TOUR FULL—waiting list available or check out our tour in July 2016. Visit Oaxaca, Mexico and you’ll quickly become entranced with its history and vibrant cultural traditions.

The original inhabitants were known for textiles, ceramics, cuisine, and myriad plant use. In fact, corn and squash were first domesticated in this part of the Americas. A major destination on this tour is Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca—an ethnobotanical garden where you’ll experience breathtaking landscape design and also learn how plants have always interacted with the culture of this region.

Your stay in Oaxaca’s Casa Antiqua, a small, 19th-century traditional style hotel built around a courtyard and noted for their especially delicious breakfasts, provides a central location that makes it ideal for exploring this delightful town.

A highlight of your visit will be a walking tour of the local food market to taste spices and regionally grown produce followed by a cooking class in the home of Susana Trilling, cookbook author and host of the PBS series “Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca.

You will be welcomed into the homes and studios of local artists and you’ll travel through the lush, fertile countryside to visit the village of San Martin Tilcajete, center for the delightful carved animals called “alebrjie.” You’ll also visit a ceramic workshop, a handmade paper factory, and a tinwork studio, another of Mexico’s colorful art forms created with precision and artistic flair.

Immerse yourself in the world of colors, flavors, textures, landscapes, and plants on this trip to fascinating Oaxaca, Mexico.