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Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

1. 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.

Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

2. 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.

Oaxaca: Street Art Bike Tour

3. Oaxaca: Street Art Bike Tour

Join this guided cycling tour to visit 3 of Oaxaca’s most colorful neighborhoods: Jalatlaco, Barrio de Xochimilco, and Downtown. As you ride through the city, your local guide will share stories about the street artists responsible for turning Oaxaca into an outdoor museum. Admired worldwide for 15-years, the street art of Oaxaca is steeped in history, politics, and culture. On this tour, your guide will take you to see giant murals, stencils, and powerful posters that tell stories of Mexico, its residents, and their struggles. As you cycle past colorful houses and charming low-rise buildings, learn about the street art renaissance and the mass protests that inspired angry art collectives to begin painting the streets of Oaxaca.

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: Mezcal Tasting Session with Expert

5. Oaxaca: Mezcal Tasting Session with Expert

Taste three different wild mezcals from Oaxaca. Learn about the history, production methods and ancestral knowledge of this traditional drink. Enjoy tasting mezcals from different regions of Oaxaca. Learn about the origin of the drink with an agave manual. Discover the myths that influence its history. Let your expert show you gastronomic elements to combine a good mezcal, and create for you a unique sensory experience.

From Huatulco: Oaxaca Overnight Guided Tour

6. From Huatulco: Oaxaca Overnight Guided Tour

Discover the city of Oaxaca on a guided overnight trip from Huatulco, stopping at the highlights between these places. Visit archeological sites, and learn about local culture and heritage. Day 1: Get picked up at your hotel in La Crucecita or Tangolunda and start the journey towards Oaxaca. Stop at Jalapa del Marqués, where you can enjoy breakfast, at your own expense. Continue to the mezcal region, where you'll take a tour to learn how this delicious drink is produced. Enter the Mitla Archaeological Zone and explore the ancient ruins. Afterwards, head to Teotitlán del Valle to discover how rugs and blankets are made and enjoy some free time for shopping. Stop at Santa María del Tule to admire the 2,000-year-old tree, take photos, and enter the church. Arrive in Oaxaca in the afternoon, and visit the former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and its museum. Check-in at the hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day to wander through the historic center and explore on your own. Day 2: After checking out of the hotel, take a tour of Monte Albán Archaeological Site. Admire the ancient ruins and take in views from the top of the pyramids. Continue to Benito Juárez market, where you can have breakfast and learn about local cuisine. Stop at San Bartolo Coyotepec, to watch local artisans producing handicrafts from black mud. Visit either San Martín Tilcajete or Arrazola, to see how local folk art sculptures called alebrijes are made. Depart for Huatulco, stopping at San Jose del Pacifico along the way. In the evening, you'll get dropped off back at your hotel where your tour will end.

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This was a fantastic way to see Oaxaca and get a sense for the local food! We began by taking a walking tour of the neighborhood (close to the centro but less touristy which was nice) and went to the market with our guide who allowed us to try different foods and spices. We also learned about the different trees in the area. When we got back we were introduced to the ingredients and began cooking. We cooked quite a few dishes including mole, memelas, salad, and Mexican gnocchi - though our guide told us the menu changes each class. For me it felt less like a cooking class and more like a cooking experience. We were all doing different things which made it hard to learn how to duplicate the recipes. However, I enjoyed this as it was a really fun way to spend a few hours. It was a delicious meal and was nice to eat together at the end. If you are looking to get to know a bit more about the food and history of Oaxaca in a hands on (and delicious) way, try this class!

A truly magical experience from the moment Marcos, who was our guide and driver, narrated the traditions of Oaxacan families along the way to David's Fantastic Animals Workshop. For my family it was incredible to be able to translate everything they had learned prior to the alebrije class into a piece of wood that my daughters decorated in her class with the teacher Ana, who has been decorating these works of art for 2 years. David's workshop is a true work of art all full of color and history.

EXCELLENT TOUR THROUGH SOME OF THE PLACES THAT EVERY TOURIST SHOULD KNOW IN THIS OUR BEAUTIFUL STATE OF OAXACA. ATTENTION FROM ELOY AND EZEQUIEL EXCELLENT, FEELING PASSION FOR THE INFORMATION THEY GIVE US. THE TOUR IS WORTH IT AND YOU DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO BUY ANY SOUVENIR FROM THE STATE IF YOU CONSIDER IT. RECOMMENDED 100%

Geraldo was great. Market shopping so amazing! His home was beautiful and inviting and we loved cooking traditional Oaxaca food.

Super recommended, our guide Eloy and driver Benjamin made our tour incredible thanks to the explanation of each place.