The Magical OAXACA Retreat

Itinerary Below
UNESCO World Heritage Site

In March, the jacarandas bloom, emphasizing the greenish of its original quarry stone. Oaxaca is one of the cities where all the historical periods of Mexico shine: pre-Hispanic, colonial, independent, modern, and contemporary are expressed with its natural elegance in every street, colonial building, museum, magical festival, colorful crafts, pre-Columbian ruins, and the many splendorous baroque churches that are to be found in every corner of the city.

Itinerary Below

ITINERARY: The dates here are to be updated. 

March 15 (Sunday)

Arrival in Oaxaca

Transfer from Airport to Hotel then Check In 

March 16 (Monday) Walking City Tour

07:00 am - 9:00am Breakfast

09:30 am We will walk to the meeting point at Macedonio Alcala Teatro  

10:00 am - City Walking Tour 

We will visit Santo Domingo church, a library, organic market, chocolate shop, textile factory, art galleries. We'll talk about culture, music, arts, history, architecture, social and political movements.

Discover the best hidden places in town!

12:30pm - Pay Your Own Lunch 

The rest of the day is yours

5:30pm - Yoga (optional)

Dinner on your own

March 17 (Tuesday) - This Day Is Yours: SEE ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN OAXACA below

Other Suggestions: 

Street Art Tour, Culinary Tour (may incl market) or Cooking Class.

Day Tour to The Hierve el Agua is one of the most scenic natural attractions in Oaxaca’s Central Valleys

07:00 am - 10:00am Breakfast

08:00 Yoga (optional) at the Park

March 18 (Wednesday) - Monte Alban and Mitla Ruins Full Day Tour with Lunch

07:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am - Tour Pick Up 

The remains of the ancient sacred city of the Zapotecs, Monte Alban served as a holy center for the ancient Zapotec culture and is usually considered to be one of the most majestic and architecturally harmonious ruins in Mesoamérica. This place is a must for everyone visiting and discovering Oaxaca.

After the visit of Monte Alban the tours goes to the east side of the Valley and we might visit there a nature wonder: the giant tree known as the Tule tree. It has the largest trunk in 'South Americas' and is more than 2000 years old.

The next place to visit is the stone lace decorated wall of the palaces of Mitla.

IF we have time on the way back we do visit the weavers village of Teotitlán del Valle, famous for its delicate and beautifully woven rugs.

The Evening / Dinner is Yours. 

March 19 (Thursday)  - Tour / Hike of Capulalpam de Mendez

One Day In one of Oaxaca's Pueblo Magico (see picture below)  

Yellow quarry buildings, steep cobbled streets, huge green hills in the horizon: such is the landscape of Capulalpam...

- READ more info AT THE BOTTOM

Transportation provided.

Lunch and Dinner on your own 

March 20 (Friday) - This Day Is Yours


  • Wander in the City

  • Mercado Benito Juarez 'great shopping'

  • Mercado de la Merced 'great food stalls'

  • Sitting in the Zocalo 'guaranteed wholesome entertainment'

  • Shopping at the street vendors near Mercado 20 de Noviembre

  • Eating chocolate from all of the shops that gave away free samples (follow your nose!)

07:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast

08:00am - Yoga 

March 21 (Saturday) - The Day Is Yours or SHOP!

07:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast

08:00 am - Yoga 

05:00 pm - Dinner at an agreed restaurant (pay your own)


March 22 (Sunday) Departure in Oaxaca

Hotel to Airport Transfer, Check Out Hotel

Welcome Back to USA!


High in Oaxaca’s Sierra Juarez, the mountain range to the east of Oaxaca city that borders the state of Veracruz, nestles Capulalpam de Mendez, one of Mexico’s Pueblo Magicos. The village is terraced into the mountainside and the views are breathtaking. Indeed, the altitude can take your breath away at almost 8,000 feet.

essential experiences in Oaxaca

Zone out at the Zocalo

The zocalo is the heart and soul of the city. A cross-section of travelers, gringo expats and locals of all ages gather in this shared living room to eat, drink, chat, read, flirt, stroll, play and people watch. Terraced cafes line the traffic-free square with lots of open air seating ideal for the “perpetual spring” climate. Indigenous vendors may pass by selling anything from hand woven huipils (traditional shirts) to chapulines (fried grasshoppers).
You might catch a concert, festival or protest in the park. Sit on a shady bench near the fountain or promenade around the perimeter as the locals do each evening. The Oaxaca zocalo is a lively yet peaceful place to hang out any time of day.

Peruse the Pyramids

Support Local Artisans

Chanel your inner Indiana Jones and explore the important archeological zones not far from Oaxaca City. Monte Alban and Mitla are exquisitely intact sites that predate the popular ruins of Palenque and Chichen Itza. Pre-Columbian Oaxaca never fell under Mayan or Aztec rule, so they reflect the Zapotec and Mixtec influences of the area. 
For some reason Oaxaca seems to produce more talented artists, weavers, embroiderers, potters, silversmiths, leathermasters and  craftspeople than just about anywhere on the planet. Each village seems to have a particular creative specialty that garners global respect.

Savor the Flavors

Meander the Markets

Oaxaca is world-renowned for a variety of specialties that every foodie or connoisseur should sample. First and foremost is Oaxacan chocolate (the original!) in Oaxaca’s legendary signature dish, mole, a complex spicy savory sauce that can take days to prepare. Another is the famous queso cheese, a mild, stringy, stretchy ball of dairy deliciousness. Oaxaca is one of the largest coffee growing states in Mexico. Can’t forget the prized local liquor, mezcal, a distilled tequila-like alcoholic beverage made from the maguey cactus. Then there are the chapulines, crunchy fried crickets served with chili and lime, which are great to munch on with a cold cerveza.

Find a Fiesta

Take a Temazcal

Experience Spirituality

Regardless of what you believe in, pop into it's 27 churches and, or dip into its landscape and that will take you to a higher ground of spiritualilty.
Try a traditional baño de temazcal, an ancient Mesoamerican sweat-lodge cleansing. This is not your typical relaxing spa. You are brought to a womb-like steam-filled adobe hut where you are told to sip herbal teas and relax. After some time, a healer will come in and start gently whacking you with large bushels of local herbs, apparently to beat the bad energies out of you. This may be followed up with a massage. Give it a try, as it supposed to have profound mental, physical and spiritual benefits – or at least make a fun story to tell the folks back home.
Lastly, Oaxacan people really know how to throw a party. There’s always some celebration going on with special music, dance, food and drink on the agenda.