True Tlaxcala

Tlaxcala, Mexico

2 reviews
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2017
Group size: 6 - 15
True Tlaxcala
Tlaxcala, Mexico

2 reviews

Deposit: $250
Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2017
Group size: 6 - 15

About this trip

The wisdom of the ancients can still be taught, and we have an appointment with the masters in Ixtenco, a traditional village on the altaplana or colonial highlands of Central Mexico.

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


What’s included

All gusanos, mezcal, molotes, haulambo, all other drink and food, all transportation; all lodging at unique destinations (1 hacienda; 1 top hotel; 1 destination lodge), all cooking classes, pulque classes, matador capes (capote and muleta and practice horns); access to old cemeteries, top restaurants, roadside attractions and other esoterica.

Not included

* Airfare

Before You Go

* Study up on ancient Mexican texts and history
* Test your sweat lodge endurance
* Practice a little Spanish among friends. Claro?


¡Bienveindos a Mexico!
Day 1
We'll be flying in to Puebla, an airport that receives daily flights from the U.S., and a short drive from Hostal San Postal, our hotel in Tlaxcala. We'll gather for a welcome dinner, and head out to see the pre-colonial city as locals prep for Day of the Dead.

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2 reviews
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