Oaxaca with Jackie Carnesi
October 1 - 7, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureBook Now
Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Oaxaca with Chef Jackie Carnesi
October 1 - 7, 2024
One exclusive departure — likely to sell out, reserve your spot
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 local family. 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. This is Oaxaca, a city in love with innovation yet rooted in tradition, a banquet for the senses and a sanctuary for the soul.
There’s no better guide to Oaxaca’s flavors and traditions than Jackie Carnesi, the all-star chef and Texas darling who knows Mexico like the back of her hand. At North Brooklyn’s Nura, Jackie is renowned for serving up bold flavors and innovative creations like green chorizo kofta and Parker House Rolls dusted with saffron and perilla. Though her menu today draws inspiration from all corners of the globe, Jackie grounds her craft in the flavors of Mexico, a place she’s traveled to since she was young. Deeply passionate about conveying the pureness and simplicity of Mexico’s ancient cuisine, Jackie provides a seamless bridge to the cultural and culinary magic of Oaxaca.
No matter how much you may know about Oaxacan culture and food, this journey will teach us, delight us—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, smoky mezcal, street tacos—more flavors than you can imagine
At Oaxaca’s colorful markets, artist workshops, agave farms, and ancient pyramids
Traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and shaman healers
With Oaxacan traditions, a vibrant art scene, and Chef Jackie Carnesi
3 Reasons to Travel with Jackie Carnesi
Jackie Carnesi is a gastronome to her core. A 2023 StarChefs' Rising Star Award winner, she's honed her craft at some of New York’s top kitchens, developing cutting-edge menus celebrated by critics and diners alike. We just can't wait to experience the flavors of Oaxaca beside her.
It All Started in Oaxaca
Though she’s a seasoned chef today, Jackie admits she was a picky eater as a child. Her awakening? Mole negro in Oaxaca. Her father convinced her to take a bite of his “chocolate chicken,” and she’s been chasing new flavors ever since.
Rooted Across Borders
Jackie grew up in the southernmost tip of Texas and would often travel down to Mexico on road trips with family. These adventures took her everywhere from Guadalajara to Cancún, leaving Jackie with a deep-rooted love for Mexico and its people.
Spirit of the Land
There’s nothing Jackie loves more than the feeling of the open air: Back in Texas, she spent her childhood riding horses and puttering around in the garden. In New York, she continues to draw on the outdoors as muse—fresh, seasonal vegetables are her inspiration in the kitchen.
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.
People Love MO/AD’s Oaxaca
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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; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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 at Oaxaca International Airport (OAX), where we’ll transfer to El Callejón Hotel in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Our last day is in Oaxaca City. 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.
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 $1,400 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 June 3, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 4, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 2, 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).