Oaxaca with Diego Galicia & Rico Torres
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Explore the region’s best food, art and culture with Mixtli's Diego Galicia and Rico Torres
May 21 - 27, 2023
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7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
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Twilight descends over your farm-to-table feast as the strains of music float by and roasted chiles tinge the air. You take a sip of mezcal and savor its floral, earthy notes as all your senses quiver with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Oaxaca. The past week has been more than a travel adventure — it’s been pure exhilaration, a reminder of all the joy that life can hold. You’ve bonded with fourth-generation mezcaleros, dined on homemade mole with a master potter and experienced cleansing rituals at the hands of a traditional Zapotec shaman. After this week long adventure, you’re smitten for life—and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll return.
Along with us are chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, the culinary masterminds behind San Antonio’s Mixtli—it means ‘cloud’ in Nahuatl—with a rotating menu that highlights each of Mexico’s 32 states. They’ve dedicated themselves to researching the flavors of Mexico. Whether that’s pulling from 15th-century manuscripts, or from Diego’s grandma’s hundred-year-old culinary school notebook, the duo are food scholars with a passion for indigenous ingredients and pre-Hispanic cooking techniques. This is no mere vacation in Mexico—it’s a six-day discovery of one of the world’s most delicious destinations. It’s also Rico and Diego’s second Modern Adventure; our first trip with them to Yucatán was simply incredible. We are deeply honored to explore and celebrate the beauty of Mexico once again with Rico and Diego.
If you travel to stimulate all of your senses, this trip is for you. Wander colorful markets, taste incredible street food from moles to tlayudas, then wash it all down with the finest artisanal mezcals. All the while, connect with shamans, weavers, artists and chefs. 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 Diego and Rico
3 Reasons to Travel with Diego and Rico
Rico Torres and Diego Galicia first met at a restaurant pop-up and quickly bonded over their Mexican roots. Fueled by a desire to share Mexico’s regional flavors, they opened San Antonio's Mixtli—it means 'cloud' in Nahuatl—with a rotating menu that highlights each of Mexico's 32 states. It's a delicious adventure steeped in regional flavors and ancient techniques, always with the mission to: “Rescue. Preserve. Protect. Promote.”
Because They Are Amazing
Diego and Rico cook with passion and are true gracious hosts. We know, because this is their second Modern Adventure. Last year we explored the Yucatán with these amazing humans. The experience was incredible.
Rico and Diego study ancient Mexican cookbooks (in a secure vault at the University of San Antonio!) and travel extensively throughout Mexico to learn the nuanced ingredients and techniques of each region.
For Rico and Diego, food connects them equally with the people they love, and with the millennia of culture and history that underpin modern Mexico.
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.
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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 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. 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 January 21, 2023, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after January 22, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after March 22, 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).