Come with us to Oaxaca and savor the sensory delights from artisanal crafts to hand-crafted mezcal to the best and most distinctive food in the country. This is the land of blue tortillas and the seven moles of barbacoa. When you get to know this town, you won't want to leave! In this historic city, we'll dine at high-end restaurants and off-the-beaten-track street stands, delighting in regional specialties with contemporary interpretations that fuse pre-Hispanic influences with modern ingredients. Nothing is more nuanced than Mezcal. Made from a dozen different agave species and 52 sub-species, Mezcal is emblematic of Oaxaca’s diversity. (Mezcal’s cousin, tequila, is made from a single Agave species – Weber blue). Mezcal is at the heart and soul of Oaxaca, sipped and celebrated with friends. We'll indulge in a traditional Temazcal ritual and massage, an experience not to be missed. It is essentially a steam bath of medicinal and aromatic herbs used in traditional medicine and day-to-day central Mexican lives. The weather at this time is perfect, reaching highs in the 70s during the day and lows at night in the 50s.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
We will arrange a taxi to meet you at the airport and take you to our gorgeous hotel Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca.
You’ll have time to unpack and refresh before we meet for a welcome drink at our hotel. Did someone say Mezcal?
We'll head out for an exceptional dinner at Casa Oaxaca. The homemade salsa made at the table is one of the best you’ll ever taste.
Rest will come easy tonight.
We’ll tour the Cathedral Santo Domingo after breakfast. The cathedral's construction started in 1585. We’ll also explore the cathedral’s museum, an absolute treasure. What could be better than a little walking history tour on our first adventure?
Afterward, we’ll meet up with the guy behind Oaxacking to experience the ultimate foodie tour. Get ready to walk. We'll cover a large part of town as we munch our way through various tasty delights, meeting chefs along the way. You’ll get your steps in as the Oaxacan cuisine blows you away.
This evening, you’re likely to be tired, but for anyone still hungry and ready to imbibe – cocktails and snacks are on us!
Cathedral and History Tour
Appetizers and drinks
This morning, we’ll head next door for breakfast at one of my personal favorites, Boulenc, a panaderia (baker) that produces the best French pastries in town.
After filling our tummies, we’ll move out of the city for a comprehensive tour, discovering all there is to know about artisanal Mezcal production. Even if you don’t like Mezcal, this experience will change your mind. Our guide is one of the most knowledgeable people on the subject. He is also a producer.
After our excursion, we’ll stop for lunch at an oasis of thoughtful farm-to-table cuisine, Casa Tierra, a hidden wonder introduced to us by our Mezcal guide.
After enjoying this delicious lunch, we'll return to the hotel to freshen up. We are about to experience a traditional temazcal and massage at Temazcal Oaxaca. The temazcal is a prehispanic ritual to clean, detoxify, and purify your mind, body, and spirit. It is a herbal steam bath, during which a (curandera) will perform a cleansing ritual to release all bad energies.
Tonight's dinner plans include a visit to Tlayudas Libres Doña Martha, get ready to savor the delicious flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We will enjoy some delicious mouth-watering tlayudas you're in for a treat. Come hungry and leave happy after a memorable evening of food and relaxation.
Traditional Temazcal and Massage Experience
Today, we’ll have a proper Mexican breakfast at Fonda Florecita, in a small market nearby. Try the delicious hot chocolate. If you're adventurous, give the chapulinas (grasshoppers) a try. They're good and add protein to your morning tortilla.
We'll indulge in the unique flavors of Tierra Antigua for lunch. The restaurant offers a diverse selection of traditional and modern dishes.
In the afternoon, we'll head to a nearby village, where the inhabitants make handmade rugs. The villagers have been hand-weaving rugs in this town for nearly 1,000 years. We’ll stop at a women’s cooperative. Noma Collective Vida Nueva Women's Weaving Cooperative is our favorite.
You'll have free time to explore the town and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich history.
Take the night off to enjoy a dinner in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. Savor the regional flavors and unwind after a day of adventure.
Women's Weaving Collective
Today, we delve deep into the richness of Oaxacan cuisine and its classic ingredients. The state of Oaxaca may be one of the poorer Mexican areas, but the large number of indigenous people ensures that it’s rich in heritage.
We’ll drive out to the home of our chef and cooking instructor after breakfast. She and her son have created a gorgeous outdoor covered kitchen. You’ll make your own homemade tortillas, memelitas, and so much more. After the hard work, we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labors.
We'll head back to town after the feast to shop or relax before heading to an amazing restaurant, one of the prettiest in town.
Tonight, we'll dine in style at Origen. The elevated cuisine will knock your socks off!
Start with a delicious breakfast and prepare for a day full of adventure and cultural immersion.
We'll begin with a visit to the largest and most important archaeological site of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. A local expert guide will explain the legacy and history of the Zapotec site.
Monte Albán is elevated to 6,400 ft above mean sea level and rises some 1,300 ft from the valley floor. Getting there involves some uphill hiking and uneven terrain, so wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
As you explore the site, you'll encounter a mix of paved and unpaved walkways. Some areas may have uneven steps. Rest assured, the site is well-maintained, and there are plenty of resting areas to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery.
Despite the physical activity required, the stunning panoramic views and historical significance of this ancient Zapotec city make it well worth the effort.
Next, we'll visit Black Pottery Town, a charming village known for its unique pottery creations. Here, you can watch the skilled crafters at work and buy a one-of-a-kind piece as a souvenir.
After Black Pottery Town, we'll head to San Martin Tilcajete for activities and adventures. The afternoon will start with mouth-watering street food as we enjoy the Festival in San Martin Tilcajete.
A visit to David Hernandez's Workshop is a must. Here, we will discover how to create alebrijes and find an amazing collection to buy.
We'll head back to Oaxaca, where you'll have time to relax before we meet for a farewell dinner at Levadura de Olla, a restaurant that serves traditional Oaxacan cuisine with a modern twist.
Guided tour of Monte Alban
After a week of exploring and eating your way through Oaxaca, it's time to head home with a head full of memories and a couple of bottles of mezcal.
Our driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport. You may depart early or enjoy breakfast at the hotel beforehand.
Grand Fiesta Americana Oxaca is a unique experience that will captivate you. Be impressed by the architectural wonders of a hotel where tradition and modernity merge, creating an atmosphere of luxury and exclusivity.
A tour guide and artist, specializing in the Day of the Day crowns, Leticia, who hails from Mexico, is the ideal guide for your Oaxaca tour.
Leticia Martinez is a multilingual travel director and artist. She provides unique tour experiences influenced by her passion for art and culture. She is fluent in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Leticia’s approach to providing a unique cultural and immersive travel experience is inspired by the gastronomy of Oaxacan cuisine and the cultural celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. Her Mexican ancestral roots inspired her to develop her brand “Leticia M Studio,” which provides signature floral head crown collections featured on superstars like Beyonce, magazine covers, and fashion runways, marrying her life's passions, travel and design. A bespoke travel experience
"The spirit of Ozxaca. Soaked in tradition"
300 miles southeast of Mexico City lies the enchanting city of Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-ha-ka”). Nestled in a verdant valley with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, this area has been prized since 500 BC. To this day, the state of Oaxaca (of which Oaxaca city is the capital) is the most ethnically diverse Mexican state, home to 16 of the country’s 56 indigenous groups. Oaxaca’s ethnic diversity is the foundation of the rich culinary and cultural traditions you find here. Oaxaca must be taken in slowly and attentively to understand its many layers.
All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
All meals except dinner on day 2 and 4
2 glasses of beer, wine or mezcal (when specified) at dinner
Entrances to museums, Monte Alban as well as costs of all activities mentioned
All market visits, mezcal visits and tastings
A cooking class
Your stay at a boutique hotel in downtown Oaxaca
Travel and medical insurance (required)
I am still on a natural high after spending a week with Doni and GGTP in Oaxaca, This trip fed my soul from the wonderful, supportive, smart, funny cultured women I had the privilege to travel with, to the incredible culture of the Oaxacan people which the average American is sadly ignorant of. The people, the food, the art, the history , and the architecture are incredible. Doni could not have planned an itinerary that ticked all the boxes for me more than this trip. Although we were tourists we were so immersed in the culture that we felt a part of it rather than on the outside looking in. It was truly an inspirational trip for me and at the risk of sounding over dramatic I will say it was life changing. I am encouraging all of my friends to go alone and I plan on going again alone. I never thought travelling with people I didn't know could be so amazing. It was!!! Finally, I have used all of my superlatives already but must say that Doni is one of a kind. We could not have felt more comfortable, cared for and heard than we did. Looking for my next trip already!
Amy C, Feb 2022 on Trip Advisor
You should fly into Oaxaca International airport.
On a typical February day, the average temperature in Oaxaca in ranges from a high of 78°F (25°C) and a low of 49°F (9°C). Some would describe it as humid but cool.
We will have a zoom call about six weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
Leticia Martinez will be your trip leader. Leticia is a tour guide and artist, specializing in the Day of the Day crowns. Leticia, who hails from Mexico, is the ideal guide for your Oaxaca tour.
The trip officially starts on the afternoon of February 8th, but consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax before all the festivities start. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will book your room for you and make sure that you stay in the same room when the trip starts.