Mexico City to Oaxaca

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,165
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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
Mexico City, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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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.
  • Mexico City and Puebla sit at over 2000m (6000 ft) above sea level, which means they can be quite cool compared to warmer and more humid Oaxaca. Be prepared with layers, including a warm outer layer, and remember to stay hydrated.
  • While no special physical preparation is required for this trip, you can expect to do a lot of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain.


Map of Mexico City To Oaxaca including Mexico



2 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle, Public bus, Metro, Taxi


Hotel (7 nights)

  • 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
  • Coyotepec - Black Pottery Studio
  • Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Archaeological Site (Entrance)
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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4.9 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Carrie · Traveled January 2024
The Original tour for Mexico City to Oaxaca was perfect for me as a solo female traveler. There was just enough planned to keep me culturally engaged and to learn the ins and outs of getting around safely, plus enough down time to explore on my own or rest when needed.
Review submitted 11 Jan 2024

Sarah · Traveled January 2024
Sabina was an amazing group leader - the only thing that would have improved our tour would have been more time!
Review submitted 12 Jan 2024

Sara · Traveled January 2024
Not having done an organized tour before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my husband and I were so pleased that we chose this. There are opportunities with Intrepid that you can’t get going by yourself. And for a first trip to Mexico, as well, it was great to have all the logistics figured out. All I had to worry about was if I wanted cheese or chicken with my mole. Our guide Sabina was excellent, and we were lucky to have a great group. Would choose an Intrepid trip again without any hesitation.
Review submitted 10 Jan 2024

Robert · Traveled January 2024
Our Intrepid trip through Mexico was a delight and a breeze thanks to our outstanding tour leader, Sabina. Intrepid handled all the logistics to let us focus on the sights, not the worrisome travel details. Already planning another tour.
Review submitted 11 Jan 2024

Lorenda · Traveled December 2023
Intrepid does not disappoint. They are a first-rate company with an eye on travel experiences, knowledgeable guides, and concern for the environmental impact of traveling.
Review submitted 06 Jan 2024
Mexico City to Oaxaca
EUR €1,165