The Nomadic Network Oaxaca Tour
Offering mouth-watering food, the best mezcal in the world, and tons of history, it’s no surprise people fall in love with Oaxaca. It’s a city of colorful buildings, scenic rooftop restaurants and bars, street art, historic Spanish colonial churches, cobblestone streets, picturesque parks, and so much more.
Located in a valley surrounded by craggy mountains in southwestern Mexico, Oaxaca has been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous Zapotec and Mixtec peoples before the Spanish arrived. Today, Oaxaca is a center for heritage tourism, owing to the many historical attractions (including Monte Albán, a UNESCO Heritage Site; and Mitla, a Zapotec archaeological site). It’s also one of the gastronomic centers of Mexico and a hub for making mezcal in the country.
During your week in the city, you’ll explore local markets, eat at out-of-the-way food vendors, learn from cooks and history experts, and tour local mezcal farms to meet the local farmers who help produce some of the best mezcal in the world.
This tour is led by Nomadic Matt as well as his friend Maxime from ExplorAddict. They both fell in love with the city and are going to show you all the hidden places they found while traveling and living there. You’ll be introduced to some of the local friends Matt has made during his visits too.
If you want to get away from touristy Mexico and see the real deal, this tour is for you.
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Arriving in the vibrant city of Oaxaca de Juarez, your Oaxaca trip officially kicks off! Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have the day to explore on your own. In the late afternoon, we’ll have an orientation meeting followed by a group welcome dinner where you’ll meet your guides and fellow travelers.
Today, we’ll start with a walking tour through the beautiful cobblestone streets to see the famous Santo Domingo square, the Zocalo, and sprawling local markets. We’ll visit Mercado 20, Oaxaca’s famous food market where our guide will show us their favorite stalls. In the evening, we’ll learn why Oaxaca is called the culinary capital of Mexico with a food tour, stopping at some of the most delicious restaurants in the city!
Today, we’ll head straight into the heart of the largest archeological site in Oaxaca, with a half-day tour of Monte Alban. Monte Alban is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was one of the most important cities in ancient Mesoamerica. Our knowledgeable and passionate local guide walk us through the history of the various plazas and historic structures all while enjoying scenic views of Oaxaca Valley. After we return, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore on your own.
Oaxaca is the birthplace of mezcal, a spirit distilled from agave, and an important part of Mexican culture. Mezcal’s roots are proudly in Oaxaca, where more than 70% of Mexico’s mezcal production happens. We will visit two family-owned palenques and learn about the unique production process that is unlike any other liquor spirit. We’ll see agave fields where you’ll be able to walk amongst the fascinating plants that make mezcal, along with a scenic outdoor lunch (and some more mezcal, of course). We will end the day by visiting an off-the-beaten-path ancient ruin for sunset.
We’ll spend half of the day visiting La Central (the Central de Abastos Market), the largest market in Oaxaca. It is located on the outskirts of town and features hundreds of local vendors selling everything from food to pottery, clothing, electronics, toys, and even livestock. The remaining half of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Today, we’ll drive inland for a full-day tour visiting one of Mexico’s most spectacular natural treasures, Hierve el Agua, followed by a visit to the Pueblo Magico of Mitla. Hierve el Agua is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Mexico. These petrified waterfalls are a set of cliffs and natural limestone rock formations that resemble frozen cascades of water. After some swimming, we’ll do a light hike around the area and see more stunning views.
On our way back we’ll stop in the town of Mitla, named a Pueblo Magico by the Mexican government in 2015. Mitla is home to the second most important archeological site in Oaxaca. We will quickly visit the ruins, stroll the small market, and have some lunch before driving back to the hotel.
We will end the day with our final dinner as a group.
Today, our tour ends. We’ll be around to help anyone getting to the airport or that has questions about staying longer.
We will be staying at a restored colonial mansion, located right in the heart of central Oaxaca. You’ll have your own, private room with a double bed.
During the trip, we’ll have access to a dedicated spring van that will transport us to all of our planned destinations outside of Oaxaca Centro.
Daily breakfast, two lunches, and three dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Aside from mezcal tastings on tours, alcohol is not included.
We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.
Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.
- 6 nights accommodation in the heart of Oaxaca
- All mentioned activities and entrance fees
- All transportation for mentioned activities
- All included meals listed above
- Licensed, local tour leader throughout the entire trip
What’s Not Included
- Flights to/from Mexico
- Passport/visa fees
- Meals not mentioned
- Travel insurance (which is required)
- Optional activities not listed
What are your COVID policies?
To ensure we comply with all entry and exit requirements in a simple and easy manner, we require all participants on these tours to be fully vaccinated.
What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.
Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed local guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.
Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on my tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.
What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.
How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.
Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.
Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old. There’s no maximum age though!
Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing Nomadic Matt, Inc. from any and all liability related to the tour.
What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.
What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We’ll cry, but we’ll understand. Plans change. The refund policy is as follows: Deposits 100% refundable for 60 days (or until 90 days before the tour starts, whichever comes first). Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 100% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 31 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount. Cancelations made from 30-1 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.
When is the balance due?
Payment is due in full 30 days after the date of deposit.
Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. Therefore, we have a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to join the waitlist.
I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! My email is email@example.com.