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DAY 1 – WELCOME TO OAXACA (INCL. DINNER)
Arrive to Oaxaca’s international airport and check in to the Hotel La Noria. Relax with a welcome dinner at the hotel and get some rest for the days ahead.
DAY 2 – LA VERDE ANTEQUERA & MONTE ALBÁN (INCL. BREAKFAST, DINNER)
Spend the morning exploring the ruins of Monte Albán, an ancient Zapotec city founded around 500 BC. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated high on a mountaintop with outstanding views of the city of Oaxaca below. Rich with history, Monte Albán is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. Catch a glimpse of the vibrant past in the fascinating remnants of a once-glorious city. Return for lunch and spend the afternoon touring the City of Oaxaca. Originally called “Nueva Antequera” after a city in Spain, Oaxaca is now nicknamed “La Verde Antequera” for the green quarry stone seen in its buildings. Be sure to bring your camera, Oaxaca is one of the most visually stunning cities in Latin America. In the evening, see a presentation of Guelaguetza, a song-and-dance display of traditional Oaxacan culture.
DAY 3 – THE MITLA VALLEY (INCL. BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
Tour the archaeological site of Mitla, a Mixtec ceremonial center. Then, observe Zapotec weavers at Teotitlan as they demonstrate traditional techniques of weaving and wool-dying. After lunch, visit a distillery to learn the secrets of making mescal. End the day’s adventures with a stop in Santa Maria del Tule, location of the vast and ancient Árbol del Tule, the extraordinary Montezuma cypress. Return to Oaxaca for an evening of leisure.
DAY 4 – FLAVORS OF OAXACA (INCL. BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
This morning is dedicated to the flavorful and aromatic cuisine of Oaxaca. Visit the Mercado Juarez, a colorful marketplace brimming with local ingredients and handicrafts. Your guide will accompany you for a lesson on the tools and techniques used in the region’s cooking, followed by lunch at a traditional restaurant for the full taste of what you have learned. Return and pass the day at your leisure.
DAY 5 – OAXACA HANDICRAFTS (INCL. BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)
Take in the artistry of Oaxaca’s native handicrafts with a tour of artisan villages. Begin with San Bartolo Coyotepec, known worldwide for its unique black pottery, and continue to the village of San Martín Tilcajate, the birthplace of magical alebrije wood carvings. Finish with a stop at Santo Tomás Jalietza to see the diligent work of local back strap weavers.
DAY 6 – RETURN FLIGHT (INCL. BREAKFAST)
Say farewell with breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport.