Special Classes

DAY OF THE DEAD COOKING CLASS, OCTOBER 31, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This unique class allows students to learn traditional Zapotec dishes for the Day of the Dead festivities where they will recreate the three types of tamales – mole negro, amarillo, and stewed heirloom black bean tamales - that are prepared to celebrate this special event. Space is limited, so reserve as soon as possible!

  • Roundtrip transportation to Teotitlán del Valle (Zapotec village located 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca City) from your hotel
  • Morning walking tour of the Teotitlán market to purchase fresh, local ingredients where vendors have everything to prepare their Day of the Dead altars
  • Welcome chocolate drink and pan de muertos (special Day of the Dead bread)
  • Hands-on cooking experience where students prepare cactus salad, salsa, guacamole, three types of Day of the Dead tamales, and dessert
  • Sit-down group meal, drink, and mescal
  • Full recipe packet in English 

“Dia de Muertos” is celebrated with particular fervor in Oaxaca, and specifically in Teotitlan Del Valle. Every home altar is lavishly decorated with vibrant colors, photos of passed loved ones, fruit, flowers, candles and special foods thought to entice the deceased back home for a visit. The festivities culminate with a multi-course family meal of time-honored dishes.


$95 USD includes transportation* (14 students max)

*Pick Up and Drop Off Location: Students will meet and be picked up at the Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca (Ethnobotanic Gardens), which is centrally located in downtown Oaxaca on the corner of Reforma and Constitución at A.P. 367 Centro, Oaxaca, Oaxaca C.P. 68000

Day of the Dead altar