Tortilla! Food of the Soul : Monday & Friday

In Brief: Yagul, maize farmer, corn mill, potters and tortilla making.


The tortilla was invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago according to archaeologists, so what better place to learn about this true Mexican food of the soul? This simple disk of corn is much more complex and important than most of us imagine. Our journey today will show us why, and we’ll have a grand time on the way. Our route is way off the beaten path and right into the heart of Oaxaca, visiting a traditional Zapotec corn farmer, a family of potters who make comales, without which a tortilla cannot be cooked and of course, expert tortilla makers. But our first stop is at the quiet ruins of Yagul, not far from the caves where the oldest corn cobs on Earth were discovered. We’ll learn about the hidden ingredient in tortillas so important that without it the great civilizations of Mexico never would have existed (no, it’s not fluoride!) and we’ll give tortilla making a try ourselves…and get to eat the results as part of a home cooked village meal. This journey is about the food that feeds the Mexican soul and upon which ancient nations were built, and it is a trip that takes us from one small village to the next, meeting farmers, artisans and cooks and truly giving us a taste of what Oaxaca is about.

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* 8 hour tour (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
* Private Transportation
* Bilingual guide
* Lunch
* Entrance fees
* Artisans fees
* Hotel pick-up and drop-off
* Small group (no more than 10 people)

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Rate: US$120 per person
SPECIAL PRICE: If we have 3 or more passengers, the price drops to $85 each. Bravo!

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2. Booking in advance. Since we are visiting the homes of artisans and traditional chefs we need a minimum of 36 hours to reserve a tour in order to make the proper arrangements with them.

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3. Small groups. Our day groups are always small; no more than 10 people per tour, so not to overwhelm our hosts, and so our visits can be personal and meaningful.

4. Cancellations. You have up to 4 days prior to your tour time to email and cancel your tour with no penalty incurred. A US$35 fee per person will be charged if you cancel less than 4 days prior to your scheduled tour time. Cancellations less than 24 hours prior to tour date are non-refundable.

5. Traditions Mexico takes you beyond the standard sites visited by tourists and travellers and into the wonderful and authentic wilds of backcactus Mexico. As a result we will see things that other visitors seldom or never see. Our travellers should bring with them a willingness to get off-the-beaten-track and a curiosity to see the real world in its true and wondrous colors.

6. Our trips are lead by unique individuals who are more cultural ambassadors than guides. They are specialists and aficionados, authors and long-term students of the cultures of Oaxaca, experienced, involved, and totally in love with what they do!

7. Minimum numbers apply. We require a minimum of 2 travellers to run a trip.