Oaxaca is the home to Mezcal, Mole, Chocolate, and Coffee. It’s a beautiful state, and Oaxaca city is a food oasis set in the valley surrounded by huge mountains. The weather is borderline amazing, with cool temperatures in the morning and evenings and perfect spring-like weather during the day.
The weather makes for perfect sightseeing, shopping, and eating. The latter can only be described as the Best in México as there are so many fresh ingredients and mole dishes that make the rest of Mexico seem bland in comparison.
If you are visiting Oaxaca, I highly recommend that you start your stay with my first recommendation:
1: Mezcal and Mole pairing with my new compadre Daniel Rodríguez, the Mezcal Sommelier. His experience is one that is meticulously planned to take you through an adventure so that you will get to know the intricacies of both Mezcal and Mole. With his expert senses, he has managed to pair the best of both Mezcal and Mole that will lead you down the exploratory path of enjoyment. I highly recommend that you follow up the mezcal and mole pairing with dinner at Ancestral restaurant.
2: Take a tour of Teotitalan valley and learn about the textile-making process. Here you will learn about the process of making natural dyes, coloring the natural fibers, the weaving process, and the significance of each pattern. These are craft artisan heirloom quality rugs, so be prepared for higher prices. Reach out to Jamie for a private driver and English-speaking tour guide if you need it. Jamie's number is +52 951 188 5995 on WhatsApp.
3: Take a private tour of Monte Alban. In a few words, simply amazing views. We live in the Mayan capital of Merida, but it is amazing to see the Zapoteca ruins of Monte Alban. It is an incredible archeological site. Jamie can arrange to take you here as well.
4: Eat, Drink, and Be Happy all around the Zocolo of Oaxaca. Restaurants abound in Oaxaca city. Of all the meals I had in 7 days, only one was meh. But the rest were all excellent, including eating in the Smokehouse market, Novembre 20. The meat in the places was so tender and tasty that all a Georgia boy wanted was a dab of BBQ sauce. In reality, it didn’t really need anything. Think of the 4th of July, backyard BBQ coming right off the grill, and you fixing a plate of meat and eating with your fingers. Delicious!