Venture with Thread Caravan to the beautiful and bright city of Oaxaca, Mexico. Learn the traditional craft of making mezcal from agave plants. Connect with skilled farmers who have been working with the plant and the process for decades. Cook traditional Mexican dishes including mole with a renowned Mexican chef. When we're not eating and drinking our way around Oaxaca, we'll visit markets, learn about traditional ceramics processes, visit a cooperative of rug weavers and venture to natural springs on the side of a cliff.

D A T E S 

  • December 28 - 31, 2019

P R I C I N G + P A Y M E N T

Pricing is based on a group of 10 guests.

$1,050 for a double room (When you reserve, please specify who you are sharing a room with and if you’d like to share a bed or have separate beds).

$1,400 for a private room

*All reservations can either be paid in full or in three separate installments. Please contact us if you have any questions.

C O S T   I N C L U D E S

  • In-Country Transportation: Thread Caravan covers all transportation within Oaxaca city, as soon as you arrive at the airport until you depart. We'll be taking a mix of shuttles and taxis.

  • All Meals: From street food to fine dining, you're taste buds will thank you for indulging in Mexican cuisine. We are able to accommodate vegetarians and other specialty diets, just let us know at least one month in advance. 

  • Education : This trip includes a visit to 2-3 mezcal distilleries to learn about the production process from local producers. It also includes market shopping followed by a mole cooking class and a visit and demonstration with ceramics artisans in a rural Oaxacan town.

  • Excursions: We'll also be venturing to Hierve el Agua, natural spring fed infinity pools on the side of a cliff, as well as a pre-Hispanic Zapotec archaeological site.

  • Boutique Hotel Accommodation: The group will stay at a small hotel in Oaxaca Centro Historico neighborhood, within short walking distance to museums, shops, restaurants + more.

  • Support: We will have two guides accompanying the group, facilitating translations and offering participants their combined knowledge of Oaxaca while making sure everything runs smoothly. In addition, Thread Caravan staff is available to answer questions and assist with trip preparations. 

  • Carbon Emissions Offset: We’ve partnered with Trees for the Future and One Tree Planted to plant 50 tress on your behalf in order to offset the carbon emissions of your travel to Mexico. You may opt to donate additional tree plantings during check-out below.

A D D I T I O N A L   E X P E N S E S

  • Alcoholic Drinks: Aside from mezcal during tastings in itinerary, Thread Caravan does not cover guests’ alcoholic expenses.

  • Airfare: We've found that flights from the U.S. to Oaxaca range from approximately $300 - $700 depending on the airline and how far in advance you book.

  • Personal Travel Insurance: We require all participants to have personal travel insurance.

G E T T I N G   T O   O A X A C A

The Thread Caravan Mezcal + Mole trip starts and ends at the airport in Oaxaca, Mexico. You get there and we'll handle the rest. If you need help booking a flight, please contact us.

We ask that all travelers arrive before 5pm on the trip start date to ensure making our group dinner and orientation. If you choose to arrive a day early or stay later, we are happy to share suggestions.

O T H E R   I N F O

  • Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are suggested by the Center for Disease Control. If you are traveling from a country with Yellow Fever, it is required that you have a Yellow Fever vaccination. 

  • VISA: A VISA is not required for citizens of the United States if traveling to Mexico for under 180 days. If you are a citizen of another country you can check VISA requirements here. 

  • Passport Validity: In order to enter Mexico, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. You must also have at least one blank page in your passport.

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Words from Past Travelers:

"Having never been to Mexico (or spoken Spanish) prior to the Thread Caravan Oaxaca trip, I was a little concerned about my ability to get around with ease. But from the moment I landed until the moment I left, I felt taken care of. My friend and I were greeted at pick up with snacks and a cool beverage. We even had personalized gift bags awaiting us in our rooms. I immediately got over my fear of the language and cultural barriers.

'Our trip leader and the people we encountered were friendly and eager to interact. My favorite part of the trip was spending time with the locals in their homes. The experience gives you an understanding of how all humans are similar and what a small world we live in. I'm looking forward to my next Thread Caravan experience!"

-Pam Ahern

"I'm still having sweet mezcal dreams after the Thread Caravan trip to Oaxaca. I strongly recommend getting to know the premise and values behind Thread Caravan, specifically its role in aiding the preservation and awareness of local artisans practicing their indigenous crafts."

-Sophia Mullin

"My trip to Oaxaca with Thread Caravan was absolutely fabulous. It's a trip I never would have thought of doing myself. Thread Caravan took care of all of the details to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves while getting to know the culture and the people of Oaxaca. Because of this trip I want to go back to Oaxaca, but next time with my family to show them all of the amazing things I saw and learned."

-Elizabeth Herndon

More trip reviews from past travelers here.

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