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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21976RJ
12 days
Starts at
17 Reviews
Sort by
Most Recent
  • Most Recent
  • Most Favorable
  • Least Favorable
5 Average
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
I loved this trip and would go again and again. I loved learning more about the wonderful food from this region. I loved the three hands-on culinary lessons, the wonderful restaurants, the trips through the markets, and the interesting culinary lectures. I also loved learning about the ancient civilizations, going to archeological sites, and through museums. This trip certainly opened my eyes about how civilizations lived throughout the millenniums in this region. I never felt unsafe. This program allowed us to plan some of our own time and we had a great time walking around Oaxaca and Puebla, even at night. I even enjoyed our bus trip from Oaxaca to Puebla. I liked seeing the changes of scenery and a highlight was seeing Popocatepetl erupt steam and ash. The guides and other staff were all so knowledgeable and kind. I learned so much. You should not hesitate to take this trip. Besides, the temperature was in the 70's and 80's when it snowed at home.
We had so much fun. We toured lovely old churches, markets, cooked with experts and saw the fabulous murals by Diego Rivera in Mexico City. I can't recommend it enough.
Our tour guides Haydee and Enrique were wonderful! This was our first trip with Road Scholar and we loved it, cooking, archeological site, rug weaving, pottery making, Mezcal factory, walking tours of towns and cities. A great value both financially and educationally. We met great travelers who were welcoming. The trip was well managed before departure and during. Highly recommended!
Great tour....exceeded expectations among a great group of fellow travelers and professional staff.
Very accurate description of the program. Very enjoyable and at a good pace.
I loved this trip to Mexico. The cooking classes were great, and we had a wide variety of activities that were fun, and educational. Highly recommended.
My first reaction is why am I a male enrolling in a cooking school program. But my wife insisted that I go. Boy was I surprised. This was on of the best programs I have done from over 30 Elderhostel/Road Scholar offerings. It was very well managed by coordinator, Arturo, the meals were fantastic and the cooking classes were very welcoming to me and I learned a lot. I recommend this program for any of my gender. Do it. You will be happy you have had the experience.
We had never been to Mexico and this was a great introduction for us to both the history and cuisine.
My wife and I were travelers in the March 17-28, 2016 trip to Oaxaca, Puebla and departing from Mexico City. The trip was well managed by Geronimo staff Arturo and Roberto, local historic expert Benito Hernandez (Discover-Oaxaca.com), and bus driver Pablo. The four worked exceptionally well as a team, engaging, always alert to insure the trip went smoothly and delightful, kind folks. The trip was informative, allowed participation in important cultural activities and provided hands on cooking classes that allowed us to bring back part of Mexico to share with friends in our hometown. Accommodations were fine and well located. we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and benefitted from our small group of 15 participants.
This was a wonderful trip, enhanced by the festivities and excitement of Holy Week in a Catholic culture. Oaxaca is such an easy city to explore during "free time". Local expert Benito provided in depth and personal insight into history and culture. Tour guides Arturo and 'Beto' were attentive to the group members needs and always present. Cooking classes were not my reason for choosing this trip, but were a good vehicle for discussion of regional customs as well as food. Hotel Casa Conzatti was my favorite of the hotels - lovely architecture and within easy walking distance to historic center. It also offered amenities I found useful -swing arm mirror, hair dryer, inroom safe, good lighting, tissues, - sometimes the little things mean a lot. This trip (3/17 - 3/28) included only 15 people, a small and welcoming group of participants who flowed well. This was my first Road Scholar trip, and I am pleased with the professional handling of all details. I will definitely consider using RS for future travel.
Cuisine and Culture in Mexico was a most enjoyable trip and program. The warmth and beautiful natural environment of Oaxaca was particularly perfect for a winter getaway. Puebla and Mexico City also were interesting, with ancient ruins and modern city marvels to be seen. Blooming trees, flowers and music everywhere welcomed us to this wonderful land!
This FLEX format was great for me. Used extra time in Oaxaca to explore the Tenayo and Textile Museums, people watch, and utilize long dormant Spanish Conversational Skills. Enjoyed conversations with artisans who kindly explained the history and materials used to create their products
This was an absolutely outstanding experience for my wife and I. Oaxaca and Puebla are delightful cities, the Road Scholar leaders planned the days out well and were great fun. The cooking classes were just right - 3 half days - during which I made a great mole and super sopa de tortilla. Guys should be aware that Road Scholar has problems in gender mix for programs like this. There were 18 gals and only 4 guys, so talk was heavy about shopping and kids, not sports or business.
This culinary experience in Oaxaca and Puebla was more than I expected. The Mole Class in Puebla at the Colonial Hotel was enjoyable, instructive and the hosts treated us as family. The hotels were excellent and centrally located. I would have liked an extra day in Puebla and Mexico City.
This first offering of the Oaxaca & Pueblo program provided a perfect mix of planned activities and time on one's own to explore the special features of Oaxaca and though less free time in Puebla, that was made up for by a cooking class not to be forgotten followed by a stunning evening on the roof of Hotel Colonial hosted by the owners. Gorgeous sunset, margaritas, and thank-you program was followed by a dinner with foods partly of our own making, gifts, and high emotion. This trip is a standout.
Though I had been to all the cities on this trip before, we did enough that I had not been able to accomplish on previous trips to the cities that it made the trip quite worth while. For me the highlights were Susana Trilling's cooking experience at Season of My Heart outside Oaxaca and the total Hotel Colonial experience with the mole preparation. And, of course, Monte Alban and Mitla. There was a lot of free time in Oaxaca but more time in Puebla would have been good. I would heartily recommend it!!
What a great program! Oaxaca is a charming town. The cooking classes were amazing. Our hosts at the Hotel Colonial in Puebla totally spoiled us.

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback