Multi-Day Tour | Private

Best Of Oaxaca: Culture, Mezcal, & Beach (9 days)

Journey Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico To Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2019


Day 1
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique None

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.

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 2
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique​ None

Monte Alban & Oaxaca City – Museo Pintores de Oaxaca

Take a private excursion to Monte Alban, just outside of Oaxaca. Located in the center of the Oaxacan Valley on a hilltop 1,200 feet above the valley floor, Monte Alban is an impressive site with remarkable panoramas of the valley. Monte Alban was the capital city of the Zapotec nation, and one of the first and most populated Meso-American cities during its peak, exerting control over the communities in the valley and surrounding mountains. After visiting Monte Alban, return to the colonial gem of Oaxaca to explore the deepest corners of this beautiful city with your guide including the Museo de Pintores de Oaxaca ( Oaxacan Painters’ museum) that offer a great exhibition of recognized local artist such as Adriacci, Sergio Hernandez, Rolando Rojas.

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 3
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique​ None

Mitla Archaeological Site, Tule Tree & Hierve El Agua

Today is a full day to explore more Zapotec villages with your guide. Begin at the Mitla Archaeological site. “Mitla” means “places of the dead” as it served as an important religious center with tombs of ancient kings and priests and as a site for human sacrifices. Mitla’s detailed stonework mosaics are a unique example not found anywhere else in Mexico.

Continue to the Hierve El Agua mineral springs, meaning “boiling water”. This site is believed to be a sacred spot for the Zapotecs and possibly a source for irrigation. The mineral-laden water drips over cliffs, leaving mineral deposits that resemble frozen waterfalls. Bring your bathing suit for a soak in the upper mineral pools. The last stop is Santa Maria del Tule, a small town made famous by the Arbol del Tule in the churchyard. This mighty and ancient tree that is between 2,000-3,000 years old has a diameter of 40 feet making it one of the world’s largest trees and one of the oldest living species on earth. Return to Oaxaca in the evening.

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 4
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique​ None

Mezcal Boutique

Today you will be picked up at in your hotel for a journey to the heart of fine mezcal. Deep in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca along the Totolapan river we will descend upon a small village of less than 300 inhabitants where some of the finest Mezcal is produced! While we will visit the white labeled mezcalarias, many fine and expensive brands of Mezcal source their spirits in this village and we have the great luck to sample it for a fraction of the cost. During the course of the day we will visit the village of San Luis del Rio and have lunch at San Jose de Gracia and time permitting, on our return visit San Baltazar Guelavia & Santiago Matatlan.

An unforgettable experience to meet the real people behind this magical spirit, enjoy the beautiful scenery and sample a premium mescal!

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 5
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique​ None

Teotitlan del Valle Market Visit and Cooking Class with Zapotec Family

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a full day excursion to Teotitlan Del Valle, possibly the prettiest village in the east side of the Valley. There is a remarkable church with authentic art subjects from XVI Century. At arrival, you will enjoy a guided visit to Teotitlan del Valle municipal Market.

Numerous families in the village are dedicated to weaving rugs and other woolen garments. You will spend some time visiting a family home/studio to see the process of how they are made. Many still use the traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, then dying it with natural colors and finally weaving on solid-wood looms.

Oaxaca is famous world wide for its rich regional cuisine. Both Gourmet Magazine and The New York Times have praised Oaxacan Cuisine as the most authentic food in Mexico. The UNESCO recently added a new category and Mexican Cuisine is now included as World Heritage for their uniqueness and today you will enjoy a regional Cooking class and lunch, as special guest in a Zapotec Family to share with local people some of the Oaxacan cuisine secrets and enjoy time learning more about their culture.

Late afternoon estimated arrival back at Hotel for rest of evening at leisure. Back at your hotel enjoy rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 6
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique​ None

Oaxaca Gourmet Cooking Class

Mexico is known for great cuisine, and Oaxaca is blessed with an abundance of vegetables and grains from the valley, fish from the coast, tropical fruits from neighboring states, and of course, chocolate. Today is a private cooking class with a local chef. Begin with a visit to a local market to select the key ingredients for your Oaxacan meal. Return to the kitchen for a hands-on class that follows traditional recipes and shares the secrets of Oaxacan cuisine. And of course, enjoy your masterpiece with a relaxing and delicious lunch. The rest of the day is free to explore Oaxaca on your own.

Overnight: Casa Oaxaca Hotel Boutique

Day 7
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Hotel Escondido​ None

Puerto Escondido

This morning you will meet the private transfer from hotel to Oaxaca Airport for your departure flight to Puerto Escondido. Welcome to the coast! We arrive to the airport of picturesque town and your home for the next 2 nights.

Overnight: Hotel Escondido

Day 8
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Hotel Escondido​ None

Puerto Escondido

This days is yours to enjoy at leisure on property or experience our suggested (not included) optional activities: Stand Up Paddle Lesson, Yoga Class, Biolouminiscence Tour to Manialtepec Lagoon at Night.

Overnight: Hotel Escondido

Day 9
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
None None

Departure Day

Today we say good bye to our coastal paradise and catch flights home

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Take journey through Oaxaca to visit the vibrant colonial center, indigenous towns, and the idyllic beaches of Puerto Escondido.

This nine day trip is designed to immerse you in the best of what Oaxaca has to offer. Spend your days strolling the friendly city center lined with vibrant colonial buildings, meet the families of nearby local communities to learn about their indigenous traditions, take a break to unwind with some mezcal and taste your way thorough Oaxaca’s unique gastronomy. The itinerary ends on Oaxaca’s coast in the beachside town of Puerto Escondido

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


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.


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

Review Journey Mexico


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



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


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

Journey Mexico

By: Sarita

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2019

I would highly recommend Journey Mexico - superior accommodations selected. Knowledgeable travel guide, Ari, who had a love for Mexico and it showed. My driver Sergio was excellent - I felt very safe with his driving. I liked that Ari and Sergio also made suggestions and were open to changes in the planned itinerary - that is the sign of a true professional.
Travel Advisor:  Tiffany Figueiredo


By: Mexico Rocks

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2019

Journey Mexico exceeded all of our expectations! All of our connections were prompt, destinations were amazing, arrangements were efficient. Tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly.
Travel Advisor:  Christine Collins Bolus