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Here is what participants of prior Tlaxcala Mushroom Forays saw and had to say
about their mycology adventures in this breath-taking central highlands region:
"We just had a fabulous time and cannot thank each and every one of the staff enough. The trip was more than we ever could have imagined... the amazing mushroom collecting in such beautifully, interesting locations AND the FABULOUS COMRADERIE of all involved. We love you all and look forward to hearing about your future trips. Dinner at your house was just a perfect way to top off a great adventure. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. What a lovely event in so many ways! It was so tasty and just the finest way to top off our time together."
(Bill and Chris Green, Los Gatos, CA)
"You really throw a great tour and I hope a couple of my shroomer friends can pick up on what you provide. The whole experience was a mushroom. I brought the primary mycilium of my rudimentary knowledge of shrooms, crossed it with the secondary mycilium of your expertise in identification and preparation, and I brought home a fruited body of experienced understanding. I loved the way you grounded the forays in indigenous practice at the beginning and employed the local academics."
(Chris Chanlett, Hinton, WV)
"...The best vacation I have had in a very long time (if not ever)! Once the excursion was underway, I was happy to find...more variety, and quantity of "quality" mushrooms each day than I had hoped for...incredible food at every meal, that I miss already...great people of varied experience, that all contributed to the enjoyment of the trip...knowledgeable mycologists to identify species, explain local detail, and learn from in general...informative, well presented lectures with interesting content...comfortable accommodations that added a unique feel to the trip...and wonderful hosts that I am glad decided to organize an event such as this."
(Kevin Honke, Westland, Michigan)
"Congratulations! Thank you so much for an experience of a lifetime! We were fortunate indeed that your itinerary enabled us to experience the State of Tlaxcala that few tourists are privy to. The local mushroom dishes were greatly appreciated. I found the week had a good balance of mushrooms / local life, cuisine, culture and history. All the mycologists' presentations were informative and interesting and their input during the forays was invaluable. Not only did I have a wonderful week but I also met many fascinating people. I now feel that I have 'friends' in Mexico."
(Ausma Rowberry, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
"I thought it superb that the indigenous women walked with us in the forest. The mycologists were fabulous. What nice people! Loved the hotel in Tlaxcala. You both did everything you possibly could to make us satisfied. I loved my time there."
(Ruth Ann Ingraham, Indianapolis, Indiana)
"El Peñon was one of the very best mushroom areas we have ever seen."
(Vello Soots and Pat Burchell, Toronto, Ontario)
"We appreciated the chance to see a non-touristy area of Mexico, the beautiful countryside and forests. We also learned a lot about mushrooms in general in addition to local species. The thrill of the hunt/foray was fun too. It was really nice to have the one dinner comprising indigenous dishes... to experience how the locals prepared the mushrooms."
(Twila and George Bing, Los Angeles, CA)
"We loved the week and meeting all of you."
(Barbara and Bob Sommer, Davis, CA)
"I want to thank you for the above and beyond the call of duty assistance that you provided to make this, my first trip to Mexico, a safe and oh-so-pleasant experience. I was impressed with the diversity of mushrooms that we found, and even more impressed with the integration of them into our meals. The quality of the meals was outstanding to say the least."
(John Rahart, Bosque, New Mexico)
"The mycologists were all excellent in their field. Being my first foray and not knowing what to expect, I thought the explications and the table displays were good. None of the experts was critical of my absolute ignorance of all things mycological and didn't seem to mind that I was only there to learn which were edible. I especially appreciated the professional presentation Adriana [Montoya] gave us."
(Patricia Perrin Sullivan, Amecameca, Mexico)
"The e-mail said it would be 'an exciting opportunity to experience the mushrooms of Mexico in stunning, out-of-the way locations and with expert guidance.' Guess what? It was all that and more. The setting was both beautiful and exotic. The food was delicious and exotic. The expertise of the mycologists, and their enthusiasm and availability, provided an opportunity to make the trip as educational as one could wish. And everyone involved - organizers, mycologists, and group members alike - was congenial, interesting, and a whole lot of fun."
(Bill and Carol Hellums, San Francisco)
"Your warm hospitality, dedication, and attention to every detail certainly made the trip worthwhile and an outstanding success!! I learned a lot about mushrooms/fungi."
(Louise Levine, London, Ontario)
"We really enjoyed the tour and the company. What a wonderful group of people. The meals at the hacienda were wonderful, too, and so were the accommodations. Overall you did a fantastic job."
(Pat and Dave Lewis, Newton, Texas)
"What I really appreciated about this trip was the interaction with the local people. Speaking and collecting specimens with Adriana, Alejandro and Arturo, having the local women cook all those dishes for one of the meals, seeing the pulque process at the hacienda. This is the kind of 'real' Mexico that many tours do not include."
(Toni Moore, San Francisco)
"The tour operators quickly became like family. They looked out for us in so many ways, and were so solicitous of our well-being. I cannot imagine being in the care of more knowledgeable, giving, and loving people. I would definitely recommend this tour for the novice, as well as for the professional mushroomer."
(Kathy Gotto, Albuquerque)
"The value of the tour was well above its cost to us. It was a bargain for a fantasy vacation."
(Arthur Karpas, Washington, DC)
"Every day we collected baskets and baskets of mushrooms, including morels, Boletus pinophilus, Collybia dryophila, several varieties of amanita - caesarea, rubescens, and a lot of muscaria that were just too pretty to resist - and much more."
(Carol Hellums, San Francisco)
"Your trip was better than anything I could have imagined. The leaders were relaxed, fun-loving, yet attentive, and the days were filled with interesting culinary and mycological experiences. Thank you again for a remarkable week."
"Tlaxcala was enchanting, beautiful, mellow and full of contradictions. It felt like we were seeing a part of Mexico as Mexicans see it. The location was perfect."
"The tour organizers made all the arrangements to provide us with a most satisfying experience. They solved our problems, faced emergencies, and generally smoothed our way most efficiently and pleasantly. I think that what impressed me most on this trip - besides the wonderful scenery and flora - was the recognition and use of the generations of experience among the local inhabitants to further scientific investigation."
(Anna Pleasonton, New Orleans)
"The mycologists were knowledgeable but also very helpful and personable. I treasure getting to know each one of them. I learned a good deal from them and the presentations were first rate."
(Barbara Karpas, Washington, DC)
"What an experience, what a treat. The tour began on a high note and just kept getting better."
(Frank Hoffman, Toronto)