Tour Dates: Sept 25-30, 2024 Starting at $2199/pp
Do you want to explore more of Mexico? Come with me to Oaxaca! Space limited to 10. Oaxaca is a jewel in Mexico, rich in cultural and culinary traditions and is designated a world UNESCO heritage site. Oaxaca is extremely diverse, with over 15 indigenous groups throughout the state. Oaxaca is known for its incredible Day of the Dead celebrations, gorgeous coastlines, colorful markets and of course mezcal and mole. The food is HEAVEN! You probably think of mole when you think of Oaxaca. But have you had yellow mole? Or green mole? Have you tried a tlayuda, a huge tortilla cooked over a fire, filled with grilled meats and vegetables? And perhaps you have tried mezcal, but what about tepache? Get ready for the girls’ trip of a lifetime where you will experience all of this, and more!
Marvel in the magnificence of Oaxacan food and culture on the Oaxaca Culinary and Culture Tour, with me (Otehlia) as your host. We’ll spend 5 nights and 6 days based in Oaxaca City, experiencing and exploring the magic of Oaxaca with locals. What makes this trip extra special is that it is designed especially for and by women. We will be supporting women chefs, artists, distillers and business owners as often as possible. And this trip is designed for 10 women attendees only (ages 18+–I believe that intergenerational experiences are super important. You’d be surprised–on one trip to Mexico the 81 year old wanted to get group tattoos. A good level of health and fitness is important as we do walk quite a bit).
This is your opportunity! Join me on this one-of-a-kind trip that incorporates fun, rest, and cultural experiences in a welcoming, fun, safe and inclusive environment. This trip is designed to bring women together to nurture and uplift our spirits while having fun and supporting other women and diverse cultural and culinary traditions. Oaxaca City is very safe for female travelers!
Temazcal steam experience (women owned)
Indigenous village to learn from women artisans
Sunset rooftop food tour
Cooking class with local woman chef
Mezcal making and tasting experience
Madison Eats curates an incredible travel experience that you simply will never get at an all-inclusive. I can’t wait to do this tour again with every family member and close friend I can bring with me. Go and see!
Food Tour Itinerary
Upon arrival at Oaxaca airport, we will head to the hotel and check in. Take some time to relax with your welcome drink before gathering for our first dinner in Oaxaca sampling some of the most incredible fare. After dinner we’ll walk to the center of the city to enjoy the nightlife (optional) and enjoy drinks or just soaking in the beautiful energy of this city.
Wake up and enjoy breakfast and yoga if you wish (provided by the hotel) before heading to a traditional temazcal ceremony. The word temazcal originates from a Nahuatl word Temāzcalli, which translates to “house of heat.” This cleansing ceremony dates back to pre-historic times and is a wonderful way to relax, and clear your mind. You’ll go inside a steam hut like a sauna, where herbs and cooling water are used alternately. The temazcal we go to is women operated and you’ll be tended by a woman in the steam hut as well, who will make sure you are comfortable. You can leave at any time if you become uncomfortable. After this relaxing steam session, we will return to the hotel and you can get lunch on your own. Save room for our sunset rooftop food tour provided by Oaxaca Eats, another women owned business. This food tour explores myriad local eats with rooftop views at several locations.
Temazcal, Food Tour
After a delicious breakfast we will head to one of Oaxaca City’s famous markets to gather ingredients for our meal which we will learn to prepare with a renowned local woman chef and restaurateur. We’ll learn about sacred corn and the process to make tortillas. We’ll make a few dishes and have enough for lunch. This will be a nicely paced class, and after we can spend time exploring shops or relaxing back at the hotel. Dinner on our own at one of Oaxaca’s many incredible restaurants. (I will make a group reservation, and participation is optional.)
Market tour and cooking class
Today we head out of Oaxaca City to explore the land of mezcal and women artisans.
This full day trip starts with a visit to Zapotec community to learn about women artisans and their crafts (may including weavings and candle making). From there we head to Matatlan the origin of mezcal to meet the women making mezcal. We’ll learn all about the production and yes, even taste it. We’ll enjoy lunch on a farm during our day of exploration. We’ll visit ruins on our way back to Oaxaca City where we can rest or explore and enjoy more of this beautiful city.
Full day trip to Teotitlan and Matatlan
Free day! After breakfast we’ll enjoy our final full day in Oaxaca City! You can set up experiences in advance (a photo shoot, visit the ethnobotanical gardens, museums, explore markets and neighborhoods, shop, or book a spa treatment. I can help!) We’ll rendezvous for a cocktail mini class/demo followed by a delicious farewell dinner at another female owned/female chef restaurant. Let’s enjoy a final night out (optional) in this beautiful city. Dancing anyone?
Breakfast, Dinner/cocktail demo
Departure Day: After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to the airport and back home, refreshed, rejuvenated and with the beauty and memories of Oaxaca in our hearts forever.
**COST: Starting at $2199/pp. All prices USD/pp.
- All transportation for included experiences, airport transfers
- 5 days breakfast
- 3 dinners
- 2 lunches
- All experiences and meals as outlined in itinerary
- Airfare to oaxaca
- Drinks and food beyond what’s included in the itinerary
- Any additional alcoholic beverages
- Required travel insurance (As a travel agent I can purchase this on your behalf or you can get your own)
- Your transportation around Oaxaca for personal activities
- Gratuities (suggested about $15-20/day)
Detailed airport arrival information and instructions will be provided and I will be there to greet you!
Owner, Guide and Event Host
Otehlia founded Madison Eats Food Tours in 2012, after spending years trying to create her ideal job combining her passion for local food, teaching, dancing, and sustainable development. What emerged is a business connecting people with Madison’s rich local food scene through exceptional food tours and events.Read More
I have no hesitation in recommending this, or any other tour Otehlia curates, to anybody who wants a fun filled culinary tour with like minded people, expertly crafted and put together.
Room Options (Hotel: Grana B&B)
(2 available) Junior Suite with soaking tub (1 KING BED)
(4 available) Large Double Queen (2 QUEEN/2 bathrooms, no tub)
Refunds and adjustments: There will be no refunds or adjustments for unused portion of the tour.
$600 single supplement (this is the additional cost if you want to room alone)
$500 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot
**Minimum of 4 guests to run the tour
Madison Eats Culinary Vacation Booking Form
Tour Policies and Procedures incl. Covid updates
Covid Protocol and Safety Measures:
We will adhere to local mask mandates and safety protocol.
If you test positive and must quarantine, you will be fully responsible for any fees associated with your stay including but not limited to health care costs and lodging. By joining the tour each participant voluntarily agrees to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense of any kind that they may experience or incur in connection with their Madison Eats Food Tours trip and its activities.
Cancellation and Refund: If Otehlia Travels cancels the tour, all fees paid MINUS your $500 deposit (service fee) will be refunded. We strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events that result in the cancellation of your trip.
Travel Insurance: Otehlia Travels requires travel insurance for all travelers with at least basic coverage for trip cancellation, delay or interruption. Two companies that offer insurance that I recommend are AIG or Allianz. You can get a quote from AIG and also Allianz offers it. You definitely need to read the fine print regarding Covid-related coverage. You would purchase your own coverage. There are various levels, but at a baseline, you want trip cancellation or delay, and medical emergency – Once you reach out to a provider, you can see the basic coverage and additions. For travel to Cuba, Cuba requires medical insurance and that is usually included in your ticket purchase (flight). We travel to Cuba under “support for the Cuban people”.
A) Minimum Group Size:
Madison Eats Food Tours’ trips are priced based on a minimum group size that varies by trip, making our trips financially viable to operate. Madison Eats Food Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip if the trip does not attract the minimum number of clients required to make the trip financially viable. Madison Eats Food Tours will not, however, cancel a trip due to minimum group size any later than 21 days prior to the commencement of the trip. In the event of cancellation, Madison Eats Food Tours shall not, in any case, be responsible for nonrefundable expenses incurred by the client, including, but not limited to airline cancellation fees or insurance purchases.
Alternatively, clients may choose to pay a small group surcharge that would be assessed to each guest in groups that fall below the minimum group size, which avoids us having to cancel the trip.
B) Force Majeure:
Madison Eats Food Tours reserves the right to cancel a trip at any stage prior to the scheduled departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events which make it unviable for Madison Eats Food Tours to operate our planned schedule. In such a case, Madison Eats Food Tours will, at its own discretion, refund a portion of the trip price (less incurred costs and the non-refundable deposit), reschedule the tour, or offer an alternative tour. Should the client choose to purchase “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) insurance coverage, and the tour becomes unviable for Madison Eats Food Tours to operate or reschedule, Madison Eats Food Tours will cover the client’s CFAR deductible up to 25% of the price of the tour.
If you wish to change your booking in any way, you must contact us as soon as possible and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. Surcharges may apply.
SUBSTITUTION OF A CLIENT
If any member of the party is prevented from traveling because of the death, injury or serious illness of the passenger, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person (acceptable to Madison Eats Food Tours) provided that written notice is given at least 30 days prior to departure. An administration fee of up to $150 may be imposed by the company to cover non-refundable costs. Airlines may impose 100% cancellation charges and the cost of a new ticket.
Photography release: The tour participants permits Madison Eats Food Tours, LLC to photographs, films, images, text, testimonials of participants for its own commercial use without compensation to participants.
Any dispute related to these terms and conditions or the program itself, directly or indirectly shall be settled solely in the courts of Madison, WI. In such litigation, Wisconsin law will apply.
*Does not include round trip airfare to Cancun, airport taxes, personal expenses, housekeeping and instructor/guide tips, tips for meals, Covid testing fees, travel insurance. Includes meals, alcoholic beverages and excursions as specified in itinerary as well as all standard tips to instructors and guides for included excursions.