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Oaxaca

DISCOVER

Traditional Oaxacan cuisine: rich mole sauces, spiced chocolate, street tacos, the smokiest mezcals

CELEBRATE

The timeless color and culture of local art, meeting traditional weavers and sculptors in mountain villages

FEEL

Oaxaca’s connection to tradition and the earth, evident in art, food and shaman rituals experienced first-hand

Why Oaxaca

Oaxaca is soulful and vibrant, and it packs in so much of the complex, fascinating culture of Mexico. Walk colorful markets and hike ancient Zapotec pyramids all in one day. Oaxaca's cuisine will blow your mind, the mezcal is better than anything you've ever tasted. Come for rich history, artistry, and gastronomic traditions—come to experience the heart and soul of Mexico.

Moments That Matter

We’ll be a part of it all—at artist studios, ancient ruins, local markets, street-food stands, hacienda hotels—from Oaxaca City to San Sebastián Teitipac. We tour ancient Zapotec pyramids and meet traditional weavers, go on the hero’s journey of mezcal at the agave farm of a multi-generation mezcalero, prepare a farm-to-table feast. Discover more than you thought possible in one lifetime.

Your Private Experience

Who It’s For

Our Oaxaca is for the cultural connoisseur as much as the Mexico novice. If you’re a lover of traditional art, stunning scenery and really, really good food, look no further.

When to Travel

Oaxaca is a year-round destination with weather that rarely disappoints. Experience cultural festivals like Día de Muertos in November, or opt for the warm summers and extend your trip to include a beach getaway.

Make It Yours

Want to delve deeper into ancient indigenous culture? Always dreamed of hands-on cooking the best traditional foods? A mezcal master class? Whatever your interests, we'll craft your unforgettable Oaxaca adventure.

Itinerary Highlights

Focus the trip how you want, or even extend it into the Yucatán or Mexico City for a deeper look into the country. Here’s our favorite way to explore Oaxaca:

Day 1

Get your bearings with a food-centric walk through the city’s cobblestone streets and bustling central markets, a true feast of the senses led by a local expert. In the evening, toast the start of your adventure with local mezcal—of course—then have terrace seats overlooking Oaxaca’s flood-lit cathedral domes for an open-air dinner.

  • Private street-food tour
  • Hands-on mezcal tasting
  • Dinner at one Oaxaca's top kitchens

Day 2

Oaxaca’s sense of art is vibrant, ageless—and everywhere. Journey to its source in the Mixtec Mountains and meet nationally renowned ceramicists Manuel Reyes and Marisela Gómez. They’ll invite you into their home studio, sharing their art and stories, then treat you to a home-cooked meal. In the afternoon visit the Casa de Artes San Agustin gallery, then explore Oaxaca City into the evening to catch its irresistible nightlife along the lit-up zocalo.

  • Ceramics studio visit and home-cooked meal
  • Visit Casa de Artes San Agustin

Day 3

Get the true Oaxacan farm-to-table experience at Rancho 314, an urban farm on the edge of the city that supplies top local restaurants. Learn the art of making mole, tamales, and get a hands-on look into the local flavor profiles. Then, feast and enjoy all the local delicacies you had a hand in preparing. Freshen up back at the hotel, then head out on a private, guided street-food dinner, savoring the unforgettable flavors of Oaxaca.

  • Rancho 314 farm experience and lunch
  • Street-food walking tour and dinner

Day 4

Start at the hilltop ruin of Monte Albán, easily one of Mesoamerica’s grandest architectural sites. Work up your appetites for lunch in San Martin, a feast of succulent barbecued meat cooked the traditional way. Then, take a quick drive to meet up with a fourth-generation mezcalero in Santa Catarina Minas. Learn how these passed-down, timeless techniques turn agave hearts into one of Oaxaca’s famed exports. If you’re seriously into mezcal, ask us how to dive even deeper on your trip and take full advantage of this smoky spirit.

  • Private tour of Monte Albán
  • Traditional lunch in San Martin
  • Mezcal farm tour and tasting at Santa Catarina Minas

Days 5 - 6

Our Oaxaca isn’t all about the city. Pack up and head out to a 300-year-old hacienda retreat in the mountains. On the way, you can stop at Teotitlan del Valle, a Zapotec weaving village. See demonstrations by artists and learn to make generations-old recipes with a local family. It’s the perfect stop-over before kicking back by poolside to enjoy the sunset from your private corner of Mexico. The hacienda can arrange hiking, bike riding or horseback riding, book a message or take part in a guided sweat-lodge experience. For the spiritually minded, partake in cleansing ritual with a local shaman.

  • Private transfer to hacienda
  • Visiting Zapotec weaving village
  • Home-cooked meal with Zapotec family
  • Meet local shaman

Where We Sleep

A peaceful oasis in Oaxaca City, a historic hacienda gone chic in a private valley of mountains—our accommodations are small-scale and boutique, the ideal ways to get acquainted with Oaxaca life.

Oaxaca City

Off a central side street, a few blocks from the zocalo and central shops, a street gate opens into a breathtaking oasis that’s our Oaxaca City home. Serenity reigns in thoughtful garden spaces with palm trees, covered walkways and an outdoor patio bar.

San Sebastián Teitipac

A 300-year-old hacienda tucked away in the mountains, each room features a mix of traditional and contemporary designs. Enjoy spa treatment and comfortable lounging, plus hiking, horseback riding and biking. It’s relaxing, private and the ideal place to soak in the golden sunset with a cocktail in hand.

People Love MO/AD’s Oaxaca

I loved eating goat just after it was lifted from the pit, sipping on a mezcal.
Diana C.
This is more than just a trip. It’s authentic and joyful, and a powerful reminder of why we travel.
Scott M.
The meals made for us in local homes were just heavenly.
Andrew B.

FAQs

  1. How many people is this itinerary suitable for?

    Our private itineraries to Oaxaca are ideal for groups of four or more—you and friends, families, and multi-generational groups. For groups of six or more, an optional Modern Adventure local guide can be arranged.

  2. Can you curate an itinerary for a larger group?

    Yes, we can help you craft an unforgettable milestone celebration, for groups as large as 40 or more.

  3. What makes a MO/AD experience different?

    Our level of curation and care. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end, with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We also support you each step of the way, with comprehensive trip materials and itineraries, detailed day-by-day options, insider destination info, gear recommendations, and 24/7 dedicated support.

  4. How far in advance should I plan my trip?

    Preferably three to six months in advance. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible.

  5. What is typically included?

    We curate your Modern Adventure to ensure the experiences are authentic and immersive, and included in your trip price. This includes all accommodations, local transport and airport transfers, private travel for all day trips and excursions, private tours with local guides and cultural experts, exclusive VIP access and activities, all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

  6. How much will it cost?

    Private Modern Adventures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by time of year, number of people in your group, types of activities you prefer including private local guides and private transfers.

  7. What's not included?

    MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, transportation to your trip’s starting point, hotel incidentals (including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs), and any activities or meals not included in your confirmed MO/AD itinerary.

  8. What deposits are required?

    After learning more about you, your interests and preferred style of travel, as well as your preferred travel dates, we will present you with a detailed itinerary including activities, internal flights, transport and accommodations. In order to check and confirm availability for your group, there is a $750 non-refundable deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost.

    Your trip is guaranteed—and your dates secured—with a 25% non-refundable deposit. Many of our local partners, including our hotel and resort partners, require advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip is due 30 days prior to travel.

  9. 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.