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Join us in cooking for and participating in a Quiceañera celebration in a traditional mezcal community! We will be helping to butcher and cook goats for a traditional barbacoa (earth oven barbecue), consomé, salsas, and handmade tortillas that will be served at the party and the next day partake in the feasting, dancing, and mezcal drinking. This trip is perfect for cooking enthusiasts and those who want to experience an authentic celebration deep in the heart of mezcal country. Most of the first day will be spent in the kitchen and hanging around the traditional mezcal palenque and relaxing at Rancho Los Nahuales. The second day will be spent learning more about traditional mezcal and joining the Quinceañera celebration.
Personalized guide and translation service by a native English speaker
Comfortable transportation round trip from Oaxaca city (2 hours each way), all transportation during overnight stay
5 meals (does not include dinner on Day 2)
Drinking water and light snacks
Overnight stay at Rancho Los Nahuales
Donation to future community youth center
Day 1, 9am-8pm
Quick breakfast of antojitos, little local snacks at our favorite roadside comedor
Arrive at the home of our hosts where we participate in cooking for the quinceañera party
Lunch prepared by our hosts at a traditional mezcal palenque
Visit to a traditional mezcal palenque, learning about the process and history of the mezcal of the region directly from the producing family (copper distillation)
Tasting of traditional mezcal made on site
A chance to purchase mezcal directly from the producers (price not included), our help packing it for travel
Settle in Rancho Los Nahuales
Evening bonfire and light dinner
Day 2, 8am-6pm
8am coffee and 9am Breakfast at Rancho Los Nahuales
Visit to another traditional mezcal palenque in the area
Party! Feast on the fruits of our labor.
Head back to Oaxaca by 4pm, arrive 6pm
*Accommodations at Rancho Los Nahuales are modest but comfortable. There is 1 room with a private bathroom and 2 rooms with a shared bathroom available on a first come first serve basis. Note that there is no WiFi and limited cell phone reception at the ranch; our goal is to unplug and enjoy our rural surroundings in the heart of mezcal country.
**Proof of travel insurance is required for all overnight participants at least 5 business days before your booked experience. If you do not have travel insurance we will provide it to you at an extra cost, no exceptions will be made.