The tour starts and ends in the port city of Veracruz , where we visit the local markets and restaurants, have a cooking class and enjoy the music and dancing of the night life. Then we travel on to Papantla for the Spring Equinox festival at the mysterious and majestic ruins at El Tajin. We will watch the Voladores (flying dancers) perform. For this festival everyone wears white to receive the positive vibrations, and we will join the rest of the sun worshippers to climb the ruins for a yearly spring cleansing ritual, and participate in a "limpia" by the curanderos present at the site. We will tour the plantations and factory at Vai-Mex, producers of Vai-Mex liquid vanilla and vanilla liquors for almost 200 years in nearby Zamora.
In the city of Papantla , we will see the vanilla crafters make figures out of fresh vanilla beans and will be able to buy various products and the newest harvest of the beans. We will stay in the beach town of Tecolutla. We will travel to the capital and University City of Xalapa, where we tour a coffee plantation, visit the archeology museum (one of the best in Mexico ), and have a cooking demonstration, as well as enjoy the music and night life. In Tlacotalpan, we will stay in a fun hotel along the Papaolapan River, where we will enjoy the unique gastronomy of this town, as well as the music and a cruise at sunset. Finally, we travel into northern Oaxaca to visit the lively town of Tuxtepec. There we will cook with some long time friends and visit the jungle villages nearby. We then return to the port city of Veracruz for your departure. We will travel around Veracruz and Tuxtepec in an air conditioned van.
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- If the space is filled, a refund less the non-refundable deposit will be given. A written notification must be received prior to refund. If the course is canceled by Seasons of My Heart, all fees will be refunded.
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