Veracruz Vanilla and Spring Equinox Celebration Tour

The tour starts and ends in the port city of Veracruz, where we visit the local markets and restaurants, have a cooking class and enjoy the music and dancing of the night life. Then we travel on to Papantla for the Spring Equinox festival at the mysterious and majestic ruins at “El Tajín”. We will watch the Voladores (flying dancers) perform. For this festival everyone wears white to receive the positive vibrations, and we will join the rest of the sun worshippers to climb the ruins for a yearly spring cleansing ritual and participate in a “limpia” by the curanderos present at the site. We will tour the plantations and factory at Vai-Mex, producers of Vai-Mex liquid vanilla and vanilla liquors for almost 200 years in nearby Zamora.

In the city of Papantla, we will see the vanilla crafters make figures out of fresh vanilla beans and will be able to buy various products and the newest harvest of the beans. We will stay in the beach town of Tecolutla.

We will travel to the capital and university city of Xalapa, where we visit the archeology museum (one of the best in Mexico), have a cooking class, as well as enjoy the music and night life. We will tour a coffee plantation, and try the famous mole de Xico in nearby Coatepec.

In Tlacotalpan, another city famous for its wonderful food and culture, we will stay in a fun hotel along the Papaloapan River where we will enjoy the unique gastronomy in this town as well as the music and a cruise at sunset. Finally, we will return to the port city of Veracruz for your departure.

The Tour starts and ends in Veracruz. This is an 8 ½ day-9 night tour in March.

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 Veracruz Vanilla and Spring Equinox Celebration Tour $ 2,700.00 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.