Oaxaca: Culture, Cuisine & Día de Muertos

      Oaxaca, Mexico

      Heart of Travel
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      129 reviews
      Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 12
      Oaxaca: Culture, Cuisine & Día de Muertos
      Oaxaca, Mexico

      Heart of Travel
      • Email address verified
      129 reviews

      Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2023
      Group size: 6 - 12

      About this trip

      One of Mexico's most vibrant states, Oaxaca oozes with rich flavor, both literally and figuratively. 

      Our days will be filled with exploring Oaxaca City and the surrounding areas including the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán, the vast agave fields, family-run mezcalerias, and enchanting mountain towns home to artisans, craftsmen, and healers. This trip also has the option to add on an additional 4 day/3 night excursion visiting Oaxaca's Pacific Coast in Puerto Escondido! 

      View the detailed itinerary for this trip here. 

      From small batches of smoky artisanal mezcal to complex moles, Oaxaca is a food and spirit lovers' playground. The delight to the senses is endless, you can find yourself sitting on the edge of a turquoise water pool, looking out at the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua by morning, and later conclude your evening by joining a celebratory street parade!

      There's never a dull moment in Oaxaca, especially during Día de Muertos. While Oaxaca is one of México's more economically challenged states, it is rich in culture, resilience, and creativity. Not to mention beautiful Zapotec weavings as well as impressive pottery and artwork - so shoppers make sure to bring an extra suitcase to take your goodies home!

      We will also get you off the beaten path by visiting women-led small businesses outside of Central Oaxaca to learn more about them, how micro-financing loans work and sustainable models for micro-financing. Lastly, we will eat A LOT of delicious food, sip on mezcal, join in parades, see amazing art, stroll through the Zócalo and have an overall amazing time. Additionally, we'll be staying at the stunning Hotel Casa Sierra Azul centrally located in the heart of Oaxaca, so you'll be able to explore at your own leisure without having to go far!

      What’s included

      • 7 nights accommodations
        7 nights in 3.5 to 4 star boutique hotels
      • Fees
        Entrance fees, tickets, local guides for all activities indicated on itinerary
      • Transportation
        All transportation within Oaxaca
      • 24/7 Assistance
        Heart of Travel tour leaders (fully bilingual) available 24/7 during your trip
      • Meals
        7 breakfasts + 8 additional meals
      • Spanish immersion
        Opportunities for those interested in practicing their Spanish, just let us know!
      • Airfare assistance
        We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip

      What’s not included

      • International airfare
        To/from Oaxaca City
      • Meals
        Meals not indicated on the itinerary
      • Additional tours
        Extra activities done individually during your free time
      • Tips
        Tips to local guides and tour leaders, while not mandatory, are met with deep gratitude

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy 8 day/7 night

      Per person price when booking double occupancy for an 8-day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.

      Deposit: $750
      Single Occupancy 8 day/ 7 night

      Per person price when booking single occupancy for an 8 day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.

      Deposit: $750

      Available options

      Additional Night Lodging

      Rate, per room, for an additional night of lodging at Casa Sierra Azul. 

      Basic I Online Travel Spanish Course

      Learn the basics of Spanish for your upcoming trip with our online, self paced Basic Travel Spanish Course! Access granted within 48 hours.

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      Heart of Travel
      129 reviews
      The Heart of Travel was born out of a deep-rooted love and passion for travel, art, history, food, nature, culture and adventure as well as a call to give back to the communities and people that had already provided us with so much. The travel industry has long been bombarded with double decker tour busses, beach front resorts and cruise ships, often at the expense of the local communities. As a response to this failing system, we began a boutique travel company that allows clients to explore new places in an authentic and non-touristy way, offering travelers a more intimate and unique experience all while removing the stress and hassle of researching, planning, bargain hunting, reserving and more that goes along with planning a trip or vacation.


      Wonderful time! Did not have to worry about how to get places and where to eat. Most of the meals were provided for and the hotel and local restaurants filled in the rest. The Heart of Travel team was attentive and responsive. I went as a solo traveler (I was SO NERVOUS!) and got to meet fantastic people and have an amazing experience. My worries faded away as soon as we arrived in our travel country and were greeted by a member of Heart of Travel. 10/10 highly recommend!!! Already planning my next trip with them! ♥️
      By Sara C for People & Pets Project Heads to Guatemala on Jul 16, 2024
      I usually schedule a yearly medical mission. Looking at The Heart of Travel's 2024 trips, I was ecstatic to see a mission trip. I had traveled with the Heart of Travel in the past to Cuba and knew how organized Heart was, I booked! It was an amazing journey with Pets and People providing medical care to humans and pet care to those areas of Guatemala in great need. Most importantly, Heart emerged the group in Guatemala culture and history. I have made new lifetime friends as only Heart can do!
      By Cathy L for People & Pets Project Heads to Guatemala on Jul 11, 2024
      Travel arrangements by Heart of Travel were exceptionally well organized, with excellent communication, accommodations and ground transportation. The cultural excursions were also fun, especially our cooking class at Cuscun in Antigua Guatemala. Our team was able to accomplish its goals to serve both the people and pets of Pacaya and Alotenango. We will definitely participate again next year!
      By Virginia H for People & Pets Project Heads to Guatemala on Jul 09, 2024
      Thank you, Heart of Travel, for making it possible for me to take this side trip to Sumpango as it had not been part of our regular itinerary. It was very meaningful to me to have the opportunity to visit Misioneros del Camino children's Home there, a place and mission imprinted on my heart from 25 years ago. The transportation arranged was comfortable and prompt and the driver was friendly and courteous. Much appreciated.
      By Jane C for Custom Transportation to Sumpango on Jul 08, 2024
      It was a wonderful experience, made to order. It was a family trip to enjoy each other, see some amazing sights and explore family roots. Top scores in all categories.!! the guides were wonderful, knowledgeable, warm, dependable and so accommodating. And the adventures were well planned and carried out in spite of the challenges of exceptionally rainy weather. The variety of activities was awesome, and accommodations were comfortable, as well as, interesting in the various locations. Heart of Travel staff were easy to work with and made our trip memorable. I would not hesitate to use them for a future trip.
      By Jane C for Heart of Travel Custom Trip: Guatemala on Jul 08, 2024
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      Heart of Travel is the best for magical and ethical vacations! Chelsea and her incredible team first won me over in Guatemala in 2023 as they planned a beautiful trip that allowed us to see and experience so many different places, people, and things. A helicopter ride, a volcano hike, spa day, meeting the most badass Mayan weaver!!, a once-in a lifetime sunset tour in Tikal - done. I'm still trying to get over this trip lol. They knocked it out of the park again in Cuba for NYE! Chelsea and the spectacular Paloma had us dancing multiple nights away, eating the BEST food, and seeing ALL the sights while also giving us ample opportunity to support the Cuban people and educating us on why that is so important. You will leave their trips with new memories, new friends, and possibly, some new perspectives. Do it!!!
      By Amber S on 08 Feb, 2024
      Words can’t begin to express the way this trip impacted me! Every single person we met was so amazing, so kind, and truly opened their hearts and lives to us! Cuba, you have left an undeniable mark on my soul… Your people, your colors, your food, your history… Thank you for sharing this world with us! Cannot wait for our next trip! We love you 🥰
      By Krista L on 24 Jan, 2024
      I just returned from a two week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip was an incredible balance of learning, discovery, and recreation. Both the local guides and the Heart of Travel coordinator, Chiva, were excellent!!! The accommodations, food, and itinerary were fantastic. I will definitely travel with Heart of Travel again.
      By Lina A on 27 Jun, 2023
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