Discover the final refuge of indigenous Mexico, a place where pre-Hispanic traditions, customs and languages still survive; where ancient treasures abound and a warm welcome greets every visitor; welcome to Oaxaca (pronounced `Waw-haka`). Take time to discover the ancient history and phenomenal architecture of Monte Alban and Mitla, discover the stunning natural landscapes of Hierve El Agua and Santiago Apoala and wander the colourful craft markets throughout the state before taking a walk in a cloud forest. Finally learn some traditional Oaxacan cooking or taking a tour of Oaxaca`s legendary biodiversity in the botanical gardens.
- 26 Feb. - 07 Mar.
- 05 Nov. - 14 Nov.
- The stunning ruins of Monte Alban
- The unique site of Hierve El Agua
- Learn to cook tasty Oaxacan food
- Discover the stunning Sierra Norte
- Take in the world`s widest tree
- The colonial charm of Oaxaca city
- Visit colourful traditional handicrafts markets.
Day 1: Fly from Mexico City into Oaxaca. You will be met at the airport by our representative and brought to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Meal plan: N/A.
Day 2: Visit the ancient pyramid of Mitla, the bizarre terrains and petrified waterfall of Hierve el Agua and the world's widest tree, El Tule. Return to Oaxaca for overnight. Meal plan: B.
Day 3: Drive into the Sierra Mixteca range, a stunning set of mountains in the indigenous Mixteca region. Hike through a canyon and past waterfalls to the beautiful village of Santiago Apoala, before exploring the village. Overnight in the cabins of Santiago Apoala. Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 4: Half day hike to a waterfall with the possibility to swim. Stop for lunch and after lunch return to Oaxaca. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight in Oaxaca. Meal plan: B, L.
Day 5: After breakfast take a short drive to Monte Albán, one of Mexico's most ancient and impressive archaeological sites - dating from as far back as 500 BC. After spending a few hours exploring the extensive site of Monte Albán you will visit a paper factory in San Agustin Etla before visiting la CASA (an interesting art school founded by Francisco Toledo). In the late afternoon treat yourself to a traditional indigenous massage ("temazcal") before returning to Oaxaca. Overnight in Oaxaca. Meal plan: B.
Day 6: Morning free. Visit Teotitlan for micro-finance tour. This tour with our partners will give you a real insight into the lives of local people in this traditional Zapotec village famous for its weaving traditions. This tour will directly fund small micro-finance projects which are small interest-free loans to help people to start or expand their businesses. You will visit people's homes and they will explain what they will do with the loan from their own homes or places of business. The benefits these small loans can bring to people is quite incredible and Envia will send you an update on the people who explained their projects once they have received their loans. Return to Oaxaca. Overnight in Oaxaca. Meal plan: B, L.
Day 7: Breakfast, Visit of the colourful Ocotlan market and the handicraft villages of San Bartolo (black pottery), San Martin Tilcajete (painted wooden animals) and Santo Tomas Jalieza (textiles). Late afternoon free. Overnight in Oaxaca. Meal plan: B.
Day 8: Day trip to Llano Grande for a walk in a cloud forest. Surrounded by pine forest the 150 inhabitants live in the cleanest community of Mexico and are happy to show you their beautiful area. Your hike passes through meadows covered with wild flowers and pine forest and leads to some dramatic views. Back in the village we enjoy a delicious lunch at Kata's restaurant. Relax for a while before returning to Oaxaca for overnight. Meal plan: B, L.
Day 9: After breakfast there are a number of optional activities (these are included in the price of the tour but you must choose). Option 1: a cooking course learning some of the dishes that Oaxaca is famous for with one of Oaxaca's best chef's. Option 2: a guided tour of the botanical gardens of Oaxaca. Oaxaca is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots and home to more than 8,400 registered plant species, 738 bird species and 1,431 terrestrial vertebrate species, accounting for 50 percent of all species in Mexico. Extra option: visit Abastos market, one of the largest and most colourful markets in Oaxaca. This can be added to either of the previous options. Meal plan: B (lunch too if you choose the cooking course).
Day 10: Drop to airport for return flight to Mexico City. Meal plan: B
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