Oaxaca with Nyesha Arrington
February 19 - 25, 2023 | Reserve Your SpotBook Now
Explore the region’s best food, art and culture with Chef Nyesha Arrington
February 19 - 25, 2023
Likely to sell out – reserve your spot!
7 Day, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
As twilight descends over your farm-to-table feast, you’re raising your glass of mezcal to a week’s worth of pure exhilaration. Smoked meats and roasted chiles perfume the air, as you bite into the most delicious tamale you’ve ever tasted and one that you helped to create—and suddenly it hits you. This is more than just a meal—it’s a symbolic ode to your entire journey. Mezcal tastings with a fourth-generation mezcalero, the homemade mole served in the studio of a master potter, your first bite of a tlayuda at the central market, the cleansing ritual with a traditional Zapotec shaman. This week has been a direct deposit of joy and adventure. You take another sip as local musicians strike up a song, toast your fellow seekers, and settle in to this joyful celebration of Oaxaca.
Along with us is Nyesha Arrington, the award-winning L.A. chef with an endless passion for the way ingredients and tradition bring cultures together. From Top Chef and Next Level Chef to Knife Fight and Iron Chef America, Nyesha has competed with the best of them. Off camera, Nyesha’s career has led her around the world, following her appetite and an irresistible curiosity. You’ll feed off Nyesha’s joyful explorer spirit as we explore the tastes and traditions of Oaxaca.
If you travel to stimulate all of your sense, this trip is for you. Wander colorful markets and prepare a farm-to-table feast, taste incredible street food from moles to tlayudas, then wash it all down with the finest artisanal mezcals. All the while, connect with shamans and weavers, artists and chefs. This is Mexico like you’ve never imagined.
At Oaxaca’s colorful food markets, artist workshops, agave farms, ancient pyramids
Rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos—even toasted grasshoppers!
Traditional weavers and sculptors, modern artists and shaman healers
Oaxacan traditions, its vibrant art scene and culture, with Chef Nyesha Arrington
3 Reasons to Travel with Nyesha Arrington
You may have seen Nyesha pop up on your TV screen as a contestant on Top Chef, Knife Fight and Iron Chef America, or on her new show Next Level Chef with Gordon Ramsey. She started cooking professionally at age 17 and has yet to take off her apron. Her insatiable curiosity has taken her from her hometown of Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Hawaii to the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. She loves to discover commonalities across cultures and can’t wait to immerse herself in the flavors of Oaxaca.
L.A. born and raised, Nyesha has that calm, cool SoCal vibe. She’s authentically herself with a warmth that radiates in her smile and her cooking. After all, she wants her food to “hug you from the inside.”
Mind of an Artist
Nyesha comes from a family of creatives. Her father was a musician and screenwriter, her mother a seamstress. As a child she sculpted, painted and practiced martial arts. Nyesha credits her martial arts training with teaching her the mindset and discipline to be a chef.
Fusion of Joy
Growing up in a mixed black and Korean household, Nyesha learned to love both kimchi and gumbo from an early age. Her grandmother introduced her to cooking at age four, and she’s been experimenting with flavors ever since.
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
Book Oaxaca with Nyesha Arrington
That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below. Or text or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure Trip Specialist.
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.
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 October 22, 2022, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after October 23, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after December 21, 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).