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You will be met at your hotel by the guide between 8:30 and 9am and get ready to time-travel into the Tlacolula valley in a private, air conditioned vehicle. To learn about a food invented over two-thousand years ago we need to head back in time. Easy enough in Oaxaca were old ways are still current!

Our route is way off the beaten path and right into the heart of Oaxaca, First stop is about 45 minutes down the road at the quiet ruins of Yagul, not far from the caves where the oldest corn cobs on Earth were discovered. 

Next, a country road takes us to a village with an old red-stone church. You’ll meet a family of traditional potters, all women, who learned from their mothers and grandmothers going back countless generations. Using techniques little changed in thousands of years they’ll show us how a comal is made, the essential clay griddle that sits over the fire and on which tortillas are cooked.

Then a drive through fields of agave to another village where you’ll visit a woman who hand-makes tlayudas for a living. Tlayudas are enormous, firm, corn tortillas unique to Oaxaca. And walk with her to the mill to make masa, the corn dough that we’ll then use for making our own tortillas over a hot comal. Harder than it looks, but flat or wrinkled, they’ll still be an excellent part of a home cooked meal with our village chef.

Nearby we’ll visit the home of a village cook and a traditional Zapotec corn farmer. She'll delight us with a fabulous meal and we'll learn from the family how they cultivate corn. We might even lend a hand, shucking, de-kernelling or contributing to the laughter. There will be time to chat and absorb this unique world, which clearly isn’t Kansas anymore!

When it’s all said and done you’ll have spent the day visiting, tasting and joyfully learning the way into the culture of Oaxaca and the heritage of Mexico, traveling beyond the standard tourist routes and, while learning about Mexico’s food of the soul, you’ll also meet the big-hearted, deeply-rooted people that are this country’s heart.
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Overview
The tortilla is said to have been invented in Oaxaca 2,700 years ago. Learn how corn tortillas are made, from scratch, on this full-day guided tour that takes you to indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley. Meet a Zapotec corn farmer, women who craft comals and make tlayudas, and an artisan who specializes in corn stone grinders. Leave the typical tourist outings behind and enjoy this authentic look into traditions that are thousands of years old. Home-cooked lunch and transport by air-conditioned van included.
Highlights
  • Full-day tour on the history and heritage of corn tortillas in Oaxaca
  • Travel to villages in Tlacolula valley
  • Visit a corn field farmer and a family of traditional potters
  • See how masa, or corn dough, is made at a mill
  • Learn about the stone grinder trade, thousands of years old
  • Enjoy a homemade meal for lunch
  • Round-trip transport by van from centrally located Oaxaca hotels included
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Reviewed 24 February 2018
GREAT WAY TO SPEND A DAY OF OUR VACATION!

Alex was a great tour guide, and even though there were a couple scheduling glitches, she improvised and made our a day one to remember.

2  Thank Bob G
Reviewed 23 February 2018
It could not have been better.

The tour with Antonio felt like a day with a friend visiting his friends.A lovely experience mixing history, countryside, food, art, and warm, welcoming people.

1  Thank kgw65
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile
Great until the last stop

My friend and I went on the tour led by Antonio. He was great, very knowledgeable and a pleasant person. After we saw the archaeological site we went to the barro rojo where Macrina Mateo Martinez demonstrated how she makes red clay pottery. This was...More

1  Thank Kthejewel3
TraditionsMexico, Director General at Traditions Mexico Cultural Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

I am so sorry to hear your great day ended with an experience that you found uncomfortable. I understand that there are cultural differences in approaches to buying and selling that can create misunderstandings. Thank so much for letting us know about your experience. We've...More

Reviewed 27 January 2018
Tortillia will a regular in my home now

The Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour was great. Lots of hands on experiences and patient teaching about tortilla making. But even more, we had the opportunity to meet people in their homes and learn about their lives. Historic site, comal makers (unfortunately mine broke...More

1  Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 6 January 2018
Interesting experience!

My partner and I did the tortilla tour yesterday and it was an amazing experience. The guide was full of information and knowlegde and was very enthusiastic in his way of telling stories. The families we´ve visited were adorable and very kind. It was great...More

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