Food, Drinks and Día de Muertos in Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Heart of Travel
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38 reviews
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2022
Group size: 6 - 14
Food, Drinks and Día de Muertos in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Mexico

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
38 reviews

Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2022
Group size: 6 - 14

About this trip

**Scroll down this page to view the complete, day by day, itinerary**


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

Our days will be filled 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! 


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 joining a celebratory street parade!


There's never a dull moment in Oaxaca, especially during the 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 Zapotec's beautiful 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 some of the women-led small businesses 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! 

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
  • 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
Available until May 15, 202210 left

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

$2395
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy 8 day/ 7 night
Available until May 15, 202211 left

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

$2799
Deposit: $750
Double Occupancy 12 day/11 night
Available until May 15, 202211 left

Per person price when booking double occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.

$3295
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy 12 day/11 night
Available until May 15, 202211 left

Per person price when booking single occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.

$3600
Deposit: $1000

Available options

$25 Donation to Fundación En Vía
$25
$50 Donation to Fundación En Vía
$50


Itinerary

Day One
Welcome to Oaxaca City!

Welcome to Oaxaca! 


Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places therefore travelers are welcome to choose the flight path that best suits their travel preferences and needs. We recommend booking flights that arrive in Oaxaca City in the morning or early afternoon so that they have time to get settled before the welcome dinner that evening. 


Once in the heart of the city, you will be checked into your hotel and given a brief orientation of the area. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests. 


We will finish our day with a group welcome dinner!

Your Organizer


Ho
Heart of Travel
38 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.

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I found Heart of Travel through a blog by a Claire. I inquired about a shuttle between Guatemala City and Antigua, and how it was complicated by meeting up with family members and luggage. Chelsea met us at the airport with two vans. It was an incredible way to begin our ten days vacation. We used Heart all through the week. Chelsea also set us up for our return trip to airport and Rio Dulce, and the Covid tests needed for return to US. Thank you!! I can't say it enough. Thank you also for Hobbitland, volcano and coffee farm. I leave feeling we did some of the real Guatemala.
By Deborah S for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 09 Oct, 2021
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One of the best cooking classes I've ever done! The Heart of Travel + Cuscun Team catered the meals to be veggie friendly for us so we were able to try traditional Guatemalan food with a veggie twist - which is difficult to find in the country. The views, atmosphere, outdoor rooftop kitchen, and mainly the company was incredible. Felt like we were getting together with old friends, having some drinks, and making a meal together. Learned a lot and 100% recommend this! Antigua highlight for sure!
By Keri P for Antigua Cooking Class on 01 Sep, 2021
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10/10 recommend. Incredible pre & post communication from the Heart of Travel team which also included some Guate recs; which I loved! Specifically, the book & film recommendations to learn from before arriving. The airport transfer was seamless, Luis Miguel was there on time, easy to find, and great! Can't wait to do more experiences with them during my trip!
By Keri P for Airport to Antigua: Pick-up/Drop-off on 16 Aug, 2021
From my very first contact with her, Chelsea impressed me with her professionalism. responsiveness, and enthusiasm for ethical and sustainable exploration in Guatemala. She provided me with two itinerary proposals for a family visit to Guatemala in July 2021 and then tailored the one we chose to our family's needs and preferences. We opted to stay within a limited area to minimize in-country travel time and give us a few days to relax on Lake Atitlan. Our family of 4 (me, my husband, and our 2 boys, ages 13 and 18) enjoyed our trip immensely. The destinations and accommodations Chelsea booked for us were all excellent, and -- even more importantly -- the guides and local partners she chose were all outstanding. I'm a nervous passenger, and our drivers navigated both the traffic of Guatemala City and the winding mountain roads of the Highlands with equal calm and competence. Our guide Selvyn was unfailingly kind, patient, and knowledgeable (also a good, safe driver). A highlight was our visits to producers and artisans -- from Don Jose, the coffee grower outside of Antigua, and Joaquin, who gave us a cooking lesson on our first night (a do-not-miss experience), to the home cooks and textile artists in the Highlands and in San Juan on Lake Atitlan, everyone we met taught us something new and showed us something beautiful, moving, or delicious. At all of our accommodations, Chelsea had made all necessary arrangements, and our rooms met or exceeded our expectations. Chelsea was also an invaluable aid when it came to getting things like tipping and other local details right. She also arranged for covid testing on the eve of our departure; basically, she provided all the support we needed to ensure that our visit to her adopted home would be smooth and safe without feeling like we were just parachuting in for some R & R. After our eleven days in Antigua, the Highlands, and Atitlan, I hope to get back to Guatemala and Central America soon. When and if we do, Chelsea at Heart of travel will be the first person I'll contact.
By Elizabeth P for Liz Philips: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 28 Jul, 2021
I can't say enough about our custom trip to Guatemala. We changed our itinerary a few times before we even traveled and Chelsea was fantastic about all of our modifications. All of the information that we received prior to travel was amazing and had us very prepared when we arrived. Once we got there, everything was just as expected. All of the places chosen were beautiful, the local guides we had were the absolute best and our experience was nothing short of amazing. Given that we decided to go in June, during rainy season and the rainiest month of the year, we expected to have some potential weather issues. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather for the majority of the trip. However, for the one issue we did have, we asked to re-route our trip due to a weather issue and Chelsea and our fantastic local guide Selvyn made all of the changes for us last minute. We never would have known that we decided to take a completely different itinerary for 2 days if we hadn't requested them because everything went so smoothly. We learned so much about the country and the culture from Selvyn, saw everything we asked to see plus some, and truly enjoyed every moment we were there. They are truly the best and I wouldn't travel with anyone else if you go to Guatemala.
By Jodi W for Jodi Whitehead: Custom Trip to Guatemala on 25 Jun, 2021
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