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Oaxaca: El Tule, Mitla, and Hierve el Agua Tour with Mezcal

1. Oaxaca: El Tule, Mitla, and Hierve el Agua Tour with Mezcal

Experience the sights, culture, and flavors of Oaxaca on a multi-stop guided tour. Visit the town of Teotitlán del Valle to discover unique hand-made rugs and see the Mitla Archaeological Zone. Stop at the Tree of Tule and learn how to make the local mezcal drink before trying it yourself. Following pickup, stop first at the world-famous tree called the Árbol del Tule or Tree of Tule. This tree is a millenary ahuehuete, one of the biggest trees in the world weighing up to 509 tons. Next, head to the town of Teotitlán del Valle, where they use ancestral techniques to make and paint rugs, most featuring one-of-a-kind personal designs. Then, make an hour stop at Hierve el Agua to explore the famous petrified waterfalls. The Mitla Archaeological Zone is another must-see stop, so that's next on the itinerary. This city has some of the most important architectural evolution achievements. Admire elaborately decorated walls and much more. Before drop-off back in Oaxaca, learn about the mezcal (an alcoholic drink made from the sap of an agave). Get to know about the process of making this drink and enjoy tasting different mezcal flavors.

From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Tasting

2. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Tasting

Start your tour by being picked up in Oaxaca early in the morning by your driver and start the ride. Stop at Teotitlán del Valle, a village of weavers in which you will learn how they use ancient techniques to paint wool and wave rugs forming majestic designs. The next stop will be Hierve el agua, the petrified waterfalls one of 30-meter height, and another one of 12-meter height. Admire these waterfalls that are formed by carbonated water and offer beautiful views of the mountains, perfect to take great photos. Get a chance to swim in the mineral pools and take a walk with local guides and take in the spectacular surroundings of nature. The last stop is a Mezcal Factory where you will learn the process of the elaboration of the authentic mezcal and also get to taste some of the different flavors of Mezcal. Stop for the opportunity to purchase a nice lunch. Return to your accommodation in Oaxaca at the end of your tour.

Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

3. Puerto Escondido: Baby Sea Turtle Release

After hotel pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Escondido, travel to a pristine beach that showcases the coastal splendor of the area. On arrival, head to the turtle farm where a local guide will teach you about the work being done to protect and save sea turtles.  Learn about olive ridley, green, and leatherback sea turtles, and take some awesome pictures before releasing them. Right before sunset, gather the newborn turtles, walk them to the ocean shore and assist them on their way into the sea as you watch the sun set over the virgin sands. You will return to Puerto Escondido with magical memories!

Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

4. Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

Tour a local market to pick up ingredients, then cook a traditional food recipe with your expert chef. Learn about local ingredients and meet producers of fresh vegetables. Pick up ingredients grown organically nearby and harvested that very morning. After touring the market, return to the kitchen for the class to prepare your dish. Learn how to prepare a delicious salad, a vegetarian main dish, and a dessert in the traditional way. After cooking, its time to share the food with everyone. Enjoy a collective meal together as you taste the rich flavors and feelings of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

5. Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

Discover what makes Oaxacan gastronomy so renowned. Visit a local, bustling market together with a chef to shop for the freshest of ingredients. Taste the traditional flavors and learn the techniques of Oaxacan cooking as you prepare authentic dishes alongside a chef who will explain what makes them unique for the region.  Start this fully interactive class exploring the main markets of Oaxaca city accompanied by the chef who will help you to identify the best and fresh ingredients on the list. Decide what dish to prepare between two suggestions by the chef. Then, get started cooking as you learn how to prepare one of the traditional meals that proudly represent an important cultural part of the beautiful Oaxaca state. During the lesson, the chef will also explain the benefits about each of the representative ingredients of the region, and which the locals prefer for the preparation of their dishes.  Prepare additionally some handmade tortillas and typical drinks to accompany your dish, such as Tejate, Chilacayota and Margaritas with Mezcal. Feel free to ask any question you have about and, of course, enjoy your traditional meal.

Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

6. Puerto Escondido: Sunrise Dolphin and Whale Watching

Start the day at 6:00 AM with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Head straight to the beach to board your early-morning sightseeing boat. Over the course of your 3-hour cruise, gaze at the stunning, crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, revelling in the beauty of the Oaxacan coast. Keep your eyes open for the panoply of sea life that call the waters surrounding Puerto Escondido home. Spot marine life such as whales, dolphins, or massive sea turtles. As you jet through the waters, your expert captain will find the best spots to give you the best chance of seeing the sea’s most beautiful marine life. Relax as you cruise through the calm waters, enjoying the sunrise over the pristine sea, and let nature surprise you with its beauty. After your cruise, you’ll head back to the dock to get the transportation back to your hotel.

Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

7. Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

Immerse yourself in Oaxacan culture on this day trip. Visit the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, Monte Albán, located in the majestic urban center. This area was known as the religious, political, and economic center of the Zapotec civilization. Walk around the square and explore the Site Museum.  Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures from the top of the archaeological structures. Next, you'll visit San Antonio Arrazola, a magical place of colors and traditions, where the famous artisans will teach you how they carve copal wood. Learn the process of creating the magical figures called "Alebrijes", which represent the innovative spirit of the Oaxacan soul, part of an ancestral tradition of the Zapotecs. Finally, stop at Cuilapam de Guerrero, a Mixtec town famous for its 16th-century Dominican ex-monastery, and San Bartolo Coyotepec, a small town of adobe houses where you'll witness the process of making beautiful black clay figures.

From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Hike and Mezcal Tour

8. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Hike and Mezcal Tour

Sip on refreshing drinks at a secret waterfall, take a rejuvenating dip under the hot Oaxacan sun and try traditional mezcal on this unforgettable guided day trip. Meet your guide in Oaxaca bright and early and head to the serene Hierve el Agua. Explore the area with your guide, and be fascinated by the cascading water. Enjoy free time at the pools to take beautiful photos, paddle, or admire the captivating view of the valley below. Begin a rocky 7 KM hike down the valley until you reach another secret oasis. Discover this unknown waterfall hidden inside an enigmatic small canyon. From here, travel to a local mezcal distillery. Learn all about mezcal production and relish a mezcal tasting with the family. Have lunch and taste some local specialties such as tlayudas, a toasted tortilla covered with refried beans and fresh toppings, also known as an Oaxaca pizza. Try memelas, a type of toasted cake made of masa with toppings, and tasajo, a special dried beef cooked over a wood fire. Finally, arrive back in Oaxaca and appreciate the last few moments of an exceptional day.

From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

9. From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

Explore the archaeological area of Oaxaca built by the Zapotecs. Learn about its big plazas, truncated pyramids, and the court for playing tlachtli (a type of ball game). Hear about the underground passageways and more than 100 tombs at the site from your professional tour guide. Start your day by being picked up in Oaxaca City, and begin your journey to Monte Alban. Next, visit the town of Arrazola town and fall in love with the authentic wooden figures called Alebrijes. Watch the interesting creation process of these figures which involves carving and painting. Head to Cuilapam de Guerrero town and visit a Dominican Ex-monastery of the 16th-century, known for its unfinished basilica and prominent open chapel. End your magical tour in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec and meet local artisans who specialize in black pottery (Barro negro). Learn about the techniques used since pre-Columbian times.

La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

10. La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in La Crucecita and heads to Huatulco. Hop onboard your private yacht then set sail onto the glistening coast, watching out for dolphins along the way and soaking up epic sea views. Cruise by the area’s many white sandy beaches and beautiful bays, including Santa Cruz, Organo, Maguey, Cacaluta, and Chachacual. Sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer, or cool off with a swim in the sea and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life.  There’s also time to stop at a bay of your choice for a stroll along the shore. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many seafood restaurants, and get a taste of traditional cuisine. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 305 reviews

Wow such an epic day we had. Thanks to Ariana, the booking agent, Ede the guide and Marcos the driver. Thank you for the memorable trip. Ede our guide spoke both Spanish and English and I loved her style of switching back and forth between the languages at every longer paragraph. This way the mixed group of Spanish, French and us Canadians felt included and served As a Spanish language crash course. Ede has a great style knowing how to “control” the group in s good way and was very well prepared with background. She is definitely the best tour guide we had so far in Mexico. The trip covers a very large variety of topics: giant tree if Tula, a bakery with a chance to eat breakfast and have hot chocolate. The Aqua Azul is cool site, I managed to do both the trail and the swimming but had to be fast, My kid and wife just did the swimming. The visit to the Zacatec weavers was a treat, quality carpets, feel free to buy good prices, unless you are on a 5 weeks road-trip like us. Loved it

The tour was amazing and exceeded the expectations! Our guide spoke good English and was very attentive. We had wonderful time on the beach releasing turtles! Sunset was breathtaking and bioluminescent was thoughtfully set in a dome to ensure the experience regardless of weather. The transportation was a new and comfortable mini bus with air conditioning and was adjusting as per our wishes by great driver! We learned a lot about turtles and bioluminescent plankton and took many beautiful pictures! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, especially if you like the wonders of the nature!

Marcos got us around very safely and comfortably. He was even pretty quick. He was patient as we bought things too. He's a great driver! Ede is an EXCELLENT guide! Her bilingual tour filled in the gaps in my Spanish very well. She is funny and patient too!

The tour was fantastic! Fabio was the best guide we’ve had of any tour in Mexico. Very knowledgeable about Mezcal and Mexican culture in general. Lots of Mezcals were tasted and good times were had!

The entire day was well curated and excellent Romeo,’our driver was A+, Clemente, our guide was knowledgeable, helpful, and a real pleasure! This is a great day !