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About Traditions Mexico

Women threading clothes together.

Since 1997, we have been crafting tours with the goal of showing people a Mexico they never knew existed: richly diverse, wise, and ancient. Traditions Mexico was founded by Eric Mindling, who has worked with the traditional people of southern Mexico since 1990. His work and that of Traditions Mexico is continually driven by a respect and admiration of deeply rooted people and the quiet wisdom of their ways. Eric says, “Without trying, they teach us things we truly need to know, things that we forgot so long ago we don’t even know they’re gone.”

Our travel experiences deliver something that would be very hard to get on your own – access and knowledge that only comes with decades of immersion, exploration, and passion for a region and its people. Our trips are lead by unique individuals who are more cultural ambassadors than guides. They are specialists and aficionados, authors and long-term students of the cultures of Oaxaca and Chiapas, experienced, involved, and totally in love with what they do!

We don’t own a cookie cutter, and every one of our tour itineraries is pioneered and designed by us. That is what we are about – knowing, creating, and sharing with authenticity.

The Talk Around Town

Folk Art Tour

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide. Wonderful, welcoming people at the places we visited. Highly recommend.

– Brunel K, TripAdvisor
Silk Makers in Oaxaca

Wonderful guide, Ana, very knowledgeable. The family was welcoming and very patient with all of our questions. First-rate experience!

– Dottie B/TripAdvisor
All About Tortillas

Wonderful day, Antonio delightful and visiting cooks and artisans in their homes and seeing various demonstrations gave us insight into the food prep, craft required as well as village life. Now we have a context for that ubiquitous tortilla.

– Rita S/TripAdvisor
Traditional Oaxaca

We were mesmerized over the amazing traditions and techniques for candle, chocolate, rug and tortilla making. Learning about Day of the Dead altar preparation and meeting the families and sharing stories was outstanding! Highly recommend this tour.

– Jim S/TripAdvisor
A Fantastic Day

We took the "Folk Arts - Great Masters" tour led by Alex -and what a day! The artisans visited were inspiring and informative. We traveled in a small group by an air-conditioned SUV very comfortable. A great lunch was included. There was no pressure to make purchases. Highly recommended!

– Heather T/TripAdvisor