Day Trips Oaxaca

We offer a selection of superb one day tours that takes you into a Oaxaca far beyond the standard tourist routes. Focused on traditional arts, village cuisine, home visits and Oaxaca’s unique culture, these tours are as ideal for veteran Oaxacan travellers as well as first time visitors. We have specific tours on specific days of the week.

Tortilla! Food of the soul

Every Monday & Thursday
In Brief: Yagul, maize farmer, corn mill, potters and tortilla making
Rate: From $95 usd per person

The tortilla was invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago according to archaeologists, so what better place to learn about this true Mexican food of the soul? This simple disk of corn is much more complex and important than most of us imagine. Our journey today will show us why, and we’ll have a grand time on the way. Our route is way off the beaten path and right into the heart of Oaxaca, visiting a traditional Zapotec corn farmer, a family of potters who make comales, without which a tortilla cannot be cooked and of course, expert tortilla makers. But our first stop is at the quiet ruins of Yagul, not far from the caves where the oldest corn cobs on Earth were discovered. We’ll learn about the hidden ingredient in tortillas so important that without it the great civilizations of Mexico never would have existed (no, it’s not fluoride!) and we’ll give tortilla making a try ourselves…and get to eat the results as part of a home cooked village meal. This journey is about the food that feeds the Mexican soul and upon which ancient nations were built, and it is a trip that takes us from one small village to the next, meeting farmers, artisans and cooks and truly giving us a taste of what Oaxaca is about.

Timeless Cuisine

Every Tuesday & Friday
In Brief: Deep into the popular Foods of Oaxaca. Mole, Chocolate, Mezcal & Quesillo
Rate: From $85 usd per person

Though good food happens in the fine restaurants of Oaxaca city, our favorite food comes from the humble eateries and village kitchens of rural Oaxaca. Fresh cheese, Oaxacan chocolate, mezcal and mole are grand examples of the timeless foods of Oaxaca valley. And they are the focus of our trip today.
Hopping from village to Zapotec village on back roads in the Tlacolula valley we go far beyond the tourist routes and into the real thing, visiting artisanal food workshops and mama’s kitchen with the smoky seasoning of a cooking fire. On the trail of essential Oaxacan treats, we’ll wind our way into the villages and homes that give flavor to this delicious land.

Folk Arts Great Masters

Every Wednesday & Saturday
In Brief: Visit the recognized great masters of the Ocotlan Valley
Rate: From $85 usd per person

Pottery, weaving, embroidery, woodcarving and artistic heritage are the focus of the day. Our journey takes us into the Ocotlan valley to visit the workshops of artisans who are once traditional and innovative. We’ll see fine backstrap weavers, black clay sculputure work, intricate multi-colored embroideries, meet a golden-hearted potter who is blind and smiles through every pour in his body, and visit a highly recognized wood carver. All of the artisans we visit are recognized great masters from the amazing Great Masters books of the Banamex Foundation, and each of them is filled with an inspiration that shines in their work.

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Every Thursday & Monday
In Brief: Maize farmer, corn mill, potters and village hopping
Place: Tlacolula Valley
Rate: $95 usd

The tortilla was invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago according to archaeologists, so what better place to learn about this true Mexican food of the soul? This simple disk of corn is much more complex and important than most of us imagine. Our journey today will show us why, and we’ll have a grand time on the way. Our route is way off the beaten path and right into the heart of Oaxaca, visiting a traditional Zapotec corn farmer, a family of potters who make comales, without which a tortilla cannot be cooked and of course, expert tortilla makers. We’ll learn about the hidden ingredient in tortillas so important that without it the great civilizations of Mexico never would have existed (no, it’s not fluoride!) and we’ll give tortilla making a try ourselves…and get to eat the results as part of a home cooked village meal. This journey is about the food that feeds the Mexican soul and upon which ancient nations were built, and it is a trip that takes us from one small village to the next, meeting farmers, artisans and cooks and truly giving us a taste of what Oaxaca is about.

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Every Friday & Tuesday
In Brief: village made cheese, chocolate, bread, tortillas and tejate
Place: Tlacolula Valley
Rate: $85 usd

Though good food happens in the fine restaurants of Oaxaca city, our favorite food comes from the humble eateries and village kitchens of rural Oaxaca. Fresh cheese, Oaxacan chocolate, wood fired bread, organic, handmade tortillas and Oaxaca’s pre-Hispanic power drink, tejate, are grand examples of the timeless foods of Oaxaca valley. And they are the focus of our trip today. Hopping from village to Zapotec village on back roads in the Tlacolula valley we go far beyond the tourist routes and into the real thing, visiting artisanal food workshops and mama’s kitchen with the smoky seasoning of a cooking fire. On the trail of essential Oaxacan treats, we’ll wind our way into the villages and homes that give flavor to this delicious land.

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Every Saturday & Wednesday
In Brief: Folk art, culture, market, villages
Place: Ocotlán, Jalietza, San Bartolo Coyotepec
Rate: $85 usd

For those who love to get their hands into it, today is for you. Our travels today take us to three workshops in three villages: a wood carver in Arrazola, a sculptural potter in Atzompa and an artistic paper makers in San Agustin Etla. At each workshop we’ll learn how these masters craft their wares, and we’ll get involved as well, sanding, painting, moulding clay, pressing on shapes, sieving cotton fibres into sheets of paper. We may not be masters by the end of the day, but we’ll have a better feel for the work these artisans do, and we’ll have seen a fascinating panorama of traditional and changing arts in Oaxaca. Whether your grown up but still like to play and create, or a family looking for fun and interaction, this trip is for you.

Sunday Market

Every Sunday
In Brief: For Food lovers. Traditional market and a home cooking class!
Rate: From $85 usd per person

Oaxaca comes together at the market! Ancient ritual of exchange, people watching extraordinaire, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and an overload of everything! For centuries Sundays in Tlacolula have meant all of this and today we’ll become a part of this delicious, living history as we immerse ourselves in Sunday Market. And while here we'll pick of some necessary ingredients, because after market we are off to Kitchen. In this case a traditional Zapotec kitchen where we'll be learning how to turn those ingredients into our lunch in a hands-on cooking class. Then we visit a home based industry in a little village where the iconic aprons used by the women of the Oaxacan valleys are made. Colorful, fun, and a must when making Oaxaca cuisine. Today, market, kitchen, apron, we immerse ourselves into a Oaxaca well off the beaten path, and well worth the time!


Book a hancrafted Journey

Our day groups are always small; no more than 10 people per tour, so not to overwhelm our hosts, and so our visits can be personal and meaningful. Since we are visiting the homes of artisans and traditional chefs we need a minimum of 48 hours to reserve a tour in order to make the proper arrangements with them.

Rate

$85 usd per person*
* Minimum numbers apply, see Cancellation Policy below

INCLUDES

* 8 hour tour (9am to 5pm)
* Private Transportation
* Bilingual guide
* Lunch
* Entrance fees
* Artisans fees
* Hotel pick-up and drop-off
* Small group (cap it at 10 people)

Cancellation Policy

* Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements (3 minimum). In the event of this occurring, you will be informed 48 hours before tour departure and offered an alternative to go private with an extra cost or full refund.
* Cancellation of confirmed one-day trips must be done by email.
* No refunds will be given for phone cancellations.
* Passenger(s) have up to 7 days prior to their scheduled tour time to email and cancel their tour with no penalty incurred.
* A $35 usd fee per person will be charged if you cancel less than 7 days prior to your scheduled tour time.
* $50 usd fee per cancellations made 4 to 2 days prior to the Tour.
* Cancelations less than 24 hours prior to tour date are non refundable.
* Unused services and "No Shows" are non-refundable.
* When a tour is cancelled by Traditions Mexico, the client may choose between a full refund of all monies paid or any alternative tour offered by Traditions Mexico. However, Traditions Mexico will not be liable for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as vaccinations, visas, non-refundable flights or loss of enjoyment, etc.
* Traditions Mexico will not issue refunds due to tour cancelation under circumstances beyond our control.