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Authentic Adventure and Culture Tour in Mexico

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With this Puerto Escondido tour, travel through the cultural richness of Oaxaca. Indulge your senses in the splendor of ancient archaeological sites, relax in the warmth of sun-kissed sand beaches, ride the thrilling waves of surfers’ paradise, and walk through picturesque colonial towns. Immerse yourself in indigenous traditions and discover the captivating beauty that Oaxaca holds. Let this adventure unfold as you explore this amazing state, culminating in the magnificence of Mexico City. Let Oaxaca captivate your heart and soul forever!

Highlights

  • Try famous Oaxacan cuisine - one of the most delicious and diverse in Mexico
  • Surf and enjoy golden sand beaches in Puerto Escondido and Huatulco
  • Learn about Oaxacan coffee traditions on the family coffee farm
  • Visit UNESCO-listed ruins of Monte Alban - one of the greatest pre-Hispanic cities
  • See dinosaur footprints paved in Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve
  • Small groups for closer communication, easier coordination, more adventures and fun
  • Off-the-beaten-track tours, maximum immersion in local nature, culture, and traditions
  • 7 nights hotel/B&B accommodation with breakfast included

Skill level

  • Intermediate

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 3-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

An exact list of accommodations will be sent together with trip notes 2 weeks before the departure date. All accommodations are centrally located, tourist-class, locally-owned properties with private facilities in each room. Pre- and post-tour accommodations can be arranged but not earlier than 2 weeks before the departure when the final trip notes have been sent.

Room types

  • Shared twin room: Single bed in a twin room shared with another co-traveler of the same gender. This option is specifically designed for solo travelers.
  • Double/twin room: Private room for 2 people. You can choose between 1 double bed or 2 single beds.
  • Triple room: Private room for 3 people. It normally has 1 double bed for 2 people and 1 single bed for 1 person.
  • Quad room: Private room for 4 people. It normally has 2 double beds for 2 people each.

Program

Day 1: Puerto Escondido

Bienvenidos a Puerto Escondido – a port town and resort on the Mexican Pacific coast that’s known for its numerous beaches and buzzing nightlife. Arrive at any time (you can also book an extra night and arrive some days before) before meeting your group and tour leader in the lobby of your accommodation at 2 p.m.

After a brief informational welcome meeting, join your group and go for an optional lunch and orientation walk in Puerto Escondido’s center. Thereafter, see the sunset and liberate little turtles on the nearby beach. Optional dinner and get-together with the group in one of the local bars in the evening.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Puerto Escondido
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast
  • Activities included: baby sea turtle release (October to May); orientation walk of the center of Puerto Escondido

Day 2: Puerto Escondido - Mazunte - La Crucecita

First, after breakfast, check out and go for a mangrove boat tour. Then, continue to Mazunte – a “Magical Town” famous for its strong surf, beautiful beaches, and Mexican Turtle Center. Once there, enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and (if you are lucky and it’s the correct season) migrating whales on a local peninsula. Then, go for an orientation walk and optional lunch in the center of the town.

Once ready, transfer to Bahia de Cacaluta – a virgin golden-sand beach in Huatulco National Park accessible by a 30-minute walk through the forest. This is a great spot for snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying untouched nature. After spending several hours on the beach, go to see the sunset from a local lighthouse. Transfer to your accommodation in La Crucecita, check-in, optional dinner, and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in La Crucecita
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast
  • Activities included: mangrove boat tour; guide hikes to Punta Cometa Peninsula and Bahia de Cacaluta

Day 3: La Crucecita - Pluma Hidalgo - San Jose del Pacifico

After breakfast and checkout, go for a coffee tour of one of the farms around Pluma Hidalgo. This little mountainous village is one of the most idoneous places in Mexico for the cultivation of coffee. As a matter of fact, the local Pluma Gourmet type is one of the most prestigious in the country. Then, after an orientation walk, lunch, and a cup of delicious coffee in Pluma Hidalgo, head to San Jose del Pacifico. Located in the southern Sierra of Oaxaca, this town at 2,500 meters above sea level literally touches the sky. Once there, have an orientation walk of the town and see a beautiful sunset from your accommodation. Optional dinner and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants in the evening.

  • Accommodation: eco-cabins in San Jose del Pacifico
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast; lunch, coffee and waffles tasting in Pluma Hidalgo
  • Activities included: coffee farm tour around Pluma Hidalgo; orientation walks in Pluma Hidalgo and San Jose del Pacifico

Day 4: San Jose del Pacifico - Santo Tomás Tamazulapan - San Martín Tilcajete - Zaachila - Oaxaca City

After breakfast and check-out, continue your Puerto Escondido tour visiting a family mezcal distillery in Santo Tomás Tamazulapan. Then, head to San Martín Tilcajete – a little town known for its colorful fantastical creatures hand-carved by local artisans.

After visiting some of the local workshops and orientation walk of the town, transfer to Zaachila – a small town that became the last Zapotec capital after the fall of Monte Álban. There, we will visit a still largely unexplored local archaeological site and local market where we will try some of the most exquisite regional specialties. Then, you will transfer to Oaxaca City with a visit to a unique (it has no roof!) Ex-Convent of Guerrero Cuilapam on your way.

Once in Oaxaca City, join your tour leader for an introductory walking tour of its historic center visiting its main attractions. Check-in, optional dinner, and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Oaxaca City
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast; market food experience in Zaachila
  • Activities included: visit to a family mezcal distillery in Santo Tomás Tamazulapan; guided visit to Zaachila Archeological Zone and Ex-Convent of Guerrero Cuilapam; orientation walks in San Martín Tilcajete, Zaachila and Oaxaca City

Day 5: Oaxaca City

After breakfast, go to explore the Monte Albán Archeological Zone. Free time in the afternoon. Optional dinner and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants in the evening.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Oaxaca City
  • Food and drinks Included: breakfast
  • Activities included: guided visit to Monte Albán Archeological Zone

Day 6: Oaxaca City - San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca - Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve - Puebla

Firstly, go to visit an impressive Ex-Convento de San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca. Then, head to San Juan Raya – a little village in the middle of Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve. There, accompanied by a local community guide, you will visit a place with impressive vegetation and dozens of dinosaur steps that are millions of years old. After a tour, transfer to Puebla with an optional stop at a unique local restaurant with delicious regional cuisine. Check-in, an orientation walk of the historic center of Puebla, optional dinner and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Puebla
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast
  • Activities included: guided visit to Ex-Convento de San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca; tour to dinosaur steps in San Juan Raya

Day 7: Puebla - Mexico City

Free time in the morning to explore the city. At midday check-out and transfer to your accommodation in Mexico City. After check-in and some rest, go to explore Mexico City’s Historic Centre and visit the world-famous National Anthropology Museum with your tour leader. Optional farewell dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Mexico City
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast
  • Activities included: walking tour of the Historic Centre of Mexico City; guided visit to the National Anthropology Museum

Day 8: Mexico City

  • Free program: last day of your Puerto Escondido tour. Depart at any time or extend your vacations and stay longer!
  • Food and drinks included: breakfast

Physical conditions

This tour involves a decent amount of hiking and walking. Therefore, travelers should have at least moderate physical fitness conditions.

Included excursions

Walking Tours and Orientation Walks

  • Puerto Escondido
  • Mazunte
  • Crucecita
  • Pluma Hidalgo
  • San José del Pacífico
  • Zaachila
  • San Martín Tilcajete
  • Oaxaca City
  • Puebla

Cultural and Historical Experiences

  • Guided visits to Zaachila and Monte Albán Archeological Zones
  • Ex-Convents of Guerrero Cuilapam and San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca
  • National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City

Nature Experiences

  • Baby sea turtle release in Puerto Escondido (October to May)
  • Mangrove boat tour around Mazunte
  • Guided hikes to Punta Cometa Peninsula and Bahia de Cacaluta
  • Tour to dinosaur footprints in Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve

Location

This tour will take you to explore and enjoy Mexican Wonders from Mazunte to Oaxaca.

Food

Food and drinks included in the tour (be it breakfasts at the accommodations and market food experiences can normally meet most of the common dietary restrictions. However, due to the active program of the tour and different menus in each place, satisfying a special diet or food preferences of a particular traveler will depend on circumstances and cannot be fully guaranteed. Market Food Experiences normally involve live commentary about local gastronomic traditions and tasting of the most representative regional dishes.

Food and Drinks Experiences

  • Visit a family mezcal distillery in Santo Tomás Tamazulapan
  • Market Food Experience in Zaachila
  • Coffee farm tour around Pluma Hidalgo
  • Coffee and waffles tasting in Pluma Hidalgo

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • English/Spanish bilingual Tour Leader service
  • 7 nights accommodation in conveniently located, locally-owned hotels/B&Bs
  • Transportation in a private vehicle throughout the tour
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Walking tours and orientation walks: Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, Crucecita, Pluma Hidalgo, San José del Pacífico, Zaachila, San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca City, Puebla.
  • Culture and history experiences: guided visits to Zaachila and Monte Albán Archeological Zones, Ex-Convents of Guerrero Cuilapam & San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.
  • Nature experiences: baby sea turtle release in Puerto Escondido (October to May), mangrove boat tour around Mazunte, guided hikes to Punta Cometa Peninsula & Bahia de Cacaluta; tour to dinosaur footprints in Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve.
  • Food and drinks experiences: visit a family mezcal distillery in Santo Tomás Tamazulapan, a Market Food Experience in Zaachila, a coffee farm tour around Pluma Hidalgo, and coffee and waffles tasting in Pluma Hidalgo.

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Tips

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

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