Explore Oaxaca City, Mexico with our weaving workshop, natural dyeing, and the food of Oaxaca November 2019. Learn More Here!



Immerse yourself in Oaxaca’s rich traditions and cultures and visit the homes and workshops of different artisans on this Ace Camp in Oaxaca City and surrounding towns. You will learn color design for weaving and will head on a journey to learn skills of weaving and natural plant dyeing.

This is a 6 day trip designed to immerse you in the rich traditions and cultures that make up the vibrant state of Oaxaca. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces of the country and witness the traditions of making native crafts.  

A major craft category is textiles. Textiles, made from cotton and other fibers and produced on backstrap looms, date back to the early pre-Hispanic period.  This form of weaving has been dominated by women since that time. Traditional clothing items such as huipils are still made on backstrap looms, while the European looms are used to produce larger and heavier items such as rugs, ponchos and blankets. Most items are produced with cotton or wool fibers, although some maguey fibers can be found and palm fronds are used to produce mats and hats.  

Oaxaca is a veritable foodie paradise of indigenous eats, French-style sauces and some truly amazing mescal. Oaxaca is also famous for its masa-based dishes, including tlayudas (jumbo-size tortillas topped with refried beans and meat) and tamales (the Oaxacan ones are flatter than usual and are wrapped in green banana leaves instead of corn husks). You will find tasty examples at Central de Abastos. Think sweet corn tamales, molé tamales with sweet prunes wrapped in banana leaves, fresh pastries, fruit, salty Oaxacan cheese, and a full selection of fresh juices from guava, to pineapple, to cilantro.

On this trip you will have a chance to see and taste it all!

 Photo: Rona Bennett

Photo: Rona Bennett

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 6 nights* (based on shared occupancy)

  • 6 breakfasts

  • 4 lunches**

  • 4 dinners**

  • 2 days of guided tours with one of the best guides in Oaxaca (to visit weavers, natural textile dye workshops, Teotitlan and more...)

  • A guided tour of Museo Textil de Oaxaca

  • Weaving workshop with a skilled local expert

  • A trip to Ocotlan Market

  • Mezcal tasting

  • Admission and tour fees - local museums

  • Tips - Guides

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms.  **Our lunches + dinners are at various locations and are selected to give you the most authentic experience.  We find the best food in Oaxaca!

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Airfare + airport transfer are not included, however, low cost rides from the airport are available and will drive you right to our hotel in Oaxaca.

We’re just finishing up all the details for our 2019 trip to Oaxaca, If you would like to be the first to know please add your email address to our early notification list by clicking the button below.


Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca is a tiny boutique hotel in the Oaxacan city center that’s a quiet showcase for the city’s modern design scene. The attention given to working with local artists means more than simply that Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca is just a well-designed hotel; it is a statement about the importance of Mexican design in the international landscape.

Every element of hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca has been conceptualized and produced by a Mexican artist. Cooly shadowed walkways leading to patios, cactus, and hidden retreats within the walls of Hotel Casa Azul de Oaxaca make for an environment open to the interpretation of each guest’s personal experience. 

Oaxaca City is a colonial city protected by the UNESCO world heritage convention and is revered as the culinary capital of Mexico. It is packed with inexpensive markets and elegant five-star restaurants serving some of the tastiest food in the world. 

 Hotel Azul

Hotel Azul

In Oaxaca the best food is not found in the high-end restaurants but in the street food stands and neighborhood markets - you can chose from empanadas de huitlacoche, tinga, amarillo, coloradito or rajas, enfrijoladas, enmoladas, caldo de rez, caldo de pollo, mole negro, huevos al gusto, memelas con asiento as well as champurrado, chocolate atole, jugo de naranja, papaya or zanahoria, café, hojaldras…and so on.

THE PLACES YOU WILL VISIT...the things you'll do.

Teotitlan del Valle – Visit the hub for the world-famous, traditional, woven, wool blankets and rugs of the state of Oaxaca.

Museo Textil de Oaxaca - Eric Chavez is the education liaison at the Textile Museum in Oaxaca and will take us on tour throughout the museum.

Ocotlán de Morelos - Market day is an amazing array of colours, crafts and regional food.

A guided tour of Santo Tomas Jalietza

Learn the art of Tejido - a Mexican weaving technique.

Free day in Oaxaca City with a visit to the Saturday market – optional activities include a cooking class or temazcal - a traditional steam bath.

 Backstrap Weaving

Backstrap Weaving

 Itanoní Tortillería y Antojería

Itanoní Tortillería y Antojería


Oaxaca remains one of the safest states in Mexico

ACE CAMPS administration will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. 

Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan Airport (IATA code OAX) is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Oaxaca city centre. Airlines that fly to the state include Mexicana, Aeroméxico, Aviacsa and Aerocalifornia arriving from Mexico City, Acapulco, Villahermosa and Tuxtla Gutiérrez. 


Daytime temperatures are almost always moderate, in the 70s, but the evenings from mid-December through mid-January are often quite cool, especially outside of downtown Oaxaca.

During the daytime, short sleeves are advisable, but one is cautioned that the mornings, and of course night-time, can be quite cool. Accordingly, for those vacationing in Oaxaca at this time of year, it’s strongly recommended that a sweater or jacket be packed in the suitcase.


The traditions of Mexico’s colourful folk art and handicrafts have been passed down through generations.
Today, artists still use the same techniques and skills that were used by the ancestors hundred of years ago. In Oaxaca, the weavers, black ceramic artists, and wood whittlers create pieces that are not found anywhere else in the country. What better way to learn about these antique art forms and collect original samples than to visit the workshops of these artists who are keeping their ancient traditions alive.


We’re just finishing up all the details for our 2019 trip to Oaxaca, If you would like to be the first to know please add your email address to our early notification list by clicking the button below.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.