Tour 4: Mezcal Distillery

ITINERARY:

We will meet at Casa de las Bugambilias B&B (See Map), from where we will drive 30 miles southeast on the Pan-American Highway 190 to the municipality of Santiago Matatlán (World Capital of Mezcal) to visit three distilleries to learn about the traditional method to make mezcal. We will not visit commercial distilleries on the way to Mitla where tour companies take their clients. We will visit only family-owned Palenques to see the entire process to make artisanal mezcal and you will have a free tasting of premium mezcals. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to buy bottles of the best mezcals directly from the producer and the mezcal will be certified by COMERCAM. There is no pressure to buy mezcal and all the tastings are free.

During the tour, we will visit some agave plantations to learn about the farmers who cultivate the agaves and then we will visit the home of a family that has been making pulque. Pulque is a milky, slightly foamy and somewhat viscous beverage made by fermenting the fresh sap of the giant agave Pulquero and you will have the opportunity to taste fresh pulque.

At the end of the tour, we will have lunch in a traditional restaurant in Santiago Matatlán to taste the traditional food of that region and we will return to Oaxaca City.

TOUR PRICES:

(IN US DOLLARS)

1-2 persons: $100.00 per person.

3-5 persons: $75.00 per person.

6-9 persons: $50.00 per person.

MEETING POINT:

We will meet at Casa de las Bugambilias B&B (See Map). We will establish a meeting point by telephone or e-mail for people that stay outside the city. All tours normally end at the starting point, but this can be changed to another place in downtown Oaxaca if the customer prefers.

DURATION:

8 hours. Weather and traffic conditions might affect the length of the tour.

TRANSPORTATION:

VW Transporter Mod. 2019 with A/C, liability insurance, purified water and driver.

INCLUDED:

The service includes transportation, an English-speaking tour guide, soft drinks and a free tasting of the finest mezcals.

ADDITIONAL COSTS:

Lunch, bottles of mezcal and additional beverages.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

We recommend you bring walking shoes, sunblock, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.

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