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Welcome to a place where the streets come alive, walls burst with color, heritage is honored, cuisine is an art and art is a lifestyle! Where life is celebrated in all its fullness & joy is crafted each and every day... 

Oaxaca Highlights

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Let's celebrate! Oaxaca knows how to party - festival, dance, costume & celebrating life in all its fullness awaits!

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Dine on the distinct flavors of Oaxaca. Home to world-renowned chefs proudly cooking in traditional regional style

cobbled streets of UNESCO World Heritage city center


Stroll of cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Or maybe grab a drink on a rooftop for an aerial view.

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Visit one or many of the thriving artist communities in the Puebla’s surrounding the center, and take home a real work of art.

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Far more than a beverage, Mezcal requires passion, devotion and must be savored – a lot like life some might say.

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Befriend the warm and welcoming citizens of Oaxaca. Probably the easiest thing you’ll do all week!

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Witness the embrace of art as protest, and protest as art (you’ll notice murals all around, but don’t miss their stories)

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Hear stories from the local indigenous communities, and their connection to this magical place.

Oaxaca, Mexico

Within the state of Oaxaca, (wuh-haa-kuh) in a fertile valley with mountains on three sides, lays its Capital, known as Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca City, or simply “Oaxaca”.

The vibe is easygoing and unhurried, resembling that of a low-key coastal town, infused with cultural richness, and depth of tradition that flows from every cobbled street.

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Local Friends

Meet Bestida!

Lover of Oaxaca's food and culture! She is a mother, a cook and a storyteller.
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"Thank you, Conscious Travel Collective, for a truly incredible experience. Immersive travel is a life-changing experience. From hiking a mountainside to sharing a meal with a family at their kitchen table after learning how textiles are made. From experiencing locally sourced cuisine unique and worthy of Michelin star ratings, to learning how the descendants honor their ancestors in almost every aspect of their lives. Oaxaca is a truly incredible and bucket list worthy destination." 
J. Brown on his trip to Oaxaca, October 2022

Eight Day Oaxaca Sample Itinerary


So, you can feel the energetic pull of Oaxaca calling you to her, but you are not quite sure what a day-by-day trip might look like. We got you!  This is our specialty after all!

Below we offer you just one version of how to spend eight days devouring the colors, beauty and rich heritage of Oaxaca — while also creating meaningful connections and positive impacts within the local communities.   


As an example, the trip below is designed for a private group of 8 including your own local trip leader, private transportation, entry fees, most meals, gratuity and luxury accommodations starting at $3495 per person.

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Day One 

Oh hey there, Oaxaca! We’ve landed.

We’ll scoop you up from the airport and take you to your hotel, the stunning and historic Casa Antonieta.  You’ll be amazed at your incredible accommodations, so drop your bags, let it sink in that *this* is your home (!!) for the next week, and then take a few minutes to compose yourself after the happy dance you just did (we do it, too— every. single. time😆).

Then meet up with the rest of the rad travelers in the group, and our superstar trip leader, Mara! Her laid-back, warm vibe will have you feeling like a real Oaxaqueña, as we’ll get to know one another over some tlayuda and tacos at the CTC Welcome Dinner.

Meals Included: Dinner

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Day Two

Roll out of bed and meet us in the lobby with your walking shoes (and maybe some stretchy pants) because our special local food expert is taking your taste buds on a walking tour of the gastronomy for which Oaxaca is world-famous.

We’ll taste two dozen characteristic Oaxacan foods, visit the three major markets, stop at the best street food stalls, sample mole, pre-Hispanic beverages, and all the Oaxacan chocolate for an (ahem) well-rounded education in the beloved cultural traditions that make life here so deliciously rich!

After some free time to explore (or possibly a tortilla-induced siesta), we’ll round off the evening with a cocktail party and Mezcal tasting and you’ll enjoy a full meal with the group at one of the many amazing local restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hirve el Agua in Oaxaca
Day Three

Today we are up early to get in some nature! But first, breakfast - our traditional breakfast is hosted far outside the city in the home of an indigenous family.

Breakfast is followed by a hike to the unique and beautiful Hierve el Agua. (Fun fact: Hierve el Agua in English means ‘boil the water.’ These natural springs bubble up from the ground and over the cliff, calcifying to give the illusion of a waterfall and inspired the name). Contrary to what the name implies, the pools at Hierve de Agua are quite cool and offer you a refreshing reward for the trek.


Then we'll head to a hands-on workshop to find out about traditional Zapotec weaving hosted by artisan and friend, Josefina, who will also prepare lunch for us in her casa in Teotitlán del Valle.


By now you know the best thing to wash lunch down with is Mezcal, so why not sample it at the source with a tour of a Mezcal Farm? Get the behind-the-scenes look at the process of turning agave into this traditional Oaxaca spirit.


The evening is yours— a perfect time to snag a table for that tasting menu you’ve been reading all about, or head back to your favorite taco stand.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Mezcal Tasting

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Day Four

Today is all about giving back to the community and awakening the artist in you!  


We're teaming up with Fundacion En Via, an amazing nonprofit that empowers women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses and better support their families, and communities and preserve cultural artisan legacies.


You’ll get to connect with these artisans and businesswomen as they share their stories and showcase their craft.


You’ll have some free time after lunch to check out the sights before we regroup and you'll get a chance to test your artisan skills at a traditional candle-making workshop.  Who knows, by the end of the trip, maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own traditional crafts. We sure hope so.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day Five

Market Day!  Tlacolula Market is one of the oldest continuous mercados in Oaxaca.  Get lost in the sounds, bold colors, and aromas as Mara leads you through the rows of stalls with textiles, handwoven baskets, zapatos, and, of course, food.  Sample the various fresh produce, baked goods (looking at you, empanadas) and if you have an open mind, try the chapulines (grasshopper 🦗).
The evening is yours and there’s really no shortage of dinner options in the area, but if you’re looking to experience Oaxaca nightlife like a local, meet up with our friend Gerald for a late-night cerveza y taco excursion* to sample the best taquerias in the surrounding neighborhoods and catch a little live music.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Six

After a relaxed breakfast in the courtyard, you’ll take a dive into the history and legends of the Zapotec and Mixtec with a guided tour of the Monte Alban Archaeological Site, which served as a political center for the Zapotec as early as the 8th century B.C.

You’ll have a few free hours in the afternoon, so relax with your fellow travelers at the hotel rooftop lounge, or check out the Museo de Los Pintores Oaxaqueños.


Dinner comes to us in 5 (yes, FIVE) courses of pescado (fish) and vegetables, all sustainably and locally sourced and prepared in traditional Oaxacan fashion, at the mysterious (and top-rated) Alfonsina. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Tasting menu)

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Day Seven

You’ll have this morning open to do your own thing. 


The afternoon has us in Etla for class… cooking class, that is! You’ll get to create your own Oaxacan culinary masterpiece and enjoy it with the group for our final dinner together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day Eight

We’ll share one last breakfast before we say our farewells and gracias to each other and this wonderful city.

Meals included: Breakfast


Casa Antonieta

Of the many boutique hotels we partner with, we chose to feature the absolutely enchanting and locally owned Casa Antonieta as this historic home boasts luxurious amenities, a tranquil courtyard, and a rooftop bar— A perfect retreat after a long day of exploring Oaxaca?

We think so!

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Did you know...

Our trips are created in collaboration with, and led by locals! Travelers will spend their days with one of Oaxaca’s own to experience and connect you to this lively place, its history, and the people that make it so incredibly special.

About Oaxaca

Pronounced (wuh-haa-Kuh)

The small city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to world-renowned chefs who tap into the diverse regional cuisine, and traditional ways of cooking. The city is famous for its many festivals, and spirit of revelry, but when you aren't stumbling upon a dance party in the streets, you'll be entertained by the dynamic culture and vibrant arts! Each of the towns in the valley surrounding the city center have their own artistic traditions ~ we can't wait to introduce you to their stunning handmade creations.

Oaxaca is a standout for its handmade artistic traditions, passionate festivals and music, and genuinely loving hospitality from locals.


Originally home to native Zapotec and Mixtec communities, followed by Aztec in the 15th century before the Spanish conquest in 1521. Today the layers of history, the wars, and the peace of its inhabitants are interwoven to create the beautiful, bold tapestry of cultural heritage that wraps locals and visitors alike in its welcoming embrace.

Umbrellas strong together to create a brightly colored overhang, shading a courtyard. Photo credit: Yoshua

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When should I arrive in Oaxaca?

We suggest arriving in the morning or afternoon to have a little time to rest and settle in.

My flight gets in the day before my group, can I stay at the hotel an extra night?

Please send an email to hello@conscioustravelcollective.com and we will check on that for you!

What airport is best to arrive into?

You will fly into the Oaxaca Airport (code OAX)

How many travelers are in a small group?

We suggest  between 4 and 10 people per group in Oaxaca. Many of the places we visit are intimate environments, so we like the groups to stay small so  we can have the best experience in these homey spots.

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