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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca & Central Valleys

Oaxaca, capital of Oaxaca State, is one of the prettiest towns in Mexico and was deservedly nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site in 1987. Founded by the Spanish in 1521 on a pre-existing Zapotec and Mixtec settlement, the town gracefully combines colonial charm with its ancient pre-hispanic roots.

Imposing churches, airy plazas and hidden convents blend with busy markets, traditional crafts stalls and local music makers.

Chiapas, Mexico
Mexico

A little more about Oaxaca & The Central Valleys

Relax in the zocalo and enjoy a locally produced Mezcal while absorbing the feel of this vibrant and colourful town. Oaxaca is also one of Mexico’s major handicrafts and arts centres with a vast range on offer guaranteed to keep even the most dedicated souvenir shopper happy.

Experiences

Tortuguero Turtles

See turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero.

Hike the Rainforest

With a Kuna guide, explore and hike the rainforest in the San Blas Archipelago.

Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.

Snorkel in San Blas

Snorkel in crystal waters.

Adventures in the Tree Canopy

Raft and zip line through the jungle canopy and abseil down waterfalls.

Kuna Culture

Immerse yourself in the Kuna culture and traditions.

Cookery Class

Join a local family for a cooking class, extract juice from sugarcane, milk a cow and make cheese.

Volcano Adventure

Walk up to the ridge of the active Poas volcano for a peek into the steaming abyss of its caldera, the largest in the world.

Chocolate Making

Discover how to make chocolate, from bean to bar.

Stay in an Eco-Lodge

Tucked into the forest canopy, stay in an eco-lodge with views of the ocean below.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel Catrina de Alcala £££££

  • Mexico

Hotel Catrina de Alcala is a boutique hotel, set in the heart of Oaxaca – a World Cultural Heritage area, designated by UNESCO. The hotel has 13 rooms, each with vibrant interiors and an inviting and modern theme throughout. Catrina de Alcala benefits from a heated pool, an in house restaurant with a unique wine cellar – the staff members are well knowledged in pairing specific grapes with dishes. There is also an in-house art gallery with a collection of pieces demonstrating the culture of Oaxaca.

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Quinta Real Oaxaca £££££

  • Mexico
  • Boutique

Once a 16th Century convent, the Quinta Real has been carefully converted into a luxury hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and have shuttered windows opening onto Oaxaca’s historical streets. Some of the suites have their own balconies overlooking quiet Spanish baroque courtyards. While a luxury hotel, it also retains an authentic colonial style with tiled corridors and restored patios, one of which was the original convent laundry and still has a large, carved stone basin in the centre. There is a formal restaurant ‘El Refectorio’, or you can dine outside in the courtyard. There is also a bar, an outdoor pool, and hot tub.

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Hacienda Los Laureles £££££

  • Mexico
  • Boutique

Hacienda Los Laureles is a beautiful country house located about 6km from the centre of Oaxaca in a peaceful residential area. This 18th Century Hacienda offers just 23 rooms and suites and swimming pool. The thick stucco walls, terracotta floors, wrought iron furniture and bright Mexican fabrics, create a warm and informal atmosphere. The gardens are beautiful, with a stunning backdrop of the mountains that surround the town of Oaxaca.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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James Armitage

James has been drawn by the variety cultures, delicious food, lovely coastlines, ancient ruins and sophisticated hotels of Mexico, a supremely diverse and extraordinary country.
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John Faithfull

Over multiple trips, John has immersed himself in the natural and cultural highlights of this huge country. He has had close encounters with grey whales off Baja’s Pacific coast, swam with whale sharks in the Caribbean, attended shaman rituals in Chiapas and sought out some of Mexico City’s finest Mezcalerias.
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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