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Oaxaca Culinary & nightlife

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Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

1. 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

2. 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: Mezcal Adventure

3. Oaxaca: Mezcal Adventure

During this experience, you'll be taken through the Valley of Tlacolula to Santiago Matalan. During the ride, you'll be introduced to the culture of mezcal and its geographical context. Once in Santiago Matatlán, you'll be visiting an agave plantation to learn about these plants, their life cycle, varieties, and uses. Then, visit two different mezcal distilleries to see real production going on. From a home scale family-owned business with a long tradition of making mezcal in a rustic way to another way of production more sophisticated, yet artisanal. As each maestro mezcalero gives a personal touch to every batch, each tasting on-site means immersion in the mezcal culture. Afterward, you'll make a stop for lunch in a nice and neat last distillery with a great local cuisine restaurant. By this point of the trip, you'll already know how to taste mezcal as an expert. The premium quality mezcal you’ll taste here will be great for a last toast before heading back home.

Private Huatulco 5 or 7 Bays Boat Trip

4. Private Huatulco 5 or 7 Bays Boat Trip

Discover the paradise beaches of Huatulco on a private boat trip. Cruise to that make up this beautiful stretch of coastline. Stop to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe whenever you like. Get picked up at your hotel in Huatulco and head to the port to meet your captain. Keep a look out for dolphins as you sail towards the first beach. Admire the scenery of white sands and crystal clear waters. With this private experience you can choose how long to spend at each spot. Walk along the seashore, relax on the sand, and dive beneath the waves. Go snorkeling to discover the underwater world of corals and colorful fish. Water and soft drinks are included on board the boat. There are plenty of restaurants close to the beach where you can try a variety of delicious dishes, at your own expense. At the end of the trip, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Huatulco: Premium Boat Tour with snorkel experience.

5. Huatulco: Premium Boat Tour with snorkel experience.

Meet your guide to set sail from the Santa Cruz Pier at 09:30 am. Enjoy views of the bay as you head towards your first stop, a hidden beach on the coast of Huatulco National Park only accessible by sea - Chachacual Bay. Drop anchor and enjoy a swim in the calm waters at La India or relax on the sand to soak up the peaceful atmosphere at Chachacual beach. Explore the local reefs and marine species with a snorkel around the bay. Return to the boat to sail on towards Maguey Beach at Cacaluta Bay. Enjoy some beers, sodas or water on board as you catch a glimpse of the Rostro Mixteco rock formations and an island shaped like a turtle. Once you arrive your guide will point you in the direction of a beachfront restaurant where you can enjoy some tropical drinks or freshly caught seafood. You can relax here for 2 hours before boarding the boat once more to return to Santa Cruz.

Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

6. Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

This celebration is a popular ceremony in which the ancestors are invited to visit beyond the underworld. It is believed that the deceased are granted permission to visit from the beyond. Family members offer their ancestors their favorite foods and drinks on an altar adorned with yellow Mexican marigolds, dead bread, incense, sweet skulls, and in some cases, even the music of their liking. During this wonderful tour, appreciate the main pantheon, a part of this tradition, amongst the tombs, copal, music, and colors of the celebrations. People will celebrate with the souls of the dead and dance together with others of the community who wear their costumes and live the magic of the All Saints' Day festivities. This tour is only available on November 1.

Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings

7. Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings

Walk and eat your way around Oaxaca on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Sample 4 different local dishes at the markets and street food stalls. Learn about Oaxacan culture through its gastronomy, and get a close-up look at a side of the city many travelers miss. Start your authentic street food experience with a hotel pickup, and head to food stalls frequented by locals. Be ready for an array of up to 4 food and drinks, along with generous servings of Oaxaca’s warm hospitality. Begin the tasting with a delicious Oaxacan "Tlayuda", a large and crunchy tortilla with a spread of beans, fresh cheese, salsa, and a meat of your choice. Then, visit a colorful neighborhood to taste a Garnacha from the Itsmo region, known for the fusion of spices and flavors. Finish off with a delicious beef taco accompanied by salsa and lemon which is an absolute must-have in Oaxaca. With each dish, enjoy a glass of fresh, flavored water – a sweet and fruity accompaniment to your food.

From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua and Teotitlán del Valle

8. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua and Teotitlán del Valle

After pickup from your hotel in Oaxaca city, journey towards Hierve el Agua to see the famous petrified waterfalls formed over thousands of years. Enjoy some time to swim in the natural pools formed by the waterfalls, and delight in the stunning landscape of the Sierra Madre del Sur. Continue the tour with a visit to a traditional mezcal factory. Learn more about the production process of the famous Mexican spirit. Take the opportunity to taste some of the mezcal produced here. The final stop on the tour is the "Pueblo indígena Zapoteca de Tapetes." Known also as Teotitlán del Valle, the town is famous for its beautiful textile wool products, made with natural dyes. See the beautiful patterns on rugs, jackets, bags, sarapes, tapestries, curtains, and dresses, made with large wooden looms. Learn about the ancestral, artisanal techniques used to make these quality products.

Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

9. Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

Leave the beach in Huatulco behind for a day and head into the mountains of Oaxaca. On this 7.5-hour tour you’ll enjoy a drive to a finca known as La Gloria. Take a tour of the facilities and learn about the entire process of coffee cultivation – which transforms the beans into the delicious drink you know so well. Continue your adventure with a refreshing dip at the Llano Grande waterfalls – a magical place with crystal-clear waters. For the grand finale, enjoy a delicious traditional Oaxacan meal.

From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

10. From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

Start the adventure with pickup from the lobby of your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Travel to Huatulco, and as you drive, be amazed by vibrant small towns that line the side of the road on the Oaxacan Coast. Begin your tour of the 7 bays at Santa Cruz Bay, where you will board a boat. Set off to explore all 7 of the bays as you admire the beautiful landscapes, the 'bufadero', and the lighthouse. Pass by Chahue Bay, La Entrega Bay, and Cacaluta Bay which is the filming location for several notable Mexican movies. Fall in love with El Organo Bay, where the natural scenery will leave you speechless. After this, marvel at the virgin sandy beach at the Chachacual National Park. Here, explore the reef with a snorkel or simply relax on the sand. With any luck, you might spot some dolphins, whales, or turtles. Then, return to Maguey Bay, to enjoy unique Oaxacan dishes and seafood at a local restaurant (not included in the price). Return to Santa Cruz where a van will take you to the village of La Crucecita. See the famous main church and visit the viewpoint that is perfect for taking photos. Stop at some local spots where you can taste mezcal, quesillo, chapulines, and mole. Then finally, end your tour by climbing back into the van and returning to Puerto Escondido.

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The lengthy, in depth explanation of their craft by both the wood carver and the weaver in their workshop/showroom was excellent, fascinating, and enlightening. The choice of venues were outstanding, not just some hole in the wall. Bring lots of cash, the results of their labors are expensive, but worth it for the quality. Sadly, we only saw a showroom of the black pottery. No artisan working. Our driver offered a minimal explanation. Had we not read beforehand, we would not have appreciated the uniqueness of the art form. Pottery prices were reasonable, but many forms may have been from molds, not individually hand made as we had witnessed elsewhere. We were told the weather was too cold for the clay to remain intact when removed from the fire, so no potter was working. Our driver was not readily forthcoming with information as we drove, but did respond to questioning. On another tour, we had been "spoiled" by having an historian as a guide, not just as a driver.

It was amazing! Balam was fabulous. We went to three unique distilleries, tasted Mezcal all day, Gaines new information, eight delicious food at one of the distilleries and were able to have an agave field tour. I highly recommend booking with his company for your next tour

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!

Our favorite activity was the weaving tour of a family run weaving store. The rugs the mother and father were weaving were amazing. We also enjoyed the tour of the animal carving and painting shop.

Had a great time. Had a 730pm appt it ended up being just me and my brother the instructor was great very informative and great energy. Made 3 cocktails . Highly recommend