Images from Trips to Mexico
What is mole?
Pronounced "MO-lay" the word comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec language)word "mulli", which means, sauce, mixture, stew, or concoction. In its pre-Hispanic form, this stew was made of dried chiles, tomatoes, seeds, and chocolate. This dish pleased the royal courts, and continues to delight today. Each mole is as unique as the family who makes it, and the king of all moles is the complex black mole, made from over 30 ingredients. The chiles alone include; guajillos, pasillas, anchos, and chipotles. Other ingredients include: peanuts, cinnamon, raisins, plantains, chocolate and various herbs. Making mole is an all day endeavor, so be sure you have plenty of time on your hands. Of course, like all modern and busy cooks today, one can find high quality, prepared mole pastes that require reconstituting with stock, tomatoes, more chocolate and sometimes even peanut butter!
Want to learn more about Mexico?


At Tia Stephanie Tours, we design Cultural Journeys to Mexico. Whether it's Culture & Cuisine, Textile Traditions, Ancient Civilizations, Art History or Festivals, let us take you beyond the beach resorts. Our unique approach combines education with off the path itineraries, designed to build greater understanding of and appreciation for the richness and complexity of Mexico and the Mexican people, our neighbors to the South.

Why Mexico?

A country so close, yet whose customs are so different from ours; a country of multiple images and stereotypes that bears knowing first hand; a country and people that is much more than its beaches. Mexico is a rich amalgamation of its past and present. Join us on unique trips of discovery to gain a deeper appreciation of Mexico; a country with a complex past, rich present and dynamic future!

What People are Saying:

  • Our trip was for sure one of the highlights of last year for me. I look forward to Part 2 of my Mexican adventures. Helen V.,Oct.2012
  • It really was an excellent tour, I appreciate the insights into the culture that we would not have gotten had we tried to experience Day of the Dead on our own. And those tamales, yum! And the amazing cemeteries at night, the sights, smells & sounds will live with me forever. Julie W. Nov. 2012
  • I just checked your website, and I loved it! I'm glad to know that finally there is someone from the USA who does not take her groups only to the beaches or to the most common places! And your trips seem to be fantastic!
  • We are still daydreaming about our time with you in Mexico. It was one of the most enjoyable vacations that we ever have had, thanks to you and all of the planning that went into the trip. We cannot think of a way that the trip could have been better. Our only regrets are that we did not buy that $2.00 pottery bowl on the sidewalk in front of the church, more Talavera pottery, more weavings, mezcal, chocolate, chiles, and a few more days in Mexico City. It was the best! Thank you. Maddy and Dick, February 2011
  • We have our pictures from the Oaxaca Textile Tour rotating on an electronic photo frame. We are enjoying reliving every moment of this trip! Peter & Jean, November 2011


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