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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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From Puerto Escondido: Huatulco 7 Bays Tour

2. 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

3. 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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Oaxaca: Guided City Walking Tour

4. 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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From Oaxaca: Yagul Archaeological Site & Sunday Local Market

5. From Oaxaca: Yagul Archaeological Site & Sunday Local Market

Join a guided tour for a unique Sunday experience with a visit to the archaeological site of Yagul and San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya. See the closest example of an original pre-Hispanic market in Tlacolula. Start your adventure by being picked up in your hotel lobby in Oaxaca City. Head to the town of San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya to marvel at the legendary 16th-century construction. Learn about its religious art and altars. Then, visit the archeological site of Yagul, a city that flourished as an urban center after the decadency of Monte Alban. Walk with your guide and understand how it transformed as an important city back in the days after the Spanish conquest. Lastly, head to Tlacolula. Walk through one of the most popular and colorful Sunday markets in the country. This fascinating place turns into the main street of the town on Sundays. Find products, arts, and crafts made by the local people here.

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From Puerto Escondido: Nizandú Hot Springs Visit

6. From Puerto Escondido: Nizandú Hot Springs Visit

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day and spend the day relaxing in the Nizandú thermal baths. Departing from your hotel in Puerto Escondido, travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle to the hot springs. Upon arrival, dive in to these all-natural pools and soak up their healing properties. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the nearby river to cool down. Spend the day exploring each of the 6 pools at your own pace. After a full day's relaxation, head back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido.

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From Huatulco: Zipolite Nudist Beach Day Trip

7. 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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From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

8. From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

Experience 3 of Oaxaca's traditional art processes on this guided 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. Refresh and reenergize with a tlayuda, a traditional Oaxacan street food dish. 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.

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From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

9. From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

Learn about two of the most distinctive commercial and artisan activities in the state of Oaxaca with a papermaking and Quesillo (Oaxaca cheese) tour. You’ll be picked up from your hotel in central Oaxaca and venture about 20 kilometers (around 12.5 miles) north of the city center to the Etla District, where traditional Quesillo and paper are made.   First, you will visit a former hydroelectric plant located in San Agustín Etla, where a community is dedicated to the production of paper using natural fibers of the region, such as tree bark, branches, flowers, pigments, and cotton. Next, check out the spectacular Arts Center of St. Augustine, housed in the former La Soledad Yarns and Fabrics Factory, which was founded in 1883 and manufactured raw blankets from cotton. The abandoned building has been remodeled into a modern ecological arts center presenting contemporary art and culture exhibitions. Finally, discover the secrets of locally made Quesillo and its unique flavor. Learn all about this famous cheese, which originated in Oaxaca, has gained international recognition, and is an important ingredient in Mexican gastronomy. You'll also visit the Etla market, well known for being located in the area where Quesillo originated, before returning to Oaxaca City.

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From Huatulco: Oaxaca Overnight Guided Tour

10. 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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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.

I booked this tour for myself and two others and Wow is all I can say! This tour was fantastic but the guide, Hugo, really made the trip special. He picked us up at our Airbnb in a nice vehicle and drove us to all the sites. He asked what we were interested in and made stops along the way that weren’t originally on itinerary. We really appreciated that and all the additional information. It’s obvious he knows a lot about the Oaxaca. The best stop of the trip was definitely the market. Much bigger than the one in Oaxaca and more of a local feel. That said it could’ve been overwhelming if we were not with a guide. The other stops were cool too because they aren’t usually on peoples itineraries. Cannot recommend this experience enough.

We enjoyed learning the history about the alebrijes and we have so much respect for the artists who create them! It takes a community effort to create something so meaningful and beautiful!