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Mexico

The Flavors of Mexico: A Culinary Adventure in Oaxaca & Puebla

If you love Mexican cuisine, join us for a delicious learning adventure in the heart of Oaxaca and Puebla! Enjoy hands-on cooking classes, market visits and much more.
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Program No. 23977RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,399
Mexico

The Flavors of Mexico: A Culinary Adventure in Oaxaca & Puebla

If you love Mexican cuisine, join us for a delicious learning adventure in the heart of Oaxaca and Puebla! Enjoy hands-on cooking classes, market visits and much more.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,399
Length
8 days
Not yet reviewed
Starts at
2,399
Program No. 23977RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2022
Starting at
2,399
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2023
Starting at
2,799
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2023
Starting at
2,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Nov 14 - Nov 21, 2022
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2023
Starting at
3,189
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2023
Starting at
3,189
Itinerary Note

This departure is eight days long and stays in Oaxaca City and Puebla City.

Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2023
Starting at
3,419
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2023
Starting at
3,569

At a Glance

Taste, sample and savor the many flavors of central Mexico during this culinary adventure in Oaxaca and Puebla! Traditional Mexican cuisine was one of the first food traditions or cultures to be recognized by UNESCO on their list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” With experts from the Seasons of My Heart Cooking School, get hands-on instruction into creating and enjoying the cuisine that the region’s Spanish and indigenous cultures have influenced. Learn cooking secrets from local chefs, get instruction for making world-famous Mole Poblana and visit bustling marketplaces where the freshest ingredients are found. Throughout your learning adventure, you’ll also enjoy opportunities to immerse yourself in history during field trips to the archaeological site of the city of Mitla, the 2,000 year-old cypress tree El Arbol del Tule as well as the village of Teotitlan del Valle, known for its ancient textile traditions.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily over varied terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Create your own culinary masterpieces during hands-on classes at a prestigious cooking school.
  • Learn how chocolate is made during a field trip to the Mayordomo Chocolate Factory and delight in an opportunity to explore the Mercado where rich fruits, vegetables and herbs are sold in a local market.
  • See how a local chef makes Mole Poblano.
Featured Expert
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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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Haydee de Hoyos View biography
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.
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Suzanne Barbezat View biography
Suzanne Barbezat grew up in Montréal, Canada, but holds a deep love and appreciation for Oaxaca. After graduating with a degree in anthropology, she lost her heart to Oaxaca on a solo trip through Latin America. Moving to Mexico in 1998, she has worked as a teacher, group leader and writer Suzanne spends her free time discovering off-the-beaten-path locales around Oaxaca with her Mexican husband and children. There's nothing she enjoys more than getting to know Oaxaca better and sharing her love for it.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Skull Duggery
by Aaron J. Elkins
This 16th book in Aaron Elkin's Gideon Oliver series finds the skeleton detective vacationing in charming Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, where wife Julie's expatriate relatives, the Gallaghers, operate a dude ranch resort. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty!
Oaxaca Celebration, Family, Food and Fiestas in Teotitlan
by Mary Jane Gagnier Mendoza
Gagnier Mendoza captures the rituals and celebrations of Day of the Dead, Fiesta of the Black Christ of Esquipalasm, Easter and wedding ceremonies in this overview featuring 100 color photographs.
Culture Smart! Mexico
by Sian Hughes
A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
The Labyrinth of Solitude
by Octavio Paz
These essays by the Nobel Prize-winning poet address Mexican culture and character. The chapters on the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and the conquest are especially memorable.
Many Mexicos
by Lesley Byrd Simpson
This widely-known popular history of Mexico, first published in 1941, stands as an enjoyable, well-written introduction to the country and its history.
Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry
The former British consul drinks away the haunting troubles of his past on the Mexico's Day of the Dead in Lowry's celebrated novel.
Moon Handbook Oaxaca
by Justin Henderson
An invaluable travel guide featuring a good overview of the culture and history of the region, along with coverage of local events, recommendations on accommodations and dining. With photos, illustrations, and dozens of local and city maps.
Moon Mexico City
by Julie Doherty
A compact, comprehensive full-color travel guide with an excellent overview of history and culture.
Discovery and Conquest of Mexico
by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, A.P. Maudslay (Translator), Hugh Thomas (Introduction)
A vivid eyewitness account from a soldier's perspective. Diaz attempts to set the story straight and his classic first-person account is a richly detailed, well-written and essential narrative of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
Fiesta, Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals
by Chloe Sayer
Drawing on her travels all over Mexico, Chloe Sayer (The Skeleton at the Feast) mixes religious tradition, popular culture and folk art in this colorfully illustrated survey of Mexican celebrations.
The Cities of Ancient Mexico
by Jeremy Sabloff
With 152 black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and site diagrams, this portrait of ancient civilizations in Mexico features chapters on the Oaxaca Valley, Teotihuacan, and Palenque. Written by a renowned Mayanist, it also includes insightful chapters on how archaeologists have reconstructed the past in Mexico.
Mexico, A Culinary Quest
by Ana Paula Gerard (Editor), Hossein Amirsadeghi
Distilling a personal, culinary journey into 100 profiles, this well-produced tribute to Mexican food looks at the country's original personalities and their tables, menus, local specialties, and more with 1,000 commissioned photographs.
Oaxaca al Gusto
by Diana Kennedy
Diana Kennedy celebrates the diversity of the food, life, and culture of Oaxaca in 300 exhaustively researched, authentic recipes.
Ancient Oaxaca, The Monte Alban State
by Richard Blanton, Gary Feinman, Stephen Kowalewski, Linda Nicholas
A scholarly account of the archaeology of the Valley of Oaxaca from 500 B.C. The four contributors cover the physical and social setting and origins of the civilization of Monte Alban.
Oaxaca Map
by Mapas Independencia
Published in Mexico, this full-color plan includes a regional map (1:650,000), Oaxaca (1:22,600), Santo Domingo Tehuantepec (1:22,000) and Puerto Escondido (1:27,400). With some legends and a brief history. Dual Spanish/English language.
The Essential Cuisines of Mexico,
by Diana Kennedy
The thoroughly revised edition of Kennedy's influential and savory survey of the authentic food of Mexico, with 30 new recipes.
Conquest: Montezuma, Cortéz and the Fall of Old Mexico
by Thomas, Hugh
Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook
by Rafael Carmona
This handy take-along phrasebook with essential vocabulary for travelers.
Oaxaca Journal
by Oliver Sacks
Talented essayist and neurologist Oliver Sacks shows his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity in this transporting tale, interweaving observations, and travels with the history, nature, and culture of Oaxaca.





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