Cultura Distinta

Explore Oaxaca through Art, food and Mezcal tours

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OAXACA TOUR OPERATOR

Tony

Founder & all-round super human being

Hey, my name is Tony. My journey started in 2020 when I started the Graffiti, Art and Culture Tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas, which rapidly became the best reviewed walking tour. I didn't stop there. This year I moved to Oaxaca and now I work with local and regional actors to provide authentic and unique experiences here. Check our Oaxaca experiences page and book one of our unique tours.


Please get in touch if you have any questions.

WhatsApp: +52 66 420 33 565

CULTURAL TOURS IN OAXACA

Experiences for adventurous tourists

Our aim is to provide you with new insights, show you interesting places and have you fall in love with what this city and state have to offer you. We provide different experiences, tours and workshops, designed to do just that!

Whether it is about food, history or adventure, Cultural Tours in Oaxaca have something for you.

Join us if you love personal tours, want to learn about local culture and have a knack for adventure.

SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR EXPERIENCES

Things to do in Oaxaca

Cultural Tours in Oaxaca

Free walking tour Oaxaca


Join us for an amazing welcome to Oaxaca, and learn about the most important aspects of this beautiful city.

The tour last for 2.5 hours. You learn about the cities culture, history, gastronomy, music, colourful arts and discover hidden gems.

Our local promoters will love to give you recommendations for the best places to go for drinks or food.

Commision based tour

People enjoying the free walking tour in Oaxaca
Oaxaca flavours food tour. A group in front of one of the restaurants

Cultural Tours in Oaxaca

Oaxaca flavours food tours


Oaxaca is known for its food. Discover what Oaxacan people eat in a 3 and a half hour food tour! Sample up to 15 traditional food and drink selections from street food stands, markets and small restaurants. This is the best way to find out everything you want to know about Oaxaca and Mexican cuisine. It is delicious!

1200 Mex$

REVIEWS ABOUT CULTURA DISTINTA

What people say about us

Julie A. SchneyerJulie A. Schneyer
14:34 23 Apr 23
The tour with Tony was amazing!! We learned so much, he took us to see a ton of incredible street art and made the tour very interactive (including a chocolate tasting! 🤤). The tour covered an impressive range of aspects of culture and his recommendations for places to go for everything from burritos to indie films were spot on. Totally exceeded expectations, we had a blast. Thanks for making this one of the highlights of our trip!
Peter EgbertPeter Egbert
23:43 11 Mar 23
I got to do a walking tour with Tony and Funny. Funny I already knew from my Spanish classes which I can only recommend! It was super chilled and interesting. You really get to immerse into San Cristobal and know how to get around. I especially liked the street art part. Further, they let you know about certain events!!! Super
A super complete tour. Tony sucks at what he does! We learned several things about San Cris because it was a 3-hour tour, but we didn't even feel the time, it was very enjoyable.The truth was 10/10!
Jean-Guillaume KarcherJean-Guillaume Karcher
21:51 17 Feb 23
Tony makes great and very large tours. Meaning you'll see tags, but might crops their artists, understand their art and the message it conveys.On top of that they have a great way of mixing, Theological stuff along with ancient and modern history.Now if that's not enough you'll also check other galeries, crafting shops and great places to eat. 🍫🎨♀️And we were told that the tour can fit your needs 🙏🏽Recommend without hesitation.
Natascha van der KrogtNatascha van der Krogt
17:05 17 Feb 23
Highly recommended ! My Spanish teacher invited me last minute to come to this tour, little did I know it was a fantastic experience and probably one of the best walking tours I ever attended. Toni is a very knowledgeable guide and speaks English at a very high level. We had the best time, were shown around the city for 3 hours and heard about some hidden gems that I would otherwise have not found myself.Please make sure this is on your to-do list when visiting San Cris !
Anabel KearleyAnabel Kearley
02:00 24 Sep 22
I highly recommend this experience. It's got amazing art, amazing food, and amazing sights. It should be a required first plan during your stay in San Cristóbal! Tony's knowledge of the city's architecture, symbology, history, and art scene is expansive. Beyond that, he's super friendly and clearly dedicated to showcasing the vibrant culture here. Plus, if you like baked goods, he knows where to find the BEST pastries in all of San Cristóbal. You'll have to take the tour to find out where 🙂
Daniel FrauchigerDaniel Frauchiger
21:48 14 Jan 22
Absolutely a must in San Cristobal! Toni is such a nice tourguide an you can really feel his passion to the streetart. The artpieces of the different artists which he will show you are stunning!
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Things to do in Oaxaca

Tourism scene in the Oaxaca region

International Tourists › Oaxaca attracts a significant number of international tourists, with visitors coming from various countries to explore its cultural heritage, archaeological sites, and natural beauty.


Domestic Tourism › The majority of tourists in Oaxaca are domestic travelers from within Mexico. The state is a popular destination for Mexicans seeking to experience its unique traditions, festivals, and diverse landscapes.


Popular Destinations › Besides the capital city, Oaxaca de Juárez, travelers often visit other destinations within the state, including Monte Albán, Hierve el Agua, Puerto Escondido, Mazunte, and the Oaxacan coast.


Cultural Tourism › Oaxaca is known for cultural tourism, attracting visitors interested in exploring its indigenous communities, traditional markets, and participating in local festivals and events.


Culinary Tourism › Oaxaca's gastronomy is a major draw for tourists. Food enthusiasts and culinary travelers seek to experience the unique flavors of Oaxacan cuisine, including its famous moles, tlayudas, and mezcal.


Handicrafts and Markets › Tourists often engage in shopping for traditional Oaxacan handicrafts, textiles, pottery, and alebrijes at local markets such as Benito Juárez Market and the Artisan Market.


Eco-Tourism › Oaxaca's diverse landscapes, including mountains, valleys, and coastal areas, attract eco-tourists interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, and exploring natural reserves.


Cultural Events › Travelers plan their visits to coincide with cultural events, such as the Guelaguetza festival, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations, and various indigenous ceremonies.


Sustainable Tourism › Oaxaca has been emphasizing sustainable and responsible tourism initiatives, encouraging practices that respect the environment and support local communities.


Accommodation › The state offers a range of accommodation options, including boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and budget-friendly guesthouses, catering to the diverse preferences of travelers.

INTERESTING ABOUT OAXACA

10 facts about Oaxaca

1 - Cultural Diversity › Oaxaca is one of the most culturally diverse states in Mexico, home to various indigenous communities, including Zapotec and Mixtec people. Each group has its own distinct traditions, languages, and crafts.


2 - UNESCO World Heritage Site The city of Oaxaca, the capital of the state, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic center is renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture and cultural significance.


3 - Gastronomy Oaxacan cuisine is considered one of the most diverse and delicious in Mexico. The state is known for its traditional dishes such as mole (a complex sauce often served with meat), tlayudas (large tortillas with various toppings), and chapulines (roasted grasshoppers).


4 - Monte Albán Oaxaca is home to the ancient archaeological site of Monte Albán, a UNESCO-listed pre-Columbian Zapotec city. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico and offers panoramic views of the Oaxacan Valley.

5 - Day of the Dead Celebrations › Oaxaca is famous for its vibrant and elaborate celebrations of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The festivities include colorful parades, altars, and traditional foods to honor deceased loved ones.

6 - Alebrijes › Oaxaca is the birthplace of alebrijes, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. These intricate and imaginative carvings are often made from copal wood.

7 - Mezcal Production › Oaxaca is a major producer of mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant. The region is known for producing high-quality artisanal mezcals with unique flavors.

8 - Hierve el Agua › Hierve el Agua is a natural wonder in Oaxaca, featuring petrified waterfalls created by mineral-laden springs. The site offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

9 - Textile Traditions › Oaxaca has a rich tradition of textile arts, with skilled artisans creating vibrant weavings and textiles. Each region within the state has its own distinctive patterns and techniques.

10 - Festivals and Guelaguetza › Oaxaca hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, showcasing traditional dances, music, and crafts. The Guelaguetza, held in July, is a major cultural event featuring performances from various regions of the state.


These facts highlight the cultural, historical, and natural richness that makes Oaxaca a fascinating destination.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OAXACA TOURS

Cultura Distinta specializes in giving you the Unique experience you deserve

Cultura Distinta is a collective based in Oaxaca. We offer a refreshing alternative to mass tourism, and are committed to delivering unforgettable experiences that connect visitors with the heart and soul of Oaxaca region. Book a tour or workshop with us today, and discover the vibrant culture that makes our city so special! Cultural Tours in Oaxaca is the right place for you.

We are dedicated to promoting local culture through immersive experiences, tours and workshops. We work together with local artisans, communities, and cultural centers, to offer you meaningful experiences. You have a unique opportunity to learn about crafts, traditions, and other aspects of local culture.

PROS & CONS ABOUT OAXACA

Pros about Oaxaca tours

Cultural Richness

Oaxaca offers an immersive cultural experience, allowing travelers to explore the traditions of diverse indigenous communities, witness vibrant festivals, and indulge in the local arts, including pottery, weaving, and alebrije carving.


Gastronomic Delights

Food enthusiasts will appreciate Oaxaca's renowned cuisine, known for its rich flavors and unique dishes. Mole, tlayudas, chapulines, and traditional street foods provide a culinary adventure.


Archaeological Wonders

The state boasts significant archaeological sites, including Monte Albán and Mitla, providing a glimpse into ancient civilizations. These sites are not only historically significant but also offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.


Natural Beauty

Oaxaca is characterized by diverse landscapes, from the lush valleys to the Oaxacan coast. Travelers can explore stunning natural attractions such as Hierve el Agua, waterfalls, and mountainous terrains.


Mezcal Experience

Mezcal aficionados can savor the unique flavors of this distilled agave spirit, with Oaxaca being a hub for traditional mezcal production. Visiting mezcal distilleries provides insight into the craftsmanship behind this iconic Mexican beverage.

Cons about Oaxaca tours

Altitude Variations

Oaxaca features diverse altitudes, from coastal areas to high mountain ranges. Travelers should be mindful of potential altitude-related issues, especially when moving between different regions within the state.


Limited Infrastructure in Rural Areas

While Oaxaca City is well-developed, some rural areas may have limited infrastructure. Travelers heading to more remote destinations should be prepared for basic facilities and transportation challenges.


Seasonal Weather Extremes

Oaxaca experiences seasonal weather variations, including a rainy season. Travelers should be aware of weather patterns and plan accordingly to avoid inconveniences.


Language Barrier in Remote Areas

In more remote indigenous communities, Spanish might not be the primary language. Communication could be challenging for those who don't speak indigenous languages, emphasizing the importance of cultural sensitivity and local guides.


Limited Direct Flights

Getting to Oaxaca may require connecting flights, as the state's airports, including Xoxocotlán International Airport, may have limited direct routes. Travelers should consider potential layovers when planning their journey.

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