Tours in Oaxaca

Fire & Clay, Ancient Innovations

Fire! Pre-Hispanic controlled bonfires to stone, updraft kilns and subterranean firings thick with carbon… to the flames that cooks your lunch and the fire in the sip of mezcal at dinner. Clay! Dug from the earth before our very eyes, made by hand and wrought into shape with the skill of generational masters. Clay finished in red, smoke black, green glaze and tannin-dyed brown. Clay that smells of earth and is made for cooking, carrying water and leaving a very light footprint on this planet ... (read more)

CATEGORY

Folk Art

DATES

Jan 19 - 27, 2018

COST

$2,150*
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Agave

Revered since ancient times, used for food, fiber, rope, clothing and the holy mother of pulque and mezcal, this sword-branched plant and the culture that surround it are the focus of this quest. We will ramble through the arid valleys of central Oaxaca and into the cool pines of the Sierra Madre meeting the people of agave. Our travels will take us to artisanal, wood-fired mezcal stills where we’ll witness and learn about the process of distillation, from the splitting of agave, aka maguey, to the pit baking, fermentation and distillation. And we’ll visit indigenous pulque fermenters and learn how certain species of agaves are “milked” to make this nutritious plant beer. We’ll meet a man who makes rope from agave fiber, a baker who uses pulque as a yeast and hear stories about this plants role in Mexican culture. ... (read more)

CATEGORY

Culinary

DATES

Feb 17 - 24, 2018

COST

$2,150*
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