Oaxaca with Stephen Jones
January 9 - 14, 2023 | Join the Waitlist BelowSold Out
The ultimate exploration of Oaxaca's culture, cuisine—and mezcal!
January 9 - 14, 2023
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6 Days, 5 Nights
Dive deep into cuisine and mezcal, meet the people who know who to make it best
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.
With you on this incredible journey is Chef Stephen Jones, this year’s James Beard “Outstanding Chef Southwest” and owner of Phoenix’s The Larder + The Delta. Stephen is as much an acclaimed chef as he is a preservationist, someone who honors the roots of indigenous communities through their traditional dishes. His insatiable appetite for culinary history extends deep into Oaxaca. It’s a beautiful stage for him—to showcase how deeply connected our ideas of Mexican food and drink are to this region, and to savor the culture and craft that make Oaxaca such a special place.
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.
The. Best. Food.
Savor the flavors of this iconic food city: rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate and street tacos, at award-winning kitchens and local street stands.
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 Stephen Jones
Sustainability and storytelling are at the heart of everything Stephen Jones creates, both in life and his career. His menu is a perfect marriage of Southern staples with an Arizona twist: think vegetable-forward beignets and locally sourced pork chops. We can’t wait to see what he cooks up in Oaxaca.
A Passion for Mezcal
Blessed with deep connections to the Oaxacan mezcal world, Stephen can't wait to lead the way as we experience the mezcal-making process first hand at a family-run mezcaleria.
Roots All Over
Growing up between California and Chicago, Stephen also spent his formative years getting to know his family (and their recipes) in Alabama. Today, it’s not uncommon to see his own family stop in The Larder + The Delta to say hello as he gets ready to open.
Viva La Mexico
Stephen is a lover of Mexico—Oaxaca in particular. He is ready to visit the colorful markets, taste incredible street food (from moles to tlayudas) then wash it all down with the finest artisanal mezcals.
El CallejonOaxaca 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?
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. For travelers who want to arrive a day early, you can reach out after booking and we can organize your stay at the same hotel we are staying at in Oaxaca.
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. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 September 11, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 12, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after November 10, 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.