December 21-27 2018

a culinary + Cultural adventure

This is an informal trip to Oaxaca. Héctor will be there from December 21-27 guiding day trips, including trips to the markets, artisan visits, hot springs, workshops (paper making, ceramic, etc…see below) nature hikes, and more. He is organizing cooking demonstrations as well as local Zapotec cooking classes.

Contact us to organize your personal adventure! We can help you plan the entire trip, or just several day trips while you are there.

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'A cultural colossus fit to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy and colorful manifestations of indigenous culture, Oaxaca is a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a Unesco World Heritage badge. Lovers of culture come here to indulge in the Mexico of Zapotec and colonial legend. Flowing through handsome yet tranquil streets, life pulsates with an unadulterated regional flavor. See it in the color palate of historic boutique hotels, a meet-the-producer artisan store or an intentionally grungy mezcalería(plying locally manufactured alcoholic beverages). But what makes Oaxaca especially interesting are its undercurrents. While largely safe and attractive by Mexican standards, snippets of political protest in recent years have lent the city a grittier edge. It bubbles up in satirical street art, bohemian bars, or been-around-forever street markets. Trust us; there’s far more to this city than just pretty churches.' Lonely Planet

We work closely with local artisans in Oaxaca, and we offer wonderful workshops during these adventures, including paper making (foraging for local fibers and hand making the papers); pottery, weaving, and more.  If you are looking for an authentic and immersive Mexico experience with artisans, this is the trip for you!  


Q-Is it safe to travel to Mexico?  A-Of course we all hear about Mexico in the news, probably daily.  But those who travel there frequently, or have lived there,  know that like traveling anywhere, you need to pay attention and make logical choices.  Héctor of course is Mexican and knows the ropes, and Elizabeth lived there 7 years and spends lots of time there.  We plan our trips to be safe and stress free.

Q-Do I need travel insurance?  A- Yes! All guests will need to fill out a brief questionnaire (to assess if we are a good fit for the trip) and all guests will need to purchase travel insurance.


Our passion is to take people to Mexico, to share our experiences, knowledge and connections to this soulful and rich country.  If you come with us, it will change your life too.  Here is a comment from a happy client:

"I first met Hector at his private supper club in Portland, Chuparrosa. My first impression was how passionate he was about his food. His warmth as a host has always stuck with me.

I travel a lot to Mexico for my photography, and went last year to Oaxaca, where Hector was working with artisans, exploring the region, and cooking for locals and travelers. Hector was the perfect guide, so generous with his knowledge of the land and culture. Exploring the region with Hector, was like exploring it with a long lost friend.

If you don't have time to plan a trip, but want a rich and authentic experience in Mexico, I highly recommend Hector's trips..... San Miguel alone is magical, but with Hector's intimate knowledge of his second home, it will no doubt be an unforgettable experience. Whether you are interested in the food, amazing sites, the glorious outdoors, or if you are an artist wanting fresh and rich inspiration, Hector will take you there. I promise you won't be disappointed." Calvin Chen