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Oaxaca de Juarez Culinary & nightlife

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Oaxaca: Mezcal Adventure

1. Oaxaca: Mezcal Adventure

During this experience, you'll be taken through the Valley of Tlacolula to Santiago Matalan. During the ride, you'll be introduced to the culture of mezcal and its geographical context. Once in Santiago Matatlán, you'll be visiting an agave plantation to learn about these plants, their life cycle, varieties, and uses. Then, visit two different mezcal distilleries to see real production going on. From a home scale family-owned business with a long tradition of making mezcal in a rustic way to another way of production more sophisticated, yet artisanal. As each maestro mezcalero gives a personal touch to every batch, each tasting on-site means immersion in the mezcal culture. Afterward, you'll make a stop for lunch in a nice and neat last distillery with a great local cuisine restaurant. By this point of the trip, you'll already know how to taste mezcal as an expert. The premium quality mezcal you’ll taste here will be great for a last toast before heading back home.

Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

2. Oaxaca: Vegetarian Cooking Class with Market Tour

Tour a local market to pick up ingredients, then cook a traditional food recipe with your expert chef. Learn about local ingredients and meet producers of fresh vegetables. Pick up ingredients grown organically nearby and harvested that very morning. After touring the market, return to the kitchen for the class to prepare your dish. Learn how to prepare a delicious salad, a vegetarian main dish, and a dessert in the traditional way. After cooking, its time to share the food with everyone. Enjoy a collective meal together as you taste the rich flavors and feelings of Oaxaca.

Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings

3. Oaxaca: Night Street Food Tour with Transfers and Tastings

Walk and eat your way around Oaxaca on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Sample 4 different local dishes at the markets and street food stalls. Learn about Oaxacan culture through its gastronomy, and get a close-up look at a side of the city many travelers miss. Start your authentic street food experience with a hotel pickup, and head to food stalls frequented by locals. Be ready for an array of up to 4 food and drinks, along with generous servings of Oaxaca’s warm hospitality. Begin the tasting with a delicious Oaxacan "Tlayuda", a large and crunchy tortilla with a spread of beans, fresh cheese, salsa, and a meat of your choice. Then, visit a colorful neighborhood to taste a Garnacha from the Itsmo region, known for the fusion of spices and flavors. Finish off with a delicious beef taco accompanied by salsa and lemon which is an absolute must-have in Oaxaca. With each dish, enjoy a glass of fresh, flavored water – a sweet and fruity accompaniment to your food.

Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

4. Oaxaca: Traditional Oaxacan Cooking Class with Market Visit

Discover what makes Oaxacan gastronomy so renowned. Visit a local, bustling market together with a chef to shop for the freshest of ingredients. Taste the traditional flavors and learn the techniques of Oaxacan cooking as you prepare authentic dishes alongside a chef who will explain what makes them unique for the region.  Start this fully interactive class exploring the main markets of Oaxaca city accompanied by the chef who will help you to identify the best and fresh ingredients on the list. Decide what dish to prepare between two suggestions by the chef. Then, get started cooking as you learn how to prepare one of the traditional meals that proudly represent an important cultural part of the beautiful Oaxaca state. During the lesson, the chef will also explain the benefits about each of the representative ingredients of the region, and which the locals prefer for the preparation of their dishes.  Prepare additionally some handmade tortillas and typical drinks to accompany your dish, such as Tejate, Chilacayota and Margaritas with Mezcal. Feel free to ask any question you have about and, of course, enjoy your traditional meal.

From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua and Teotitlán del Valle

5. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua and Teotitlán del Valle

After pickup from your hotel in Oaxaca city, journey towards Hierve el Agua to see the famous petrified waterfalls formed over thousands of years. Enjoy some time to swim in the natural pools formed by the waterfalls, and delight in the stunning landscape of the Sierra Madre del Sur. Continue the tour with a visit to a traditional mezcal factory. Learn more about the production process of the famous Mexican spirit. Take the opportunity to taste some of the mezcal produced here. The final stop on the tour is the "Pueblo indígena Zapoteca de Tapetes." Known also as Teotitlán del Valle, the town is famous for its beautiful textile wool products, made with natural dyes. See the beautiful patterns on rugs, jackets, bags, sarapes, tapestries, curtains, and dresses, made with large wooden looms. Learn about the ancestral, artisanal techniques used to make these quality products.

Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

6. Oaxaca: Day of the Dead Tour

This celebration is a popular ceremony in which the ancestors are invited to visit beyond the underworld. It is believed that the deceased are granted permission to visit from the beyond. Family members offer their ancestors their favorite foods and drinks on an altar adorned with yellow Mexican marigolds, dead bread, incense, sweet skulls, and in some cases, even the music of their liking. During this wonderful tour, appreciate the main pantheon, a part of this tradition, amongst the tombs, copal, music, and colors of the celebrations. People will celebrate with the souls of the dead and dance together with others of the community who wear their costumes and live the magic of the All Saints' Day festivities. This tour is only available on November 1.

From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

7. From Oaxaca de Juarez: Arts and Craft Tour

Experience 3 of Oaxaca's traditional art processes on this tour. Learn about the Alebrije art process, barro negro (black mud) pottery, and how the residents of Teotitlan Del Valle make their traditional hand-dyed rugs. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop in the car that will take you straight to your first stop, San Martin Tilcajete. Here, learn all about how alebrijes, traditional wooden fantasy figures, are made and discover how they became an emblem of Oaxaca. Next, head to San Bartolo Coyotepec. Learn how barro negro pottery is produced and all the products it can be used to make. Afterward, head to Teotitlan Del Valle and admire the traditional hand-dyed colorful rugs. Finally, visit The Tule Tree, the widest tree in the world, before heading back to your hotel.

Oaxaca: Mixology Workshop with Organic Mezcal

8. Oaxaca: Mixology Workshop with Organic Mezcal

Learn how to make cocktails in this workshop where your only limit is your imagination. Start the workshop by learning how to make your cocktail bases. As you’re mixing up a storm, you’ll hear about the history of mixology, its evolution, and the emerging trends in mixology. During the workshop, you’ll have access to a variety of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, aromatic plants, flowers, branches, and exotic wood sticks. There’ll even be some insects available for the more daring in the group. Learn how to mix each ingredient with juice, alcohol, and syrups and create a tasty cocktail that is beautifully presented.

Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

9. Oaxaca: El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour

Start the excursion with the famous and most notable Tree of Tule, cataloged as the thickest in the world. With a little imagination between the branches and the bark of this majestic tree, you can visualize different animals and silhouettes that have formed over the years. Next, visit a place full of colors with the Zapotec weavers indigenous people at Teotitlán del Valle.  Famous for making their rugs, bags and sheep wool sheep, which are dyed with ancestral techniques with natural pigments, these weavers highlight the use of the great cochineal. End the tour with the typical drink of this beautiful state; the last stop will be in a Mezcal palenque.  Of Oaxacan origin, Mezcal is internationally recognized for its body, color and smell. It is worth mentioning that there are several presentations and flavors of mezcal, enjoy some of the different flavors that are offered, from the aged mezcal to its diverse and delicious mezcal creams.

From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

10. From Oaxaca: San Agustín Etla Quesillo and Papermaking Tour

Learn about two of the most distinctive commercial and artisan activities in the state of Oaxaca with a papermaking and Quesillo (Oaxaca cheese) tour. You’ll be picked up from your hotel in central Oaxaca and venture about 20 kilometers (around 12.5 miles) north of the city center to the Etla District, where traditional Quesillo and paper are made.   First, you will visit a former hydroelectric plant located in San Agustín Etla, where a community is dedicated to the production of paper using natural fibers of the region, such as tree bark, branches, flowers, pigments, and cotton. Next, check out the spectacular Arts Center of St. Augustine, housed in the former La Soledad Yarns and Fabrics Factory, which was founded in 1883 and manufactured raw blankets from cotton. The abandoned building has been remodeled into a modern ecological arts center presenting contemporary art and culture exhibitions. Finally, discover the secrets of locally made Quesillo and its unique flavor. Learn all about this famous cheese, which originated in Oaxaca, has gained international recognition, and is an important ingredient in Mexican gastronomy. You'll also visit the Etla market, well known for being located in the area where Quesillo originated, before returning to Oaxaca City.

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What people are saying about Oaxaca de Juarez

It was amazing! Balam was fabulous. We went to three unique distilleries, tasted Mezcal all day, Gaines new information, eight delicious food at one of the distilleries and were able to have an agave field tour. I highly recommend booking with his company for your next tour

The tour was fantastic! Fabio was the best guide we’ve had of any tour in Mexico. Very knowledgeable about Mezcal and Mexican culture in general. Lots of Mezcals were tasted and good times were had!

Our favorite activity was the weaving tour of a family run weaving store. The rugs the mother and father were weaving were amazing. We also enjoyed the tour of the animal carving and painting shop.

Fabulous market tour to buy all the ingredients for cooking lunch. Gerardo is an excellent guide, teacher, and chef. What an amazing experience!

Great experience! Walking in the market was fabulous and the actual cooking was great fun!