Explore Oaxaca

From Oaxaca to Oaxaca

Tour Description

Discover the beating heart of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico by travelling to its capital, Oaxaca City. Extend your stay in Mexico and dive into culture and learn about history on our 4 day Oaxaca tour.

 Vibrant Oaxaca is renowned for its cuisine, there is so much to taste you could spend your whole time eating! Try stringy Oaxacan cheese that is made into quesadillas, Tlayudas and more, the rich sauces made with chilis, chocolate, nuts and spices known as "moles". If you are game, try the crunchy grasshoppers - not actually bad at all. And then there is smoky Mezcal to wash it down with - this is Mezcal country after all. 

There is time for exploring the historical centre, which is easily walkable. Enjoy the colourful buildings, street art, and huge indoor local markets soak up the local culture and crafts.  The stunning interiors and museum at the former monastery, Santo Domingo , and the ethnobotanic garden of Oaxaca are both impressive. 

Tour the breathtakingly located Monte Alban, a World Heritage Site, which is 400 metres above the Oaxaca Valley. The largest of the Zapotec settlements, Monte Alban eventually came to dominate the social, spiritual, and economic life of the area. Your expert guide will guide you around this magnificent site, bringing the past to life. 

This Explore Oaxaca itinerary is perfect for those wanting to delve a little deeper in Mexico, and is designed to combine with our Signature Mexico tour. 

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Find out why Oaxaca is on the UNESCO World Heritage list by visiting the city's Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca and the attractive baroque facade.

Witness the largest remaining archaeological sites of the Zopatec civilization which was founded 500BC.

Dive into the local cuisine of Oaxaca and try some unusual things at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Oaxaca Arrival

You will arrive in the World Heritage listed city of Oaxaca. Today is an arrival day and you are free to explore. Once the centre of Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations, there are numerous archaeological sites to be found within the city including the settlements of Monte Alban and Mitla. At the city’s centre you’ll find the main square, or Zocalo, as well as the Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca and its attractive baroque façade. Considered the foodie capital and gastronomical hub of Mexico, be sure to also visit one of its colourful rooftop restaurants and bars.

Day 2

Today you will take a walking tour of the Benito Juarez and Mercado 20 de Noviembre Markets and have the opportunity to taste some of Oaxaca’s local cuisine. Some unusual things to try are grasshoppers (chapulines), Tejate (a fermented drink), Nieves Oaxaquenas (Oaxacan ice cream), Nicuatole (a gelatinous dessert made from ground corn and sugar) and Tlayudas (a Mexican pizza that uses folded tortillas).

Day 3
Monte Alban Archaeological Site

You will enjoy a tour of the Monte Alban World Heritage site. Situated on a mountain in Oaxaca’s west, Monte Alban is one of the largest remaining archaeological sites of the Zapotec civilisation. The city was founded in 500BC and was once the capital of Zapotec culture. Considered a triumph of engineering, there are a number of structures to visit including the Gran Plaza, the Ball Court, the Observatory, the Palace and the North and South Plazas.

Day 4

You will be transferred to the airport to fly to your next destination.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Standard accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Other meals where stated
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Airport Transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as mentioned
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance


  • Included Time to explore Oaxaca at your leisure
  • Included Visit Monte Alban Archaeological site
  • Included Join a walking tour and discover the local markets and cuisine
  • Included Stay in a centrally located area of Oaxaca city
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4 days

Price from

$636 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily Departures