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Mexico City to Oaxaca

8 Days | A cultural and culinary cocktail of adventure in Mexico

4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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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 overview

Map of Mexico City To Oaxaca including Mexico
Start
Mexico City, Mexico
Finish
Oaxaca, Mexico
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Mexico
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
QBSI
This trip generates 28 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • In many destinations you’ll visit, local people are reserved and/or don’t need to speak English. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is an excellent way of showing you care, so it’s a good idea to learn a few words and phrases before your trip.
  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours. 

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Mexico City To Oaxaca including Mexico

Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Metro, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Mexico City - Leader-led Historico Centro tour
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Puebla - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tlahuac - Community Visit
  • Puebla - Visit to La Pasita Bar
  • Oaxaca - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Mitla - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Oaxaca - Guided full-day tour including the Tule Tree and a Mezcal distillery
  • Oaxaca - Lunch with Zapotecan Family
Add on activities
  • Mexico City - Original Markets & Street Food Tour - Urban Adventures - USD45
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (entrance fee) - MXN250
  • Mexico City - Boat ride through Floating Gardens of Xochimilco (Approx. per boat per hour) - MXN600
  • Mexico City - Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) (entrance fee) (Closed Mondays) - MXN80
  • Teotihuacan day-trip & Dinner with the locals - Urban Adventures - USD52
  • Puebla - Santo Domingo Church and Rosary Chapel (entrance fee) - MXN20
  • Puebla - San Pedro Art Museum (entrance fee) - MXN45
  • Oaxaca - Cooking class - MXN1300
  • Hierve el Agua - Petrified waterfalls (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport) - MXN630

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Alice · Traveled November 2023
Great trip
Review submitted 11 Nov 2023

Joanne · Traveled November 2023
Excellent tour balancing flexibility with a variety of included activities. I would recommend extra days in Mexico City before and Oaxaca after the tour as there’s a lot to see and do there. If you can take a tour with Karla, sign up: she’s empathetic, enthusiastic, informative - one of the best tour guides or facilitators I’ve ever encountered.
Review submitted 16 Nov 2023

Holly · Traveled May 2023
I loved the boat trip out to the chinampa at San Pedro Tlahuac. It was fascinating to meet the people there and learn about this style of farming. I would never have discovered that on my own so thanks! Also loved Puebla. I didn't know much about Puebla before this trip and it was one of the highlights for me. Such a beautiful place. I also felt very safe everywhere we went.
Review submitted 03 Jul 2023

Kalpana · Traveled May 2023
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023

Teng · Traveled May 2023
The tour leader is great, I had a great time. I do hope they can change the hotel in Mexico city, the windows cannot be open which is a bit annoying.
Review submitted 31 May 2023
Mexico City to Oaxaca
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AUD $1,603