Oaxaca with Enrique Sanchez
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The ultimate exploration of Oaxaca's culture, cuisine—and mezcal!
Sept 26 - Oct 1, 2022
6 Days, 5 Nights
Dive deep into mezcal, meet the people who know who to make it best
A vibrant, slightly floral and earthy flavor hits your lips, then coats your throat. To get to your cup, even as you sit feet away from rows of agave plants, this mezcal took a journey. Its plants—one or more of Oaxaca’s 24 varieties—were chosen specifically by a seasoned palenquero, then steamed in a charcoal pit, fermented, distilled multiple times in traditional clay pots. The process took weeks, but has been perfected through generations. You sip and appreciate the complexity along with some of the region’s most famous small-scale producers, families who’ve been here for generations. You think of the striking dichotomy of age-old rudimentary techniques and modern machinery, the art, culture and food you’ve experienced so far. Right here in your cup is more than mezcal’s journey—it’s Oaxaca itself.
With us on this Oaxacan adventure is San Francisco’s revered mixologist (and mezcal lover), Enrique Sanchez. The Peruvian-turned-Californian has put his stamp on the Bay Area drink scene with his endless pursuit of the perfect drink, from Tres Agaves to the Mission District’s Beretta. Nowadays, you can find him in his home away from home, traveling to Oaxaca in search of the perfect mezcal concoctions. Each visit continues to blow his mind as he meets with the families and distillers of this time-honored spirit.
Want to explore the heart and soul of Mexico—and sip the tastiest mezcals along the way? This trip is for you. Get ready to meet artisans whose generations-old techniques define Oaxaca’s vibrant feel. We’ll prep our own farm-to-table lunch and eat the best street foods, and drink mezcal from the source. This is Mexico like you’ve never imagined.
Oaxaca Trip Highlights
The. Best. Food.
Savor the flavors of this iconic food city: rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers!
Explore colorful food markets and ancient pyramids, meet local artists and weavers, shamans and chefs.
Dive deep into mezcal with a fourth-generation mezcalero, meet the people who know who to make it best.
3 Reasons to Travel with Enrique Sanchez
Enrique Sanchez is the living definition of the word 'mixologist'. He can invent the perfect scratch-cocktail in seconds, or remix old classics with an original twist. Enrique arrived in the United States in his early 20s, where he transformed from an industrial mechanic to one of the Bay Area’s top bartenders. Originally from Peru, Enrique has fallen in love with Oaxaca and with mezcal. An expert in agave fermentation and distillation, he is the perfect travel companion for this immersive experience.
Boots on the Ground
Since Enrique joined the team at Tres Agaves in 2006, he's been going back and forth from the Bay Area to Oaxaca, even spending a few seasons in the agave fields. The artistry of each mezcalero inspires the creative process of cocktail making and connects him to the land it came from.
Doing it Right
Enrique’s passion for perfection is real. He takes time to learn the customs, traditions, and the intricate techniques of his craft. In Oaxaca, he’ll show us mezcal through the eyes of many of its expert makers. “It’s very interesting, the diversity of tastes based on the actual plant, soil, the way they harvest and roast and ferment it. Each family has their own way of doing it.”
Enrique has collaborated with some of the Bay Area’s most revered chefs, including friend and business partner Traci Des Jardins. Together, they turned Tuesday into the new Friday at their former midweek pop-up School Night. Still on his to-do list? He dreams of opening a bar solely dedicated to Latin American spirits.
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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What does the price include?
Five nights at boutique four-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive access and mezcal 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 and ends at the El Callejón hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The closest airport is the Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). On our final day, Modern Adventure will organize a transfer to OAX airport; your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 11am 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 $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 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 May 29, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 30, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after July 28, 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.