This mammoth dragon designed by well-known Zapotec wood-carver Jacobo Angeles from San Martin Tilcajete in Octolan, Oaxaca, is the first thing you see when you drive up to the Dreams Hotel in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Jacobo collaborated on this dragon with his wife Maria Carmen Mendoza and her nephew Pedro Mendoza.
The dragon alebrije is represented by two animals, an eagle and a snake that in Zapotec culture represents power. It took three months to make and is made out of paper mache, acrylics, and automotive paints.
San Martin Tilcajete is a small village of Zapotec origin in the central valley of the District of Octolan de Morelos. The Zapotec believe that people and animals have the same spirit. The word alebrije means the transformation of dreams and the spirit of each artist.