Festival Guelaguetza Experience 2023

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Festival Guelaguetza Experience 2023

Experience El Festival de Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oaxaca, Mexico Avenida Independencia, 1206 Oaxaca, OAX 68000 Mexico

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 5 days 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket




The Guelaguetza Festival held in Oaxaca, Mexico, showcases the finest samples of Mexican folklore. We will be visiting local pueblos with regional dances and music that has survived since the pre-Hispanic era, and the festival annually gathers huge audiences excited to see the ancient cultural heritage. 

Residents of Oaxaca City dress in traditional costumes and showcase their folklore dances and songs as well as delicious food. One of the main attractions of the festival is the parade that starts in the Plaza de Santo Domingo. People of all ages participate in the procession wearing flamboyant costumes,  masks, and wigs. Some of these costumes are passed from generation to generation to preserve local customs and beliefs. 

Guelaguetza is also known as Los Lunes del Cerro, or Mondays on the Hill, for the amphitheater is set atop of a hill and celebration takes place on the two last succeeding Mondays in July. 

“David Coleman leads fantastic workshops.  Daily classroom work and hands on shoots make a perfect pairing for learning.  He is an intelligent, funny, creative and kind teacher.  He knows his stuff and loves to share with his students. Gracias mil veces!"- Betsy Collins, Jackson, WY

​"David is an outstanding, caring instructor, artist and storyteller. He is encouraging, understands your level and works diligently with you to raise the bar of your work. His day and longer trips are expertly planned and based on his extensive experience in the region, filled with excellent food, thoughtful and smart classroom presentations and critiques, practically flawless logistics, and excellent shooting opportunities."- Bryan Scanlon, Walnut Creek, CA​

“Everything about the Oaxaca Experience with David was just great—shooting locations with plenty of good subjects, helpful image reviews, instruction on becoming a visual storyteller, knowledgeable local guide, excellent food, fun workshop companions and more. David has photo trips to Mexico down to a science. Go with him and have a good time and come back with photos to add to your portfolio."- Eric Ahrendt, Contra Costa, CA​​

"Without exception, this was the best workshop I've ever attended.  Not only was the location spectacular (Oaxaca), but the learning environment was phenomenal.  I learned so many new things including how to use my new camera.  David has ultimate patience and is 100% focused on his students having the perfect experience in a perfectly safe and secure environment. I will be signing up and attending many more of his workshops." - Deborah Cole, Austin, TX


Private hotel accommodations including breakfast and last night dinner (alcoholic drinks not included), classroom instruction, private coaching, local transportation, tours, leaders and local guides, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.​

Note on limited spaces: Workshops are limited to 7 participants. Small groups allow David to provide one-on-one photography coaching in the field.

A workshop participant may bring an additional guest for an add-on fee of $500. The guest receives all the benefits as a workshop participant except for photography instruction.


PRICING: $3,900

RETAINER: $500 (Non-Refundable / Non-Transferable)

Workshop balance: The balance of $3,400 is due and payable by May 1st, 2023, 8am EST. If canceled after May 1st, 2023, 8am EST full cost will be retained. Please contact us with payment options.

​Activity level: HIGH. Activities may include long walks and on uneven cobblestone streets, hills, and sidewalks.