In Oaxaca, a tortilla isn’t just a tortilla. Corn is the basis of life, chiles exist in a variety of colors and shapes, and sauces like mole can have more than 30 ingredients—and take three days to prepare. With a largely indigenous population, Oaxaca has held tight to many of its longstanding traditions in the face of modernity. The mountainous region is the most ethnically diverse state in Mexico—as well as the nation’s most biodiverse—and nowhere is this more apparent than in its cuisine, which marries indigenous ingredients and techniques with those that arrived with the Spaniards in the 1500s. Join us as we explore Oaxaca’s exquisite epicurean offerings alongside a seasoned chef and cultural anthropologist mother-daughter-duo, mindfully munching our way through the city’s bustling markets and fine dining establishments. We’ll trace the rich history behind each culinary tradition we encounter, learning how to incorporate it into our own cooking as we go. Between bites of crispy tlayudas and suckling pig tacos, we’ll explore the city and its surrounding villages—chatting with local artisans, visiting baroque churches, and traversing ancient archaeological sites.
Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.
The cost of this trip is based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the core of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
(1) Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. (Note: Shared rooms not available at the hotels we are using for the February 16, 2022 departure.)
(2) Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Private Room Supplemental Costs:
2022 departures: $620 per person
2022 November departures: $650 per person
2023 departures: $675 per person
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Oaxaca City on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Oaxaca City by 3 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 7. If leaving Oaxaca City directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that day.
Airport transfers are included. If arriving early or departing late, airport transfers are included only if you've booked at the trip hotel through our team.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to three miles over the course of each day in warm weather, and occasionally going up and down stairs.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes.If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Your participation in the trip helps to support farmers, cooks, producers, and artisans in communities typically excluded from traditional tourism. You can increase your impact by sharing the stories of these artisans, farmers, and communities with family and friends, and, if you wish, by purchasing their artwork or products during the trip. Additionally, a portion of your trip fees will go directly to Espacio de Encuentro de las Culturas Originarias (EECO). EECO, which translates to “meeting space for indigenous cultures,” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting vulnerable or low-income people and communities, particularly those with indigenous roots. The organization works with communities across the state of Oaxaca to create projects that address their specific concerns, which include promoting gender equality and the inclusion of women in the workforce, health and environmental security, addressing poverty, and tackling racial discrimination.