Make this the New Year your family will never forget
Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico for a New Year’s 2019 trip celebrating the Zapotec rituals of the new year, get hands-on with local art, and sample all the local delicacies. From December 28 to January 5 we will split our time between the village of Teotitlán del Valle and historic Oaxaca City.
Who: For families with children (best ages 5 and up). We’ll be a small group: 3 families max.
When: December 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Where: Teotitlán del Valle & Oaxaca City, MEXICO
Cost: $1325 per person (see details below)
Apply here: Contact us to sign up. Please also review our Financial Policies.
There will be plenty of fun for both kids and adults as we join in for the traditional village gathering at a sacred site outside of town. We’ll make wishes for the new year, placing tokens in a cave to honor a local legend, celebrating with enthusiasm and fireworks alongside the community. We’ll be staying with our Zapotec weaving friends on their farm, the Bautista Lazos, and your family will have a loom to create your own piece to take home. We’ll also visit village artists and healers to learn about their crafts.
Then we’ll travel to historic Oaxaca city for more culture, art, and food exploration (see below for different food needs). We’ll learn about the colorful Oaxacan alebrijes and even get make our own. We’ll tour the city’s street art on bicycles and partake in world renowned Oaxacan cuisine at every opportunity. From distinct variations on mole and mezcal to enlivening aguas frescas and quesadillas – there will be something for everyone in the family. The weather tends to be about perfect at 75°F with crisp nights and no rain.
What will we do?
One of the benefits of a family camp is that not everyone has to join in to the same activities. Want some solo time? We’ll take your kids on an adventure.
- Weaving instruction and on-going assistance
- Goat cuddling and bull scratching
- Sampling moles and other traditional foods (lots of dietary options)
- Exploring food and artisan markets
- Mezcal factory tour and tasting (for the adults)
- Horseback riding (additional $45pp)
- Village and urban walks
- Meetups and workshops with artisans and traditional healers
- Visit neighboring village with a local nonprofit
- Street art tour on bikes
- Sunrise hike to the pre-Aztec ruins of Monte Albán
What is included in the price?
- Lodging (based on 3-4 person occupancy per room – other combos may require flexibility, rooms at the farm are limited)
- In-country meals
- In-country transportation
- Activities, art supplies, and local guides
- Fluent Spanish/English speaker (Jay) to help at all times
What is not included in the price?
- Trip insurance (required)
- Transportation to/from your home airport
What about technology?
We encourage you to leave your children’s devices at home and significantly contain your use. Technology is an incredible distraction from the world around us. It can have an especially negative impact when we are trying to immerse ourselves in a new culture. It keeps us at arms length from our experience and from one another. I wrote a post on teens, technology, and travel that might explain more.
What resources do you provide?
We’ll guide you every step of the way – or as much as you want it. When you’re all signed up we’ll help you with passports, vaccination processes, packing lists, reading lists, trip insurance, and will coordinate a traveler meeting. We’re available at any time to answer questions.
We provide all the logistics to make this an amazing trip. Transportation, translation, great activities, introductions to our friends, and anything else you need. We have a system of group journaling to help us process our experiences, build relationships, experience our destination more deeply, and craft our stories. Want to take an evening to explore solo? We’ll happily entertain your kiddos.
We always bring a professional photographer along on our trips so you’ll get amazing digital photos of your family experiencing Oaxaca and you can purchase prints from the website. In addition, after camp you’ll have access to summaries from our journaling.
What about the food?
There are lots of great options and amazing food if you are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan. Based on our own experience (we are gluten-free) and confirming with local friends there, all three needs can be easily accommodated during our stay in Teotitlán del Valle and in Oaxaca City.
Tortillas are the basis for many dishes in Oaxaca and they are traditionally vegan. Made from corn (not wheat flour), they do not contain lard. Example common tortilla-based dishes include enfrijoladas, chilaquiles, entomatadas, and enchiladas – all of which can be made without meat or cheese. Common fillings include nopal (cactus), frijoles (beans), and aguacate (avocado). Several vegan desserts are incredible, including atole (think flan but made from corn) and chocolate which is as big in Oaxaca as coffee is in Seattle. It’s good to know that traditional Zapotec foods are vegan, so eating a sopa de guias (pea soup) soup or arroz con frijoles (rice and beans) is experiencing traditional cuisine.
While on the Zapotec farm in Teotitlán del Valle, food like the examples above will be common and easily prepared. When we choose to eat out in a restaurant, several restaurants are familiar with these needs as well, including El Jaguar, La Guelagetza, and even Tlamanalli. And we’d call ahead of time to ensure proper preparation. In Oaxaca City, there are several restaurants that cater to vegetarians including La Jícara and Boulenc while many restaurants label menus with dishes that are gluten-free and vegetarian. To see a list of vegan friendly restaurants in Oaxaca City, see here and then click on the “vegan options” box on the left.
Interested? Got Questions? Let’s chat!
If you want to talk anything over with Jay or me, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer questions and describe anything in more detail.
If you need references, we’ll gladly give you a bunch. We’d also encourage you to peruse the rest of the blog to get a sense of our values and how we travel. There are posts specific to Oaxaca on our Mexico page.
Let’s go far and travel deep!
Kymber, Jay, & Beija