Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most attractive destinations for a culinary journey This unique city is full of experiences that must be lived once in a lifetime, from its rich culture and history to its vibrant art galleries and stunning rooftop cocktail views. But what really sets Oaxaca apart is its renowned gastronomy and status as the Mecca for Mezcal. The activities around Mezcal are outstanding and something you simply must do while here. Join MGX Mexico for a well-crafted itinerary that will take you on a journey through the very best that Oaxaca has to offer.
Hotel La Noria, Oaxaca City Center
Located just two blocks from the Zocalo, the colonial-style hotel is characteristic of the historic city’s splendid architecture.
Feast your eyes on the elaborate culture evident in the rooms, which boast Spanish and Mexican touches.
Additionally, each accommodation is fitted with essentials like cable TV and air-conditioning. Further lose yourself in the Oaxaca lifestyle at Asuncion Restaurante, where delicious specialties will captivate your taste buds.
Oaxaca, Mexico, is a destination that captivates visitors with its unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant community life.
Rich Cultural Tapestry
Oaxaca is renowned for its deep-rooted indigenous cultures, including the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. This multicultural heritage is reflected in its art, music, and festivals, most notably the Guelaguetza festival, which showcases traditional dances and costumes from various Oaxacan communities.
Oaxaca is a paradise for food lovers, known for its seven varieties of mole, a complex sauce often served over meat. Visitors can savor other local specialties like tlayudas (large tortillas with toppings), chapulines (fried grasshoppers), and Oaxacan cheese. The region is also famous for mezcal, a traditional agave-based spirit.
The region is a hub for artisans who create textiles, pottery, and wood carvings. Towns like Teotitlán del Valle are known for their handwoven Zapotec rugs, while San Bartolo Coyotepec is famous for its black pottery.
Nearby, visitors can explore the ancient ruins of Monte Albán, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This former Zapotec capital offers a glimpse into the region's pre-Columbian history with its pyramids, tombs, and stunning panoramic views.
The surrounding area is rich in natural beauty. The Sierra Norte mountains offer hiking and bird watching, while Hierve el Agua features petrified waterfalls and natural springs. The nearby Pacific coast, with towns like Puerto Escondido, offers beautiful beaches and surfing opportunities.
Markets like the bustling Mercado Benito Juárez and Mercado 20 de Noviembre provide a sensory feast with their array of fresh produce, crafts, and food stalls. These markets are not just shopping destinations but also cultural experiences where visitors can interact with local vendors and learn about Oaxacan life.
Vibrant Street Life and Architecture
Oaxaca City, the region's capital, is known for its colorful colonial buildings, cobbled streets, and lively plazas, such as the Zócalo, where locals and tourists alike gather to socialize and enjoy live music.
The package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some alcoholic drinks are also included during the program.
MGX Mexico understands that everyone’s dietary needs are unique and important. That’s why the team is here to help you plan a trip that caters to your specific requirements.
Whether you have dietary restrictions due to allergies, health concerns, or personal preferences, they will work with you to create a travel itinerary that accommodates your needs. Oaxaca cuisine is incredibly diverse, and they can recommend a wide range of options to suit your tastes.
Additionally, all the venues you visit on tours are equipped to handle special dietary needs. Just let us know in advance, and they’ll prepare your meals with your requirements in mind.
Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or have other dietary restrictions, they’ll ensure you can enjoy Oaxaca’s amazing food and drinks without any worries.
Itinerary - Wednesday, April 10th to Sunday, April 14th, 2024
Hotel La Noria Centro Histórico, Avenida Hidalgo 918, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, 68000
Day 1: Hola Oaxaca, Hola Mezcal, Hola Amigo!
Welcome to Oaxaca! Oaxaca is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as one of Mexico’s most beautiful Colonial locations. Once you arrive, continue to the exit gate, and you will be met and greeted by your travel ambassadors and transferred to your hotel. Have some time to relax before you meet up for cocktails.
Before you cap off the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, let’s start with a little cocktail hour (Included) on one of the best rooftops in Oaxaca! With stunning city views and a cozy atmosphere, this rooftop bar is the perfect spot to start Oaxaca exploration.
After cocktails, you’ll head to a local restaurant for a super typical Oaxacan dinner that will satisfy and delight you. From the fragrant and spicy mole to the hearty and comforting tlayudas, the flavors of Oaxaca will take center stage in this delicious meal accompanied by a selection of local wines or mezcals (drinks not included).
Day 2: Oaxaca, A Magical Town
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you would embark on a walking tour of the colorful historic center of Oaxaca, led by a knowledgeable local guide. The tour would include visits to historical landmarks such as the Santo Domingo church and the zocalo and stops at local markets and artisan workshops.
After the walking tour, you would have some free time for lunch on your own. Some recommended options include trying a tlayuda, a traditional Oaxacan street food made with a large crispy tortilla topped with beans, cheese, and other toppings, or visiting a local restaurant for a more formal Oaxacan meal such as mole or chile relleno.
Next, continue to Mezcaloteca, a popular mezcal bar and tasting room in the heart of Oaxaca City. Here you would have the opportunity to sample a variety of high-quality mezcals and learn about the production process and the history of mezcal in Oaxaca.
After the mezcal tasting, continue to a nearby “Cantina” for a cocktail workshop with a local host. Here you would learn how to make traditional cocktails, such as a mezcal margarita or a Mezcalina, and have the opportunity to try making your own inventions. After the workshop, we will all have dinner and finish the night.
Day 3: Puro Mezcal Chingon / Mezcal I Love you
Get ready for a day of exploration and discovery as MGX Mexico take you on a journey through Oaxaca’s rich history, culture, and flavors. After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to the nearby town of Mitla to immerse ourselves in the ancient Zapotec civilization. As you explore the impressive ruins and intricate stonework, you’ll be transported back to the height of the Zapotec empire. Learn about this incredible civilization’s history and culture, and marvel at the stunning architecture and artwork that still stands today.
Next, you’ll continue your adventure to Santiago de Matatlan, a town known as the “mezcal mecca” of Oaxaca. Here, you’ll indulge in a unique and authentic lunch experience, enjoying the region’s flavors with the local community.
After lunch, you’ll visit a local mezcal producer to witness the production process firsthand and sample some of the finest mezcal in the area. You’ll learn about the different types of agave used in the production and each variety’s unique flavors and aromas, gaining a newfound appreciation for this beloved spirit.
If you’re still feeling energized, your local host will take you to the city center and recommend some fantastic dinner spots to end the night in style. This day is filled with unforgettable experiences that will stay with you forever.
Day 4: Flavors of Oaxaca
Get ready for a gastronomic journey through the vibrant and flavorful city of Oaxaca! Start your day with a light breakfast because you’re heading to the markets for a sampling adventure that will tantalize your taste buds. Learn about the Ingredients you will use later today in the master cooking class, and learn some skills to surprise your friends at home.
As you wander through the bustling markets of Oaxaca, you’ll have the opportunity to sample a variety of local delicacies that will open your palate to new and exciting flavors. And, of course, no trip to Oaxaca would be complete without a steaming cup of hot chocolate con leche – a traditional Mexican beverage sure to warm your heart and soul. Paired with other market bites, it’s the perfect way to start your culinary adventure.
From there, it’s off to a renowned cooking school and restaurant that celebrates Oaxaca’s unique flavors and traditions. In a hands-on cooking lesson led by a skilled local chef, you will learn how to prepare traditional Oaxacan dishes using fresh, local ingredients and enjoy a delicious meal together.
After the cooking class, have some time to refresh at the hotel before venturing to dinner. With so many amazing restaurants in Oaxaca, the tour guide will offer personalized recommendations based on your tastes and preferences, ensuring a truly memorable dining experience.
Day 5: Adios Amigo!
After breakfast or at a proper time, one of the friendly and professional drivers will pick you up at your hotel in Oaxaca and take you to the airport in comfort and style. The drive typically takes around 30 minutes, and along the way, you will have a chance to take in the beautiful scenery of the Oaxacan countryside, with its rolling hills and lush green landscapes. The driver will ensure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare, allowing you to check in for your flight, pass through security, and relax before departure.
Things to do (optional)
Each day, there will be designated periods of free time for you to explore Oaxaca on your own terms. Typically, this will be in the afternoons, allowing you to relax and recharge before the evening’s activities. During these times, knowledgeable local experts will be available to provide recommendations and advice to help you make the most of your free time and enhance your overall experience in Oaxaca. So go ahead and plan that visit to the local artisan market or simply relax with a book – the choice is yours!
· 4 nights accommodation according to the category mentioned
· Daily breakfast
· All transfers and excursions as specified in the plan.
· Entrances to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
· Guide and trip coordinator during all program - Spanish and English Speaking
· Service charge on included meals.
· All taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)
What's not included:
· All services, meals, or items not mentioned in the itinerary
· Additional nights' accommodation
· Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, room service, movies, beverages, etc.
· Travel insurance
· Optional tips for drivers and guides
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX). Pick up at the airport is included in the price. Please note you must arrive in Oaxaca before 4 p.m.
Departure by airplane
Please book your flight to depart Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) after 1:00pm. Pick up at the hotel is included in the price.
2 persons, private double room
From Wednesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 14, 2024
USD $2,995.00 per person
MX $50,838 por persona
· A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
· The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
· The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.