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Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule)
Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule)

Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule)

24 hours
Calle dos de Abril 2, Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca

The Basics

Thought to be as old as the nearby Mitla archaeological ruins, the Tule Tree is a Santa María del Tule landmark. Pose for photos alongside its massive trunk and search for the likenesses of everything from elephants and pineapples to lions and former Mexican presidents in the knots of its rugged bark.

Most organized visits to the Tule Tree—whether shared or private—are combined with stops at Mitla and Hierve el Agua, although some excursions also include visits to Teotitlán del Valle and local mezcal factories too. Visiting independently is also possible, although there’s little else to do in the town of Santa María del Tule itself.

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Biking to The Ancient Tree of El Tule
Biking to The Ancient Tree of El Tule
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$16.52 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Ride very safe.
Great time! Cannot say enough good things. The ride was nice (level off street path) safe and well planned. I honestly didnt know what to expect, but it was an amazing trip to the outskirts of town. I was worried the bikes would be old and beat up, but no. The bikes were new and in great shape. We all had a good time. It was an easy ride that anyone can do.
David_K, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oaxaca

star-5
Great tour in Oaxaca
skorpiosboi, Jul 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Even if my hotel was bot on list on website, they still picked me up fr my hotel. The tour was runned smoothly. I think we had perfect amount of time in each place, did not feel hurried at all. I would definitely recommend this tour .
star-5
Fun, well organized, beautiful, informative
Juan_H, Jul 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Great experience, guide was great! Guide was friendly and informative. Took the time to explain all the sites we visited.
star-5
Worth every penny
Yulianna_V, May 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
If you go to Oaxaca this tour is a must. Our guide was lovely, we were picked up on time, we weren't rushed and tour was very informative. Definitely a must
star-5
Great Oaxaca experience!
Lorena_K, May 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Swimming in the Hierve El Agua pools, the views of the mountains and the mezcaleria! Our guide and driver were amazing at navigating the mountain climb. Felt very safe with them.
star-5
The guide was excellent...
Fanny_N, Apr 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. My parents really enjoyed this tour. I recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get the basics about Oaxaca history and culture.
star-5
trustworthy and knowledgeable tour guides
Ruben_V, Apr 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
The crew was absolutely wonderful to hang out with. They engaged with not just me but all tourists and provided great information about the sites we visited as well as any other information tourists may not be aware of. Highly recommend them. Honest people. Recommend Angel and Andres (though andres only does Spanish tours). Had a lot of fun and learned a lot from my tour.
star-4
Great day tour to see several Oaxaca sites
Clare_D, Mar 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Great way to see Hierve el agua and El Tule tree, and the textile/loom visit was super interesting. Little mezcal distillery tour was fun at the end. It was great being in a small group of 8/9 - the tour was quite long but we had a coffee stop and a Buffet lunch. It felt much less touristy than another big tour bus I’d done in another area. The timings and length at each stop was great
star-5
Terrific Tour
Rachel_W, Mar 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Wonderful all day tour where you get see a bit of everything -- several other towns, textiles, history, culture, food, and mezcal. Really informed and well-organized. We could have never seen and done so much if we were left on our own. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fun day trip from oaxaca!
Kevin_F, Mar 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Great experience, wonderful guides!! Bring your swimsuit to enjoy a dip in the pools. We learned how they make wool and how they make the pigments! Super fun!
star-4
Lovely and very interesting tour!
Stephanie_A, Apr 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
This trip was lovely and very interesting. It was a long day but jam-packed with so much to see and do. Lunch was included and the transport was comfortable and the guide was good. I think my favourite part was the tour of the process of producing textiles from a local woman who runs her own textile business with her family. It was incredibly interesting to get an in-depth talk through the process of producing and creating beautiful woollen rugs and garments. I really enjoyed Hierve el Agua but it was bit crowded by other visitors. The Mezcal distillery tour was also super interesting and informative.
star-5
Great value for a very long tour!
Ben_H, Feb 2022
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
Our day with our tour guides was fantastic - we saw everything in the description and then some. However, be prepared for potentially a long day - we were picked up at 7:45am and dropped back off in Oaxaca centro at 7:00pm/7:30pm because of the many stops we made. Furthermore, we didn't arrive to the lunch stop (an all-you-can-eat buffet with a variety of American and Mexican food) until about 2:30pm. We ate at Hierve el Agua prior to that stop because we were so hungry and we didn't regret it, as the food there was fantastic. All activities were great to see and we learned a lot about Oaxacan culture and history throughout the day. Fantastic value for the price of this tour; just make sure to build in plenty of time to accommodate the itinerary!
star-4
Very nice trip - but organisation could be better !
Johannes_M, Dec 2021
Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree, Mitla and Mezcal Distillery Tour
The trip includes very beautiful places. Especially the view from Hierve el agua is fantastic! We can highly recommend the trip. But we would appreciate if the operator would give better and more accurate information about the schedule of the trip. The trip started two hours early ( allegedly because of strikes blocking the roads of Oaxaca, but in the end we were able to leave the city without any problems) and arrived back in Oaxaca two hours later than planned - and that only because we urged the tour guide to get us to Oaxaca in time, as we had to take a bus to Chiapas.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nature lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the world’s oldest tree up close.

  • You can pay to enter the tree’s enclosure or marvel over the Tule Tree from behind the railings.

  • There are lots of nearby vendors and restaurants.

  • Plan to spend around half an hour at the Tule Tree.

  • Visiting the Tule Tree may be tricky for wheelchair users, due to exposed roots and uneven walkways.

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How to Get There

Most visitors find it easiest to visit the Tule Tree as part of an organized excursion which includes other stops and round-trip transportation. However, independent travelers can drive east along Highway 190 or catch one of the many buses which depart daily for Santa María del Tule from Oaxaca City’s second-class bus terminal.

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When to Get There

Visiting the Tule Tree is a year-round experience, although access to the gated church courtyard is typically only permitted from 9am to 6pm daily. One of the best times to visit the Árbol del Tule is on the second Monday in October, when locals host festivities in celebration of the Tule Tree.

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Nearby Attractions

While there’s little else to do in tranquil Santa María de Tule, the Tule Tree has plenty of nearby attractions. Perhaps the most popular are Hierve el Agua, a set of pools and petrified waterfalls, and the archaeological ruins of Mitla. However, craft lovers shouldn’t skip Teotitlán del Valle, a town recognized for its impressive textile work. Many excursions include stops at some or all the above.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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