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From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Factory

1. From Oaxaca: Hierve el Agua Waterfalls and Mezcal Factory

Start your tour by being picked up in Oaxaca early in the morning by your tour guide and start the ride. Stop at Teotitlán del Valle, a village of weavers in which you will learn how they use ancient techniques to paint wool and wave rugs forming majestic designs. The next stop will be Hierve el agua, the petrified waterfalls one of 30-meter height, and another one of 12-meter height. Admire these waterfalls that are formed by carbonated water and offer beautiful views of the mountains, perfect to take great photos. Get a chance to swim in the mineral pools and take a walk with local guides and take in the spectacular surroundings of nature. The last stop is a Mezcal Factory where you will learn the process of the elaboration of the authentic mezcal and also get to taste some of the different flavors of Mezcal. To finish your tour, you will be taken back to Oaxaca.

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From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

2. From Oaxaca: Monte Albán and Art Craft Towns Day Trip

Explore the archaeological area of Oaxaca built by the Zapotecs. Learn about its big plazas, truncated pyramids, and the court for playing tlachtli (a type of ball game). Hear about the underground passageways and more than 100 tombs at the site from your professional tour guide. Start your day by being picked up in Oaxaca City, and begin your journey to Monte Alban. Next, visit the town of Arrazola town and fall in love with the authentic wooden figures called Alebrijes. Watch the interesting creation process of these figures which involves carving and painting. Head to Cuilapam de Guerrero town and visit a Dominican Ex-monastery of the 16th-century, known for its unfinished basilica and prominent open chapel. End your magical tour in the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec and meet local artisans who specialize in black pottery (Barro negro). Learn about the techniques used since pre-Columbian times.

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Full-Day Tour of Oaxaca

3. Full-Day Tour of Oaxaca

Get ready to discover some of the best places of Oaxaca State. Start with a visit to Santa Maria el Tule, home of one of the most extraordinary natural beauties including the  giant tree (The Tule Tree), with a height of 40 meters and a diameter of more than 50 meters. It is said it´s more than 2000 years old, which makes it perhaps one of the biggest and oldest living things in the world. You'll then make a little stop in the small town of Teotitlan del Valle, famous for its home-made textiles. One of the day's highlights will be a visit to Mitla, which in Nahuatl means "Place of the Dead". Mitla used to be a ceremonial center of the Zapotecs and it´s now famed for its outstanding mozaics on its walls, a unique style of decorating in Mesoamerica. You'll  continue the excursion with an adventurous ride to Hierve el Agua, where you'll have the chance to see the petrified waterfalls and take a refreshing dip into the mineral baths while enjoying the breathtaking landscape. Conclude the day in the most typical way; at a mezcal distillery. Learn about the traditional production process and you won´t leave before you have tasted Oaxaca´s sacred liquor.

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Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

4. Huatulco Bay: Bahías Boat Tour & Snorkeling Experience

Begin your magical tour with pick-up from the lobby of your hotel in Huatulco Bay. Set off for the main bay at Santa Cruz and board the boat in the dock which will host all the fun. On the journey, be delighted with the views of the sea, vegetation, sand, color, and stillness of the waters. Arrive at Chachacual Bay, which an underwater park which belongs to the Huatulco National Park Protected Natural Area. Stop here to practice your snorkeling and get to know the coral reef and marine species. After this, continue the boat tour and admire the beautiful panoramic views. Witness natural formations such as the Bufadero stone face known as the Mixteco Face and an island shaped like a turtle. Then, the captain will take the boat out to sea so you can keep your eyes peeled for other marine species such as dolphin, manta ray, and different species of turtles and birds. Later, move to Maguey Bay to go down once more, swim and enjoy a delicious meal based on seafood. Enjoy the specialties such as fish to size, stuffed pineapple, shrimps, lobster with butter, among others. The approximate stay time to enjoy this beach is 2 hours before starting the return trip. To end this great experience, return to the boat to take some pictures. Continue relaxing with the sea breeze until you reach the Santa Cruz dock, where the units will be waiting to transfer you to your respective hotels.

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Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release Experience

5. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release Experience

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Escondido and heads to a preserved beach. Join a local nature conservation group and learn about the different species of sea turtles and the measures being taken to help protect them since they became an endangered species. Learn about the lives of the sea turtles, then help them reach the ocean from their nest on the beach. There’s plenty of time to take photos of this magical experience, and soak up views of the sunset. By the end of the evening, you’ll have learned more about this endangered species, taken part in the effort to protect them, and made unforgettable memories.

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Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

6. Puerto Escondido: Bioluminescence Night Spectacle

Enjoy a pickup after sunset from your hotel lobby in Puerto Escondido. Head towards the Manialtepec lagoon in the darkness of night.  Marvel at a spectacular natural show while crossing the lagoon in a boat with the help of a local instructor. Experience the delightful reaction of how millions of microorganisms begin to illuminate the water as you swim or while you touch the water through the boat. Witness this rare event as there are only 2 lagoons in Mexico that have this spectacular and beautiful phenomenon.  Passing midnight and after enjoying this remarkable experience, you will be taken back to your hotel in Puerto Escondido.

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Oaxaca de Juarez: Roundtrip Shared Airport Transfer

7. Oaxaca de Juarez: Roundtrip Shared Airport Transfer

Enjoy the convenience of a shared airport transfer between Oaxaca International Airport and your accommodation in Oaxaca de Juarez. Relax with a comfortable return service directly from the airport. Be greeted by the friendly staff at the airport who will be waiting for you outside of the terminal with a banner displaying your name. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver. At the end of your stay, get picked up at your hotel and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport without having to worry about pre-booking a bus or train. Get dropped off outside the arrivals hall of the airport and have a safe trip home.

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Huatulco: Private Return Transfer Airport to Hotel Zone

8. Huatulco: Private Return Transfer Airport to Hotel Zone

Enjoy a comfortable private transfer from Bahias De Huatulco International Airport to your hotel in the resort area of Huatulco. Be welcomed by your personal driver who will be waiting outside of the terminal with a personalized banner. Head to the vehicle where your driver will help you with your luggage before driving towards the resort area of Huatulco. Relax onboard an air-conditioned vehicle until you arrive at your hotel. At the end of your stay, be picked up at your hotel and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport without having to worry about navigating public transportation. Be dropped off outside the arrivals hall of the airport on time for your flight.

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Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

9. Oaxaca: Monte Alban and the Art of Oaxaca

Immerse yourself in Oaxacan culture on this day trip. Visit the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, Monte Albán, located in the majestic urban center. This area was known as the religious, political, and economic center of the Zapotec civilization. Walk around the square and explore the Site Museum.  Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures from the top of the archaeological structures. Next, you'll visit San Antonio Arrazola, a magical place of colors and traditions, where the famous artisans will teach you how they carve copal wood. Learn the process of creating the magical figures called "Alebrijes", which represent the innovative spirit of the Oaxacan soul, part of an ancestral tradition of the Zapotecs. Finally, stop at Cuilapam de Guerrero, a Mixtec town famous for its 16th-century Dominican ex-monastery, and San Bartolo Coyotepec, a small town of adobe houses where you'll witness the process of making beautiful black clay figures.

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Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

10. Puerto Escondido: Turtle Release and Bioluminescent Plankton

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel lobby, then head to a preserved beach to join a local nature conservation group. Help newborn turtles reach the ocean that will be their home, and take amazing pictures with a picturesque sunset in the background. After sunset, set out on the Manialtepec lagoon under the darkness of night and marvel at a spectacular natural show. Experience the delightful reaction of millions of microorganisms beginning to illuminate as you swim. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 110 reviews

This was a fantastic way to see Oaxaca and get a sense for the local food! We began by taking a walking tour of the neighborhood (close to the centro but less touristy which was nice) and went to the market with our guide who allowed us to try different foods and spices. We also learned about the different trees in the area. When we got back we were introduced to the ingredients and began cooking. We cooked quite a few dishes including mole, memelas, salad, and Mexican gnocchi - though our guide told us the menu changes each class. For me it felt less like a cooking class and more like a cooking experience. We were all doing different things which made it hard to learn how to duplicate the recipes. However, I enjoyed this as it was a really fun way to spend a few hours. It was a delicious meal and was nice to eat together at the end. If you are looking to get to know a bit more about the food and history of Oaxaca in a hands on (and delicious) way, try this class!

This class was fantastic! It was very intimate with only 4 participants and the instructor. It was the perfect way to get introduced to mezcal and how to make cocktails with it. We learned about the different plants used to make mezcal, how it’s made, and how to taste it. Then we got to go behind the bar and learn how to make drinks! This was hands down my favorite part. We got to use real bartending tools and ingredients to make the drinks. Also the host is incredibly knowledgeable and has fantastic energy that made the class really fun. That said, the reason I deducted a star because the instructor didn’t seem fully prepared at times. The instructions said to show up 15 minutes before and the host was surprised that we showed up on time. There were several moments during the class where he had to get up and leave to find something he forgot.

As someone who knows very little about the world of cocktails and bartending, this experience was amazing. It was very fun getting to design my own drinks and just learning what the different tools and techniques are in making cocktails. It started off a bit slow, but I think it was necessary in order to have a better understanding of “mixology”. First we learned about the different types of mezcal and how it is produced from the plant to the final product. Then we actually got a chance to taste mezcal by itself to see what we are working with. After that we actually got a chance to go behind the bar and play around with all the ingredients and tools. It was a very happy mood and felt like a very intimate experience with our mixologist. I highly recommend this experience to anyone even slightly interested, you won’t be disappointed.

I booked this tour for myself and two others and Wow is all I can say! This tour was fantastic but the guide, Hugo, really made the trip special. He picked us up at our Airbnb in a nice vehicle and drove us to all the sites. He asked what we were interested in and made stops along the way that weren’t originally on itinerary. We really appreciated that and all the additional information. It’s obvious he knows a lot about the Oaxaca. The best stop of the trip was definitely the market. Much bigger than the one in Oaxaca and more of a local feel. That said it could’ve been overwhelming if we were not with a guide. The other stops were cool too because they aren’t usually on peoples itineraries. Cannot recommend this experience enough.

Very friendly driver. Car was cool and comfortable.