DMS Mexico Chronicles
"As we refreshed ourselves with the flavors of the local mixology, we enjoyed a performance inspired by the traditional Oaxacan "Guelaguetza."
Getting to Know Oaxaca Through Its Flavors:
A Culinary Learning Experience.
International Caterers Association Educational Foundation Group Trip in Mexico
After the adventures developed between the flavors that reside in the lands of Puebla and a panoramic road trip heading to our final destination. Almost at the same time of sunset, a few Oaxacan wonders were about to welcome us to the state of Oaxaca.
First, we arrived at what would be our hotel in the destination, the Quinta Real Oaxaca, which is a religious precinct dating back to the 16th century, presumably the first convent in the country to be converted into a hotel.
Right after, we walked through some streets to acclimatize ourselves with the mood of Oaxaca and arrived at a cozy enclosure where the members of the group participated in a pre-Hispanic spiritual ceremony of welcome, where we asked permission and thanked the various elements of mother earth for the wonders of life.
Finally, we ended the day with a welcome cocktail party that took place on one of Oaxaca's most modern terraces, and as we refreshed ourselves with the flavors of the local mixology, we enjoyed a performance inspired by the traditional Oaxacan "Guelaguetza".
The next day, we started early in the morning, heading towards the most important pre-Hispanic city in the region: Monte Alban. Once there, we visited each of its corners to understand much more about the secrets of the Zapotec culture.
Afterwards, we boarded our transportation again to go to the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec, where we learned much more about the origin land of artisanal black clay, one of the most traditional Oaxacan handicrafts.
And before returning to downtown Oaxaca City, we made a stop to refresh ourselves and learn a little more about the Oaxacan culture, and all this could not be any other way than drinking delicious mezcal. During our visit to a traditional mezcalería we learned about the elaboration and influence of this product in the local culture of the state.brations.
"During our visit to a traditional mezcalería we learned about the elaboration and influence of this product in the local culture of the state."
"We took the group to immerse themselves in one of the most beautiful and iconic traditions of Mexico: The Day of the Dead."
Once back in downtown Oaxaca City, with thirst and intellect quenched, food was undeniably necessary... and nothing better for this than some delicious traditional tlayudas to end the day! Although, after this generous meal, we had to close the evening with a short walk through the famous "Iglesia de La Soledad" (Church of “La Soledad”).
And for our last day, after breakfast, we started with a guided tour through the iconic streets of downtown Oaxaca City, where we got to know some of its most famous tourist spots and markets, and then ended up tasting the traditional chocolate of this land. Also, in this tour we understood much more about the influence of the state in the Mexican culture and cuisine in general.
Afterwards we had a short break to recharge our batteries at the hotel, since we would need those energies later for what was about to come...
In the afternoon, we were transported to the area of San Pablo Etla, where the DMS Mexico team with the support of Chimalli Travel Group, took the group to immerse themselves in one of the most beautiful and iconic traditions of Mexico: The Day of the Dead.
In that venue, the participants, who also did not miss the opportunity to show off their best attire alluding to the date, lived in the flesh the experience of celebrating a Day of the Dead as we do in Mexico...
So, in that place, the participants experienced from the intimate activity of setting up their own altar to their beloved departed ones to watching the night fall drinking and dancing accompanied by the unstoppable rhythm of a complete Oaxacan comparsa that enlivened our Day of the Dead... only the cell phones could deny us that it was not November in that place.
And with this, we closed with great gala and golden brooch another great adventure of approximately 10 days in which it was simply impossible to leave behind new flavors, new knowledge, and generated pure love for the Mexican culture, and once again... you can bet that the laughter and good memories of this trip did not lack!
"10 days in which it was simply impossible to leave behind new flavors, new knowledge, and generated pure love for the Mexican culture,"
Published by DMS Mexico 2022
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