Oaxaca with Lisa Donovan
September 25 - October 1, 2022Sold Out
The Flavors of Oaxaca
Experience the region’s best food, art, and culture with Chef Lisa Donovan
September 25–October 1, 2022
One departure only—reserve your spot!
7 Day, 6 Nights
Oaxaca City, Monte Alban, Teotitlan del Valle
Breathe it all in. Then take a bite. Oaxaca just may be the birthplace of regional cuisine, a land where each dish relies on a micro-varietal chile, fruit, or herb you simply can’t find anywhere else. The air here is rich with the funk of masa, of roasted ground chiles and fresh salsas (including a few that are spiked with flying ants), of richly smoked meats, and of fresh marjoram and cebollín, a wild onion that only grows here. This is Oaxaca, the land of mole, mezcal, intoxicating flavors and unrivaled cuisine, a place where traditions are handed down through the centuries and secrets are shared, not hoarded. Welcome.
Your traveling companion is Chef Lisa Donovan. One of the South’s most inspiring pastry chefs, Lisa’s showstopping desserts have drawn crowds to Nashville’s City House, Margot Cafe & Bar, and Husk. Lisa draws inspiration — as a chef, bestselling writer, and parent — from her grandmother’s Mexican-Zuni heritage. For her, a self-described obsessive panadería-stalker who always knows when the bolillos are fresh from the oven, this trip is a chance to reconnect with her roots and experience Mexican hospitality and culinary genius at the source.
If you want a feast for all the senses, this trip is for you. Wander colorful markets and gorge yourself on pineapple tamales and fried grasshoppers. Prepare a farm-to-table feast as you sip and dissect the finer points of smoky local mezcals. Connect with ceramicists, chefs, shamans, and weavers. Immerse yourself in everything Oaxaca has to offer. No matter how much you already know about Mexican culture and food, this journey will teach you, delight you—and leave you hungry for more.
Oaxaca’s colorful markets, agave farms, artist workshops, and ancient pyramids
Traditional specialties, from smoky mezcals and fragrant moles to toasted grasshoppers and street tacos
With traditional ceramicists, weavers, sculptors, and shamans
Oaxacan cuisine and hospitality at its finest
3 Reasons to Travel with Lisa Donovan
El CallejonOaxaca City
Located just a few blocks off the bustling zocalo, a street gate opens into a breathtaking oasis that’s our Oaxaca City home: a boutique hotel built from traditional adobe whose spacious rooms blend the city’s distinctive aesthetic styles. Serenity reigns in its thoughtful garden spaces, covered walkways, and palm tree–fringed outdoor patio bar.
People Love MO/AD’s Oaxaca
Book Oaxaca with Lisa Donovan
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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; 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.
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 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.
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?
You may cancel on or before March 29, 2022, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 29, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 27, 2022 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).
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.