Discover Oaxaca Tours
Discover Oaxaca Tours
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We are Benito and Suzanne, expert, bilingual guides offering private tours in and around Oaxaca. We are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, eager to share with you our love for this land, its people, and rich cultural heritage. We will adapt our tours to suit your needs. Whether you’re interested in culture, food, nature, handicrafts, archaeology, or architecture, we’ll be happy to guide you to the best Oaxaca has to offer. We look forward to sharing with you the Oaxaca we know and love!
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Sara A
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited Oaxaca in January and booked a walking tour of the city for our first full day, and it was a fantastic way
to start our trip. Definitely book this option on day 1, if you can!
Suzanne walked us through Oaxacan history, key points of interest in the city center, and the whole tour was sprinkled with delicious, authentic street food, which we loved. We learned so much about the local fare and felt much more acquainted with the city lay out.

We also booked an all day excursion to a local village where we experienced the art of making mole negro from scratch and a beautiful demonstration of wool rug weaving. It was such a special day, one we will cherish forever!

Suzanne is kind, generous and so knowledgeable about the city and the culture. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this company!
Written January 14, 2020
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I had such a fun time with you! It was a real pleasure introducing you to some of my favorite spots in Oaxaca city, and also get to share that traditional mole making experience with you and one of my favorite local families. I look forward to seeing you back in Oaxaca again sometime!
Written January 15, 2020
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marvelous millie
vancouver21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We (Canadians, two 60 year-olds and a 29 year old) had two incredible trips with Oaxaca Tours.The first was a three day overnight trip designed to reflect our interests. With Benito we went birdwatching, explored archeological sites and learned about the social and natural history of Oaxaca. We stayed two nights in cabins in small mountain villages. The trip perfectly matched our interests and expectations. Benito has many years of guiding experience and all the qualities of a great guide: extremely knowledgeable, personable, attentive, flexible, a great travelling companion. He is from the area and was able to point out and explain many things of natural, cultural and social interest that we would otherwise have either not noticed or understood.

Our second tour was to Monte Alban with Suzanne. She also has tremendous knowledge of the area and is experienced, personable, attentive, flexible, and a wonderful travelling companion.

Benito and Suzanne are a great team. They speak English perfectly which was essential for us.They responded quickly and clearly to our emails, prepared an itinerary that reflected our specific requests, and gave us the information we needed to prepare for our tours. We travelled in a comfortable vehicle with everything we needed, including fresh fruit and other snacks, delicious coffee, extra binoculars and a scope.

We had an amazing time in Oaxaca, thanks in very large part to Suzanne and Benito from Discover Oaxaca Tours.
Written January 7, 2020
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Mary S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
From meeting us at the airport to helping us understand the local customs, no detail was too small or large for this experienced tour guide couple. Suzanne and Benito made our visit to Oaxaca memorable in every way. A day of sightseeing at Yagul followed by lunch at a favorite cafe in the local market and finishing with a delightful mezcal tour and tasting is just one example of the 5 excellent days of touring our family of three shared with them. Be sure to ask Suzanne for a food tour. She knows everyone and they will treat you like a local. Highest recommendation.
Written February 6, 2020
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Daphne Hoffman
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Benito was our guide and he was great, we got exactly what we wanted. We toured the southern valley and stopped at the market in Octolan . Visited the weaving village and he took us to the best wood carvings shop with very reasonable prices. We also went to San Bartolo to see the black pottery, again the shops he took us to had the best price and selection and the masters lived on site.
He also pick us us a wonderful lunch spot.
Downside, for a business operating in Mexico, they price in USA $, the 4 of us are expats with residency in Mexico and deal with pesos. When we paid him our balance, he went online and charged us the current exchange rate, we felt the price quoted when booked should have been honored. It wasn’t that much, but why not just operate in pesos like all the other tours?
All in all it was a great day.
Written October 10, 2021
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Hi Daphne, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your day with Benito and that the tour was exactly what you wanted - that's what we aim for with all our clients, though they may come with different interests and from backgrounds. There's always something to enjoy in Oaxaca! For future reference (if you decide to return to Oaxaca sometime!), we'll be happy to agree on a price in pesos at the time of booking if you let us know. Most of our clients are not Mexican residents and US dollars seems to be easier to deal with when making bookings from outside the country - but we're happy to adapt to different circumstances. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, and we look forward to seeing you in Oaxaca again sometime.
Written October 18, 2021
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Wintersun
Lake Tahoe (California), CA203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Important to know that there is the real Discover Oaxaca Tours owned and operated by Suzanne and Benito and there are the street hustlers in town that sell "discover Oaxaca tours" and hand out leaflets and are a complete rip-off.

We spent 3 days traveling around the valleys and visiting artisans' workshops and community markets and some of the archeological sites. Suzanne is very knowledgeable about the history and also has well established contacts with artisans in the area which helped personalize our visits to their studios.

Highly recommend Suzanne for any size group to tour the area and let her customize it based on what you want to see and do.
Written January 15, 2020
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Brentk56
Greensboro, NC8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Suzanne showed us many of the highlights of Oaxaca over the three days we spent with her.

We traversed the bumpy road up and down the mountain to see the iconic petrified waterfalls ot Hierve el Agua and were stunned by the expansive width of the 2000 year old cypress, El Arbol de Tule. The Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban compare favorably with the more well-known Mayan archaeological sites.

Many of the small towns that ring Oaxaca feature traditional crafts and we were particularly interested in the Zapotec weavers at Teotitlán del Valle and the alebrijes wood carvings at San Martin Tilcajete. Suzanne took us behind the scenes to see the workshops of artisans.

Oaxaca has a well-deserved reputation for its cuisine and some of the best it has to offer can be found in the markets, which can be complicated spaces for tourists who don't have good Spanish language skills. Suzanne helped us navigate the stalls and we particuarly enjoyed the goat's head soup at Tlacolula and the black mole tamale at the Mercado Benito Juarez. She also took us to a restaurant where we were able to order chiles en nogada, a dish that is decorated with the colors of the Mexican flag.

If you are interested in a private tour guide, we highly recommend Suzanne at Discover Oaxaca Tours.
Written February 5, 2022
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Nshellito
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Suzanne and Benito gave our family excellent tours of Oaxaca city and the surrounding sites. They both speak fluent Spanish and are extremely knowledgeable about the museums, city and archeological sites. Benito gave us a great tour of Yagul and the Oaxaca cultural museum, and Suzanne gave us wonderful tours of Mitla and Monte Alban. Suzanne also set up a delicious food tour and we went to 4 amazing restaurants in Oaxaca. Most of the restaurants had beautiful terraces and were relaxing to sit at. They took us to markets and awesome restaurants all throughout our 5 days with them. They took us to local artisans' homes where the local people gave demonstrations of their crafts in a very authentic way. We highly recommend Discover Oaxaca tour company if you visit the city!
Written February 6, 2020
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John S
Wichita, KS12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our family recently spent the week with Suzanne and her husband Benito in Oaxaca City and enviorns. They did a superb job! We were able to customize our trip to see the things we most wanted to see. For everything we did, both Suzanne and Benito were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and patient. I would strongly recommend Discover Oaxaca Tours (not to be confused with Discubre Oaxaca) for anyone who would like a fun and memorable trip to Oaxaca. Highest recommendation!
Written February 4, 2020
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HavingChoices
Prunedale, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My husband and I took 3 tours with Suzanne on our recent trip to Oaxaca. One tour was of the Eastern Valley, the next tour was the Monte Alban, Cuilapan, Zaachila, and the last tour was of the Southern Valley.

The descriptions provided on the “discover-oaxaca.com” website details the areas we visited and what we saw. Suzanne’s knowledge of all areas was extensive. It was clear she had been studying and knew the history and background of every place she took us to.

Suzanne knew the local people at the different locations she showed us and it was easy to observe the respect she had for the local people, as they had for her. She helped us plan our trip to maximize what was available to see on a specific day on the tour we selected.

I recommend looking at her website for more information about the specific tours she and her husband Benito (a local bird expert) provide, which can be tailored to your interests.

Suzanne was easy to contact and get information from prior to our trip as well as answering questions in between our tours. She is definitely a professional!

THANK YOU!
Written January 17, 2020
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JayandLouise
Littleton, CO60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Oaxaca guides Suzanne & Benito exceeded our expectations ! We spent 3 days touring the city of Oaxaca and the surrounding areas. Highlights of our trip was Suzanne’s Oaxaca walking tour, Monte Albán with Benito ( the large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán Municipality in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca ) and Suzanne’s tour of Hierve el Agua (Spanish for "the water boils") is a set of natural travertine rock formations in San Lorenzo Albarradas, Oaxaca, Mexico that resemble cascades of water. The local meals experienced were delicious and we ate together 👍 The choice is yours but we loved our time in Oaxaca and your lucky to hire Suzanne & Benito for the true locals experience! BTW Excellent English spoken, fun & personable, college educated and we miss them . "Mi casa es su casa" (formal) is Spanish for "My house is your house" a common saying to invite someone into your house and allow them to make themselves at home. 🇲🇽👀❣️🙏🏻
Finally, The Guelaguetza Festival inside and outside the city is colorful, festive, fun and mostly about sharing 👀 The parades were lined with folks … music, costumes - see photos. The main auditorium show was sold out on both Mondays but there are many shows around… Our Quinta Real Guelaguetza show ( with food & Mescal ) was good & fun, especially with our new friends from Guadalajara, sharing the table.
Written August 6, 2022
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