Oaxaca Ancestral Food Experience
Do a walk through the historical centre of Oaxaca, while strolling through the history of delicious foods in this region
|Mercado de La Merced
|La Cosecha Market
|Up to 5 hours (+/-)
|Low – this experience involves moderate walking through markets and around central Oaxaca
|Moderate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with local chefs and cooks
|12+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent)
|Private – Max 6 people per booking
Itinerary for eating your way through Oaxaca City’s downtown markets and street vendors
We will dive deep into dishes that are less common in touristy restaurants but are very common as delicacies amongst locals living in Oaxaca. With a focus on some of the oldest food sources in Oaxaca (if not in Mexico), many of the dishes will include either maize (corn) or cacao (chocolate). Most people who visit Oaxaca only hear about Mole, quesillo (Oaxacan cheese) and Tlayudas (a grilled tortilla)
You will meet at a local market at 9:00 a.m. to get an early start at some restaurants and stalls that use recipes passed down for generations. Here you will try a unique ancestral drink that has been around for hundreds of years. You will also get to try some common breakfast foods and learn about the history and the cultural importance of the ingredients to the region!
From here we will visit another local restaurant, which focuses on native maize – corn which is native to this region, and the tortillas and dishes that are made with it. You will have the chance to try some dishes which are otherwise quite hard to find in Oaxaca but are common in the villages surrounding it.
From here, we travel by foot to another local establishment for a chocolate tasting. You will learn about the importance cacao played in Mesoamerica while tasting some of the most delicious chocolate Oaxaca has to offer. This is an often-overlooked highlight of this region of Mexico and one which will leave you craving more!
We will stroll through some of the beautiful neighbourhoods of central Oaxaca on our way to another street food vendor, learning about historical sites in the region, and their relevance to Oaxaca, its culture, and of course, to food as well!
We end the tour in an organic market, where all the food produced and sold here has a story to tell. We will try several more dishes and ancestral drinks, further reinforcing the diversity both of food and cultures found in and around Oaxaca state, their history, and why Oaxaca is known as the gastronomical capital of Mexico!
For anyone who likes to eat, and appreciates good food and beautiful cultures – we know you will leave satisfied on all fronts with this special ancestral experience!
Please note: There is not a Dress Code! You will be visiting some food vendors who are a bit more traditional, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty (literally). It is recommended to just bring comfortable clothes, which are modest, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in (food spillage happens to the best of us). A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.
What to bring to the Oaxaca Ancestral Food Experience?
Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind, your transport is private and secure, so you are able to leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Umbrella (for the rainy season, May-Nov)
– Covid Mask.
– Cash. The producers do not accept credit cards if you want to buy any food after your experience. There is no pressure to buy anything. Unlike other tour companies, the producers we work with will always get paid fairly for their time, regardless if you buy additional food or not.
What is included with the Oaxaca Ancestral Experience?
Your ancestral experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– translations and demonstrations with the local food vendors
– meals (it’s a food tour after all. Alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
– a special small gift to take home with you
What is not included when on your Sacred Food Experience?
– Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of included itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages (outside of the included mezcal tasting)
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional food, souvenirs or items.
Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation
For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, helps support and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).
For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.
Cancellations & Rebooking
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Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is cancelled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.
Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation, and may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation.
To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance that will reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.