Oaxaca Artisanal Cheese Experience
Learn the history of the famous “Oaxaca Cheese” Quesillo, in this immersive workshop and tasting
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel (you tell us your hotel after you reserve)
|Your centrally located Oaxaca City hotel
|Up to 5 hours (+/-)
|Low – this experience involves moderate walking
|Moderate – a good balance of cultural interactions, and engaging with local cheese making families
|12+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian/parent)
|Private – Max 6 people per booking
Itinerary for making your own Quesillo: Oaxaca’s most famous string-cheese
Embark on “Discovering Oaxaca’s Quesillo,” a unique experience that begins with a pickup in central Oaxaca City. From there, we’ll journey to the heart of cheese-making in the nearby village of Reyes Etla. This immersive adventure is not just a foray into the flavors of Mexican cuisine but a deep dive into the rich traditions and spirit of Mexico.
Our journey starts with a step back in time as we explore the origins of quesillo, an exquisite semi-hard, light white cheese that emerged in the late 19th century. The story of its creator, Leobarda Castellanos García, and how her serendipitous mistake evolved into an emblem of Oaxacan identity, sets the stage for our experience. We then delve into the enchanting world of traditional cheese-making. Here, you’ll witness and participate in the artisanal process from milk curdling to the creation of the iconic stringed cheese, learning how local families in Reyes Etla have preserved this traditional art through generations.
As we dive deeper into the local culture, we gain insights into the vital role that quesillo plays in the community. We’ll discuss the ongoing challenges, including the struggle against counterfeit products and the commitment to maintaining the cheese’s authenticity. Then, it’s time to indulge your senses. In a tasting session, you’ll sample the exquisite Oaxacan quesillo, a variety of flavored and unflavored queso frescos, and other cheese byproducts like butter and curds. Discover the versatility of these cheeses in traditional Mexican dishes, showcasing the diverse and rich flavors of Mexico.
After indulging in these culinary delights, we’ll take a leisurely walk to a nearby famous church. This stroll not only allows us to appreciate the local architecture and history but also helps to burn off some of the delicious cheese calories from the day.
Our journey concludes with a return to Oaxaca City Centre, leaving you enriched with the knowledge of Oaxacan cheese-making, full of unforgettable flavors, and carrying memories of a unique cultural and gastronomic adventure in the heart of Mexico. This tour is more than just an exploration; it’s an invitation to connect deeply with the essence of Mexico and its enduring culinary traditions. Join us on this extraordinary and unforgettable journey.
For anyone who likes to eat, and appreciates good food and beautiful cultures – we know you will leave satisfied on all fronts with this special artisanal experience!
Please note: There is not a Dress Code! You will be visiting some food vendors who are a bit more traditional, so dressing respectfully is appreciated. You don’t need to dress to impress – you will be getting your hands dirty (literally). It is recommended to just bring modest, comfortable clothes, and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty (food spillage happens to the best of us). A more detailed list of suggested clothing attire can be found below.
What to bring to the Oaxaca Artisanal Cheese Experience?
Though this could vary seasonally, this is the basic list of what we suggest you bring with you. Keep in mind that your transport is private and secure, so you can leave some items in the vehicle when not needed:
– Jeans or long pants (this is most customary in Mexico, though shorts/dress are fine if you are most comfortable in that).
– Sneakers/comfortable shoes.
– Umbrella (for the rainy season, May-Nov)
– Covid Mask.
– Cash. The cheese producers do not accept credit cards if you want to buy any cheese after your experience. There is no pressure to buy anything. Unlike other tour companies, the producers we work with will always get paid fairly for their time, regardless if you buy additional food or not.
What is included with the Oaxaca Ancestral Experience?
Your ancestral experience includes:
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience
– translations and demonstrations with the local food vendors
– cheese, nacho chips & memelas (Alcoholic beverages are not included with the meals)
What is not included when on your Sacred Food Experience?
– Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights
– Transportation (outside of itinerary)
– Accommodation in Oaxaca
– Alcoholic beverages
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending money if you wish to purchase additional cheese, souvenirs or items.
Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation
For every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, supports and preserves the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos of Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRIP).
For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Mexico TRIP projects.
Cancellations & Rebooking
All tours, services, and experiences booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modeled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels, and other tour operators.
Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to missed flights, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’, to be used for a future travel date, either by you or transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is canceled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control.
Should you give us less than 14 days notice of a change in your reservation, a rebooking fee will be imposed. We do try to be flexible for our guests, but not at the sacrifice of the livelihoods of all locals hired for your private experiences. As these are private experiences, your guide and any other local service provider block their days off from other work to accommodate your reservation, and may not be able to fill that day again in the event of cancellation.
To be fair and responsible to them and their reliance on your reservation’s promised work, your guide will still be paid for your reservation. As such, last-minute cancellations or changes within 2 weeks of departure will be subject to a rebooking fee of the online deposit, to re-hire a guide for your future travel date.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try to be fair both to our guests, as well as the locals hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you buy appropriate travel insurance that will reimburse you for cancellations of things such as flights, hotels, and tours.