Oaxaca with Moises Lopez
November 14 - 20, 2024Book Now
Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Oaxaca with Chef Moises Lopez
November 14 - 20, 2024
One Exclusive Departure | Likely to Sell Out
7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
A vibrant, slightly floral and earthy flavor hits your lips, then travels down your tongue. The agave for this mezcal—one or more of Oaxaca’s 24 varieties—was chosen specifically by a seasoned palenquero, and subsequently steamed in an underground charcoal pit, crushed, fermented, and finally 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 dichotomy of age-old rudimentary techniques and modern machinery, the art, the culture and the food you’ve experienced so far. Right here in your cup is more than mezcal’s journey—it’s Oaxaca itself.
Joining you this adventure is Moises Lopez, the chef and man behind the mole at the NYC staple Tobalá. Born in the Dominican and trained in NYC & Oaxaca, Moises is a self-taught chef intent on channeling the outside world and fusing it with centuries of tradition. From family-run mezcal palanques to tamale counters in the mountains, Moises’s connections here run deep, and we just can’t wait to see Oaxaca through his eyes.
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 Moises Lopez
3 Reasons to Travel with Moises Lopez
From studying the tamale in Teotitlan del Valle to mastering the art of the aquachile in Puerto Escondido, Moises is just as much a culinary scholar as he is a chef. And his efforts haven't gone unnoticed—glowing reviews from the New York Times, the MIchelin Guide and droves of diehard regulars will tell you his food is definitely worth the wait.
All Eyes on Oaxaca
From the ceramic plates to wild herbs like pipicha, nearly everything at Tobalá comes from Oaxaca. During construction of the space, Moises spent weeks in Oaxaca planning his future menus.
At Tobalá, the whole family has a seat at the table. The restaurant was founed by Moisés López and his wife Eluisania, in conjunction with Mr. López's sister and her husband.
Setting the Bar
Moises was a bartender before he became a chef. Especially drawn to mezcal, he actually first ate chicatanas in Candelaria Yegolé while exploring agave.
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 $1,500 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; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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; 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 to enter Mexico for stays up to 180 days. The only requirement is a valid passport. We recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Mexico. On arrival at the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple).
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Mexican Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 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 July 17, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 18, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after Septmeber 15, 2024 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).