Ixtenco is home to the Otomi, a tribe known for their practice of nagualism, a shamanistic belief that humans can transform into animal spirits (typically puma and jaguar) and vice versa.
We'll be visiting with Don Mateo, an Otomi elder who has agreed to teach us his language and customs during the holiest time of the year: Dios De Los Muertos, or Days of the Dead.
This True Mission is a rare escape back to per-colonial times, and in part of Mexico known for it's traditions, vibrancy, and exotic cuisine.
Among other things, you will:
—Learn the art of and experience temezcal, the Mexican sweat lodge
—Learn to brew pulque, a fermented agave drink favored by the gods
—Learn to cook mole, hualumbo and gusanos (larvae) with local chefs
—Sleep in a 19th century hacienda
—Learn to bullfight at a working bullranch
—Attend fairs and cemetery parties during the Day of the Dead
—Hang with our True.Ink operatives in Tlaxcala and Mexico City