Oaxaca & Puebla: Ancient Civilizations & Modern Cuisine
Satisfy your intellectual and culinary hunger in southern Mexico as you learn to cook authentic cuisine, visit important archeological sites and discover traditional crafts.
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Program No. 21976RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

From a 2,500-year-old Zapotec ceremonial pyramid to a mole poblano pepper picked that day, Mexico’s southern states of Oaxaca and Puebla offer a magical blend of the ancient and the modern. Amid the mountains and valleys of the central highlands, learn about the two most fascinating aspects of the region — its history and its food. Discover how a blend of more than 20 distinct indigenous groups, along with centuries of colonial Spanish influence, has created layers and layers of culinary and archaeological treasures.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the secrets of some of Mexico’s most renowned cuisine with celebrated chef Gerarldo Aldeco.
  • Visit Mexico’s most important archaeological sites, including the Mitla ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • At the incredible Talavera de la Reyna production studio, learn how they make their traditional pottery.
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Haydee de Hoyos
Originally from the northern state of Sonora, Haydee de Hoyos learned English through her interest in American television, especially “Sesame Street.” Her affinity for American culture led her to pursue a career in the travel industry with a degree in tourism and business form the University of Guadalajara. Haydee has worked for Geronimo for more than 20 years and served as a Group Leader on programs focusing on art, culture, history, the environment and Mexican cuisine, developing an encyclopedia of knowledge of all things Mexico.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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