Asociación de Mujeres Artesanas Zoológico Mágico

This newly formed cooperative was founded by 13 women who want to preserve the Zapotec culture and the cherished artisanal process of creating alebrijes, a local cultural heritage. 

Their workshop is a haven of fantasy and art, where they breathe life into various animal creatures they can imagine. Each piece is meticulously crafted with their own hands, skilfully combining vibrant colours that enhance the beauty of the wood.

Offered as part of A Mexican Adventure, their workshop is a haven of fantasy and art, where they breathe life into various animal creatures they can imagine. Each piece is meticulously crafted with their own hands, skilfully combining vibrant colours that enhance the beauty of the wood.

Alebrijes hold significant importance in Oaxacan culture, and their preservation from one generation to the next is crucial.

The increase in production of unofficial replicas has affected artisans in generating sufficient income. Since working with Planeterra, the team at Zoologico Mágico have been able to address their immediate needs for hosting travellers, including receiving support with business registration and the installation of new bathroom facilities.

By connecting Zoologico Mágico with tourism operators like Just You, they are able to continue to share the rich Zapoteca culture and the fascinating art of alebrijes with the wider world.

This additional revenue stream has significantly boosted the income and overall growth of the community in a project which now positively impacts 18 women and youths.

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    Istria is Croatia's beautiful northern region, boasting a brilliant combination of intriguing history, idyllic scenery and picturesque coastlines – discover it all from your seafront hotel.

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    • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts,1 lunch, 7 dinners

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