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Best of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & Beach


Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the economic, cultural, and political center of one of the most fascinating areas in Mexico. With mountains almost 10,000 feet high, caverns among the deepest in the world, virgin beaches, hidden jungles, and intriguing valleys, Oaxaca’s diverse topography is unrivalled. In addition, the region is host to 16 ethnic groups including the mighty Zapotecs and Mixtecs who once ruled this region. These vibrant cultures still maintain many of their centuries-old traditions and offer the traveller incredible opportunities to look back into Mexico’s colorful past.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family

Best of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & BeachBest of Oaxaca Vacation: Culture, Mezcal, & Beach


Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrival Transfer to Oaxaca Hotel
Upon arrival into Oaxaca Airport a local representative will greet you in the arrivals area of the airport. They will accompany you to the awaiting car and introduce you to the driver. Transfer to your city hotel by private vehicle.

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca

Day 2 – Monte Alban and Oaxaca City
Take a private excursion to Monte Alban, just outside of Oaxaca. Located in the center of the Oaxacan Valley on a hilltop 1,200 feet above the valley floor, Monte Alban is an impressive site with remarkable panoramas of the valley. Monte Alban was the capital city of the Zapotec nation, and one of the first and most populated Meso-American cities during its peak, exerting control over the communities in the valley and surrounding mountains.

After visiting Monte Alban, return to the colonial gem of Oaxaca to explore the deepest corners of this beautiful city with your guide including the Museo de Pintores de Oaxaca (Oaxacan Painters’ museum) that offer a great exhibition of recognized local artist such as Adriacci, Sergio Hernandez, Rolando Rojas.

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 3 – Mitla Archeological Site, Tule Tree and Hierve El Agua
Today is a full day to explore Zapotec villages with your guide. Begin at the Mitla archaeological site. Mitla means 'Places of the Dead', and it served as an important religious center with tombs of ancient kings and priests and as a site for human sacrifices. Mitla’s detailed stonework mosaics are a unique example not found anywhere else in Mexico.

Continue to the Hierve El Agua mineral springs, meaning 'boiling water'. This site is believed to be a sacred spot for the apotecs and possibly a source for irrigation. The mineral-laden water drips over cliffs, leaving mineral deposits that resemble frozen waterfalls. Bring your bathing suit for a soak in the upper mineral pools. The last stop is Santa Maria del Tule, a small town made famous by the Arbol del Tule (tree of Tule) in the churchyard. This mighty and ancient tree that is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old has a diameter of 40 feet making it one of the world's largest trees and one of the oldest living species on earth. Return to Oaxaca in the evening.

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 4 – Mezcal Boutique Full Day Tour
Today you will be collected from your hotel at around 8am for a journey to the heart of fine mezcal. Deep in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca along the Totolapan river, descend upon a small village of less than 300 inhabitants where some of the finest Mezcal is produced!

While you will visit the white labeled mezcalarias, many fine and expensive brands of Mezcal source their spirits in this small village and you will be fortunate to sample it for a fraction of the cost. During the course of the day, visit the village of San Luis del Rio, have lunch at San Jose de Gracia and time permitting, on the return to Oaxaca, visit San Baltazar Guelavia and Santiago Matatlan.

An unforgettable experience to meet the real people behind this magical spirit, enjoy the beautiful scenery and sample a premium mezcal!

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 5 – Teotitlan Del Valle Market Visit and Cooking Class with Zapotec Family
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby to start your full day excursion to Teotitlan Del Valle, possibly the prettiest village in the east side of the Valley. There is a remarkable church with authentic art subjects from XVI Century. At arrival, you will enjoy a guided visit to Teotitlan del Valle municipal Market. Numerous families in the village are dedicated to weaving rugs and other woolen garments. You will spend some time visiting a family home/studio to see the process of how they are made. Many still use the traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, then dying it with natural colors and finally weaving on solid-wood looms. Oaxaca is known for its rich regional cuisine. Both Gourmet Magazine and The New York Times have praised Oaxacan Cuisine as the most authentic food in Mexico. UNESCO recently added a new category and Mexican Cuisine is now included as World Heritage for their uniqueness. Today you will enjoy a regional cooking class and lunch, as a special guest in a Zapotec Family to share with local people some of the Oaxacan cuisine secrets and enjoy time learning more about their culture. Return to your hotel late afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 6 – Oaxacan Gourmet Cooking Class with Market
Mexico is known for great cuisine, and Oaxaca is blessed with an abundance of vegetables and grains from the valley, fish from the coast, tropical fruits from neighboring states, and of course, chocolate. Today is a private cooking class with a local chef. Begin with a visit to a local market to select the key ingredients for your Oaxacan meal. Return to the kitchen for a hands-on class that follows traditional recipes and shares the secrets of Oaxacan cuisine. And of course, enjoy your masterpiece with a relaxing and delicious lunch.

Starting Accommodation: Quinta Real Oaxaca (B)

Day 7 – Travel to Puerto Escondido
Takeoff to Puerto Escondido and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Escondido (B, D)

Day 8 – Puerto Escondido At Leisure
Puerto Escondido is a port town and resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. It’s known for its many beaches and buzzing nightlife. The town’s central Principal Beach is lined with palm trees and thatch-roofed bars. Busy Zicatela Beach is renowned for its Mexican Pipeline surf break. Neighboring La Punta Beach has smaller waves. Carrizalillo Beach is set in a cove backed by steep cliffs.

For fishing and wildlife boat tours, head over to the marina at the north end of the Adoquín and ask around until you find a good price. There are charters offered all over town, but you can get the best rate by going directly to the fishermen themselves. Depending on the season, time of day, and how lucky you happen to be, you’ll often spot sea turtles, stingrays, dolphins, and even humpback whales.

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Escondido (B, D)

Day 9 – Depart Puerto Escondido
Ahead of your flight you will be transferred by an English speaking driver from your hotel to Puerto Escondido Airport to connect with your departing flight. (B)

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Oaxaca de Juárez
Deluxe:
Quinta Real Oaxaca
Puerto Escondido
Deluxe:
Hotel Escondido


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