Visit Oaxaca’s Largest Market Like a Local

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This experience follows our Covid Protocol. Please check it over and only reserve tthe experience if you´re in complete agreement with the terms.

This experience was designed by one of our star hosts, Doña Raquel, with the requests of her visitors in mind… the folks coming to her cooking experiences consistently wanted to know more about the ingredients she uses, how to locate them in Oaxaca´s largest open-air market, and how to identify their best characteristics. The result of that reflection is this market trip, in which Raquel will accompany you to the Abastos market to all of her favorite vendors, where you´ll be able to learn about the various Mexican chiles, herbs, and spices that are fundamental in the local cuisine.

You will meet at Doña Raquel´s home, where you´ll have some traditional chocolate to drink, and a hearty bread to start your day. From there you´ll head to the market together via taxi. Raquel will take you to her favorite vendors, who know you´re coming and will allow for photos/notes to be taken of their ingredients accordingly.

Raquel will teach you what the ingredients are used for, and she´ll assist you in picking out some of the best ones to prepare two distinct salsas back at the house. (You are welcome to bring additional money to purchase ingredients for personal use.)

Once you´re done at the market, you´ll head back to Raquel´s home where you´ll learn to prepare two traditional salsas with the ingredients you chose. The whole experience will culminate into a lunchtime feast with Raquel and her family. There are no words to aptly describe the warmth, hospitality, and the breadth of flavors in Raquel´s experiences.

As part of this market trip experience, Raquel has taken the time to hand-create a unique gift for each of her guests. This is just one of the reasons we love her!

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What to Expect

Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. 

Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.

Step Three: We will send you the host´s address upon payment. We´ll see you at your experience!

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Experience Includes

  • A guided market trip with Doña Raquel.
  • All ingredients used to prepare salsas.
  • Your breakfast and lunch.
  • Taxi transportation to/from the market.
  • Gel, sanitizers, and any other products needed to comply with our Covid Protocol.
  • A handmade gift from Doña Raquel


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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Transportation: Unnecessary. Experience begins at Raquel´s home (address will be provided upon purchase). Transportation to/from the market will be by taxi due to the standards of the pandemic, and weather-permitting.

Cost: 2,500 MXN

There is a minimum of two people for this experience. Group rates apply.

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