The Magic of La Mixteca

Puerto Escondido, La Mixteca Oaxaca, Mexico

JM
Nov 4 - 13, 2022
Group size: 7 - 11
The Magic of La Mixteca
Puerto Escondido, La Mixteca Oaxaca, Mexico


Nov 4 - 13, 2022
Group size: 7 - 11

About this trip

This is our most off the beaten path tour where we go down many a goat trail in the mountain regions of coastal Oaxaca. We visit with people who still practice the traditional ways  of their ancestors. In search of genuine cross cultural encounters, we visit bustling markets, organic farmers, food stands and skilled artisans in 6 different communities allowing us to go both deep and wide. In each town, we have local guides as cultural ambassadors. They also serve to translate as many of the people we visit speak only their indigenous language.  Most rarely host tourists.


The traditions are old, the coconuts fresh, the tortillas delicious and the people are, sometimes shy, but mostly charming and fun.  Plus we bookend the trip with time at the beach to refresh and renew. Add on your own beach time at the beginning or end! 

Lodging

Our four star hotel in Puerto Escondido has two pools and an on site delicious vegetarian restaurant. The lodgings in Pinotepa  are basic and clean with a pool which you will love at the end of a hot humid day. In San Pedro Amuzgos we stay in the private  home of a world class weaver and folk art collector. It May be one of the most charming places to stay high up in La Mixteca. 

Food

You’ll be hard pressed to find a trip advisor restaurant review for many of the places we visit, but the street side stands and home cooking we encounter make for a very deep dive into regional cooking and slow food. Sesame cookies, fresh coconut, bone broth stew, fermented pineapple drinks, nixtmalized corn, banana leaf tamales and homemade hooch all make appearances. Truly a local cuisine. 

Clothing

This may be ground zero for slow fashion. We visit communities that have been raising cotton for thousands of years and still wear clothes they make from hand spinning. We’ll hear from farmers working to revive ancient organic traditions, weavers designing for the internet and groups of women working collectively. 

Terms & Conditions

DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS

Your $500 deposit is non refundable and holds your place. Final non refundable payment is due 30 days before the start of the trip. Please be committed  to this trip  Failure to make your final payment in 30 days before the trip may  forfeit your deposit and your place. We only offer refunds if the tour is cancelled because of government imposed restrictions and or lockdowns in which case there there will be a full refund This is the rare exception to our no refund policy. We feel we have to offer this as planning travel under Corona has uncertainties. 

INSURANCE -

Medical Travel insurance will be required for this trip as we will be in a remote location. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance as well for your own peace of mind. Lots of people like https://www.travelinsure.com and they cover both

Some thoughts on Corona - The last thing I want is the gringa tourist bringing death and disease to vulnerable indigenous populations. We all know how that turned out in the past. All tour goers will need proof of current  Covid vaccinations. I know there may be those among you who are unable to get vaccinated because of medical vulnerabilities and I am sorry but no exceptions. 

What’s included

  • Meals
    All meals are included. Once we leave Puerto, it’s local food stalls, fresh coconuts and home cooking.
  • Guides
    We have a bilingual licensed guide with us at all times. In each village we hire 8ne or more people to be our cultural ambassadors and also to translate into the native languages.
  • Complimentary Massage
    Because your trip should be both stimulating and relaxing
  • Airfare
    You are responsible for getting to Puerto Escondido and finding your way to the hotel Escondido and finding your way to the hotel.
  • Personal Shopping
    We recommend budgeting in spending money for textiles, masks, pottery and other artisan goods,. Typically we see tour goers spending between $500 to $2,000. Supporting local artisans is the best
  • Laundry
    Happy to arrange as needed
  • Alcohol
    Again happy to arrange,,
  • Travel Insurance
    INSURANCE - Medical Travel insurance will be required for this trip as we will be in a remote location. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance.We recommend travelinsure.com

Available options

Single Supplement
$395

Itinerary

Day 1
Gathering together

We’ll enjoy a beach sunset welcome dinner followed by a movie about the local community and native popcorn! 

Your Organizer


JM
Jewel Murphy
I’m an award winning floral designer and shopkeeper embarking on my second career which is sharing my love of Mexico, her culture and her people with you. I believe in slow travel, cultivating authentic cross cultural experiences, reciprocity, eating well and having fun when we tour. I share the best of the butcher, bakers and candlestick-makers that I have encountered in my 20 years of travel here. I’ve crafted these tours to take you places you might otherwise never see.