Experience the real Mexico.
We don’t create a trip for a place unless it lives up to our very high expectations. The place needs to have stellar food, culture, and have a unique charm and character—no run-of-the-mill tourist traps allowed. Oaxaca fits all these criteria so well that it has fast become one of our favorite places in the world. We’ve put months of research into our Oaxaca tour to ensure you get the most out of this incredible place.
What makes Oaxaca unique?
Oaxaca is a truly Spanish colonial city that is host to a variety of indigenous pre-colonial American cultures, making it the ideal gateway to Mexico’s incredibly rich history and culture.
Prior to the arrival of the Spanish the Oaxaca valley was home to a variety of indigenous peoples, including the Zapotecs and Mixtecs. These cultures pre-dated the famous Aztec civilization. The Zapotecs left the greatest legacy in the region. They built a stunning city on a hilltop just twenty minutes from downtown Oaxaca: the awe-inspiring Monte Alban. From here they held dominion over the region until its mysterious dissolution.
Orange Umbrella Travel provides the best tour of Oaxaca
We’re confident we provide the absolute best tour of Oaxaca. We spent months living in Oaxaca to discover the best restaurants and activities to ensure our guests get the most out of their trip. We carefully crafted our itinerary to include only the best this charming colonial city has to offer.
We did the homework on Oaxaca so you don’t have to. We take the guess work out of traveling, ensuring you stay in the best hotels, eat at the best restaurants, and see the best the area has to offer–leaving you the important task of enjoying all this charming city has to offer.
This is not your average tour. We specialize in personalized, small group travel. We create intimate experiences that enable our guests to really connect with the place they’re visiting and it’s people. Nothing about our trips is mass-produced or manufactured.
The devil is in the details. That’s why we go to such painstaking lengths when creating our itineraries. Speaking of devils, you’ll be staying at the delightfully named El Diablo y La Sandia. After staying at just about every hotel and bed and breakfast in Oaxaca, we chose El Diablo as our accommodation for it’s incredible charm, delicious homemade breakfasts, and friendly staff.
If, like us, you value experiences over things, you can’t afford to not join us on our trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s one thing to read as we describe a place so near to our hearts, and quite another to hear the sound of it’s buskers, taste the chocolate and peppers of its mole, and see the incredible blue of its skies.
We’ve made every effort to create the absolute best Mexico tour in one of the country’s most magical places.
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What you’ll do on in Oaxaca
We’re big fans of learning by doing, which is why you’ll attend a mezcal tasting, salsa dancing class, and a cooking class. These are just a few of the fun things you’ll do during your trip to Oaxaca!
Below are some more things included in the cost of the tour:
- Dance lessons
- Tour of Oaxaca city’s beautiful botanical gardens
- Transportation to all activities
- A welcome bag and a surprise parting gift
Tell me about the food.
As dedicated foodies we tend to go where our stomach leads us. It hasn’t led us astray yet. The gastronomical culture of Oaxaca is one of the most important reasons we love coming back to this place time and time again. Oaxaca’s markets and restaurants are full of moles, tlayudas, and queso oaxaqueño, among other delights. Your taste buds will not be disappointed.
What about the mezcal?
Being that Oaxaca is ground-zero for its production, there is no other place in the world with a better selection of mezcal. We love visiting one of the city’s many mezcalerias for a copa of distilled agave before dinner.
You’re going to be putting away a lot of calories eating all the delicious Oaxacan food. Luckily, we have plenty of activities to keep you busy and help burn them off. Activities like a bike ride to the widest tree in the world, and a hike around a petrified waterfall.
We’ll take you on excursions to some of the valley’s pueblos, like Teotitlan del Valle, whose denizens specialize in rug making. We’ll attend a private demonstration from a Zapotec man whose family has been creating rugs in the region for hundreds of years.
We like to work closely with local vendors and craftspeople. Doing so puts money directly into the hands of the artisans and creators, increasing the likelihood of these traditions surviving into the future.
Your guide to Oaxaca
Your guide to Oaxaca is veteran globetrotter Makena Walsh. He is a fluent Spanish speaker who has years of travel experience in Mexico and throughout South America. His enthusiasm and curiosity about the region is infectious, and will help to open your eyes to the many interesting sides of Oaxaca.