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Oaxaca: Mezcal Adventure

1. 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.

Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings

2. 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

3. 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.

From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

4. From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

Experience 3 of Oaxaca's traditional art processes on this tour. Learn about the Alebrije art process, barro negro (black mud) pottery, and how the residents of Teotitlan Del Valle make their traditional hand-dyed rugs. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop in the car that will take you straight to your first stop, San Martin Tilcajete. Here, learn all about how alebrijes, traditional wooden fantasy figures, are made and discover how they became an emblem of Oaxaca. Next, head to San Bartolo Coyotepec. Learn how barro negro pottery is produced and all the products it can be used to make. Afterward, head to Teotitlan Del Valle and admire the traditional hand-dyed colorful rugs. Finally, visit The Tule Tree, the widest tree in the world, before heading back to your hotel.

Huatulco City Tour

5. 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.

Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

6. 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.

Oaxaca: Guided City Walking Tour

7. Oaxaca: Guided City Walking Tour

Start the tour with a visit to the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, an important monument and one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Mexico. Enter the regional museum of Oaxaca and see exhibits of Mixtec and Zapotec archeology alongside treasures from Grave No 7 of Monte Albán. Continue on foot to one of the main streets in the city of Oaxaca. Follow the cobblestone street through a green quarry that opens up onto the Tourist Walkway. Explore Santo Domingo de Guzmán and head into the central part of the city, passing by various museums, galleries, craft shops, and restaurants on the way. When you arrive in the center, enjoy a mixture of band and Marimba music in the Constitution Garden. End this magical tour with a visit to the Benito Juarez Market. Shop for black clay handicrafts, alebrijes, and typical costumes from the 8 regions of the state of Oaxaca. Sample local products including Mole Oaxaqueño, Tlayudas, Mezcal, Chocolate, Quesillo, and Chapulines in the 20 de Noviembre Market. Then pass through the main meat aisle where you will not be able to leave without tasting some of Oaxaca's delicious cuisine.

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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.

We had the most amazing time on this tour. We were taken to 3 mezcal factories of different sizes and got many tastings of mezcal. I didn't keep count but it was easily over 10. Our favorite part was the ride through the agave fields where we got to drink mezcal from a maguey leaf. We had already done 5 mezcal tastings at various mezcalerias in Oaxaca before going on this tour. I wish we had done this tour first as we learned quite a bit about mezcal. We would have appreciated all that mezcal even more. Highly recommended!

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.