Katie Cadar of TravelStore, a member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council, has created an itinerary to Oaxaca that emphasizes the culture and cuisine of the city and state of the same name. San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya has a number of historic buildings from as early as the 16th century, though today its economy revolves around the production of mescal. On your visit, you’ll learn about agave cultivation and the distillation of the spirit on a tour of Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto, one of the country’s top mescal producers. The neighboring town of Santa María del Tule is home to another acclaimed mescal producer, Mezcal Benevá, whose facilities you’ll tour before sampling their line of mescals.
Alternatively, you can spend a day learning about Oaxacan cuisine through a class with Alejandro Ruiz, the chef at the Casa Oaxaca hotel. You’ll meet Ruiz in the morning for an excursion to one of the city’s markets, and then spend the afternoon learning the secrets behind moles, tamales, and other signature Mexican dishes. Whichever program you choose, you’ll cap off the day with dinner at Ruiz’s restaurant, Casa Oaxaca.
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Calle de Manuel García Vigil 407, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico