Food, Drinks & Día de los Muertos

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Heart of Travel
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11 reviews
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2022
Group size: 6 - 14
Food, Drinks & Día de los Muertos
Oaxaca, Mexico

Heart of Travel
  • Facebook verified
11 reviews

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

About this trip

One of Mexico's most vibrant states, Oaxaca oozes with rich flavor, both literally and figuratively. From small batches of smoky artisanal mezcal, to complex moles, spiced hot chocolates and balls of stringy quesillo, Oaxaca is a food and spirit lovers' playground. The delight to the senses doesn't end there! In Oaxaca you can find yourself sitting on the edge of a turquoise water pool, high up in the mountains, looking out at the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua by morning and later conclude your evening joining a celebratory street parade!


You can read the full itinerary here


With an occasion for celebration most days out of the year, there's never a dull moment in Oaxaca, especially during the Day of the Day and Guelaguetza festivities. While Oaxaca is one of México's more economically challenged states, it is rich in culture, resilience, and creativity. Not to mention, it's home to some of the most beautiful and ornate Zapotec weavings as well as impressive pottery and artwork so shoppers make sure to bring an extra suitcase to take your goodies home!


For our Oaxaca trips, we settle into a charming bed and breakfast located on a quiet side of town just blocks from the hustle and bustle of the historic center. Our days will be filled exploring Oaxaca City and the surrounding areas including the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán, the vast agave fields and family-run mezcalerias throughout the valley and the enchanting mountain towns home to artisans and craftsman. 


We will also get you off the beaten path by visiting some of the women receiving micro-financing loans from Fundación En Vía to learn more about women-led small businesses in the region 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! 



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What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodations
    7 nights in boutique hotels
  • Fees
    Entrance fees, tickets, local guides for all activities indicated on itinerary
  • Transportation
    All transportation within Oaxaca including domestic flights, private shuttles, boats, etc.
  • 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
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Per person price when booking double occupancy for an 8 day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.

$2150
Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy 8 day/ 7 night
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Per person price when booking single occupancy for an 8 day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.

$2499
Deposit: $750
Double Occupancy 12 day/11 night
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Per person price when booking double occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.

$2985
Deposit: $1000
Single Occupancy 12 day/11 night
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Per person price when booking single occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.

$3399
Deposit: $1000

Available options

$25 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$25
$50 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$50
$100 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$100
$250 to Heart of Travel Scholarship Fund
$250


Itinerary

Petén and Rio Dulce
Flores Island, Tikal National Park and Rio Dulce

 

Day 1: Transportation to the Guatemala City airport to catch a short 1 hour flight to Flores. You will arrive in Flores to relax at your hotel’s rooftop pool, have dinner and enjoy this lazy island town on the middle of Lago Petén Itzá. Then it’s time to get some sleep for an early morning rise to enter the jungle of Tikal.


Day 2: After breakfast (included) you will hit the road to make the 45 minute journey to the National Park of Tikal where your guide, Oliverio, will be waiting for you. Inside the park, you’ll be able to appreciate all different kinds of wildlife such as spider monkeys, howler monkeys, orange breasted falcons, woodpeckers, parrots, and much more. You’ll visit various temples, as well as the Central Acropolis, The Window Palace, and the Lost World. After exploring the park, there will be an opportunity for ziplining which costs approximately $50 extra.

After finishing your tour in Tikal National Park, you’ll head back to the small village of El Remate for lunch (not included) and to browse the unique wooden handicrafts. After lunch, you’ll begin your journey to Rio Dulce where you will be spending the night and leisurely enjoying some down time. You should be in Río Dulce by 7:00 pm where you’ll be staying at Hacienda Tijax. Here you can enjoy the pool and expansive views of the river, as well as delicious dinner and drinks. (Dinner and drinks not included).


Day 3: After breakfast (included), your day begins boarding a boat for a day on the river and ultimately onto the Atlantic. You’ll explore Río Dulce and the town of Livingston. Your first stop is Castillo San Felipe, an ancient castle that once served as a fortress to protect the land from pirate invasions. Next, you’ll continue on to the Island of the Birds and then take a dip in the hot springs before the river meets the Caribbean Sea, giving you a view of neighboring Belize. You will then enjoy a late lunch in the small Caribbean town of Livingston. This is the only part of Guatemala that has a more Jamaican feel and where you’ll be able to experience the Garifuna culture. The food here is unique and delicious, loaded with seafood and rich with distinct Caribbean flavors (not included). You’ll be arriving back at the dock of your hotel around 5 pm, and you’ll have time to relax and enjoy a leisurely and relaxing evening at the hotel. (dinner not included)


Day 4: Once again, you’ll enjoy breakfast (included) at the hotel overlooking the river, before taking the shuttle back to Antigua.

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Heart of Travel
11 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.

Reviews

We had an amazing trip with Heart of Travel! We were able to experience things we would have never been able to do without their help. Our hike up Volcan Acatenango was an exertion we will never forget. Heart of Travel took care of the details for us, making the trip smooth and simple on us. I highly recommend booking an experience with them.
By Ashley G for Ashley & Mike's Adventure on 10 Mar, 2021
Prompt service. Excellent driver and comfortable ride. Heart of Travel made my arrival from Guatemala City to Antigua very enjoyable. I would highly recommend their services.
By Sande I for Airport to Antigua Shuttle on 13 Feb, 2020
This was my second trip with Heart of Travel and it was perfect in every way. The Parque Hotel was beautiful and in a wonderful location. Dylan and Daniel were the best guides and Allie—an added bonus— The Heart of Travel’s photographer. Daniel, the local guide, is so knowledgeable that you will learn so much from him. Dylan also. The Restaurant’s Chelsea picked were all different and wonderful. Lisa, our food tour guide, gave us the best experience at The Market we went to. I loved Mexico City and I look forward to my next journey with Heart of Travel—where ever that may be. Thank you Everyone who made this trip so perfect and memorable. CRP
By Cathie P for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 09 Jan, 2020
Even though I speak Fair Spanish, I was a little intimidated to tour Mexico City on my own, given the size and complexity of getting around. Our tour guide showed us the best of Mexico City, with no hassles.
By David M for New Year's Eve in Mexico City: Dec 2019/Jan 2020 on 07 Jan, 2020
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Fun, Fun, Fun! We traveled with The Heart of Travel, our favorite for Spanish-speaking destinations. We had a perfect mix of history, culture, learning, sharing, and food and drink. Día de los Muertos at the cemetery was very special. Our accommodation at an AirB&B was perfect for our group. Our local guide, Gabo, and Heart of Travel guide, Ana, are the best.
By Jonel J for Food, Drinks & Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca 2019 on 15 Nov, 2019
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