Oaxaca with Cheetie Kumar
Two Exclusive Departures
True Flavors of Mexico
Explore Oaxaca's food, art and culture with chef Cheetie Kumar
Two Departure Dates
December 5 - 11, 2020
December 14 - 20, 2021
7 Day, 6 Nights
Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, San Sebastián Teitipac
Music of a meandering mariachi floats past your ears. Hand-painted ornaments hang from the ceiling, dance along with your tastebuds. Feasting family-style on a succulent barbecued goat—pit roasted in your honor—you take in the sights, the sounds, the smells. Wash it down with a bit of mezcal and toast to everything ahead: Zapotec culture, traditional flavors, thriving Mexican markets. This is Mexico in its truest form.
Sampling beside you is Cheetie Kumar. Cheetie’s an award-winning, self-taught chef who also happens to shred on guitar. Her North Carolina restaurant, Garland, is a whirlwind of Southern and Indian inspiration. She’s a prime example of embracing multiple passions and maintaining them in a kinetic and vibrant balance.
If you travel to stimulate all of your senses, this seven-day journey to the soul of Mexico is for you. We’ll meet shamans and weavers, eat in rooftop restaurants and at a local artist’s home, taste mezcal with a fourth-generation mezcalero, and relax at a colonial hacienda in the secluded mountains to feast under the stars. By the end, you’ll never see Mexico—or even yourself—the same way again.
In colorful food markets, artist workshops, agave farms, ancient pyramids
With traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and shaman healers
Rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers!
Oaxacan traditions, its vibrant art scene and culture, alongside chef Cheetie Kumar
3 Reasons to Travel with Cheetie Kumar
Cheetie Kumar can rock it in the kitchen. The award-winning chef is completely self taught, having studied the craft of cooking while pursuing her career as a guitarist. These days, she creates harmony in her North Carolina restaurant, Garland, with flavors inspired by her Indian heritage. Her joyful flair makes her the perfect companion to explore vibrant Oaxaca and the cross-over of Indian and Mexican flavors.
Music to Our Ears
Though Cheetie has embraced her culinary career, she still plays guitar opposite her husband in their rock band, Birds of Avalon. She also owns the venue above her restaurant, always keeping music a part of her life.
She Blurs Borders
Cheetie grew up in India, and her cooking is largely inspired by her heritage. She uses traditional techniques learned from her mother, adding a distinct, soulful Southern flair to her own dishes.
Her Cuisine Connects
Cheetie is inspired by the food she cooks and loves supporting local farmers. She believes good cuisine is about connection, and many of the ingredients she purchases in Raleigh remind her of what her mother would purchase in India.
El CallejonOaxaca City
Off a central side street, a few blocks from the zocalo and central shops and eateries, a street gate opens into a breathtaking oasis that’s our Oaxaca City home: a boutique hotel with a dozen spacious rooms blending the city’s distinctive styles. Serenity reigns in its thoughtful garden spaces, with palm trees, covered walkways and an outdoor patio bar.
Ex Hacienda San AntonioSan Sebastián Teitipac
A 300-year-old hacienda tucked away in the mountains, just 45 minutes’ drive south of Oaxaca City. Mountains press on the cacti-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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Book Oaxaca with Cheetie Kumar
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; 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.
What does the price not include?
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 beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at El Callejon Hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). Our last day is in the small village of Teitipac. The closest airport is Oaxaca’s OAX airport; on our final day Modern Adventure will arrange group transfers to the OAX airport. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1pm or later from OAX.
What travel documents are needed?
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 is 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 Multiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us 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
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
For our 2020 departure, you may cancel on or before August 31, 2020 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 1, 2020 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after October 6 there is a 100% cancellation fee. For our 2021 departure, you may cancel on or before August 16, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 17, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after October 15, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).