OAXACA COMPLETE
PRICE ON REQUEST · 11 days / 10 nights

Combine the wonderful mix of indigenious local culture with the most beautiful beaches of Oaxaca to have a very complete experience in the state of Oaxaca.

Day 1 : Cancun – Oaxaca  

From Cancun you will fly to the airport of Oaxaca, in the state of Oaxaca. Depending on the hour of your flight, we can add an activity to that day. If not, you can enjoy the first day and relax after travelling from Cancun to Oaxaca.

Overnight based on room with breakfast.

 

Day 2: Oaxaca  

Today, you will be heading out to get this inspiring city a little bit better. During a guided tour of the city, you will visit Templo de Santo Domingo, the regional museum of Oaxaca, the city center square (zocalo), Mercado 20 de noviembre and Mercado Benito Juarez. Oaxaca is known for its culture and food. That’s why the city boasts a lot of regional markets. Each market has a different specialty: textiles, fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, … Also, make sure to taste an ice cream called nieve at the square in front of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.

Overnight based on room with breakfast.

 

Day 3: Oaxaca – Tule – Teotitlan del valle – Hierve el agua – Mitla – Oaxaca  

Today you will have a very busy and interesting day ahead of you visiting a lot of interesting places in the region of Oaxaca city.

You will start your day with a visit to Tule. Tule is known for a tree. This tree has over 1.000 years of age and is the largest tree in the world, with a diameter of 11,62m. Even though the record is controversial, it is still amazing to visit this place and watch this ancient tree and the quaint little town.

After this visit, you continue to visit to Teotitlán. This place is known for its textiles, especially rugs, which are woven on hand-operated looms, from wool obtained from local sheep and dyed mainly with local, natural dyes. They combine historical Zapotec designs with contemporary designs such as reproductions of famous artists’ work.

Next on the list is Hierve El Agua. This wonderful place was created by mineral water that pushed through karstic limestone, depositing the falls onto the mountain’s edge. While the waterfalls are white, two mineral pools sit at the edge of the cliff. The name literally translates as “Boiling water”. Don’t get too excited though, the pools are NOT hot at all. The name comes from the fact that minerals bubbled out from the middle of rocks, slowly calcifying over thousands of years into the rock formations that you see today. This site is tremendously popular with tourists and Instagrammers. You will immediately notice why as soon you arrive.

After this mesmerizing trip and visit, we continue to the fascinating archeological site of Mitla. In the Zapotec times, the city was called Lyobaa. The Mixtec concurred the city about 100AD a renamed the city to Mitla, place of the death. Mitla was the main religious center. However, what makes Mitla unique among Mesoamerican sites is the elaborate and intricate mosaic fretwork and geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and even entire walls. These mosaics are made with small, finely cut and polished stone pieces which have been fitted together without the use of mortar. No other site in Mexico has this.

To end off the day, we will visit a traditional Mezcal distillery in Matatlan, the most important place where Mezcal is produced. Just like Tequila, Mezcal is made of the agave cactus. However, Tequila can only be made with blue agave and has to be originally from the state of Jalisco. If it is a mix of agave or not coming from Jalisco, it is not Tequila. The Mezcal has a slightly different flavor, because of the mix of agaves. You will see the whole process, and afterwards have a nice tasting off course! Some Mexicans say that Tequila is for kids, but Mezcal is the real deal, as alcohol levels can reach higher than Tequila. Good luck!

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 4: Oaxaca – Monte Alban – Alebrijes – Cuilapam  

Today will be a full day with three fantastic stops.

First of all, you will head to Monte Alban. The most visited archeological site of the Zapotec empire, with Mitla being the second most visited. Contrary to Mitla, this city was more a political centre in the Zapotec empire. It shows from the structures you will find. You will find that Mitla is more heavily decorated as it was build for honoring the death. Let the guide inspire you with the tales of the Zapotec empire, learn about the structures, the ball game, etc. Some say these archeological sites hold some sort of energetic power. Curious if you will sense it as well, and leave the place inspired and happy.

After Monte Alban, you will visit the people who are working with the Alebrijes. These artisan works, you can find all over Mexico in tourist souvenir shops. Well, this is the place where the make (the original ones, not the fake made in China crap) these alebrijes with a lot of care. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares In the 1930s. The wood used for the carving is copal, which is a very light type of wood, making it easier to handle and to produce such fine artwork.

As a last stop of the day, you will go to the monastery of Cuilapam. It is one of the most extravagant and elaborate colonial area constructions in Oaxaca, but it is often overlooked in favor of churches and monasteries located in the Mexico City area. Built of green quarried stone and river rocks, it is a quiet place where footsteps can echo in the hallways. The extravagances of the site include the tall basilica, the elaborate baptismal font, the Gothic cloister and murals, which remain as national treasures. The decorative work of the monastery, especially its murals, are important because they show a systematic blending of indigenous elements into the Christian framework, done in order to support the evangelization process in the local Mixtec and Zapotec peoples.

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 5: Oaxaca – Puerto Escondido   1n Puerto Escondido

 Today you will be heading to the coast of Oaxaca, to Puerto Escondido. A surfer paradise with a couple amazing bays to enjoy some beach time. However, reaching there from Oaxaca could be getting you tired, as you need to cross the Oaxacan mountains to reach to coast. That is why there are no activities planned for you. You can enjoy Zicatela beach, head to Bahía Principal, Playa Carrazalillo (our favorite beach in Puerto Escondido), Playa Puerto Angelito or try and discover the Mirador Las Tortugas.

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 6: Puerto Escondido – Chacahua  

After relaxing on the beach or at the hotel yesterday, it is time to discover part of the local fauna and flora. You will be going to Chacahua lagoon to take a trip on the lagoon, spotting a variety of birds, crocodiles and other species. It is also a very nice place to stop for free time on the beach of Chacahua, with a lovely lunch of fresh caught fish and maybe a fresh coconut juice if you like that. After that, you will check in your cabaña where you will be staying the night. At night fall, you will be going on another trip on the lagune. This time, it has to be absolutely dark. You are going to search for the Bioluminescence. This is a wonder of nature when there is a special type of plankton in the lagoon that gives off lights to protect themselves from predators. Imagine swimming in the dark in the lagoon, with nothing but the lights of the plankton. We tested it ourselves and it is truly magical!

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 7: Chacahua – Puerto Escondido 

Time to say goodbye to Chacahua and head back to Puerto Escondido, where you can enjoy the rest of the day of free time. Maybe catch up on some shopping, or try and catch a wave while surfing. Or visit the rest of the bays you didn’t have time to visit last time.

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 8: Puerto Escondido – Laguna Manialtepec – Puerto Escondido  

Another trip to a lagoon today. Don’t worry, Manialtepec is different than Chacahua. We start of the trip in the afternoon, with a visit to turtle reservation site on Playa Bacocho. There you will get an explanation of how the preservation of the beach, and the turtle eggs is done. When they hatch, how to nurture them, etc. To top off the experience, you will be able to release some recently born turtles in the Pacific Ocean to get them going on their life journey. A nice, peaceful and lovely experience, leaving an impact on you for sure. Afterwards, you make your way to the Manialtepec lagoon. This lagoon boasts also a wide variety of birds, crocodiles, and other endemic species. The tour will be a sunset tour, so this will be a very romantic boat ride as you make your way to the Pacific Ocean to the place where the river and Ocean meet. If you are lucky, you can also catch a glimpse of the Bioluminescence as you did in Chacahua. After that you will head back to the hotel.

Overnight based on room with breakfast.

 

Day 9: Puerto Escondido – La Ventanilla – Mazunte – Zipolite – Huatulco  

Today it is time to say goodbye to the charming Puerto Escondido and head to Huatulco via the Oaxacan coast line. First stop is eco reserve La Ventanilla, where you will board on a small boat that can only be operated with paddles. No motorized boats are allowed here. At La Ventanilla, you can spot crocodiles, lizards, and a lot of birds. It has a nursing center for monkeys, some deer, and crocodiles. Enjoy the laid back vibe.

After that, you will be going further to head to Mazunte. Here you will visit a shop with only organic products, such a mosquito repellent, sunscreen, soap, perfume, and other beauty products. It is run by locals, and always nice to support local initiatives, while caring for the environment. After that visit, you will head to a coffee shop, to do some coffee tasting. Coffee is an important product in Mexico, and especially in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. The final stop in Mazunte will be Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga. There you can find a lot of the turtle species that come to nest in Mexico. That is why turtles are very import for Mexico. At least 3 different ocean turtles come and lay eggs on beaches all over Mexico.  This place serves as a sanctuary for those injured to heal and be released again, or as a haven for those that where injured so badly they can not be released in the wild again.

Next on the list is hippy town Zipolite, where you only have a quick stop. Hike shortly up to a viewpoint where you can see the 2 principal bays of Zipolite. You should know that Zipolite has a nude beach, so don’t be shocked or surprised to see some naked people running around at the beach.

Time for lunch! This will be served in Puerto Angel on the beach with a view of the opposed Playa Panteon. No need to say to seafood is the recommended choice in a coastal area.

After that, it is about 1h30 to reach Huatulco, where you can check in your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. Huatulco has 2 parts, the beach part (Santa Cruz area) and downtown area (La Crucecita). I would recommend to head down to the downtown area for the best local restaurants, bars en handicraft shops.

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

Day 10: Huataluco

Today you will be heading out on the water. Huatulco is famous for its many bays. So, the ideal way to try and visit most of them, is by boat. And that is exactly what you will be doing today. You will visit 7 bays while enjoying a nice time on the boat. Please be advised that the Pacific can get rough, so if you nauseated quickly, please take your precautions. You will stop in one of the bays to go for a snorkeling adventure on the reef. Another bay where you will be going to, is going to be the place to take your lunch. So today is nothing more but, relax, enjoy, try to spot dolphins/sea turtles and have a nice time soaking up the sun and the sights. At night you can relax and maybe try some Tlayudas, which is a famous dish in Oaxaca.

Overnight based on room with breakfast

 

 Day 11 : Huatulco – Cancun

Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye to this amazing state of Oaxaca and head back to Cancun.