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Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

1. Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

Discover what makes Oaxacan gastronomy so renowned. Visit a local, bustling market together with a chef to shop for the freshest of ingredients. Taste the traditional flavors and learn the techniques of Oaxacan cooking as you prepare authentic dishes alongside a chef who will explain what makes them unique for the region.  Start this fully interactive class exploring the main markets of Oaxaca city accompanied by the chef who will help you to identify the best and fresh ingredients on the list. Decide what dish to prepare between two suggestions by the chef. Then, get started cooking as you learn how to prepare one of the traditional meals that proudly represent an important cultural part of the beautiful Oaxaca state. During the lesson, the chef will also explain the benefits about each of the representative ingredients of the region, and which the locals prefer for the preparation of their dishes.  Prepare additionally some handmade tortillas and typical drinks to accompany your dish, such as Tejate, Chilacayota and Margaritas with Mezcal. Feel free to ask any question you have about and, of course, enjoy your traditional meal.

From Oaxaca: Yagul Archaeological Site & Sunday Local Market

2. From Oaxaca: Yagul Archaeological Site & Sunday Local Market

Join a guided tour for a unique Sunday experience with a visit to the archaeological site of Yagul and San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya. See the closest example of an original pre-Hispanic market in Tlacolula. Start your adventure by being picked up in your hotel lobby in Oaxaca City. Head to the town of San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya to marvel at the legendary 16th-century construction. Learn about its religious art and altars. Then, visit the archeological site of Yagul, a city that flourished as an urban center after the decadency of Monte Alban. Walk with your guide and understand how it transformed as an important city back in the days after the Spanish conquest. Lastly, head to Tlacolula. Walk through one of the most popular and colorful Sunday markets in the country. This fascinating place turns into the main street of the town on Sundays. Find products, arts, and crafts made by the local people here.

Puerto Escondido: sunset horse ride

3. Puerto Escondido: sunset horse ride

At 2 pm, we'll pick you up from your hotel in Puerto Escondido and set off for the community of San José Manialtepec by van. The journey should only take 20 minutes. The saddled horses will be waiting for you when we arrive, after which you can start a fantastic adventure through some of the most extraordinary spots in San José Manialtepec. On the backs of your well trained horse, you'll head deep into the jungle and go through up to four different crossings along the Manialtepec River. This is the perfect way to explore its beautiful rural landscapes and discover unique trees such as the ceiba, which is considered to be a sacred tree by different pre-Hispanic cultures. After crossing the jungle, you'll arrive at one of the coastal Manialtepec lagoon's banks, where you get into canoes and paddle to the other side. Don't forget to look back! You won't want to miss the delightful sight of the horses swimming behind us crossing the lagoon as well. You'll arrive at the "Puerto Suelo" Beach where you?ll enjoy the sunset riding on the beach. The locals will be waiting for you, and will kindly offer the warmth of a bonfire with some delicious bonbones - the perfect way to get your strength back after our activities! We'll then get back on the horses and return to our route's starting point, from which we'll take you back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Our estimated arrival time is 9 pm.

Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

4. Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

Start the excursion with the famous and most notable Tree of Tule, cataloged as the thickest in the world. With a little imagination between the branches and the bark of this majestic tree, you can visualize different animals and silhouettes that have formed over the years. Next, visit a place full of colors with the Zapotec weavers indigenous people at Teotitlán del Valle.  Famous for making their rugs, bags and sheep wool sheep, which are dyed with ancestral techniques with natural pigments, these weavers highlight the use of the great cochineal. End the tour with the typical drink of this beautiful state; the last stop will be in a Mezcal palenque.  Of Oaxacan origin, Mezcal is internationally recognized for its body, color and smell. It is worth mentioning that there are several presentations and flavors of mezcal, enjoy some of the different flavors that are offered, from the aged mezcal to its diverse and delicious mezcal creams.

From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

5. From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

Learn about two of the most distinctive commercial and artisan activities in the state of Oaxaca with a papermaking and Quesillo (Oaxaca cheese) tour. You’ll be picked up from your hotel in central Oaxaca and venture about 20 kilometers (around 12.5 miles) north of the city center to the Etla District, where traditional Quesillo and paper are made.   First, you will visit a former hydroelectric plant located in San Agustín Etla, where a community is dedicated to the production of paper using natural fibers of the region, such as tree bark, branches, flowers, pigments, and cotton. Next, check out the spectacular Arts Center of St. Augustine, housed in the former La Soledad Yarns and Fabrics Factory, which was founded in 1883 and manufactured raw blankets from cotton. The abandoned building has been remodeled into a modern ecological arts center presenting contemporary art and culture exhibitions. Finally, discover the secrets of locally made Quesillo and its unique flavor. Learn all about this famous cheese, which originated in Oaxaca, has gained international recognition, and is an important ingredient in Mexican gastronomy. You'll also visit the Etla market, well known for being located in the area where Quesillo originated, before returning to Oaxaca City.

Oaxaca: Mixology Workshop with Organic Mezcal

6. Oaxaca: Mixology Workshop with Organic Mezcal

Learn how to make cocktails in this workshop where your only limit is your imagination. Start the workshop by learning how to make your cocktail bases. As you’re mixing up a storm, you’ll hear about the history of mixology, its evolution, and the emerging trends in mixology. During the workshop, you’ll have access to a variety of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, aromatic plants, flowers, branches, and exotic wood sticks. There’ll even be some insects available for the more daring in the group. Learn how to mix each ingredient with juice, alcohol, and syrups and create a tasty cocktail that is beautifully presented.

Oaxaca: Street Art Bike Tour

7. Oaxaca: Street Art Bike Tour

Join this guided cycling tour to visit 3 of Oaxaca’s most colorful neighborhoods: Jalatlaco, Barrio de Xochimilco, and Downtown. As you ride through the city, your local guide will share stories about the street artists responsible for turning Oaxaca into an outdoor museum. Admired worldwide for 15-years, the street art of Oaxaca is steeped in history, politics, and culture. On this tour, your guide will take you to see giant murals, stencils, and powerful posters that tell stories of Mexico, its residents, and their struggles. As you cycle past colorful houses and charming low-rise buildings, learn about the street art renaissance and the mass protests that inspired angry art collectives to begin painting the streets of Oaxaca.

Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Wildlife Ecotour

8. Puerto Escondido: Oaxaca Coast Wildlife Ecotour

Explore the Oaxacan coast on a full-day tour from Puerto Escondido. Take a boat ride through the mangroves in the natural reserve of La Ventanilla and admire the local wildlife. Have some time to relax at Zipolite Beach. After pickup at your hotel, head to Ventanilla, a protected natural reserve. Enjoy a short nature walk, then board a panga boat driven by a local skipper to see the different types of mangroves in the region. See different species of reptiles, including crocodiles and lagoon turtles, and birds. Next, head to Mazunte. The town's name is derived from the large blue crab that was abundant in the area a few years ago, and is classed like mexican magic Town. Finally, enjoy some time at Zipolite beach, an open sea beach where you'll have approximately 30 minutes to explore and take pictures. After, head to Estacahuite beach near Puerto Angel for a meal (at your own expense) at a restaurant facing the sea. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

From Puerto Escondido: Birdwatching on a Boat

9. From Puerto Escondido: Birdwatching on a Boat

Start the tour with pick up from the lobby of your hotel in Puerto Escondido. Then, set off on an adventure to Manialtepec Lagoon in 'Las Negras' town where a boat will be waiting for you. Climb aboard and begin exploring the lagoon and its wonderful natural refuge of migratory and local birds. Navigate through the dense vegetation so you can see the different kinds of mangroves. After 2 hours of sailing, reach the end of the lagoon where you can observe the union of the river, the sea and the lagoon - an impressive view. Next, sail up the Manialtepec River until you will arrive at Puerto Suelo, a beautiful beach where you can disembark to take a walk, swim or enjoy a delicious meal in the palapas. After approximately 1.5 hours of exploring here, take the boat to go back to the community. Here, a van will be waiting to return you to Puerto Escondido.

Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

10. Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

Tour a local market to pick up ingredients, then cook a traditional food recipe with your expert chef. Learn about local ingredients and meet producers of fresh vegetables. Pick up ingredients grown organically nearby and harvested that very morning. After touring the market, return to the kitchen for the class to prepare your dish. Learn how to prepare a delicious salad, a vegetarian main dish, and a dessert in the traditional way. After cooking, its time to share the food with everyone. Enjoy a collective meal together as you taste the rich flavors and feelings of Oaxaca.

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4.9 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Our guide, Ivan, was very knowledgeable and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed being invited into a private home and complex to see how cheese is made from beginning to end. The hospitality could not have been more delightful and the cheese was so delicious! The art museum was thought provoking and the paper making so interesting.

We really liked this tour. We got to know some very nice neighborhoods, with some incredible murals and thanks to our guide we were able to understand each of them much better and what they represent. We love touring a part of Oaxaca by bike! It was different and we loved everything we saw.

This was a wonderful tour! Our driver was so courageous, friendly and knowledgeable. The small community we visited was spectacular. Beautiful art and people. We learned a ton and had fun painting. (The mezcal helped!) Highly recommended!!!

Excellent, friendly. Although not a guided tour, safe transportation, amicable bilingual conversation, flexible with time and plans, definitely reccomended.

Fabulous market tour to buy all the ingredients for cooking lunch. Gerardo is an excellent guide, teacher, and chef. What an amazing experience!