The Istmo of Tehuantepec is Mexico´s smallest landmass in between 2 large bodies of water, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It is a fascinating place with one of the only matriarchal societies in Mexico where many traditions still flourish and where food plays an important role in upholding them.
Our days of studying Istmenian food and lifestyle will culminate by attending the Fiesta de Candelaria in a remote village where the people are an exotic mix of the Zapotec and Huave groups. There we will be hosted by a well known local chef. We will rent traditional trajes (elaborate local dress) for the women to attend the ball or vela. The men will have to wear white shirts and black pants to join in the festivities.
We will travel in a small group by van to visit the various pueblos and cities of the area, attending cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings and private dinners while visiting various friends who will open their hearts and homes to you. On the Pacific Coast, the tour continues with an in depth look at fish cookery, a visit to a beautiful coffee finca in the mountains above Huatulco, birding in kayaks and sampling great food in the Bahías de Huatulco. We will visit the turtle museum in Mazunte on our way to Puerto Escondido for our final evening.
The tour will begin in Huatulco and end in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca., You can arrange to fly into Huatulco and out of Puerto Escondido. Both have flights that go to and from Mexico City or Oaxaca City (This Tour is scheduled for 2013).
Price of the Istmo and Pacific Coast Tour $ 2,300.00 USD per person *scheduled for 2013
- 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.
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 tour, all fees will be refunded. There is no charge to transfer any fees paid to another tour. 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/tour: 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/tour: 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/tour: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 you send a deposit and sign up for the tour.
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 a few weeks 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.