Oaxaca with Justin Bazdarich
One Departure Only | July 11 - 17, 2020
Mexico in Every Sense
Explore Oaxaca's food, art and culture with chef Justin Bazdarich
July 11 - 17, 2020
One departure only, limited spots
7 Days, 6 Nights
Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, San Sebastián Teitipac
The plucked notes of a nylon-string guitar drift from a meandering mariachi musician. Colorful carved, hand-painted ornaments hang from the ceiling, dancing along. You’re sitting at a long wooden table feasting family-style on a succulent barbecued goat pit-roasted in your honor. Wash it down with a bit of mezcal and toast to everything ahead: Zapotec culture, traditional flavors, thriving Mexican markets. This is a serenade for the senses, as only Oaxaca can provide.
This journey comes with the perfect companion, Justin Bazdarich. He’s the chef and owner of New York pizza favorite Speedy Romeo, and his personal love letter to Mexican cuisine, Oxomoco. Pizza and Mexican seem wildly divergent, yet for Justin they are both bound by simplicity and a wood-fired oven. Justin is ready to dive deep and explore Oaxaca’s ancient applications of smoke and fire to develop flavor.
If you love exploring new cultures and traditional flavors, this trip is for you. We’ll prep our own farm-to-table lunch at an urban oasis, get familiar with ancient Zapotec traditions, get invited into the homes of local artists, taste mezcal in agave farms where it originated, and relax at a luxurious hacienda in the mountains. This is everything you were searching for in Mexico, and so much more.
Traditional Oaxaca cuisine: rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers
Colorful food markets and artist workshops, agave farms and ancient pyramids
Cook with Justin and local families, learn to make the best tamales you've ever tasted
With traditional weavers and sculptors, with Oaxaca's vibrant art scene, its ancient cultures and traditions
3 Reasons to Travel with Justin Bazdarich
Justin’s dishes are flavored by his frequent travels. His award-winning Neapolitan pizzas at Speedy Romeo borrow from dishes and ingredients he’s tasted in Italy. And his deeply popular Mexican fare at Oxomoco pulls from the diverse flavors of Mexico, particularly Oaxaca. Put simply, you can bet Justin has something to bring to the table as a travel partner.
Justin lives by the motto, “How can I be better tomorrow than I was today?” It’s the mindset that's put him on the fast track from a garlic-peeling intern to chef/owner of three restaurants.
Justin’s restaurants are as successful as they are different. His first two are Italian-inspired joints (think pizza, steak, fish). His latest serves Oaxaca-inspired fare. The connection? Each uses a wood-fired oven to create a unique smoky flavor.
Justin has a no-nonsense attitude and appreciates simple fare—like a pizza topped with Provel cheese, a staple of his native Missouri. Ask him about the time before he opened his own restaurants, when he’d order a cheese-less Domino’s pizza and top it with Provel goodness...
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.
Book Oaxaca with Justin Bazdarich
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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 this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at 10:00am on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the El Callejon Hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). We recommend arriving on or before July 10 to ensure you’re at our starting point on time.
Our last day is Friday, July 17, 2020. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) in Oaxaca, Mexico approximately a one hour drive from the hacienda. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1:00pm or later from here.
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 $1,200 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?
You may cancel on or before April 6, 2020 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between April 7 and May 11, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after May 12 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).
HOW DO I RESERVE A COMPLIMENTARY PRE-NIGHT?
Book any Mexico trip between September 6-30, 2019 and enjoy an extra day on us. Enter promo code MOADMEXICO at checkout to receive complimentary pre-night accommodations. Promotion is only applicable to new, online bookings for a maximum of 2 guests. There is a limit of 5 pre-night rooms per trip and is based on double-occupancy. Singles will be placed with other singles.
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