Oaxaca with Diana Dávila
November 7 - 13, 2024Book Now
Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Oaxaca with Chef Diana Dávila
November 7 - 13, 2024
One Exclusive Departure | Likely to Sell Out
7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
You’ve heard the legends about Oaxacan gastronomy, yet you’re still unprepared for all of these incredible flavors, the notes of chili pepper, chocolate and fresh herbs. It’s your first bite of mole negro—just one of the region’s seven moles, refined over centuries, complex and intoxicating—prepared just for us in the home of a master potter. It’s been this way all week; from walking the agave fields with a fourth-generation mezcalero to inviting the healing energies of a renowned shaman, every waking hour has roused your senses, and suddenly this trip seems less like a vacation and more of an experience for the senses. This is Oaxaca, a city in love with innovation yet rooted in tradition, a banquet for the senses and a sanctuary for the soul.
Joining you on this unforgettable adventure is Diana Dávila, the firebrand chef behind Chicago’s trending hotspot, Mi Tocaya Antojería. Take one bite of her beer-can chicken with xoconostle, and you’ll know exactly why the likes of Thrillist, The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune have sung her praises in unison. A Food & Wine Best Chef and James Beard Award nominee, Diana’s culinary journey started at her family’s taqueria when she was ten, but her profound culinary education took place in Oaxaca. It’s a place she knows by heart, and we can’t wait to explore it alongside her.
No matter how much you may know about Oaxacan culture and food, this journey will teach, delight—and leave us hungry for more. Wander colorful markets, taste incredible street food from moles to tlayudas, then wash it all down with the finest artisanal mezcals. This is Mexico like you’ve never imagined.
Rich moles, spiced chocolate, street tacos—more flavors than you can imagine
At Oaxaca’s colorful food markets, artist workshops, agave farms, ancient pyramids
Traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and shaman healers
With Oaxacan traditions, its vibrant art scene and culture, with Chef Diana Dávila
3 Reasons to Travel with Diana Dávila
Culinary school in Oaxaca. A stint at Chicago's Michelin-star Boka. A driving force behind D.C. hotspot Jackie's. Diana has zigzagged across the continent honing her craft since she was 18. Today, she finds herself back in Chicago helming her own kitchen, Mi Tocaya Antojería, where every dish is uniquely personal—an ode to family recipes and childhood memories of summers spent in La Huasteca.
Oaxaca vs. Paris
Diana was given the choice of either Paris or Oaxaca to kickstart her culinary education. She chose Oaxaca. Even today, she continues to draw inspiration from its vibrant and colorful markets.
On the Shoulders of Giants
Diana learned how to make her first scratch chocolate from Zapotec women who had learned the craft from their mothers—today, you taste the legacy of those female culture keepers in every dish she makes.
Diana is a key player behind Todos Ponen, the Chicago initiative that actively combats food insecurity for underserved families in the Logan Square, Avondale and Hermosa neighborhoods.
El CallejónOaxaca 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.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique 4-star boutique accommodations; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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; 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 and ends at the El Callejón Hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). On our final day, Modern Adventure will organize a complimentary transfer to OAX for all guests with flights departing at 11am or later from OAX airport.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Mexico for stays up to 180 days. The only requirement is a valid passport. We recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Mexico. On arrival at the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple).
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Mexican Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited; we recommend booking early to secure single accommodations.
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.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before July 10, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 11, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 8, 2024 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 cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).