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Mexico City to Oaxaca

Mexico City to Oaxaca

From $ 1,885 AUD

Description

Say Hola to a trip that’s more than just tacos and tequila – prepare for una buena adventure into the heart and soul of Mexico. From Aztec to Zapotec, La Copita to pasita – this cultural cocktail blends the best of the country’s ruins, cuisines and natural wonders into an eight-day journey through colourful markets, Indigenous cultures and all the mezcal you can manage. From the fiery capital of Mexico City to the culinary paradise of Oaxaca, you’ll hang out in quirky bars in Puebla, explore the ancient ruins of Monte Alban and discover the vibrant art scene of Oaxaca. With a local leader who knows all the best secrets, you’re guaranteed to get a taste of Mexico’s magic at every turn.

Trip Name
Mexico City to Oaxaca
Last Updated
2024-02-14
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Visit the community of San Pedro Tlahuac, where Nahuatl descendants preserve traditions from pre-Columbian times, including chinampa farming, fiestas and ceremonies from ancient days.
  • Quench your thirst with a glass of pasita in Puebla’s famous La Pasita bar. Knock back this sweet liquor with your fellow travellers on an included visit – it’s your leader’s shout!
  • Learn the local lingo with a leader-lead Spanish lesson on the way to Puebla. Watch the rolling hills as you practice your rolling R’s and memorise the all-important phrases (like how to order a cerveza).
  • Visit a local black pottery studio and learn about the secret history of this artform – watch a demonstration using this ‘pottery of the night’ and support the locals who hold this tradition in such high regard.
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Monte Alban – a UNESCO World Heritage site that tells the story of the Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec peoples.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Gastromotiva. Donations provide job training for vulnerable youth in Rio De Janeiro and promote the importance of sustainable cooking.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Mexico City
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm, if you arrive early, why not use your free time to check out this incredible city? Modern meets ancient in Mexico City – one of the world's largest urban centres. Although crowded and smoggy, CDMX offers a great variety of impressive museums, galleries and architecture, along with exciting nightlife and delicious street food. Head to Chapultepec, the city's huge central park, to visit one of the numerous museums, or relax in one of the many plazas and gardens. Or, provided you have got in early to book your ticket, you may like to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum. Tonight, maybe head out for a group dinner.
Day 2 - Mexico City
Today your leader will show you around the historic city centre. Visit Zocalo Square, a prominent central meeting place since Aztec times, and soak up the sound of rapid-fire Spanish and booming drums that fill the vast space. The dome-topped Palacio de Bellas Artes is the next must-see attraction. Within the stark white marble palace, you will find walls painted by the likes of Diego Rivera. You can spend the afternoon doing whatever takes your fancy in the heart of Mexico. Why not sit down for lunch at a fonda (a home that a family has opened to the local community as a restaurant). You can usually grab a delicious meal for less than $5!
Day 3 - Puebla
After breakfast this morning, take a private vehicle to San Pedro Tlahuac where Nahuatl descendants preserve pre-Columbian traditions – this is one of the last remaining places in Mexico that still has the canals and chinampa farms from the times of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Learn the local lingo on the way with an informal Spanish lesson, as your leader teaches you the all-important phrases – like how to order a cerveza! When you arrive, take a traditional trajinera boat along the canal to a chinampa farm, where you’ll meet a local to tour their family’s land. Help pick some fresh vegetables that will be used for lunch, then sit down and enjoy a meal as a group. Continue to Puebla, arriving at about 3 pm. Check into your hotel and then get to know the city on a short orientation walk. Tonight, head out for an optional group dinner after joining your leader for a drink at La Pasita Bar. Pasita is a sweet liqueur made of raisins, served in a caballito (tequila glass) and decorated with a cube of fresh goat cheese and a raisin stuck on a toothpick. This bar is particularly famous because of its way of serving the pasita. After dinner, why not check out a Lucha Libre show – the famous Mexican sport where masked musclemen combine wrestling and theatre in a memorable performance. 
Day 4 - Puebla
Today is free for you to explore at your own pace. Maybe check out one of the many well-maintained churches and buildings, go for a hike near one of the area's looming volcanoes, or visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula – containing five miles of tunnels and ancient history with the enormous Popocatepetl Volcano serving as a backdrop. Puebla is also Mexico’s culinary capital, so you could also head out to indulge in some street food. If the season is right, try some chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in creamy walnut sauce).
Day 5 - Oaxaca
Get cosy with the locals as you travel by local bus to Oaxaca, where a culinary paradise awaits – this is a great time to crack a book or take a nap! Stretch your legs with an orientation walk when you arrive. Oaxaca is an old colonial town full of graceful arcades and colourful markets. After your walk, you’ll tour the 20 de Noviembre Market, where you'll do as the locals and head to the Pasillo de las Carnes Asadas (the grilled meats aisle). Follow your nose (and your leader) to find it – smoke and the smell of grilled meat is thick in the air. You can even select the raw meat that looks best to you and have it grilled how you like it! Grab some guacamole, salsa and some fresh tortillas on the way and then find a spot at one of the long tables where you’ll sit down for a classic Oaxacan lunch.
Day 6 - Oaxaca
This morning, you’ll visit the nearby archaeological site of Monte Alban. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this place was inhabited for over 1,500 years by the Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were literally carved out of the mountain and are now the symbols of a sacred topography. After, head to a local barro negro, or black pottery studio. See a demonstration of how the famed black pottery (or pottery of the night) is made and learn about the history of this artform – legend says that the clay is blessed! Head back to your hotel this afternoon, and if you have the energy, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy Oaxaca’s nightlife.
Day 7 - Oaxaca
Today is a free day to explore Oaxaca at your own pace. Why not try your hand at whipping up the local cuisine with a cooking class, or venture to Hierve el Agua – a group of stunning natural rock formations where the minerals resemble cascading waterfalls. Maybe opt for a day tour of the Mitla archaeological site and visit a Teotitlan weaving town and mezcal distillery on the way. Alternatively, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the streets and take the opportunity to feast on some regional delicacies, including banana-leaf-wrapped tamales and spicy baked chilli and lime grasshoppers usually sold by the lovely old ladies of the markets. Depending on the season, a folkloric ballet performance is also a great option.
Day 8 - Oaxaca
Your adventure comes to an end this morning. If you would like to spend some more time in Oaxaca, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-03-202415-03-2024AUD $ 2,095-
23-03-202430-03-2024AUD $ 2,095-
27-07-202403-08-2024AUD $ 1,885-
10-08-202417-08-2024AUD $ 1,885-
12-10-202419-10-2024AUD $ 1,960-
09-11-202416-11-2024AUD $ 1,960-
30-11-202407-12-2024AUD $ 1,960-
14-12-202421-12-2024AUD $ 2,035-
21-12-202428-12-2024AUD $ 2,035-
11-01-202518-01-2025AUD $ 2,135-
01-02-202508-02-2025AUD $ 2,055-
22-02-202501-03-2025AUD $ 2,055-
08-03-202515-03-2025AUD $ 2,055-
22-03-202529-03-2025AUD $ 2,055-
19-04-202526-04-2025AUD $ 1,980-
17-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 1,980-
05-07-202512-07-2025AUD $ 1,980-
16-08-202523-08-2025AUD $ 1,980-
04-10-202511-10-2025AUD $ 2,055-
08-11-202515-11-2025AUD $ 2,135-
22-11-202529-11-2025AUD $ 2,135-
06-12-202513-12-2025AUD $ 2,135-
20-12-202527-12-2025AUD $ 2,135-

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Public bus,Metro,Taxi

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