Oaxaca: Cultural and culinary adventures

Venture into the cultural heartland of Oaxaca, one of Mexico's most celebrated cities and join in the excitement of the days leading up to the Day of the Dead festivities.

Family Friendly
5 Days, 4 Nights
Matador Trips
Per Person
This trip includes lodging, guided tours, new friends, most meals and non stop fun. Leave the details to Matador Trips as we whisk you from one amazing experience to another! All accommodation, transfers, and guided tours included.
Dates & Guides
October 25th-October 29th, 2023
Flexible booking, 100% refund guarantee.

What you'll do

Oaxaca City

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.”

Hierve el Agua

This 2,700 year old “petrified waterfall” is a unique natural phenomenon that cannot be missed. Hierve el Agua consists of various mineral pools at the edge of a cliff full of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that reflect on the waters surface. These mineral pools fall down the cliffs edge as various waterfalls, and the mineral deposits look like going down the cliff make a wonderful sight.

Monte Alban

Monte Alban in a pre-Columbian archeological site where we will visit ancient terraces, pyramids, carved stonework and other ruins made by the Zapotec people.

Photo Education

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.

A professional video of your epic adventure

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.

The ultimate adventure with like-minded travelers

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

Support local communities through sustainable travel

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

Trip Details

What’s my itinerary?

Day 1: Oaxaca City


Fly over the mountains to Oaxaca City. Since guests will be arriving at different times, once you check in to the hotel and meet our expert guides you can 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: Dinner.


Day 2: Oaxaca City


We will venture into the Oaxacan countryside to visit Hierve el Agua, also called a petrified waterfall. This ancient site is a famous photo op, and considered one of Oaxaca’s most treasured natural wonders. The site was closed for many years and just reopened in 2022.


After enjoying the petrified waterfall we will visit a Palenque, a Mezcaleria where wild mezcal agaves are cultivated and produced into Mezcal in the historic way. We will also enjoy Mezcal tasting and a tour of the countryside.


Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.


Day 3: Oaxaca City


We will rise early to visit the local markets and buy ingredients for an in-depth Oaxacan cooking class and a city tour. After the tour we will cook traditional Oaxacan food such as mole, fresh salsas, and stewed meats. 


Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.


Day 4: 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, lunch.


Day 5: 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!


Meals included: Breakfast.

What’s included?
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • All land transportation
  • Oaxaca guided city tour
  • Tour of Hierva el Agua
  • Mezcaleria tour, tasting, and visit
  • Oaxaca cooking class
  • 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 beautiful Oaxaca. Marigold flowers cover the city as it begins to celebrate Day of the Dead. The excitement in the air cannot be denied, as well as the cultural significance. We will focus on culture, history, nature and of course gastronomy on this unique and fun tour.
When does the trip depart and return?
  • Arrive at your designated hotel in Oaxaca City any time on October 24th.
  • 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?
  • Oaxaca City, Mexico (OAX) is easily reached from most places in the world, with most connections going through Mexico City. For assistance with flights just let us know, we are happy to help!

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