Oaxaca with Gregory Gourdet

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Savor Oaxaca

Explore the region’s best food, art and culture with Chef Gregory Gourdet

December 10 - 16, 2021

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7 Day, 6 Nights

Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Alban

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Based on double occupancy

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Another bite won’t hurt. Let alone two or three. You’re marveling at the farm-to-table feast on the long table—one you helped create alongside an all-star chef! The spread is complete with roasted, ground chiles, handmade tamales and moles, traditional Oaxacan cheese. It’s a cornucopia of everything the region is known for, grown, made and served the way it’s supposed to be. Smoke meats tinge the air with a savory aroma and fresh herbs of the urban farm around you balance with sweet freshness. This is Oaxaca—and there’s nothing comparable.

Your traveling companion is Chef Gregory Gourdet. Portland’s acclaimed chef has cooked everything from French to Thai, draws inspiration from his Haitian roots, but got his true taste of Mexico competing in the Top Chef finals. He’s been dreaming of going back ever since and is ready to sample anything and everything with you in the name of culinary exploration.

If your tastebuds are your travel guide, this trip is for you. Wander colorful markets and prepare a farm-to-table feast, taste incredible street food from moles to tlayudas, then wash it all down with the best mezcales. All the while, connect with shamans and weavers, local artists, and cap it off relaxing in a secluded colonial hacienda. This is the only way to savor everything Oaxaca has to offer.

Marvel

At Oaxaca’s colorful food markets, artist workshops, agave farms, ancient pyramids

Taste

Rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers!

Meet

Traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and shaman healers

Experience

Oaxacan traditions, its vibrant art scene and culture, alongside Chef Gregory Gourdet

3 Reasons to Travel with Gregory Gourdet

Over the past decade, Gregory Gourdet has become one of Portland’s most distinctive and beloved chef personalities, from his ultra-marathoning to inventive cooking. His place as a Top Chef finalist in 2015 secured him a spot in the foodie limelight, but that was only the beginning. Join us and Gregory in Mexico for an energized tour of heritage and flavor.

Hometown Hero

As one of only two Portlanders ever to compete on Top Chef, Gregory wowed the judges on his season’s Mexico finale, with his red moles and ancho-tamarind sauces. He’s a guy who likes to dive in and go big.

Cultural Connection

Gregory’s family is Haitian. So naturally, dinners at home are filled with traditional Caribbean flavors. He’s traveled back to Haiti to cook and recently staged a Haitian dinner at the James Beard House. He’s taking major strides in bringing his culture’s narrative to the food world.

The Next Step

After years of honing his talents at restaurants, Gregory’s next endeavor is opening his own spot in Portland: a wood-fired, globally influenced concept focused on bringing iconic Haitian favorites to life. We can’t wait.

Your Experience

“I’m going to be freaking out. Oaxaca is the birthplace of so many dishes I love.”
Gregory Gourdet

Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Alban

“This is such a beautifully curated experience you would never be able to do on your own: the perfect blend of excitement, food and adventure.”
Gregory Gourdet

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos a Mexico! We’ll meet up with the group and get oriented with one of Latin America’s great colonial wonders: Oaxaca City. We’ll walk through the cobblestone streets and snack through its central markets, a feast of the senses where tasajo (dried meats) hang, open fires grill delicious tlayudas (toasted tortillas topped, pizza-style, with Oaxacan string cheese and thin-grilled meats), and vendors scurry past offering chapulines (roasted grasshoppers) and pastry-like pan de yema stacked in woven baskets. Yummy (even those grasshoppers, we promise).

In the evening, we’ll toast the start of our adventure with local mezcal—of course—then have terrace seats overlooking Oaxaca’s flood-lit cathedral domes for an inspired, open-air dinner together.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Welcome cocktails
  • City market food tour
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 2

Oaxaca’s sense of art is vibrant, ageless—and everywhere. Today we go to its source, artist home-studios in nearby mountain villages. First we’ll drive into the Mixtec Mountains and meet local ceramicists Manuel Reyes and Marisela Gómez. They’ll invite us into their home studio and show how they use local clay and natural fibers to craft their signature figurines. Then the artist couple will sit with us for a home-cooked meal of red mole and mezcal. Next we visit Casa de Arte San Agustin. This cavernous former textile factory was converted into an art space and donated to the rural community by the great Oaxacan artists and philanthropist Francisco Toledo.

Afterwards we return to the city, where the evening is ours to explore Oaxaca’s irresistible food and nightlife: world-class restaurants open for dinner and taco stands set up along the lit-up zocalo, just a few blocks from our hotel.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Visit local ceramicist studio
  • Home-cooked meal in artist home
  • Visit Casa de Artes San Agustin
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 3

Today we get the true Oaxacan farm-to-table experience. Our morning is at Rancho 314 (‘Tres Catorce’ to the locals), an urban farm on the edge of the city that supplies the top local restaurants with produce. We’ll break into small groups and take turns making mole, tamales, Oaxacan cheese, and get a hands-on look into the local flavor profiles. We’ll be led in the art of tamale making, and get insights from Gregory on the overlap between Indian, Haitian and Mexican flavors and preparations. For lunch, we savor the al fresco feast and enjoy all the local delicacies we had a hand in preparing. Back in the city, we’ll have free time for the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy more of the flavors and the vibrant culture.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Cooking experience at Rancho 314
  • Farm-to-table lunch
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 4

We begin this epic day at the hilltop ruin of Monte Albán, a vast complex of pyramids, a palace, shrines dating from 500 BC—and easily one of Mesoamerica’s grandest sites. We explore its monumental scale and the intricate carvings of bas relief sculptures, with one of Mexico’s great colonial cities sprawling below us.

Next, we’ll stop for a traditionally cooked lunch in San Martin, feasting on succulent barbecued goat the traditional way—roasted in the ground overnight—and prepared just for us as honored guests. Then we stop in the village of Coyotepec, a Zapotec community with a pottery tradition that goes back more than 2,000 years. We’ll meet the master artisans who use barro negro (black clay) to produce stunning high-sheen pieces decorated with intricate openwork flowers and geometric forms. We end our art-filled day back in Oaxaca, with dinner on our own.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Visit Monte Albán temple complex
  • Traditional lunch
  • Meet Coyotepec potters
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 5

Today we head back into the mountains, where villages devoted to arts and crafts lurk in valley shadows. We’ll stop at the Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle, a weaving village with about 5,000 people (and 2,000 looms). We’ll meet a local Zapotec weaving family, who’ll demonstrate their intricate craft using natural fibers for dyes (and even a grounded insect for the bright reds), just as they have for the past 14 generations. A home-cooked Zapotec lunch awaits us, with a chance for us to learn and to prepare local recipes.

In the afternoon, we travel by row after row of agave plants in the mountain valleys, to meet up with a traditional mezcalero. Agave is everywhere here. We’ll learn how these passed-down, timeless techniques turn agave hearts into mezcal, the smoky cousin-spirit of tequila and one of Oaxaca’s famed exports. After a tasting, or two, of the artisanal mezcal on hand, we’ll return to Oaxaca where the night is yours to track down an unforgettable meal, craft beer bars or – porque no? – more mezcal.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Visit Zapotec weaving village
  • Home-cooked meal with Zapotec family
  • Mezcal tasting
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 6

Today is ours to revitalize the spirits. We’ll meet with a local shaman, who’ll share the secrets of a cleansing ritual that’s been in practice here for thousands of years, using smoked copal to bid farewell to negative energies. We’ll leave feeling electric and magical, and toast the results at our farewell dinner–an unforgettable meal preparged by Gregory, with ingredients sourced from local organic farms and producers–at Rancho Portozuelo, an organic ranch owned by Chef Alejandro Ruiz of Casa Oaxaca. Our dinner is private, our access is deep, and the food and live music unforgettable, capturing the traditions, heritage and true flavors of Oaxaca.

Day 6 Highlights

  • Meet local shaman
  • Private farewell dinner at Rancho Portozuelo
  • Stay at El Callejon in Oaxaca

Day 7

All great things come to an end, alas. We’ll have a big farewell breakfast at the hacienda: hot chocolate (not too sweet, not too rich), hand-patted just-made tortillas, huevos rancheros blanketed in a richly flavorful mole. Then we’ll bid farewell to Gregory and to Oaxaca, and pack our things for a short drive back to Oaxaca City for wherever your journey next takes you. Buen viaje!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Transfers to airport

Where We Sleep

A peaceful oasis in Oaxaca City—our accommodations are small-scale and boutique, the ideal ways to get acquainted with Oaxaca life.

El Callejon

Oaxaca 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.

I loved eating goat just after it was lifted from the pit, sipping on a mezcal.
Diana C.
This is more than just a trip. It’s authentic and joyful, and a powerful reminder of why we travel.
Scott M.
The meals made for us in local homes were just heavenly.
Andrew B.

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at unique, 4-star boutique 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins and ends at the El Callejon 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 who’s flight home departs at 1pm or later from OAX airport.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before August 12, 2021, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 13, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after October 11, 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 cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

  9. 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.

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