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Full Day Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour

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Southern Mexico, Mexico
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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more
The tortilla is said to have been invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago. Learn how corn tortillas are made, from scratch, on this full-day guided tour that takes you to indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley.... More
The tortilla is said to have been invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago. Learn how corn tortillas are made, from scratch, on this full-day guided tour that takes you to indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley. Meet a Zapotec corn farmer, women who craft comals and make tlayudas, and an artisan who specializes in corn stone grinders. Leave the typical... More
The tortilla is said to have been invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago. Learn how corn tortillas are made, from scratch, on this full-day guided tour that takes you to indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley. Meet a Zapotec corn farmer, women who craft comals and make tlayudas, and an artisan who specializes in corn stone grinders. Leave the typical tourist outings behind and enjoy this authentic look into traditions that are thousands of years old. Home-cooked lunch and transport by air-conditioned van included.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour on the history and heritage of corn tortillas in Oaxaca
  • Travel to villages in Tlacolula valley
  • Visit a corn field farmer and a family of traditional potters
  • See how masa, or corn dough, is made at a mill
  • Learn about the stone grinder trade, thousands of years old
  • Enjoy a homemade meal for lunch
... More
  • Full-day tour on the history and heritage of corn tortillas in Oaxaca
  • Travel to villages in Tlacolula valley
  • Visit a corn field farmer and a family of traditional potters
  • See how masa, or corn dough, is made at a mill
  • Learn about the stone grinder trade, thousands of years old
  • Enjoy a homemade meal for lunch
... More
  • Full-day tour on the history and heritage of corn tortillas in Oaxaca
  • Travel to villages in Tlacolula valley
  • Visit a corn field farmer and a family of traditional potters
  • See how masa, or corn dough, is made at a mill
  • Learn about the stone grinder trade, thousands of years old
  • Enjoy a homemade meal for lunch
  • Round-trip transport by van from centrally located Oaxaca hotels included

What To Expect

You will be met at your hotel by the guide between 8:30 and 9am and get ready to time-travel into the Tlacolula valley in a private, air conditioned vehicle. To learn about a food invented over two-thousand... More
You will be met at your hotel by the guide between 8:30 and 9am and get ready to time-travel into the Tlacolula valley in a private, air conditioned vehicle. To learn about a food invented over two-thousand years ago we need to head back in time. Easy enough in Oaxaca were old ways are still current!

Our route is way off the beaten path and right into
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You will be met at your hotel by the guide between 8:30 and 9am and get ready to time-travel into the Tlacolula valley in a private, air conditioned vehicle. To learn about a food invented over two-thousand years ago we need to head back in time. Easy enough in Oaxaca were old ways are still current!

Our route is way off the beaten path and right into the heart of Oaxaca, First stop is about 45 minutes down the road at the quiet ruins of Yagul, not far from the caves where the oldest corn cobs on Earth were discovered. 

Next, a country road takes us to a village with an old red-stone church. You’ll meet a family of traditional potters, all women, who learned from their mothers and grandmothers going back countless generations. Using techniques little changed in thousands of years they’ll show us how a comal is made, the essential clay griddle that sits over the fire and on which tortillas are cooked.

Then a drive through fields of agave to another village where you’ll visit a woman who hand-makes tlayudas for a living. Tlayudas are enormous, firm, corn tortillas unique to Oaxaca. And walk with her to the mill to make masa, the corn dough that we’ll then use for making our own tortillas over a hot comal. Harder than it looks, but flat or wrinkled, they’ll still be an excellent part of a home cooked meal with our village chef.

Nearby we’ll visit the home of a village cook and a traditional Zapotec corn farmer. She'll delight us with a fabulous meal and we'll learn from the family how they cultivate corn. We might even lend a hand, shucking, de-kernelling or contributing to the laughter. There will be time to chat and absorb this unique world, which clearly isn’t Kansas anymore!

When it’s all said and done you’ll have spent the day visiting, tasting and joyfully learning the way into the culture of Oaxaca and the heritage of Mexico, traveling beyond the standard tourist routes and, while learning about Mexico’s food of the soul, you’ll also meet the big-hearted, deeply-rooted people that are this country’s heart.

What's Included

Demonstrations and hands-on tortilla making
Home cooked lunch
Professional, bi-linguial guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Gratuities
Alcoholic beverages

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located hotels in Oaxaca City

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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