Chile Lover’s Tour

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.

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

This tour is no longer scheduled for 2018. We are still deciding dates for 2019 but if you are interested on it we could arrange it as private group for you, your family or friends. Please contact us

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

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Three meals a day
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation while on the tour.

To hold your spot in the course 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 course, half of the total for the course is due. You should get an email reminder when payment is due. Final payment is due at the beginning of the course in US dollars or pesos. You can also choose to send full payment in advance of the course.
We accept Pesos and US Dollars, cash only. At this moment we are unable to accept credit cards. Thank you!

Cancelation and Refund:
If Seasons of My Heart cancels the course, all fees 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. We also strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events.
Cancelations by student. Deposits: 60 days or more prior to the start of the course: A refund of the amount paid less a $10 processing fee will be given,. Cancellation by student 30 to 60 days prior to the course: A refund less twenty-five percent of the total price paid (including single supplement and deposit) will be given. 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 less twenty-five percent of the total fees paid will be given. A written notification must be received 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.

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1How 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.
2What 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!
3What is not Included in the course?
Transfers from Airport, Alcoholic beverages, laundry and phone calls.
4When will I receive a detailed itinerary for the course I am taking?
Once you send a deposit and sign up for the course.
5Help! I don’t know what to pack for my course!
A detailed letter with a packing list will be sent, together with the itinerary for the course a few weeks before your departure!
6I would like to arrange a private course 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 course 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.