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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: oaxaca city

Welcome to OaxacaWelcome to Oaxaca

Upon arrival you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally-located, colonial style hotel in Oaxaca City.  Enjoy a welcome dinner at a favorite Oaxaca locale!

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 2: oaxaca city tour

The sites and sounds of Oaxaca MexicoThe sites and sounds of Oaxaca Mexico

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour to introduce you to this UNESCO Cultural Heritage City, dating back to the 1530's. Highlights of the tour include the bustling Benito Juarez Market, the lively central Zocalo, the lovely pedestrian street, Garcia Virgil, the Santo Domingo Church and the Museum of Oaxacan Culture. Our "comida" is at the famed Marco Polo restaurant, known for its fresh wood fired fish which is brought in daily.  After lunch, you are free to continue ambling, shopping and people watching from the Zocalo.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 3: ocotlan market and craft route

Children enjoy the parades Children enjoy the parades

Today we explore the Southern Valley, known as the "Craft Route", where you first visit Ocotlan, the town that Oaxacan Painter, Rodolfo Morales came from and has left his legacy. Then visit the Rodolfo Morales Museum housed in a lovingly restored Dominican Convent. You’ll see the Rodolfo Morales Museum housed in a lovingly restored Dominican Convent. Further along the Southern Craft route, visit numerous artisan communities, including Jalieza, where cotton belts and bags and table runners are woven on backstrap looms; Tilcajete, to see the unique alebrije wood carveings; and to Coyotepec, famous for its black pottery, produced by firing in oxygen reduced kilns. 

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 4: oaxaca cooking/radish carving

Radish artRadish art

A special treat is in store today, as we will be led in a wonderful cooking class to learn about Oaxaca's regional specialties, such as mole, squash blossoms, tamales and more. Our morning begins with savoring delicious high altitude coffee known as Pluma Hidalgo, from the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. From here, we walk to the local market, to buy our ingredients for our multiple course meal. After enjoying the fruits of our labor, we venture to the Zocalo to witness the most amazing radish carving contest in the world. Since 1897, local Oaxaca merchants and artisans have carved radishes as an early form of advertising for thier produce stands. Themes such as daily life, political characters, and nativity scenes are depicted in radish art.  Maybe you can pick the winner!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 5: mitla/tlacolula/teotitlan del valle/calenda parade

Mitla church (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)Mitla church (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)

Today is market day in Tlacolula! In addition to visiting this bustling, colorful weekly market located in the Eastern Valley, you will explore the ancient site Mitla, the post classic Zapotec and Mixtec site dedicated to the dead. See the finely carved stone frets in various designs and configurations that express the Zapotec cosmology. Following your visit to this most unique site, you travel to the weaving and dyeing community of Teotitlan del Valle. A full day is dedicated in order for us to spend quality time with some of the weavers (our friends) to better understand their natural dye materials and processes, as well as their master weaving techniques. For lunch we will eat some delicious "tlayudas" and quesadillas, so famous in Oaxaca! Take a walking tour of the town, including the church, local museum and other points of interest. You will certainly spot many beautiful tapestries you will want to take home.

In the evening, we position ourselves around the now familiar Zocalo to witness the Calenda Parade, where approximately 20 area churches decorate a float carrying children who dress as angels, and Jesus and Mary. These floats and church members parade around the Zocalo before heading to their respective churches for midnight mass

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 6: monte alban

Monte Alban (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)Monte Alban (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)

Today is dedicated to exploring the first urban city of Mesoamerica, Monte Alban. Great civilizations emerged and thrived in this region, with the Zapotec among the first cultural groups to develop. They went beyond being nomadic hunters and gatherers and began to develop complex systems of religion, politics, and commercial activity. Enjoy exploring, climbing, and observing the wonders of these ancient ruins. After you’ve immersed yourself in this early world, return to present day life and refresh yourself in the on-site cafeteria, museum, and bookstore. Return to Oaxaca City.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 7: exploring more of oaxaca

Relax with the localsRelax with the locals

Our last day in Oaxaca is left open for us to continue as a group or independently to explore many of Oaxaca’s museums, including The Textile Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Galleries, Coops, Café’s, Bookstores and colorful dynamic markets.  Or, we can sit at the Zocalo and watch people as they amble by, or listen to the marimba players.  One thing for sure, we will enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner with Chef Alejandro Ruiz at Casa Oaxaca!

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar

Day 8: departure

Adiós! Adiós!

After breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport in time for your flight home or extend to the coastal beach area of Huatulco or Puerto Escondido. 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,995
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$425
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Dec 20-27, 2017
Dec 20-27, 2018

Need to Know

2 Person Rate for private trip: $3225 per person

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful & superior hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Mexico Tia Stephanie Tours

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule
$800 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. (Note: this schedule supersedes that listed in the general Terms and Conditions.) A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Witness remarkably carved radishes
Witness remarkably carved radishes
Enjoy beautiful crafts
Enjoy beautiful crafts
Welcome to Oaxaca
Welcome to Oaxaca
Explore Oaxaca Valley
Explore Oaxaca Valley
See artisans at work
See artisans at work
Relax with the locals
Relax with the locals
One last chance for souvenirs
One last chance for souvenirs
Welcome to Oaxaca!
Welcome to Oaxaca!
Chilis you can't find in stores
Chilis you can't find in stores
Explore Oaxaca Valley
Explore Oaxaca Valley

Christmas In Oaxaca

Indigenous cultures, holiday pageantry and hands-on fun

overview

Journeys' Christmas holiday trip in Oaxaca (Wa-HA-kuh) offers more color and hands-on fun than anywhere else in the Americas.

This trip explores charming Oaxaca City in the heart of the high valley.  The over-the-top pageantry of December 24 features parades of giant papier-mache heads and competitions between artists who create sculptures from 7-pound radishes. This day alone would make the trip worthwhile, but you'll enjoy one delight after another from the moment of arrival. Sample Oaxaca's exotic fruit popsicles in flavors ranging from lime to tamarind to jamaica (ha-MY-ca). Learn from weavers and woodcarvers and try your own hand at painting those whimsical wooden animals that Mexicans call alebrijas (ah-lay-BREE-has). Visit the local markets and learn from a Mexican chef how to cook tortillas, tamales, and Mexican hot chocolate. Explore Monte Alban, the first urban center of ancient Mesoamerica. After a few days in now familar Oaxaca, sit at the Zocalo, listen to the marimba players, and soak up the festive atmosphere.

 

 

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overview

Journeys' Christmas holiday trip in Oaxaca (Wa-HA-kuh) offers more color and hands-on fun than anywhere else in the Americas.

This trip explores charming Oaxaca City in the heart of the high valley.  The over-the-top pageantry of December 24 features parades of giant papier-mache heads and competitions between artists who create sculptures from 7-pound radishes. This day alone would make the trip worthwhile, but you'll enjoy one delight after another from the moment of arrival. Sample Oaxaca's exotic fruit popsicles in flavors ranging from lime to tamarind to jamaica (ha-MY-ca). Learn from weavers and woodcarvers and try your own hand at painting those whimsical wooden animals that Mexicans call alebrijas (ah-lay-BREE-has). Visit the local markets and learn from a Mexican chef how to cook tortillas, tamales, and Mexican hot chocolate. Explore Monte Alban, the first urban center of ancient Mesoamerica. After a few days in now familar Oaxaca, sit at the Zocalo, listen to the marimba players, and soak up the festive atmosphere.

 

 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: oaxaca city
    Welcome to OaxacaWelcome to Oaxaca

    Upon arrival you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally-located, colonial style hotel in Oaxaca City.  Enjoy a welcome dinner at a favorite Oaxaca locale!

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: oaxaca city tour
    The sites and sounds of Oaxaca MexicoThe sites and sounds of Oaxaca Mexico

    After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour to introduce you to this UNESCO Cultural Heritage City, dating back to the 1530's. Highlights of the tour include the bustling Benito Juarez Market, the lively central Zocalo, the lovely pedestrian street, Garcia Virgil, the Santo Domingo Church and the Museum of Oaxacan Culture. Our "comida" is at the famed Marco Polo restaurant, known for its fresh wood fired fish which is brought in daily.  After lunch, you are free to continue ambling, shopping and people watching from the Zocalo.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: ocotlan market and craft route
    Children enjoy the parades Children enjoy the parades

    Today we explore the Southern Valley, known as the "Craft Route", where you first visit Ocotlan, the town that Oaxacan Painter, Rodolfo Morales came from and has left his legacy. Then visit the Rodolfo Morales Museum housed in a lovingly restored Dominican Convent. You’ll see the Rodolfo Morales Museum housed in a lovingly restored Dominican Convent. Further along the Southern Craft route, visit numerous artisan communities, including Jalieza, where cotton belts and bags and table runners are woven on backstrap looms; Tilcajete, to see the unique alebrije wood carveings; and to Coyotepec, famous for its black pottery, produced by firing in oxygen reduced kilns. 

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: oaxaca cooking/radish carving
    Radish artRadish art

    A special treat is in store today, as we will be led in a wonderful cooking class to learn about Oaxaca's regional specialties, such as mole, squash blossoms, tamales and more. Our morning begins with savoring delicious high altitude coffee known as Pluma Hidalgo, from the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range. From here, we walk to the local market, to buy our ingredients for our multiple course meal. After enjoying the fruits of our labor, we venture to the Zocalo to witness the most amazing radish carving contest in the world. Since 1897, local Oaxaca merchants and artisans have carved radishes as an early form of advertising for thier produce stands. Themes such as daily life, political characters, and nativity scenes are depicted in radish art.  Maybe you can pick the winner!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: mitla/tlacolula/teotitlan del valle/calenda parade
    Mitla church (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)Mitla church (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)

    Today is market day in Tlacolula! In addition to visiting this bustling, colorful weekly market located in the Eastern Valley, you will explore the ancient site Mitla, the post classic Zapotec and Mixtec site dedicated to the dead. See the finely carved stone frets in various designs and configurations that express the Zapotec cosmology. Following your visit to this most unique site, you travel to the weaving and dyeing community of Teotitlan del Valle. A full day is dedicated in order for us to spend quality time with some of the weavers (our friends) to better understand their natural dye materials and processes, as well as their master weaving techniques. For lunch we will eat some delicious "tlayudas" and quesadillas, so famous in Oaxaca! Take a walking tour of the town, including the church, local museum and other points of interest. You will certainly spot many beautiful tapestries you will want to take home.

    In the evening, we position ourselves around the now familiar Zocalo to witness the Calenda Parade, where approximately 20 area churches decorate a float carrying children who dress as angels, and Jesus and Mary. These floats and church members parade around the Zocalo before heading to their respective churches for midnight mass

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: monte alban
    Monte Alban (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)Monte Alban (photo credit: Jeff Schneiderman)

    Today is dedicated to exploring the first urban city of Mesoamerica, Monte Alban. Great civilizations emerged and thrived in this region, with the Zapotec among the first cultural groups to develop. They went beyond being nomadic hunters and gatherers and began to develop complex systems of religion, politics, and commercial activity. Enjoy exploring, climbing, and observing the wonders of these ancient ruins. After you’ve immersed yourself in this early world, return to present day life and refresh yourself in the on-site cafeteria, museum, and bookstore. Return to Oaxaca City.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: exploring more of oaxaca
    Relax with the localsRelax with the locals

    Our last day in Oaxaca is left open for us to continue as a group or independently to explore many of Oaxaca’s museums, including The Textile Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Galleries, Coops, Café’s, Bookstores and colorful dynamic markets.  Or, we can sit at the Zocalo and watch people as they amble by, or listen to the marimba players.  One thing for sure, we will enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner with Chef Alejandro Ruiz at Casa Oaxaca!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Casa de Las Bugambilias or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: departure
    Adiós! Adiós!

    After breakfast, you will be transfered to the airport in time for your flight home or extend to the coastal beach area of Huatulco or Puerto Escondido. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$2,995
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$425
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Dec 20-27, 2017
Dec 20-27, 2018

Need to Know

2 Person Rate for private trip: $3225 per person

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful & superior hotels
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking & optional hiking
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Mexico Tia Stephanie Tours

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit* and payment schedule
$800 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. (Note: this schedule supersedes that listed in the general Terms and Conditions.) A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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