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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Oaxaca, Mexico

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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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

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

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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Chocolate Tasting

Toledo is a chocolate lovers haven. Sitting at the heart of Belize’s chocolate industry, a tour allows you to sample the finest cacao in its purest form.

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Ash Boarding

Travel down the slopes of Cerro Negro volcano on an ash board.

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Toledo’s Archaeological Sites

Visit the archaeological sites of Lubaantun, home of the famous ‘crystal skull’, and Nim Li Punit with tallest stelae in Belize.

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Hike the Rainforest

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

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Cave Exploration

Going Underground – dip into an ancient network of caves that were sacred places for the Maya

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Snorkel in San Blas

Snorkel in crystal waters.

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Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.

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Accommodation

Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include 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 historic 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.

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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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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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