Celebrate the timeless color and culture of Oaxaca. Savor the freshest mole sauces, the smokiest mezcals. Meet traditional weavers and sculptors in mountain villages. Relax and recharge in our secluded hacienda retreat. Join us in Mexico’s unforgettable Oaxaca!
A splash of a smoky spirit — chased by citrus and anise and something you can’t quite peg — hits the back of your throat, connecting you in an instant with thousands of years of ancient tradition. You’re visiting a fourth-generation mezcalero whose agave farm fills a shadowy valley of the Mixtec Mountains. It’s been quite an adventure — with rewards for all senses. The smells of sizzling meats and local herbs in local markets, the panoramic views atop 2,500-year-old pyramids, the taste of a home-cooked mole you eat at a local artist’s home, the feel of mountain air brushing across your skin atop your rooftop terrace as one of Mexico’s great colonial cities sprawls below you.
Join Battery Travel on this epic six-day adventure to the soul of Mexico. We will meet shamans and weavers, try local specialities in rooftop restaurants, and on local street markets. And retreat to a colonial hacienda in the secluded mountains to feast under the stars.
If you favor experience in your travels — where you’ll witness day-to-day life in one of the world’s most exotic destinations — you will never forget this experience. Join us in Oaxaca!
Battery Travel isn’t just about going places — it’s about changing how you see the world.
Traditional Oaxacan cuisine. We'll savor the freshest mole sauces, the smokiest mezcal, the crispiest tlayuda tortillas - even toasted chapulines (grasshoppers).
Soulful and artisanal. We'll explore an agave farm with a fourth-generation mezcalero, Oaxaca City's hippest mezcalerias — and we'll meet traditional weavers and sculptors in nearby mountain villages.
Reset your emotional spirit. Join an ancient shamanistic cleansing ritual that’s been in practice for millennia. Or just laze on the colonial grounds with spa and two pools.
Oaxaca is a gift. Just the light and colors. And obviously the food.
“For everything bad, there's mezcal – and for everything good, as well.” -Local Saying
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Six days exploring the senses in Mexico's cultural and culinary core.
Bienvenidos to Oaxaca! We’ll meet up and head out for a tasting tour to get our bearings in one of the world’s most delicious street-food destinations. In nearby markets, we’ll be greeted by the smell of grilling meats and hanging tasajo (dried meats).
After we return we’ll share a dusk toast on the hotel’s panoramic terrace, as we see Oaxaca’s light start to blink back. Then we head to an unforgettable welcome feast. The menu of La Pitiona, an art-filled historic home that’s named for a local guava-like herb used in mole sauces, playfully mixes pre-Hispanic and futuristic local cooking. It comes with Mexican wines, seafood (octopus topped with onion, chili, and carrot jelly — so delicious), and suckling pig you tear apart with a fork and stuff into fresh tortillas.
Nearby Monte Albán, one of Mesoamerica’s grandest sites, is a game-changer to behold. We’ll find out why, going way back in time to explore the sprawling complex of pyramids, palaces, and shrines that date to 500BC.
Views of the Mixtec Mountains sprawl before us, where ancient crafts villages huddle in shadowy valleys. We’ll go visit one, where we’ll meet award-winning ceramicist Angelica Vasquez, who builds intricate clay scenes around various female figures. She’ll walk us through her the process she’s practiced since age 7, then we’ll join her for a home-cooked lunch.
That night, back in Oaxaca, we’ll take a dinner crawl in search of local foods, savoring fresh tlayudas (meat and bean-splattered tortillas grilled to crispiness), and we’ll finish with a toast to a great day.
We begin our morning with an immersive workshop to learn how to make one type of Mexican folk art: the brightly colored, papier-mâché mythical creatures known as alebrijes.
Afterwards our attention turns to literal spirits. We’ll meet a fourth-generation mezcalero on his agave farm in the mountains and follow his passed-down artisanal methods from the agave root to a tasting (or two) of Oaxaca’s famed smoky spirit. Thirst quenched, we enjoy a barbecue pit lunch outdoors, then head back to Oaxaca for an evening to explore the lit-up cobblestone center on our own.
Old ways live side by side with the modern world in Oaxaca. Today we’ll experience some of the most transformative ways. We visit a local shaman center to discover the ancient art of the temazcal (sweat lodge) ritual: Participants beat out negativity and tension with local herbs as steam rises from volcanic rocks in an adobe hut. It’s an emotional reset that’s been part of Zapotec life for millennia.
We’ll witness more ageless local traditions in nearby Teotitlan del Valle, a community famed for its colorful textiles woven from natural dyes. After a lunch with a local family, we go to our next base — a secluded 300-year-old hacienda in the Sierra de la Sur mountains, where we arrive for a starlit cocktail and sprawling dinner on seriously dreamy grounds.
All our Oaxaca exploits lead to this: a day of pampering and relaxation in our wonderful home, a 300-year-old hacienda that feels like a private home in the mountains. How do you want to explore? The hacienda can arrange hiking, bike riding or horseback riding across the neighboring mountain vistas — or you can kick back by one of the two on-site pools or indulge in the hacienda spa.
We’ll regroup in the evening in the shaded courtyard to share our stories and toast our trip with a final-night cocktail and a feast of local foods sourced from local organic farms.
It’s our final morning. We’ll meet up for a filling breakfast, pack our souvenirs (and all our memories), then bid farewell to our new friends before heading to the airport. Hasta la vista!
First we set up in the city in a boutique hotel, a contemporary classic set right in the heart of Oaxaca. Then we hit the mountains, where we kick back in a colonial-era hacienda retreat.
The name means “lovers.” This spectacular contemporary version of a colonial Oaxacan hotel is a quick walk to central markets, cathedrals, and plazas. Local art fills white-washed walkways and the ten uniquely outfitted, modern rooms, where you’ll also find local artesanías and glazed wood floors below wood-beam ceilings. One of the hotel's boasting cards is the panoramic rooftop terrace bar, where you can look over the whole city in lounge chairs and sip on mezcal cocktails or soak in the hot tub.
A 300-year-old hacienda tucked away in the mountains, just 45 minutes’ drive south of Oaxaca City. Mountains press on the cactus-filled premises, where arched walkways look in toward an open, interior courtyard and bell tower. Each of the 16 rooms has been lovingly restored in a mix of traditional and contemporary designs. There are two pools (one inside, one out) and an on-site spa, plus hiking, horseback riding, and biking options. The hacienda is relaxing and private, the ideal place to soak in the golden dusk with a cocktail.
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Six nights at unique four-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures, and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service, and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
We limit the group to no more than 20 fellow Battery members, their family and friends, and a few Modern Adventure staff members. You can expect to be joined by a range of fellow travelers in terms of age, background, and configuration — including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive. Our typical trip is recommended for travelers age 18 and above, with an absolute minimum being decided on a trip-by-trip basis.
You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee on all payments made. Within 60 days of departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details)
Yes, there is a $1,200 supplement for solo travelers, to be paid at the time of booking to secure a private room during the adventure. If you would like Modern Adventure to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout — these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Mexico but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport be valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival in the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
We recommend you arrive at the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) on or before Sunday, November 3, 2019. You must be at the meeting spot at noon on Monday, November 4, 2019. On the last day of this adventure, we will take a complimentary private group transfer to OAX in the morning, arriving by approximately 2pm. Your flight home should depart at 4pm or later on November 9, 2019.
You can expect a warm climate in Oaxaca during our time there. The average temperatures are quite pleasant, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. Oaxaca occasionally receives rain during the month of November; otherwise, we expect warm and sunny weather.
Layering is the best option for the daily temperature changes and types of activities on this trip. We recommend bringing casual short- and long-sleeve layers (lightweight tees, shirts, pants, dresses, and shorts). We suggest cotton and other natural, breathable fabrics. Comfortable walking shoes are essential — sneakers, sandals, sport sandals, or cool open-toed flat shoes. We do suggest bringing a light jacket as well as a raincoat, just in case. A full packing list is included in your pre-trip information.