The Oaxaca Master Chef Trip takes you on a culinary journey into Oaxacan cuisine and explores many indigenous traditions with visits to ruins and villages.
This is a seven night trip designed to offer the very best of traditional Oaxacan cuisine. In addition to tasting these amazing Mexican dishes, you will learn how to make many of them as well during your cooking classes with master Mexican chefs. These chefs will take you to the local markets, teach you how to shop for the best local ingredients, show you the way around a traditional Oaxacan kitchen, and share their culinary secrets and recipes with you. Although this trip revolves around Oaxacan cuisine, you will also visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces of the country. You’ll see ancient tombs from before the Modern Era, the Tule Tree (one of the oldest living beings on this planet), and the beautiful hand woven rugs, textiles, and candles of Teotitlán del Valle. You are guaranteed to meet local chefs, artisans, and people who will forever leave an impression in your life.
Monte Alban and Mitla – Discover the worlds of these pre-Columbian ruins
Tule Tree – Be amazed by this massive tree with the circumference of over 160 feet at its base between the ages of 2000 to 3000 years old
Teotitlán del Valle and San Bartolo de Coyotepec – Visit the indigenous weaving villages and pottery and ceramic centers in these small, charming towns
San Martin Tilcajete – Step into the town of alebrijes, visiting workshops of these vibrant, whimsical figures
Zaachila – Explore these historic town with it’s own archaeological site
Cuilápam de Guerrero – Visit this Mexican Magic Town home to one of the most beautiful and original buildings constructed by the Dominican friars in the XVI century
Day 1: Arrival to Oaxaca
You will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel. Relax and dine tonight on your own at one of Oaxaca’s fine restaurants. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 2: Mitla and Teotitlan del Valle
You will start your day by visiting the Mitla Archeological Site. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl word “Mictlan”, which means “Place of the Dead”. In the Language of the Zapotecans, it is called “Lyobaa”, which means “Burial Place”. The name in the language of the original builders (The Zapotecans) is probably the most accurate when one considers the tombs of the ancient kings and priests which are actually an integral part of the structures within the city. Archaeological evidence indicates that the site was actually inhabited as early as 900 BC, but the structural remains of the city itself have dates ranging between 200 AD and 900 AD. After, you will visit Tlacolula, one of Mesoamerica’s oldest markets and then head on to the Tule Tree. The mighty tree in Santa Maria del Tule has a circumference of over 160 feet at its base and is between 2000 and 3000 years old, making it one of the oldest living things on earth. After lunch you will continue on to the traditional weaving town of Teotitlan del Valle which is known particularly for it’s colorful, hand-woven rugs, naturally-dyed textiles, as well as elaborately decorated hand-made candles made of beeswax, shiny metallic paper and paper flowers. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 3: Oaxaca Cooking Class
Today, you will have your first cooking class. You will start by going to the market with your chef teach Pilar Cabrera from Casa de Los Sabores. You learn the secrets of the Oaxacan kitchen and how to select the best ingredients. You will then return to the school to learn how to prepare some of the wonderful dishes of Oaxaca and enjoy the fruits of your labor eating your delicacy for lunch! In the afternoon, you will have a private city tour. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 4: San Bartolo Coyotepec and San Martin Tilcajete
Today, you will visit artisan workshops and homes to see first hand how the high quality crafts are made. Oaxaca has characterized for the creativity of its people since pre Columbian times. There are a series of towns with artistic tradition on the outskirts of the state capital, with each one specializing on a determined line of work. You will have a traditional lunch in one of the artisans homes. You will have the rest of afternoon free to shop and dine on your own. The towns we will visit are San Bartolo Coyotepec, experts on the fabrication of ceramics using black clay which are cooked in subterranean furnaces; San Martin Tilcajete, artisans who carve and paint in bright colors the whimsical animal shapes call alebrijes; and Santo Tomas Jalieza, where they make bags, rugs and belts, among other objects where motifs related to the local flora and fauna are predominant, using ancient waist frames. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 5: Oaxaca Cooking Class and Market Tour
Today, we will have a group cooking class with Susan Trilling. You will be picked up and travel to the Etla market to select your ingredients. Here, you will try exotic foods and meet the charming people of the market. After a light lunch, you will head out to Rancho Aurora for a lecture on Oaxacan cuisine and a presentation of the day’s ingredients. Then everyone grabs an apron and we create and enjoy a five-course meal. You will then be transport back to Oaxaca. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 6: Monte Alban
Today, you will visit the stunning archaeological site of Monte Alban. You will then continue on to visit Zaachila which is very historic and has its own archaeological site to visit as well. The Tianguis/Market takes place between the central park & church and colorful stands are set up with the most traditional good from this area of the valley such as pecans, alebrijes, red pottery, peanuts, radishes and regional fruits. After Zaachila, you will head to the colonial town of Cuilapam de Guerrero where you will have lunch and visit the ex-convent. You will then return to the hotel to relax and dine on your own in the evening at one of our suggested restaurants. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 7: Oaxaca Cooking Class
Today, you will have your second cooking lesson with the famed Oaxacan chef Alejandro Ruiz. Once again, the class with start at the market selecting ingredients one of the savory recipes that combine the ancient traditional with modern techniques. You will return to the kitchen where you and Alejandro will bring to fruition one of his culinary masterpieces which you will each for lunch! In the afternoon, you will visit the pottery of Atzompa and the artisan paper factory in San Agustin Etla. Dinner is once again on your own. Overnight: Casa Oaxaca
Day 8: Departure from Oaxaca
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.