Vibrant City & Food

If Mexico City is the heart of Mexico, Oaxaca is its soul. Join us this February as we partner with one of Mexico’s best English language guides, the aptly named Ruth Alegria. We will dive headlong into Oaxaca’s incredible traditional and fine dining foods, magical Mezcal, amazing arts and crafts and fascinating history.

We will eat the best food that the region has to offer, from humble but delicious market fare to its vibrant contemporary Mexican fine dining scene. We will tour the market with a local expert and later have a cooking class with what we have purchased. This will culminate in a festive dinner at our beautiful hotel, the centrally located Casa de las Bugambilias, which we will have to ourselves.


There is nothing quite like Mezcal produced anywhere else in the world. Made in the traditional way for hundreds of years, to sip on Mezcal is to drink in history. We will sample a wide variety of styles and producers, visit a working palenque and learn how to use Mezcal in making our own cocktails.

Art & Excursions

Oaxacan art is famous world-wide and with good reason. We will visit museums, artisans and famous, one-of-a-kind markets as we learn about the intricacies of the many collectible styles present here. We will visit some of the area’s most notable sites, archaeological and living, to give them context.

As always, once you join a Rascal + Thorn Tour, we provide three meals (sometimes more), local transportation once the tour starts, alcoholic and other beverages as indicated, lodging and excursions. Not included would be transportation to and from the tour, personal transportation needs that are not part of the tour itinerary and any food or beverages above what is supplied, should you for some reason desire more.


Wednesday, February 26 – Arrive in Oaxaca for a 4-night stay. Afternoon – Mezcal Tasting at In Situ. Dinner at Pitiona. (D)

Thursday, February 27 – Oaxaca food market tour. Lunch at the market. An afternoon cooking demonstration where we make our own dinner. (B,L,D)

Friday, February 28 – A visit to the San Bartolo Coyotepec / Ocotlan Market. Lunch at Alfonsina. Afternoon visit to Monte Alban. Dinner at Origin. (B,L,D)

Saturday, February 29 – Morning visit to a Mezcal Palenque. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner at Las Quince Letras. (B,L,D)

Sunday, March 1 – Guests depart after breakfast. (B)

Itinerary is subject to adjustments.



  • Pitiona
  • Alfonsina
  • Origen
  • Las Quince Letras
  • Restaurante Catedral
  • and many more


  • Cooking demonstration and dinner
  • Market Tours
  • Museum Visits
  • Excursion to Monte Alban
  • Mezcal Palenque Visit
  • Many other treats
  • 4 nights at Las Bugambilias in Oaxaca
  • All restaurant meals including tasting menus
  • Meals will include paired beverages
  • All excursion costs and entrance fees
  • Transportation within Oaxaca and area
  • Guides
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Oaxaca before or after the tour
  • Drinks and meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Tips to hired guides
  • Travel insurance

We will be staying at the Casa de Las Bugambilias in Oaxaca.

$2495.00 per person

Early sign-up discount $2395.00 if deposit received before Nov 15, 2019.

The $2495 price per person is based on double occupancy.  A deposit of $495 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

If you are a single and wish to share a room we will make every effort to make this happen, but it is not guaranteed.  The single supplement cost for this trip is $600 if you have your own room.

Final payment is due 45 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form or if you have any questions.

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