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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.

From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

2. 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.

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.

Huatulco: Coffee Farm and Waterfall Tour with Local Lunch

4. 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.

Huatulco: Sunset Boat Tour

5. Huatulco: Sunset Boat Tour

Experience the bay of Santa Cruz, a place with a lot of history, where you will board the boat to Chahue Bay. Then, you will go to Tangolunda Bay and then to Conejos Bay to observe and enjoy the wonderful landscapes and rich snacks. Once ready you will embark to go sea inland looking for the perfect place to contemplate the sunset.  When you find the right place you can enjoy and appreciate the sunset and, if luck allows, marine species such as turtles or dolphins. While enjoying this wonderful moment, enjoy an exquisite wine or beer and snack to accompany. Once your tour is finished, the local provider will be waiting for you to return to the hotel. You will not want to go back to earth after having lived this wonderful experience.

Huatulco City Tour

6. 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.

From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

7. 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.

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.

Huatulco: Nature Park with Fruit Tasting & Optional Zipline

9. Huatulco: Nature Park with Fruit Tasting & Optional Zipline

Upon arrival, you will be offered fruit water infusions and a variety of regional, locally harvested fresh fruits to taste. Then follow the trail into the park to discover waterfalls, rivers and around 20 thousand different species of plants and exotic flowers. Located 260 meters above sea level in the Oaxacan mountains, you will find yourself surrounded by the diverse flora and fauna of the park. Read the illustrated signs along the path to learn more about the nature around you and local, organic fruit farming. After your walk, refresh with a cooling dip in the Magdalena River and admire the "Cascada de la Campana" waterfall. This is an experience for all five senses. If you’re up for a little more adventure, select the Premium Ziplining option for bird’s eye views as you fly through the park. There are 5 Ziplines separated by platforms built into the trees ranging from 50-100 meters in height with a total length of 2.5 kilometres.

Oaxaca: Mezcal Tasting Session with Expert

10. Oaxaca: Mezcal Tasting Session with Expert

Taste three different wild mezcals from Oaxaca. Learn about the history, production methods and ancestral knowledge of this traditional drink. Enjoy tasting mezcals from different regions of Oaxaca. Learn about the origin of the drink with an agave manual. Discover the myths that influence its history. Let your expert show you gastronomic elements to combine a good mezcal, and create for you a unique sensory experience.

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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 was a pretty cool activity overall. We met up with the host and he gave us coffee or tea. Once we finished we took a relaxed stroll to the market where we learned about the different types of native trees along the way. At the market, we shopped with the guide and got to learn about new spices. Once we had picked up all the ingredients we went back and cooked up a storm. The food was good and I tried various new things. The guide was friendly and welcoming My only complaint was that we made so many dishes that we all had different tasks during the cooking process. This resulted in not really learning how to make any new dishes just a couple of steps in each dish.

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.

Geraldo was great. Market shopping so amazing! His home was beautiful and inviting and we loved cooking traditional Oaxaca food.

A very good option to learn a little more about the cultural and artisan wealth of Oaxaca.