed infinity pools on the side of a cliff, as well as ancient Zapotec ruins and the Botanical Gardens.
Support: We will have a local and foreign guide accompanying the group, offering participants their combined knowledge of the country, while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, Thread Caravan staff is available to answer questions and assist with trip preparations.
A donation to weaving cooperative's social initiatives: In addition to paying artisan instructors for their time teaching, we will also donate 5% of the trip price to Vida Nueva cooperative for the development of their community social programs.
Carbon Emissions Offset: We’ve partnered with Trees for the Future to plant 50 tress on your behalf in order to offset the carbon emissions of your travel to Mexico. Please contact us if you’d like us to plant additional trees on your behalf.
Alcoholic Drinks: Thread Caravan does not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages (*except where noted in itinerary)
Airfare: We've found that flights from the U.S. to Oaxaca range from approximately $500 - $1,000 depending on the airline and how far in advance you book. *Tip: If you are a more adventurous traveler and looking for a better deal, it is often more affordable to fly to Mexico City and take a bus or a separate flight to Oaxaca. We are available to help you arrange transportation to Oaxaca or put you in touch with a travel agent.
Personal Travel Insurance: We require all participants to have personal travel insurance. This will cover things like illness, trip and/or flight cancellations, theft, etc. We can help you arrange insurance with a provider.
Getting There and Away:
The Thread Caravan Natural Dyes + Weaving Trip starts and ends at the Xoxocotlan International Airport in Oaxaca, Mexico. You get there and we'll handle the rest. If you need help booking a flight, please contact us.
We ask that all travelers arrive before 5pm on the first day of our trip to ensure making our group dinner and orientation. It is sometimes wise to arrive the day before to provide time for delayed flights.
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are suggested by the Center for Disease Control. If you are traveling from a country with Yellow Fever, it is required that you have a Yellow Fever vaccination.
VISA: A VISA is not required for citizens of the United States if traveling to Mexico for under 180 days. If you are a citizen of another country you can check VISA requirements here.
Passport Validity: In order to enter Mexico, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. You must also have at least one blank page in your passport.
Words from Past Travelers:
"Our trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and is something I will always remember. Everything was great: accommodations, restaurants, dyeing, weaving, food, swimming excursion, Bowie, and of course, all the Thread Caravan women. I especially enjoyed meeting Pastora and her cooperative and learning their story and the obstacles they've overcome. What an amazing woman and role model!"
"I'm still having sweet mezcal dreams after the Thread Caravan trip to Oaxaca. I strongly recommend getting to know the premise and values behind Thread Caravan, specifically its role in aiding the preservation and awareness of local artisans practicing their indigenous crafts."
"My trip to Oaxaca with Thread Caravan was absolutely fabulous. It's a trip I never would have thought of doing myself. Thread Caravan took care of all of the details to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves while getting to know the culture and the people of Oaxaca. Because of this trip I want to go back to Oaxaca, but next time with my family to show them all of the amazing things I saw and learned."