Oaxaca de Juarez
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From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Factory

1. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Factory

Start your tour by being picked up in Oaxaca early in the morning by your tour guide and start the ride. Stop at Teotitlán del Valle, a village of weavers in which you will learn how they use ancient techniques to paint wool and wave rugs forming majestic designs. The next stop will be Hierve el agua, the petrified waterfalls one of 30-meter height, and another one of 12-meter height. Admire these waterfalls that are formed by carbonated water and offer beautiful views of the mountains, perfect to take great photos. Get a chance to swim in the mineral pools and take a walk with local guides and take in the spectacular surroundings of nature. The last stop is a Mezcal Factory where you will learn the process of the elaboration of the authentic mezcal and also get to taste some of the different flavors of Mezcal. To finish your tour, you will be taken back to Oaxaca.

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From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

2. From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

Explore the archaeological area of Oaxaca built by the Zapotecs. Learn about its big plazas, truncated pyramids, and the court for playing tlachtli (a type of ball game). Hear about the underground passageways and more than 100 tombs at the site from your professional tour guide. Start your day by being picked up in Oaxaca City, and begin your journey to Monte Alban. Next, visit the town of Arrazola town and fall in love with the authentic wooden figures called Alebrijes. Watch the interesting creation process of these figures which involves carving and painting. Head to Cuilapam de Guerrero town and visit a Dominican Ex-monastery of the 16th-century, known for its unfinished basilica and prominent open chapel. End your magical tour in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec and meet local artisans who specialize in black pottery (Barro negro). Learn about the techniques used since pre-Columbian times.

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Oaxaca de Juarez: Roundtrip Shared Airport Transfer

3. Oaxaca de Juarez: Roundtrip Shared Airport Transfer

Enjoy the convenience of a shared airport transfer between Oaxaca International Airport and your accommodation in Oaxaca de Juarez. Relax with a comfortable return service directly from the airport. Be greeted by the friendly staff at the airport who will be waiting for you outside of the terminal with a banner displaying your name. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver. At the end of your stay, get picked up at your hotel and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport without having to worry about pre-booking a bus or train. Get dropped off outside the arrivals hall of the airport and have a safe trip home.

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Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

4. 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.

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Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

5. 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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Oaxaca: Monte Alban Guided Archaeological Tour

6. Oaxaca: Monte Alban Guided Archaeological Tour

Discover the Archeological Zone of the state of Oaxaca. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in the Oaxaca city center. Drive to Monte Albán in an air-conditioned van. Explore the ruins of the former capital of the Zapotec people, who were the dominant civilization in the area thousands of years ago. Discover the second-largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica. Learn about the Zapotec people from your knowledgable guide. Marvel at the ancient ball court, excavated tombs, astronomical “observatory. Enjoy phenomenal views from Monte Alban. Looking out from the flat hill where the archeological site is located, you can enjoy views of the Oaxaca Valley. Visit the onsite museum and admire artifacts from the Zapotec civilization. Afterward, you will be transported back to your accommodations in Oaxaca.

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Oaxaca: Instagram Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

7. 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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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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Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour

9. Oaxaca: Ocotlan de Morelos Cultural Experience and Tour

The trip begins with pickup from your Oaxaca de Juarez accommodation and heads deep into the Central Valleys of Oaxaca to the colorful and friendly town of Ocotlan de Morelos. The first stop of the day is the town's main church, a place of emblematic significance for the community which is decorated in Neoclassical details. Continue the tour to Ocotlan de Morelos' traditional plaza, where residents and craftsmen from nearby towns meet every Friday to sell and trade products from the region. Follow your guide through the plaza and soak up the unique atmosphere of this vibrant hub, then stop by a cafe to taste Tejate, also known as the ‘drink of the God’s’. The next stop of the tour takes you to Santo Tomas Jalieza to visit a small community dedicated to the art of Waist Loom, a pre-Hispanic textile technique. Listen to the history of this craft as you watch local people creating colorful clothes, bags, and other unique pieces by looming cotton threads. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, taste a selection of delicious Oaxaca delicacies while learning more about the culture’s traditions and people. The final stop of the tour is San Martin Tilcajete, a small township bursting with colorful crafts and handmade trinkets. Wander around the town and admire the array of incredibly elaborate art works, which have been created by local people inspired by nature.

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Oaxaca: Street Art Bike Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Oaxaca de Juarez

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 a really incredible experience, as a family it was an enriching tour my daughters of 9 and 6 years old were able to see how they wove backstrap looms in a picturesque workshop full of art in San Tómas Jalieza, observe in the Alebrejies workshop in San Martín how it is the process of creating these majestic pieces, the Casa Negra workshop where we learned step by step the process of black clay in a workshop that is totally familiar, the visit to Monte Alban was magical, the guide Roberto explained perfectly well the history of the Zapotec. Both the guide Roberto and the Driver with their punctuality, explanations and tips make this experience truly incredible.

Prompt and well timed service. Effective team and very attentive.