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