Oaxaca is the capital of a state with the same name, located in the Sierra Madre del SurMountains, the pleasant sub-tropical climate and the serenity of distant places attracts most travelers to the OaxacaValley.
Heir to 3,000 years of history, today Oaxacais a multi-ethnic cultural parade of languages, food, dances, songs, clothing styles, and customs.
Oaxaca, the State Capital, declared Humanity's Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, owes its fame to the beauty and harmony of its architecture, the richness of its cultural traditions, the wide variety of its typical foodsAlebrije
One of Oaxaca's most vibrant and diverse cultural aspects is its cuisine. Thanks to its variety, richness, imaginative use, and laborious preparation, the dishes identified with this state are unquestionably some of the most exquisite in the country.
The most notable aspect of Oaxacancuisine is its variety of moles. Oaxaca is known as the birthplace of the Seven Molesand has the greatest variety including negro(black), colorado(colored), coloradito(little colored), chichilo, verde(green), amarillo(yellow), and manchamantel(lit. 'Stain the tablecloth').
In Oaxaca, it seems like there's always a celebration going on somewhere. On the TehuantepecPeninsula they celebrate the popular vigils or "velas". Other celebrations are The Day of the Dead, The Night of the Radishes and the incomparable fiestas of "Los Lunesdel Cerro", where the highlight is La Guelaguetza-the most traditional Oaxacanfestival of them all. These are some of the festivals that have been kept alive and are an unforgettable treat for any visitor to Oaxaca.
The archaeological resources that the State of Oaxacahas are so plentiful that, to date, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has discovered 4,000 different archaeological sites
Monte Albánand Mitlaare two sites that have become famous all around the world, attracting a high number of foreign visitors
IMPORTANT CULTURAL SITES: Plaza de la Constitución, The Andador Macedonio Alcala The Cathedral of OaxacaThe Church and former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán Rufino Tamayo Museum Mercado (Market) 20 de Noviembre Mitla & Monte Alban El Arboldel Tule
Package 1 Three days & three nights.Enjoy 6 unforgettable hours of cooking lessons with some of Oaxaca's top Chefs, also you will be amazed with the fabulous Oaxaca Historic Center , Santo Domingo de Guzman ex-Convent and museum, Monte Alban and Atzompa.Package 2Six days & five nightsEnjoy 12 unforgettable hours of culinary lessons so you will go back home as a true Mexican Food connoisseur. Additionally, you will experience Teotitlandel Valle, where all the best tapestries and wool items are hand made and colored with natural dyes. You will certainly enjoy a MezcalTasting and the visit to the famous Arboldel Tule, a giant sequoia with more than 1,000 years old.
We will pick you up at the Oaxaca´s International airport; on a comfortable transportation with A/C an experienced
driver will take you to the beautiful city of Oaxaca. At your arrival we will take you to the Hotel of your choice; you have 5 beautiful boutique Hotels where to choose from and where you will find First Class accommodations and services in their historical buildings with unique architecture.
After checking in, we welcome you properly with a cocktail and in a very light meeting we will provide you with a detailed itinerary for all of our activities during your trip explaining each one of them. After the meeting, get prepared for a nice dinner in one of our favorite Oaxacan restaurants, where you will be able to find the best of two worlds, the traditional and the modern Oaxaca. Back at the hotel you will have a great night sleep to prepare you for one of first cooking class the next day.
Good morning! We are certain you had a very well rested night in one of our comfortable Hotels. After having a nice breakfast we will take you to start your culinary experience at Casa Crespo with Oscar Cariozza owner of Casa Crespo and a true Mexican traditions expert. He will guide you through a wonderful cooking
experience, starting from a warm welcome to heading to the market and decide the ingredients for a four course meal. At this beautiful place you will be preparing a tasty sampling of Oaxacan cuisine, such as Mole Negro, bean soup and delicacies as the quesadillas of zucchini blossoms and fresh string cheese, all with native and
modern cooking methods.
After tasting your creations, we will direct our attention to the historic center of Oaxaca, crossing its beautiful streets, visiting the Santo Domingo Museum, the Catholic Cathedral in downtown, and a master piece of the Mexican Religious Art and named one of the UNESCO heritage sites in Mexico. We will visit the traditional handcrafts market where you will be amazed of all the beautiful things you will find. From sculptures made out of black clay to all different types of typical and traditional food such as the fresh string cheese, the handmade chocolate and the interesting and delicious grasshoppers. We will close this wonderful day dinning at the famous "15 Letras".
Buenos Dias! After having a hearty breakfast at the delicious restaurant "La Olla" (The Pot), we will start our day with a visit to the magnificent Monte Alban.
Monte Alban is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in the southern part of Oaxaca located on a low mountainous range rising above the plain in the central section of the Valley. It is one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica; its importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Indigenous culture of the Zapotecs for close to a
thousand years. Visiting Atzompa, the place where the traditional natural pottery along with the green glassed pottery are made. You will enjoy the site seen and the magnificent pyramids along with the beautiful pottery that you will have the opportunity to buy at the handcraft market.
After this exciting and beautiful morning it is time for a light lunch and some time off to walk the nearby stores, in preparation for an awesome cooking experience
with Alejandro Ruiz at Casa Oaxaca, one of the most famous Chefs in the country. He is recognized for his unique techniques at cooking and the fusion of flavors and textures for a true modern Oaxacan cuisine. Among his creations we find the fresh red snapper ceviche with mango and passion fruit sauce a totally worthy experience. The dinner is truly a great experience and the best ending of a great meal could be a coffee tasting from a great Oaxacan coffee company.
Hola! Buenos Dias! After having a great breakfast at the hotel we are ready for a great experience to share at "Seasons of my heart". We will visit the Etla market on a
tasting tour with the great Susana Trilling Executive Chef and Owner and we will buy some ingredients for the menu we will develop at the class. After a light lunch, we
head out to Rancho Aurora, an amazing place where Susana will introduce us to the Oaxacan Cuisine and to a presentation of the ingredients to use at the class. Be
prepared to take an apron and create a five-course meal and then enjoy!
After a well deserved time off, walk the nearby streets of Oaxaca or to take pictures of the nice Plaza at the Zocalo. We will have dinner at one of the beautiful restaurants with modern twist, where you will be able to taste the fusion between the Oaxaca modern and the classic and traditional.
After all the fun we had you might think there will be nothing more, well you are wrong, what is left is the most extraordinaire experience, a cooking class with one fantastic woman, Ofelia Toledo owner of the restaurant Yu Ne Niza, a well recognized woman in U.S. and Mexico for her culinary experience. She is a woman from the region called Itsmo and a "Mayora" (a Mayora is a woman that works with the executive Chef arm to arm and usually runs the kitchen with perfect rules and order) Ofelia will share with you her traditional and original Oaxacan true native way of cooking, From indigenous background, Ofelia will show you how a true "Indigena Oaxaqueña" cooks.
After having this great experience the day will not be complete with a trip to an artisanal distillery. We will show you the art behind the
production of the "Mezcal", a very traditional drink and now certified by the "origin denomination" that is making a strong comeback everywhere in Mexico and abroad.
On the last part of this colorful day, we will close it with a visit to Teotitlan del Valle, a small town where the handcrafted carpets are made. We will visit a family workshop with more than 50 years in tradition. All rugs, carpets, rebozos and othe rwool pieces are handmade, and dyed with natural ingredients and with pre-Hispanic techniques . If you like beautiful handcrafts for your home, a tapestry or an elegant rebozo will be the envy of friends and family .
A visit to Oaxaca will not be complete without a visit to "El Arbol del Tul"e a giant sequoi a w h ich is believed has more than 1,200 years and its wide trunk has created di erent shapes as a deer, a lion and many more your eyes can try to find out. We will nish our day with a goodbye dinner at "La Viznaga", a traditional, modern and exquisite Restaurant that will close the day with avor!
On our last day, bitter sweet goodbye, after having breakfast at yourh otel, we miss you already! It was a pleasure to cook with you and we look forward to seeing you back soon.
This trip i ncludes:
Accommodation i n a de Luxe suite 4d 3n
All services the Hotel provide.
All Breakfasts and dinners described in program .
12 hours of cooking lesson s
Visits described (entrance & tour guide in English)
All Taxes included.
Tips at the airport, restaurants and hotels.
Tour conductor/Personal assistance.
Luxury transportation to the visits and shuttles.
Flight from your destination to Oaxaca and back.