Multi-Day Tour

Oaxaca Master Chef (8 days)

Journey Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico To Oaxaca, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Arrival to Oaxaca

You will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. Relax and dine tonight on your own at one of Oaxaca’s fine restaurants.

Day 2
Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico
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Mitla and Teotitlan del Valle

You will start your day by visiting the Mitla archeological site. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl word “Mictlan”, which means “Place of the Dead”. In the Language of the Zapotecans, it is called “Lyobaa”, which means “Burial Place”. The name in the language of the original builders (The Zapotecans) is probably the most accurate when one considers the tombs of the ancient kings and priests which are actually an integral part of the structures within the city. Archaeological evidence indicates that the site was actually inhabited as early as 900 BC, but the structural remains of the city itself have dates ranging between 200 AD and 900 AD. After, you will visit Tlacolula, one of Mesoamerica’s oldest markets and then head on to the Tule Tree. The mighty tree in Santa Maria del Tule has a circumference of over 160 feet at its base and is between 2000 and 3000 years old, making it one of the oldest living things on earth. After lunch you will continue on to the traditional weaving town of Teotitlan del Valle which is known particularly for it’s colorful, hand-woven rugs,  naturally-dyed textiles, as well as elaborately decorated hand-made candles made of beeswax, shiny metallic paper and paper flowers.

Day 3
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Oaxaca Cooking Class

Today, you will have your first cooking class. You will start by going to the market with your chef teach Pilar Cabrera from Casa de Los Sabores. You learn the secrets of the Oaxacan kitchen and how to select the best ingredients. You will then return to the school to learn how to prepare some of the wonderful dishes of Oaxaca and enjoy the fruits of your labor eating your delicacy for lunch! In the afternoon, you will have a private city tour.

Day 4
Coyotepec, Mexico
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San Bartolo Coyotepec and San Martin Tilcajete

Today, you will visit artisan workshops and homes to see first hand how the high quality crafts are made. Oaxaca has characterized for the creativity of its people since pre Columbian times. There are a series of towns with artistic tradition on the outskirts of the state capital, with each one specializing on a determined line of work. You will have a traditional lunch in one of the artisans homes. You will have the rest of afternoon free to shop and dine on your own. The towns we will visit are San Bartolo Coyotepec, experts on the fabrication of ceramics using black clay which are cooked in subterranean furnaces; San Martin Tilcajete, artisans who carve and paint in bright colors the whimsical animal shapes call alebrijes; and Santo Tomas Jalieza, where they make bags, rugs and belts, among other objects where motifs related to the local flora and fauna are predominant, using ancient waist frames.

Day 5
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Oaxaca Cooking Class

Today, we will have a group cooking class with Susan Trilling. You will be picked up and travel to the Etla market to select your ingredients. Here, you will try exotic foods and meet the charming people of the market. After a light lunch, you will head out to Rancho Aurora for a lecture on Oaxacan cuisine and a presentation of the day’s ingredients. Then everyone grabs an apron and we create and enjoy a five-course meal. You will then be transport back to Oaxaca.

Day 6
Monte Alban, Mexico
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Monte Alban

Today, you will visit the stunning archaeological site of Monte Alban that includes a maze of subterranean passage ways, rooms, drainage and water storage systems. You will then continue on to visit  Zaachila which is very historic and has its own archaeological site to visit as well. The Tianguis/Market takes place between the central park & church and colorful stands are set up with the most traditional good from this area of the valley such as pecans, alebrijes, red pottery, peanuts, radishes and regional fruits. After Zaachila, you will head to the colonial town of Cuilapam de Guerrero where you will have lunch and visit the ex-convent. You will then return to the hotel to relax and dine on your own in the evening at one of our suggested restaurants.

Day 7
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Oaxaca Cooking Class

Today, you will have your second cooking lesson with the famed Oaxacan chef Alejandro Ruiz. Once again, the class with start at the market selecting ingredients one of the savory recipes that combine the ancient traditional with modern techniques. You will return to the kitchen where you and Alejandro will bring to fruition one of his culinary masterpieces which you will each for lunch! In the afternoon, you will visit the pottery of Atzompa and the artisan paper factory in San Agustin Etla. Dinner (included) is once again on your own.

Day 8
Oaxaca, Mexico
None None

Departure from Oaxaca

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Description

This is a seven night trip designed to offer the very best of traditional Oaxacan cuisine. In addition to tasting these amazing Mexican dishes, you will learn how to make many of them as well during your cooking classes with master Mexican chefs. These chefs will take you to the local markets, teach you how to shop for the best local ingredients, show you the way around a traditional Oaxacan kitchen, and share their culinary secrets and recipes with you. Although this trip revolves around Oaxacan cuisine, you will also visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces of the country. You’ll see ancient tombs from before the Modern Era, the Tule Tree (one of the oldest living beings on this planet), and the beautiful hand woven rugs, textiles, and candles of Teotitlán del Valle. You are guaranteed to meet local chefs, artisans, and people who will forever leave an impression in your life.

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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Family Trip

By: Deni170


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry
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Journese is no bargain

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

attentive

By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City

By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud

Mexico City and Oaxaca

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Great tour operator!. Everything worked like clock work. Everyone from airport greeters, to drivers, to guides were gracious, friendly and knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed our Oaxacan guide, Gabriel. Warm, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable, he made our two day tour of Oaxaca an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience. We have every intention of returning to Mexico City and visiting Puebla. We will definitely seek out Journey Mexico for that trip!
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien