Tequila might get a bad rap. Okay, well, we can’t exactly defend it. That reputation is probably deserved. However, we can introduce you to tequila’s cousin, mezcal. The rich, slightly sweeter drink also comes from the agave plant. It is a timeless tradition of the Mexican culture and a go-to drink for many.
With this experience, you can travel to Oaxaca, Mexico and learn about the entire mezcal making process from experts in the industry. You’ll also visit must-see attractions like the thousand-year-old Tule Tree.
Mezcal is a spirit distilled from agave. However, it is a distinctly different drink than tequila. Rather than being steamed in ovens, mezcal is made by steaming it in wood-filled, in-ground firepits. Meanwhile, mezcal can be made from over 30 of the 200 types of agave while tequila only comes from Blue Agave. Finally, Oaxaca is the epicenter of the mezcal industry and produces more than 90 percent of the world’s supply of the drink.
That’s why traveling to Oaxaca for this experience is so special. You’ll learn from master producers that have been making mezcal for centuries with family recipes. Of course, you’ll also get to try some.
Seeing The Sights
This trip isn’t just about drinking though. If you’re still sober after the mezcal tour, you’ll have a chance to visit an array of other famous sites throughout Oaxaca. One of these is the historic Tule Tree. This massive arbor is the widest tree in the world. It weighs in at more than 509 tons and measures more than 100 feet in circumference.
You’ll also get to experience the rug-making village of Teotitlán del Valle and the archaeological zone of Mitla. To round things out, you will get to see Hierve el Agua’s petrified waterfalls.
Just be sure to brush up on your Spanish before arriving since the tour is guided in the native language. Learn More