The summer rainy season in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte region drapes the breathtaking mountain landscape in passing misty shrouds. This magical time is when the mushrooms pop, dotting the forests with over 340 different varieties. It’s no coincidence that the Feria de los Hongos Silvestres, or the Wild Mushroom Festival, happens in July during prime mushroom time!
This year, you can join us as we journey into Oaxaca’s Zapotec mountain communities to learn about the cultural, medicinal and gastronomical importance that mushrooms hold for the local people. The trip dates are July 12 – 18.
On this adventure, we’ll venture into the woods to hunt for mushrooms with expert local guides trained to identify edible, poisonous and hallucinogenic varieties, exploring the high pine forests teeming with life. Back at the festival, we can admire the mushroom bounty and learn from expert mycologists. And then, of course, we’ll EAT! Enjoy hongos in traditional dishes like moles, empanadas and quesadillas, prepared with locally foraged herbs, or even pickled and marinated. Not to worry – we’ll walk off our meals with stunning hikes to far-reaching views through fragrant pine forests. Nights are spent in cozy cabins with crackling fireplaces tucked into the hillside.
Descending back to the city, we’ll be just in time for another feria – the festival of Guelaguetza, which can only be compared in importance to the Day of the Dead, bringing all communities of the region together in celebration with parades, traditional dancing, and artisanal crafts and goods. It is a magical time to be in Oaxaca, as the city comes alive and the pride and energy of the community are palpable. As an extra bonus, we’ll learn about and enjoy the local liquor of the land at the Mezcal Festival in the evening.
We’re excited about this program because has a ton to offer: the chance to connect with and support locals, immersion in living traditional culture, hiking in a truly spectacular setting, and the food! Oaxaca is close to the U.S. — so takes less time and money to get there — yet it’s a world apart.
Ready to go? There are limited spots on this trip, and we’re booking now – don’t miss this one (travel dates July 12 – 18)! View the full itinerary here, contact us with any questions, and fill out the application to get going.
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