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Oaxaca and The 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
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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

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.

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Kuna Culture

Immerse yourself in the Kuna culture and traditions.

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Adventures in the Tree Canopy

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

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Cookery Class

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

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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.

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Chocolate Making

Discover how to make chocolate, from bean to bar.

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Stay in an Eco-Lodge

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

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La Flor Wildlife Refuge

Visit La Flor Wildlife Refuge and watch thousands of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

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Outdoor Pursuits

Take part in a wide variety of outdoor adventures, from kayaking, tubing and wildlife trails to snorkelling and fishing.

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Hiking in Nicaragua

Hike through the forest where monkeys roar from the tree canopy.

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Browse our Mexico holiday ideas.

Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this 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 £££££

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  • 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 historic streets.

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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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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 set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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