Oaxaca City, Mexico - Cultural, Artistic & Culinary Pleasures
May 1-8, 2023
Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico - Oaxaca (wuh-HAH-ca), one of the safest states in Mexico, is known as the culinary and cultural hub of Mexico. With it's cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, Oaxaca City offers the country's most vibrant arts and crafts scene, specializing in pottery and textiles. Oaxaca is also known for its indigenous people (mostly Azpotecs and Mixtecs) and their cuisine which is very unique due to the relative geographic isolation of its peoples, and the climates in which foods are produced. Oaxaca's gastronomy is especially known for its seven moles, Oaxaca tamales in banana leaves, and mescal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic center of Oaxaca City and the Archaeological Site of Monte Albán, will give you an experience to remember!
Our itinerary allows you to take some time for yourself to either relax or attend a different activity that might not appeal to the whole group. It provides the perfect combination of a relaxing vacation, sight-seeing tours and cultural experiences. (KWT reserves the right to make slight changes to the itinerary if needed.)
Activity level for this trip: Moderate - you must be able to carry your own luggage, climb stairs, get in and out of a van, walk at least 1 hour (Women with mobility issues should consult their physicians.)
MONDAY, MAY 1ST
We arrive in Oaxaca and go directly to our home for the week, a beautiful B&B that we have all to ourselves. The colonial style house has 6 bedrooms, each with it's own bathroom! There is plenty of outdoor space for us to relax or dine, living room and small but well equipped kitchen. It is a very safe neighborhood and just a 10 minute walk to the center where will we soak in the culture of this amazing city. Upon arrival, we will be treated to an authentic Oaxacan meal served right at the house.
TUESDAY, MAY 2ND
Breakfast will be served at the house each morning provided by the B&B staff. Today we start our exploration of Oaxaca with our local, professional tour guide, Roberto, who prides himself on showing travelers the authentic culture of Oaxaca and not just the tourist sites. We'll visit the sixteenth Century Dominican church in the village of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, a ninth generation workshop in the weavers village named Teotitlán Del Valle, the Mezcal distillery to see the whole process of making Mezcal, and Santa Maria Del Tule, home to the widest tree in the world.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD
Today we will have the pleasure of spending the day with Chef Gerardo Aldeco Pinelo, another Oaxacan native who graduated from the National Superior School of Gastronomy and Tourism with a Degree in the Culinary Arts and Management. We will join him at the market where he will introduce us to many unique fruits, vegetables and spices that we will then use during our cooking lesson. You will learn how to char chiles directly in the flame and the art of making tortillas and quesadillas by hand.
Meals: B, L
FRIDAY, MAY 5TH
Today is a free day to relax or continue your exploration of Oaxaca. You are free to head out on your own, or to stay with the group to plan the day. There are many options to choose from.
THURSDAY, MAY 4TH
We will be touring again with Roberto today as we visit Monte Albán (the largest archaeological site in the area), the wood carving village of San Martín Tilcajete to see the “Alebrijes” (wood carved animals famous from this village), the village of Santo Tomáse Jalieza where we’ll see women weaving in their back strap looms. On our way back to Oaxaca city we will visit the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec to see the black pottery famous from Oaxaca. Meals: B.L.D
SATURDAY, MAY 6TH
Today will be our last day with Roberto, and a full day it will be. We'll visit Centro de Artes de San Agustín, an old abandoned factory of unbleached muslin which was turned into the largest art school in Latin America. They have exquisite exhibits open to the public. We will end our day at Santa Maria Atzompa, the green glazed and terracotta pottery village. Here there is a handicraft market where under one roof you can see what all the families in the village do. Meals: B.L.D
SUNDAY, MAY 7TH
Today we will visit the amazing Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, a regional culture museum that walks visitors chronologically from ancient times all the way to modern-day Oaxaca. In the evening, we will share our last dinner together and enjoy the energy of the Zocalo plaza as it comes to life on weekend nights.
MONDAY, MAY 8TH
Sadly, our trip comes to an end. After breakfast we will head to the airport to say goodbye to our new travel buddies. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to travel together again some day. Meals: B