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Five Routes to Elaborate Pulque, Beverage of the Aztec Gods

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Do you see that beautiful plant they call maguey?

It has a story inside, sweet as honey.

It's about Quetzalcóatl and the beautiful Mayahuel.

Don't forget the Aztecs call the maguey melt.

~Dictionary of Myths of America

Pulque, the Beverage of the Aztec Gods 

With tequila and mezcal, pulque is one of Mexico’s most traditional and traditional beverages because it was the most significant ritual drink for Mesoamerican societies. Pulque was considered the beverage of the gods and represented a ritual symbol of a political and religious character.

el pulque en las sociedades mesoamericanas la bebida de los dioses

Pulque was drunk in rituals and celebrations only by priests, older people, or people about to be sacrificed. It was also considered medicinal due to the great variety of vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates it contains.

pulque una bebida ancestral listo para ser bebido

Elaboration of Pulque, the Beverage of the Aztec Gods

This beverage is made from the fermentation of the maguey pulquero. The process begins with the extraction of the heart of the plant. Afterward, the edges and center are scraped to find a juice known as aguamiel. When the Aguamiel is fermented, it becomes pulque, with a thick, dense consistency but with an exquisite flavor.

Let’s continue with five Mexican destinations where local experts will teach us how to prepare and taste this sacred beverage.

tlachiquero recolectando el aguamiel para convertirlo en pulque

Five Routes to Elaborate Pulque, Beverage of the Aztec Gods 

El Almacén, Mujeres Milenarias

First place, deep in the majestic Sierra of Oaxaca, lives a Mixtec community formed by a group of women who work together to rescue the tradition and conservation of the maguey pulquero, from which pulque, the beverage of the Aztec god’s borns.

Because of this, the Millenarian Women are the guardians of the pulque and aguamiel. They will teach us the production of the drink, Mixteco classes, and palm weaving workshop. You can also hike through the mountains and enjoy breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Or swim in the Apoala Waterfall and its refreshing waters. Whatever the activity, the day will culminate in front of a table full of regional food.

In addition, in May, Mujeres Milenarias organizes its pulque festival, which presents different pulque flavors and other products such as bread and curados. There is also dancing, traditional music, and Mixtec barbecue, among other activities. 

extracción del aguamiel del maguey pulquero en oaxaca

Pueblos Mancomunados Latuvi

Continuing to Santa Martha Latuvi, a picturesque community that stands out for the natural beauty of its enchanted forests. Where our hostess will show us the elaboration of the drink of the gods, pulque, and tepache, and then we will head towards the Camino Real, a pre-Hispanic route that linked the Zapotec cities. There are also workshops on fruit, jam making, and Serrano bread. Or if you prefer hiking, biking, or horseback riding through the Oaxacan highlands.

extracción del aguamiel

Also, if you visit Latuvi during July, you can enjoy the traditional apple fair. There are sales and preparation of jams, syrup, and other fruits at this fair, including concerts, tours, gastronomic workshops, and painting contests.

feria de la manzana en oaxaca pueblos mancomunados latuvi

Tlaxcala

Tlaxcala is a destination where all your senses connect with everything around you. The hands of an expert will teach us how to obtain the mead to turn it into pulque, from which you will be able to taste its exquisite flavor.

Likewise, we will tour the harvest fields and participate in their cultivation. You will also learn how to grind corn in a metate to turn it into delicious tortillas to enjoy and other delicious dishes.

explicacion de la elaboracion del pulque y aguamiel en tlaxcala

Furthermore, the experience becomes even more special due to the fantastic nature and fireflies in the Fireflies Sanctuary and Canto Del Bosque Ecotourism Center. The forest illuminates with the beautiful light these insects irradiate during June, July, and August. Also, you can practice activities such as camping, cycling, zip-lining, climbing, archaeological zone, museum, and hiking.

santuario de luciérnagas en el centro ecoturitico canto del bosque en tlaxcala mexico

Tlalli Tonazihua, Morelos

Continuing our trip to Tonazihua, 1 hour from Mexico City, you will find a space of healing and wellness, where adobe and wood structures merge with pine and cedar trees and a large number of impressive magueyeras.

A place where you will be guided through an exclusive route of the maguey pulquero, where you will learn its fascinating history and production, ending the experience with a delicious mug of pulque along with a tasty traditional meal.

tlachiquero extrayendo el aguamiel

In addition to the pulque tour, Tonazihua offers activities such as nature observation, use of traditional medicine, temazcal with purification ritual, bonfire under the celestial vault accompanied by chocolate and hot drinks.

ritual de limias tradicionales en tonazihua morelos mexico

Teotihuacán

Finally, Teotihuacan, the city of the gods, is directly connected to this ancient beverage. Here you can enjoy an extraordinary tasty variety of pulque flavors and traditional gastronomy.

comida tradicional en teotihuacan tour gastronomico

Although you will not only be able to taste the local gastronomy, you will also visit the stunning archaeological site of Teotihuacan, either by walking, biking or even in a hot air balloon. Also, during March, the Pulque Fest takes place just 7 minutes from Teotihuacan.

desgustacion del pulque

Undoubtedly, the pulque has been part of the Mexican culture since ancient times, changing from an ancestral drink to being despised and finally reborn to continue being part of Mexican culture. 

 

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