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Mexico City and Oaxaca: Cultural and culinary adventures

Venture into the cultural heartland of 2 of Mexico’s most celebrated cities and join in the excitement of the days leading up to the Day of the Dead festivities.

7 Days, 6 Nights

Matador Trips:

Per Person

This trip includes 1 domestic flight, some meals, and all excursions. Leave the details to Matador Trips as we whisk you from one amazing city to another! All accommodation, transfers, and guided tours included.

Dates & Guides
October 22nd-October 28th, 2022
Flexible booking, 100% refund guarantee

What you'll do

  • 1

    Large yet approachable, Mexico’s financial and cultural capital is not to be missed. With one foot in the past and one in the future, we will explore the city’s scrambling streets, lively neighborhoods, and bustling parks, enjoying food and drinks along the way. 

  • 2

    Once a flourishing pre-Colombian city, the ruins of Teotihuacan is one of the most significant architectural ruins you can visit in modern day Mexico. We will enjoy a private tour of this ancient wonder as well as exploring life in the surrounding valley and traditional ways of living.

  • 3

    This city of wonder and mystery will be bustling with activity in the days before the magical Dia de Los Muertos, a day where locals believe the dead and the living can communicate. No part of the city or its people remains undecorated in this special time, named by UNESCO as a day of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

  • 4

    Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your personal travel photography to another level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about urban and nature photography.

  • 5

    Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.

  • 6

     We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.

  • 7

    We aim to travel as consciously as possible. This trip supports local artisans and indigenous communities.

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Trip Details

  • What’s my itinerary?

    Day 1: Mexico City


    Arrive an any time for your orientation with Matador Network, and check in to our hotel. Feel free to relax or wander the amazing artistic neighborhoods near the hotel.


    Enjoy a welcome dinner where you will meet our fellow travelers and try mezcal, a local Mexican spirit similar to tequila.


    Meals included: Dinner.


    Day 2: Mexico City


    Enjoy a guided walking tour of Mexico City where we will visit all of the most important historical and cultural destinations. After the walking tour you will have free time or opt for a visit to one of Mexico City’s world class museums.


    Meals included: Breakfast.


    Day 3: Teotihuacan


    We will have a full-day guided tour of one of Mexico’s most sacred sites, the pyramids at Teotihuacan. After touring the ancient ruins we will visit some local villages and sample local foods and rare delicacies.


    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.


    Day 4: Oaxaca City


    Fly over the mountains to Oaxaca City and enjoy free time to explore the many cafes, restaurants, street art, museums, and colonial buildings. Just a few days before the Day of the Dead celebrations, we can enjoy watching the city and its inhabitants fill the streets with festive decor. This is the most exciting time of the year to be in Oaxaca.


    In the evening we will regroup for a welcome dinner and introduction to Oaxacan cuisine.


    Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.


    Day 5: Oaxaca City


    We will venture into the Oaxacan countryside to visit a Palenque, a mezcaleria where wild mezcal agaves are cultivated and produced into mezcal in the historic way. We will also enjoy a mezcal tasting and a tour of the countryside.


    Later we will return to town for a guided city tour with a focus on Day of the Dead celebrations and history.


    Meals included: Breakfast.


    Day 6: Monte Alban


    Discover the pyramids of Oaxaca in Monte Alban, located a few hours outside of the city. From Monte Alban we can enjoy nature’s beauty and see a sweeping 360-degree view of the Oaxaca valley.


    Meals included: Breakfast.


    Day 7: Oaxaca City


    Check out of the hotel at your leisure. Enjoy a recommended extra few days in Oaxaca City as the day of the dead celebrations begin city wide!


  • What’s included?
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • 6 breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • 2 dinners
    • Flight from Mexico City-> Oaxaca
    • All land transportation
    • Guided Mexico City tour
    • Teotihuacan pyramids guided tour
    • Oaxaca guided city tour
    • Mezcaleria tour, tasting, and visit
    • Oaxaca cultural visit to indigenous communities
    • Monte Alban nature visit and unique photographic training
    • A video of your adventure to take home
  • What’s not included?
    • Your flights to and from Mexico
    • Accommodation before and after the trip
    • Some meals
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Perfect weather
  • How many people will be on the tour?
    • The tour can accommodate up to 14 guests.
  • What’s the sleeping situation?
    • Accommodation is provided in 3-4 star hotels and is based on 2-people per room.  For an additional fee private rooms can be arranged or Matador Trips is happy to arrange same-sex solo travelers a shared room.
  • Who is the trip for?
    • We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. This trip is also suitable for families! Don’t hesitate to reach out for any special needs, requests, or accommodations.
  • Why is this trip so special?
    • Late October is the perfect time of year to visit two of Mexico’s most important ancient and modern cities to explore culture, cuisine and nature. Ditch the tourist track and join Matador Trips for a bespoke and unforgettable experience.
  • When does the trip depart and return?
    • Arrive at your designated hotel in Mexico City, Mexico any time on October 22nd 2022.
    • Depart at your leisure from Oaxaca City after a final group breakfast on October 28th, or stay for the Day of the Dead official celebrations.
  • How do I get there?
    • Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) is easily reached from most places in the world. For assistance with flights just let us know, we are happy to help!

This adventure is not for everyone

Matador Trips

Mexico City and Oaxaca: Cultural and culinary adventures

$1,999 USD / Person
Flexible booking,
100% refund guarantee
Flexible booking,
100% refund guarantee

COVID-19 update

We believe that all of the above trips will happen as planned, but we realize this is a time of uncertainty. To address these concerns and make you feel comfortable scheduling a trip with us, we are offering the following COVID cancellation policy:

  • If Matador or a Matador travel partner needs to cancel a trip due to COVID, the canceled trip will be rescheduled and travelers will be offered the option of a 100% refund.
  • If a traveler must cancel due to the COVID pandemic (including quarantine, canceled flights, or a positive test result), the traveler will have the option of 1) a 100% refund or 2) applying the purchase price to a future trip.

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