Oaxaca with Evelyn Garcia
December 1 - 7, 2024Book Now
Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Oaxaca with Chef Evelyn Garcia
December 1 - 7, 2024
One Exclusive Departure | Likely to Sell Out
7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Oaxaca City, Teotitlan del Valle, Monte Albán
You wake up and wander the colorful market stalls, each overflowing with bright vegetables and earthy spices as you surrender to the smoky aroma of mole rojo and sit down for an impromptu lunch. Though it’s hard to believe, in just a few hours, you’ll be walking the fields with a master mezcalero and learning the nuances of the agave harvest. You’ve already witnessed so much of the true Oaxaca; you’ve marveled at Zapotec ruins, met local artists in their home studios, and explored its vibrant neighboring villages. And tonight, you’ll toast the entire experience—after a farm-to-table banquet—in the lush gardens outside the city, accompanied by a million stars.
By your side is none other than Evelyn Garcia, the Chopped alum and Top Chef finalist who’s turned the Houston culinary scene into her own vibrant canvas. It’s no surprise to see imaginative dishes that feature Oaxacan herbs and flavors alongside curries and noodles at her restaurant, Jūn. She’s the perfect ambassador for street food and fine dining alike, and we can’t wait to see what she uncovers in Oaxaca.
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.
3 Reasons to Travel with Evelyn Garcia
After working in kitchens beside the likes of Anthony Ricco and Harold Dieterle in New York City, Evelyn felt her hometown calling her back home. Fortunately for the Houston food scene, she returned to open up Jūn, a Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant alongside Henry Lu. It's one of the hottest seats in town, and they are just getting started.
Evelyn made the finals on Top Chef, besting 13 other contenders while improvising dishes on the fly and impressing the judges with her dizzying remixes of traditional recipes.
Runs in the Family
Evelyn is both Salvadorian and Mexican, and she grew up on regional specialties like carne asada from her mother's hometown of Tamaulipas.
A Revelation in Oaxaca
Evelyn's eureka moment as a chef came while nibbling on street food in Oaxaca. It was there she realized that these local flavors are an essential part of her story and are key component of her craft.
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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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 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 $1,000 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 August 2, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 3, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after October 2, 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).