La Cañada, Chile Chilhuacle Harvest and the Mixteca


This tour celebrates the fall harvest of the chilhuacle chiles, the esteemed chiles grown in the Cañada region and dried for use in the revered Negro and Chichilo moles. These exceptional chiles are wonderful when dried but are real delicacies when available fresh, only in the month of November. They are made into a fabulous stew that we will eat with an agronomist and his family on his ranch and see the many other fruit and vegetable orchards in this exceptionally fertile and rich microclimate of Oaxaca. Starting in the Valley of Oaxaca, we will travel through three distinctive areas on our way north. Leaving the ranchos of the valley of Etla behind, we will travel on a curvy road through the mountains and into a dry, arid
climate, and then down into a canyon, studded with frangipani and organ cactus into the Cañada. The first night of the tour is spent in the town of Tlaxiaco. The next part of the journey continues north to the picturesque mountain village of Huautla de Jimenéz, high in the mountains, where we will stay two nights and cook with an old friend of Susana’s, Choli, and her Mazatecan family. The Sunday market is not to be missed. We will see the local embroidery crafts and try unique indigenous foods. After touring the market we will make a special traditional dish featuring their local dried chiles. We will learn the cuisine, culture, music and dance of these people. In this high village people still practice shamanism so we will visit a curandera, and everyone will participate in a “limpia”. 


Next, we will travel to the Mixteca region. After stopping in Teposcolula to see the impressive church, we will spend two nights in Tlaxiaco to learn about the costeño rojo chiles of this area. We will travel to Chalcatongo to learn the famous dish of that village and cool our palates with the ancient drink, pulque, sweetened with miel de maguey. Returning to Oaxaca, we will have a cooking class at Seasons of My Heart Cooking School at Rancho Aurora and prepare our farewell feast.

We are not planning this Tour for 2015: still deciding about dates for 2016


This tour starts and ends in Oaxaca City. This culinary tour is a 8 day-7 night adventure in early November.





Price of the Chile Lover’s Tour  $ 1,895.00 USD per person 


  • Hotel accommodations,
  • Three meals a day,
  • Cooking classes & demos,
  • Entrance fees,
  • Transportation while on the tour.




To hold your spot in the tour a deposit of $250 US is required. Any single supplement charge should also be included with the deposit. Approximately 6 weeks before the beginning of the tour, half of the total for the tour is due. You should get an email reminder when payment is due.  Final payment is due at the beginning of the course/tour in US dollars or pesos. You can also choose to send full payment in advance of the course/tour. *Reservations at the bottom of this page.


Cancelation and Refund:

If Seasons of My Heart cancels the course, all course fees paid directly to Seasons of My Heart will be refunded. There is no charge to transfer any fees paid to another course.  We try to allow as much time as possible for student registration before canceling a course.  Please check with us to see how the registration is progressing before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. You will be notified 6 weeks prior to the course if we need to cancel . We also strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events.

Cancelations by student: If the student cancels their registration for the course, 60 days in advance, they will receive a partial refund of $150 of the $250 USD deposit or we can transfer the deposit of $250 USD to another course of ours free of charge. Single supplements paid are fully refundable, if applicable.

Cancellation by student 59 days to 30 days prior to the course, a refund of fifty percent of the total price paid will be given. Single supplement will be returned in full, if applicable. No charge to transfer deposit to another SOMH course or tour.

Cancellation by student anytime between 29 days through the first day of the course: no refund will be given unless the space is sold to another participant. If the space is filled, a refund of fifty percent of the total fees paid will be refunded, once when we have confirmed another participant to fill the space.  Single supplement will be returned in full, if applicable.

Seasons of My Heart must receive a written notification of cancellation prior to refund.



We assume no liability or responsibility for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property caused by fault or negligence of any hotel, transportation, or local operator rendering a part of our services. We shall not be responsible for any expense caused by loss or damage of personal items. It is the participant’s responsibility to be adequately insured. We strongly recommend traveler’s insurance. The acceptance of our verbal or written confirmation, and a deposit or final payment for services, constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed in this brochure. SOMH reserves the right to make any changes, with or without notice, which might become necessary.


Frequently Asked Questions:


How do I know my payment was received ?

You should receive an email confirmation every time you make a payment, typically within a week of receipt of the check.


What if I need to cancel?

Please contact us as soon as possible at or by phone at 011 521 951 508 0469 (from the United States) or from Oaxaca at 044 951 508 0469.

*If you are unable to come the day of the class, please let us know we really appreciate!


What is not Included in the tours?

Transfers from Airport, Alcoholic beverages, laundry and phone calls.


When will I receive a detailed itinerary for the tour I am taking?

Once your final deposit is received and 30 days before the start of the tour date.


Help! I don’t know what to pack for my tour!

A detailed letter with a packing list will be sent, together with the itinerary for the course/tour one month before your departure!


I would like to arrange a private tour with Susana for a group of friends.  Can that be arranged?

Absolutely!  We do ask that you contact us well in advance with possible dates and interests of the group.  Susana has done tours for groups of chefs, family groups and friends of varying lengths of time within Oaxaca and also in other areas of Mexico.  Private classes can also be arranged.


For reservations please leave us a message:


* Please be sure your contact name and email are correct.