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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
star-5
$16.51 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-4
Great day trip.
Arlyn_E, Oct 2021
Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán
It was overall a good day, loved the carpet making demonstration and Hugo was a great guide, knowledgeable and genuine.
star-5
Great tour
Jim_A, Oct 2021
Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán
Every place we visited was very interesting. I wish they had stopped at more historic churches and given us a bit more free time.
star-5
Awesome Oaxaca Tour!
Miguel_M, May 2021
Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca
Wow! This was an amazing Tour!! Mitla is a famous archeological site in Oaxaca and it is well-worth visiting! This tour combines good tour sites and an overall Oaxaxan feel! Highly recommend it!
star-5
Great day exploring Oaxaca
Isabel_N, Aug 2019
Full-Day El Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua Tour from Oaxaca
This was a great way to explore a few of the towns and sites near Oaxaca in a short amount of time. Our guide and driver David and Roberto were prompt and friendly - they explained all the sites we visited but also gave us time to explore on our own. We were even able to tailor the day somewhat since we were the only group on the tour. It felt like a good amount of time at each stop, and it was very interesting and enjoyable to learn about the towns and communities we visited. Great day!
star-5
A must see
Susan_B, Aug 2021
Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán
Mitla is amazing. A must see experience. And Pablo is a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable, interesting and patient. I never felt rushed.
star-4
A very good experiance!
Bill_G, Aug 2021
Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán
The tour on 13 August, 2021, was quite good. The driver/guide was informative, but not real personable. He did a very good job though, having to share the info in both Spanish and English. The places we visited were great, especially the church that was having a wedding at the time. There was no water available during the trip and the stop for lunch (which was quite good and varied) was paid for by each customer. I had thought that a full day tour at USD $50 each would have had lunch provided. The rug weaving village stop was excellent and very educational. It was a full day with a lot of walking, but fortunately very few steps to climb. Another fine VIATOR tour, like the many others that we have done around the world.

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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