Blood of the Gods in the Sierra Norte
Oaxaca state has over 30 ceremonial cacao drinks, each unique to a specific village. Over the course of a full day we will climb up into the fertile mountains (2600+ meters) to experience one of these beautiful, mysterious, and delicious drinks. We endeavour to learn about a traditional corn/maize and cacao ceremony that challenges our ideas of what ceremony is, and how it informs us of who we are.
The session consists of:
- a full, extended workshop, and demonstration of the drink-making process,
- a delicious, organic, home-cooked meal,
- and of course the opportunity to taste one of Oaxaca’s rare ceremonial cacao drinks.
When: Upon Request (Saturdays excluded), Reservations Required
Where: Deep in the heart of the Sierra Norte’s Pueblos Mancomunados.
How: Driving. We will leave and return to Oaxaca City by car or van. We will be mostly sheltered, but rain visits these places daily, so dress appropriately.
Important: This is a very rare and sensitive invitation, so we invite guests to proceed with respect for the traditions, and this includes no photography or recording of any kind. Please note, this is not a shamanic cacao ceremony.
Dietary Restrictions: Oaxaca is a very difficult place for people with severe allergies or dietary restrictions. Please advise us in advance of any restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate our guests. Unfortunately, severe allergies most likely cannot be accommodated for this class.
Medical Issues: We do not have adequate medical training. If you have a medical condition or carry medicines/tools with you, please advise us in advance. We will do our best to help in whatever way we can, but we are not responsible for your health. Know your body. Know your requirements. Please, inform us of your issues.
Price (per person): $1500MXN (includes private transportation to/from Oaxaca City, translator, session, late lunch, chocolate drink workshop, chocolate drink tasting)
Minimum 3 people per session
Payment: All reservations incur a 50% deposit. We can meet you in Oaxaca City for the deposit upon confirmation of reservation. The remaining payment due is collected at the beginning of the session. We only accept cash in Mexican pesos.