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Full Day Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up our travellers from centrally located hotels in Oaxaca City
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Demonstrations and hands-on tortilla making
    • Home cooked lunch
    • Professional, bi-linguial guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic beverages
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Lovely day to get into some smaller villages out of the city, but as far as a tortilla focus, this tour did not hit the mark. Our goal was to learn to make masa from processing the corn to making tortillas. The actual activity was more, ' here is some masa that we make, now you
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 followed by a lesson on
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    Response from TraditionsMexico, Director General at Full Day Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour
    Responded 6 Feb 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 brought this up with Maria and Antonio. We always let our customers know that the people we visit often have goods to sell, but there is no obligation whatsoever to buy. The people we visit are compensated for their time. However that doesn't stop people from being enthusiastic about offering goods. We visit Maria to see cooking. But she explained to us that people we bring to visit have taken a fancy to the aprons she wears when cooking and have bought them off her back, which she has found a little odd. But such can be the enthusiasm of visitors some times. So she figured she'd buy a few extra to sell to foreigners who come to visit. She probably buys them retail in a market and then marks the price up to earn something for her effort. Apron prices vary a great deal depending on the amount of work that go into them. These aprons are cottage industry produced by women with sewing machines and scissors in certain Oaxacan villages.
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    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 on the
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