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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.

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La Crucecita: Private Yacht Cruise in Huatulco with Drinks

2. 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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From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

3. 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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Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

4. Puerto Escondido: Boat Cruise and Market Visit

Marvel at most iconic sites in Puerto Escondido from out on the water before visiting a local market for a cultural experience. Begin your adventure at San Agustinillo, where a boat will be waiting for you. From the boat, you'll be able to admire Puerto Escondido's beautiful coastline, including Zicatela Beach, Puerto Angelito, Manzanillo Beach, Carizalilo, Coral, and Bacocho Beaches. You may also be visited by dolphins, turtles, whales, and other marine wildlife of the region. After this ocean adventure, head back to the city to visit the amazing Benito Juarez Market. Step inside and experience local culture, taste traditional beverages, and savor delicious Oaxacan food like mole, chocolates, and other local products. Especially delicious are the local peanut butter and hibiscus jellies.

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Huatulco: Waterfalls and Coffee Plantation Tour

5. 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.

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Oaxaca: Instagram Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

6. Oaxaca: Instagram Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Oaxaca is one of the most Instagrammable cities in Mexico, with its colourful and detailed streets, stunning views and unique urban street art. On this tour, you have the chance to capture the highlights for your feed. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, you will take in the cultural and historical sights, both from a first-hand perspective and with photos by a professional photographer to share on your Instagram. You will visit some of the most photogenic places in the downtown area, including the surroundings of the Santo Domingo Temple, Calle Morelos and Calle Reforma. You’ll continue to the neighbourhood Barrio Xochimilco, then onto Andador Turistico, Teatro Macedonio Alcala and finally Calle de Abasolo. Other less-known corners will be explored so you have unique and beautiful photos for your travel keepsakes, as well as lifelong memories of this popular Mexican town.

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Huatulco: Coffee Farm and Waterfall Tour with Local Lunch

7. Huatulco: Coffee Farm and Waterfall Tour with Local Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads out along the bay of Huatulco towards the town of Llano Grande, a community located in the mountains. As you enter the town admire the surrounding coffee plantation, and depending on the season you can also see the fruit that grows here too. With your guide, enjoy a tour of the plantation and learn about the process of farming coffee as well as a tasting session of organic coffee, chocolate, and mezcal. Continue the tour through the farm along a path on the banks of the river, stopping for photo opportunities along the way. Visit a number of stunning waterfalls throughout the walk to admire the crystal clear waters and surrounding natural pools. Arrive at the main waterfall of the walking tour and spend an hour and a half relaxing in the glistening waters. Enjoy a refreshing swim to cool off from the heat, or lounge around in the tropical environment. Once you’re feeling refreshed, head back to the farm where a delicious and traditional Mexican lunch is waiting for you. Against the backdrop of the coffee plantation, mingle with the local farmers as well as the other tour guests as you dine. A few of the traditional delicacies on offer include black mole, black beans, and pork carnitas, as well as authentic Mexican beverages.

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Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

8. Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

Start the excursion with the famous and most notable Tree of Tule, cataloged as the thickest in the world. With a little imagination between the branches and the bark of this majestic tree, you can visualize different animals and silhouettes that have formed over the years. Next, visit a place full of colors with the Zapotec weavers indigenous people at Teotitlán del Valle.  Famous for making their rugs, bags and sheep wool sheep, which are dyed with ancestral techniques with natural pigments, these weavers highlight the use of the great cochineal. End the tour with the typical drink of this beautiful state; the last stop will be in a Mezcal palenque.  Of Oaxacan origin, Mezcal is internationally recognized for its body, color and smell. It is worth mentioning that there are several presentations and flavors of mezcal, enjoy some of the different flavors that are offered, from the aged mezcal to its diverse and delicious mezcal creams.

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Huatulco City Tour

9. Huatulco City Tour

The tour begins with a visit to the viewpoint La Bocana where you can meet and admire this beautiful open sea beach. Then visit the main viewpoints of the destination with a sea view to take some good pictures. After taking in the beauty of the Huatulco viewpoints, visit the little town of La Crucecita where you can enjoy the main square. This is a magical place that in the afternoon is filled with artisans and music where you can discover the beauty and history of the Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe, whose importance comes from the painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the largest in the world, captured on its roof by the Mexican artist José del Siglo. Don’t miss a visit to the best Oaxacan dishes like Oaxaca cheese, grasshoppers, chocolate, mole, and sample mezcal with salt from the maguey worm. Meet the artisans of the pre-Hispanic looms, where artistic hands come together with Oaxacan creativity to create elaborate garments and multicolored mats.

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From Huatulco: Zipolite Nudist Beach Day Trip

10. From Huatulco: Zipolite Nudist Beach Day Trip

Start your tour with a stop at the traditional village of Mazunte. Here, pay a visit to the Natural Cosmetics Shop. Enjoy a demonstration of the all-natural products on offer here, such as deodorants, shampoos, sunscreen, and much more. Later, head to the quiet village of Zipolite where you will visit the luxury nudist beach club. Sit back and enjoy the views, reconnect with nature, and escape the stresses of daily life. Relax by the pool, lounge chairs, and palapas. Sit down to lunch and choose from a range of international dishes, including freshly-made juices and drinks. Before heading back to Huatulco, get the chance to purchase some handicrafts made by local young people.

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What people are saying about Oaxaca

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!

This class was fantastic! It was very intimate with only 4 participants and the instructor. It was the perfect way to get introduced to mezcal and how to make cocktails with it. We learned about the different plants used to make mezcal, how it’s made, and how to taste it. Then we got to go behind the bar and learn how to make drinks! This was hands down my favorite part. We got to use real bartending tools and ingredients to make the drinks. Also the host is incredibly knowledgeable and has fantastic energy that made the class really fun. That said, the reason I deducted a star because the instructor didn’t seem fully prepared at times. The instructions said to show up 15 minutes before and the host was surprised that we showed up on time. There were several moments during the class where he had to get up and leave to find something he forgot.

As someone who knows very little about the world of cocktails and bartending, this experience was amazing. It was very fun getting to design my own drinks and just learning what the different tools and techniques are in making cocktails. It started off a bit slow, but I think it was necessary in order to have a better understanding of “mixology”. First we learned about the different types of mezcal and how it is produced from the plant to the final product. Then we actually got a chance to taste mezcal by itself to see what we are working with. After that we actually got a chance to go behind the bar and play around with all the ingredients and tools. It was a very happy mood and felt like a very intimate experience with our mixologist. I highly recommend this experience to anyone even slightly interested, you won’t be disappointed.

It was an amazingly fun full day! We were picked up later than described in trip description, but was made up at end of day. Captain and assistant were very attentive, informative and enthusiastic. They played music to our request. Cruised to several of the bays, snorkeled as much as we wanted , swam as much as we wanted and were taken to a beach for a beachside lunch. Captain took us to an area for dolphin watching and kept the beer flowing! We were allowed to take food of our own as well for snacks throughout the day. It really was a very fun day.. If ever I return to Huatulco, I’ll be booking this again! Maybe even a sunset cruise, if available. Keep up the good work!

The Mezcal tasting was really interesting we had the opportunity to learn about the mezcal and had a great time tasting really good types of mezcal. The place is really well located and really nice. An experience that totally worths it to learn about mezcal.