Oaxaca & Puebla: The Ancient Civilizations and Modern Cuisine of Southern Mexico
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.
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Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 5,200 feet.
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the secrets of some of Mexico’s most renowned cuisine with celebrated chef Ofelia Toledo Pineda.
  • 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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María Teresa Peniche
Maria Teresa Peniche, who prefers to be known simply as “Teri,” is a highly regarded addition to Geronimo’s Road Scholar staff. Teri pursued a career in higher education, preparing school curriculums designed as well as teaching English in secondary education. After retiring, Teri’s vast knowledge of Mexico’s history and culture paved the way towards her becoming a Group Leader. Blessed with a caring disposition and a great desire to share her love of her country, Teri’s capacity for sharing her considerable knowledge is unrivaled.

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

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