On this add-on trip to Oaxaca right after our Mexico City Trip, we’ll get to meet several of these traditional cooks and taste their food, while also visiting local markets to get a deeper sense of the ingredients they use and the efforts being made to safeguard them. We’ll also go beyond the kitchen, learning about Oaxaca’s long tradition as an artistic center, even getting a chance to try our own hands at one of most famous local art forms. Of course, this being Oaxaca, we’ll also spend a day taking a deep dive into the fascinating world of mezcal, the agave-based spirit that is an essential element of Oaxacan life and culture. We’ll finish our trip with a hands-on lesson on making Oaxaca’s most famous creations, mole – a dish that, much this Mexican region’s rich culinary heritage itself, is the result of numerous ingredients being lovingly and carefully mixed together.
Oaxaca is a city of history and tradition, especially when it comes to its cooking. After settling into our hotel, we’ll walk together to Catedral, a classic Oaxaca restaurant, located inside an old mansion, that’s been celebrating this history and tradition with great skill since 1976.