Oaxaca: An Intimate Travel Experience with Culture, Folk Art & Food

Travel in Mexico with Marcia Lucas, Owner of El Interior

February 20 –  February 28, 2018

Oaxacan landscapeExperience the essence and diversity of Oaxaca’s art, culture, architecture, cuisine and history by joining us on a tour led by Marcia Lucas, owner of El Interior.

Come discover the enchanting spirit of Oaxacan hospitality with us! With the soul of an ancient heritage, nurtured in a landscape of exceptional beauty, Oaxaca is a place of such warm-heartedness and vitality that you will instantly feel welcome.

Here’s a testimonial written by one of our tour members from a previous trip.

Thank You! You put together such a comprehensive tour that was so personal I felt as though we were visiting my friends. Your love of the state, the city and its wonderful people was obvious and warmly shared with our tour group. You remained positive and charming no matter what issue came up. I would go with you anywhere you would want to show me. Your love of the Zapotecs and their history helped me make it up those giant steps! Thank you for a wonderful trip. M.M.M.

Based in the colonial gem of Oaxaca City, this tour will give you a profoundly intimate look into village life that remains rooted to the traditions of the land.

Meet folk artists that Marcia has worked with for three decades; explore pre-Columbian and Colonial treasures & savor the unique tastes & music of Oaxaca.

OAXACA, the southern Mexican city with Zapotec roots and a Spanish colonial gloss, simmers with a passionate spirit and zeal. You’ll feel it in the buzzing markets, see it in the wealth of colorful crafts, and taste it in the culinary specialty: mole. Come and you’ll experience the city in its full glory. <travel.nytimes.com 11/25/2007>

Dancing GirlsWe will stay at the enchanting Casa de las Bugambilas. This B&B is beautifully appointed and each room is uniquely decorated with fabulous Oaxacan folk art reflecting an undeniable sense of place. You will see paintings by some of Oaxaca’s finest painters and eat delicious breakfasts set with visually stunning table settings. Its location is convenient to the Zocalo (town square), plus our favorite restaurant – La Olla – is right in front of Las Bugambilias. It also offers free internet and free long-distance U.S. calls.
Website for Casa de las Bugambiliaswww.lasbugambilias.com

Several Airlines fly into Oaxaca. United has the most convenient flights — they fly directly into Oaxaca City,or Oaxaca de Juarez, out of Houston.


Santo Domingo CathedralCOLONIAL SPLENDOR:
Join us for an outstanding walking tour of the Ethno-Botanical Gardens located on the grounds of the famous Santo Domingo Cathedral which boasts one of the most elaborately decorated churches in Mexico — a Baroque masterpiece in gold leaf and plaster.

Explore the village churches of Tlacochahuaya and Teotitlan del Valle and experience cultures still connected to their ancient Zapotec roots. Majestic examples of Spanish architecture surround lively Zócalo (town square) and you will find art galleries and museums are in abundance in the UNESCO-protected city of Oaxaca.


FOLK ARTISTS:
Folk Artist: weaverOaxacan folk art draws its strength from ancient indigenous culture. It is suffused with enchanting art forms and a joyful appreciation of our natural and imaginary worlds that have captivated collectors & enthusiasts worldwide.

For those interested in folk art, we will visit the homes of Mexico’s internationally-renowned artisans including: wood carvers of San Martin; black pottery ceramicists; the famous potteries of Santa Maria Atzompa; the Aguilar sisters in Ocotlan; and exceptional rug weavers of Teotitlan del Valle, plus more.

Participants will have ample time to shop the abundance of folk art in the city or buy directly from artisans.


Monte AlbanPRE-COLUMBIAN TREASURES:

We will have a unique interpretative presentation of Zapotec archaeological ruins led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.


MUSIC:

Zocalo dancing

There are constant cultural celebrations filled with music and dance that will keep your soul stirred. Enjoy concerts and paseos in Oaxaca’s famous Zócalo, over local mescal and Mexico’s richest chocolate or coffee. Every Wednesday, see the traditional Danzon on the Zócalo in the town square. Not to be missed!


COOKING CLASS:

La Casa de los SaboresOne full day is set aside to help prepare Oaxaca’s traditional cuisine with chef, Pilar Cabrera. As owner of the internationally-acclaimed La Olla, Pilar has elevated organic and traditional Oaxacan cuisine to new standards of excellence.

In addition, we will visit a local mescal distillery and view Mexico’s richest chocolate processed.

 

TOUR COSTS:
$2,150* Includes double occupancy lodging, (two single supplements available for additional $250), hot breakfasts, fees to all sites, guides, interpretations, transport to and from the airport, local ground transport and one cooking class. Other meal costs are borne by individuals. Typical “comidas” (meals) normally cost less than $10-$15 per person (alcoholic drinks are extra, and comparable with U.S. restaurant costs).

PAYMENT/CANCELLATION POLICIES:

  • Single supplement charge of USD $250 will be added for single-room travelers.
  • An initial deposit of USD $500 per person will be required to secure a place on the tour, due ASAP. Tour fills quickly.
  • Accepted payment is by personal check to Marcia Lucas.
  • An additional payment of USD $500 per person is required no later than October 1, 2017.
  • Payment in full is required by December 1, 2017.
  • Reservations made after November 15, 2017 – full payment required. 
  • Non-payment by due dates will result in cancellation of reservation.
  • Cancellation after October 1, 2017 is paid minus USD $100.00.
  • Cancellations after November 1 to December 1 will be charged USD $500.
  • Cancellations made after December 1: NO REFUNDS.

REFUND POLICIES:

  • No refunds for breakfasts not partaken.
  • No refunds for events/services not used by any individual.
  • No refunds for events /services not used that are beyond the control of Marcia Lucas.
  • No refunds will be issued for events/services/rooms not used due to early departures.
  • If for any reason the tour/group reservation is cancelled by Marcia Lucas, all monies will be refunded in full.
*Price is per person based on double occupancy. Ground transportation provided to events will be listed on the details of itinerary. Listed activities may be changed due to unforeseen events. Transportation to and from Oaxaca is not included. Tips are not included. Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, telephone calls, and gratuities for guides are not included. Our small tours allow for personal attention and hands-on participation.

Please note unique requirements: Participants must have a valid U.S. Passport. All rooms are non-smoking. The tour will require vigorous strolling and some step-climbing abilities. Please call with specific questions: 1-888-474-8680.


ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Marcia Lucas is the owner and founder of El Interior, celebrating 30+ years. She spends about two months in Oaxaca every year and has come to love its people and culture. This tour offers an opportunity to experience and appreciate the diversity of Oaxaca. Come enjoy winter in the tropics, listen to great music, savor Oaxacan cuisine, and meet our friends!

Please contact David Mercado at El Interior 512-474-8680 or elinterioraustin@gmail.com for more details and reservations.