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!
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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!
Per person price when booking double occupancy for an 8 day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.
Per person price when booking single occupancy for an 8 day/7 night trip in Oaxaca.
Per person price when booking double occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.
Per person price when booking single occupancy for a 12 day/11 night trip in Oaxaca.
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.