This tour celebrates the fall harvest of the chilhuacle chiles, the esteemed chiles grown in the Canada region and dried for use in the revered Negro and Chichilo moles. These exceptional chiles are wonderful when dried, but are real delicacies when available fresh, only in the month of November. They are made into a fabulous stew that we will eat with an agronomist and his family on his ranch and see the many other fruit and vegetable orchards in this exceptionally fertile and rich microclimate of Oaxaca. Starting in the Valley of Oaxaca, we will travel through three distinctive areas on our way north. Leaving the ranchos of the valley of Etla behind, we will travel on a curvy road through the mountains and into a dry, arid climate, and then down into a canyon, studded with frangipani and organ cactus into the Canada. The first night of the tour is spent in the town of Cuicatlan where we enjoy spicy food in the restaurant of the late 105 year old abuela and the five generations of women who cook there.
The next part of the journey continues north to the picturesque mountain village of Huautla de Jimenez, high in the mountains, where we will stay two nights and cook with an old friend of Susanas, Choli, and her Mazatecan family. The Sunday market is not to be missed. We will go there and see the local embroidery crafts, try unique indigenous foods and after touring the market we will make a special traditional dish featuring their local dried chiles, learn the cuisine, culture, music and dance of these people. In this high altitude village people still practice shamanism and we will visit a curandera and everyone will participate in a “limpia”. Next, we will travel to the Mixteca region. After stopping in Teposcolula to see the impressive church,we will spend two nights in Tlaxiaco to learn about the costeno rojo chiles of this area. We will travel to Chalcatongo to learn the famous dish of that village and cool our palates off with the ancient drink, pulque, sweetened with miel de maguey. Returning to Oaxaca, we will have a cooking class at Rancho Aurora and prepare our farewell feast. This tour starts and ends in Oaxaca City.
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