Oaxaca with Mei Lin
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Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Oaxaca with Chef Mei Lin
October 1 - 7, 2023
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7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
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Notes from plaintive guitars float past your ears. Hand-painted ornaments hang from the ceiling, and dance along with your tastebuds. Feasting family-style on a succulent barbecued goat — pit roasted in your honor — you take in the sights and flavors. Wash it down with a bit of mezcal and toast to everything ahead: Zapotec culture, Shaman experiences, strolls through Mayan ruins and private visits with some of the finest artisans in Mexico. This is a serenade for all the senses, as only Oaxaca can provide.
Joining you on this unforgettable adventure is Mei Lin. The Los Angeles-based chef opened Nightshade in 2019 in the downtown Arts District; now she’s deep into Szechuan hot-fried chicken at LA’s Daybird. She’s won Knife Fight and Top Chef, and honored as an Eater “Young Gun” and Zagat “30 Under 30” chef. Basically, she’s a badass in the very best ways. When it comes to Oaxaca, Mei Lin is on a mission to celebrate all the flavors and ingredients — not to mention the heritage mezcal, multi-generational artisans and ancient temples — that make this the cultural and culinary soul of Mexico.
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 Mei Lin
3 Reasons to Travel with Mei Lin
Mei Lin's first job? Working alongside her father at their family-owned restaurant outside Detroit. She never saw herself as a chef or restaurateur, and yet she found herself working alongside iconic chefs including Michael Symon and Wolfgang Puck. Mei Lin melds the subtle details of an artist with a passion for being herself.
Oaxaca on Her Mind
As a chef in Los Angeles, Mei is no stranger to the beauty of Mexican cuisine. This visit to Oaxaca is about exploring the flavors and history that puts this part of Mexico in a league of its own.
Sauce is Boss
One of Mei’s claims to fame is how she plans many of her menus around the sauce she’s using. In Oaxaca, get ready to watch her in her element as we taste our way through traditional moles — all seven!
Paths Not Taken
Mei Lin's parents owned a restaurant, but wanted a different life for her. "I was brought up not to be in this industry. It's very labor intensive. I had a friend who talked me into going into culinary school. I loved every single minute of it and it all started from there."
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 Our Oaxaca
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 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; 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 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 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. 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, 2023, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 4, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 2, 2023 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).