Oaxaca city is one of the well-known destinations in Mexico. Although it has the same beauty as the others in the countries, Oaxaca is outstanding with such a great and interesting experiences one could get while exploring the outskirt.
When is the best time to go to Oaxaca?
The high season of tourism in this city is at the same time when the Guelaguetza festival happening. It is usually in the late July. At this time of the year, it is really convenient for travellers to shop handmade stuffs from the locals stores as they are available in the city center, particularly in some artisan markets instead of staying in their village as usual.
Where to go in Oaxaca?
Oaxaca has been ,for decades, well-known for its stunning and unique construction. The most famous of them all is Monte Alban. Monte Alban is not just one but a group of temples which were built in mountain tops that flattened by Zapotec people’s hands a long time ago. As being in usage in the period from 500 BC to 700 AD, the Monte Alban city is reported as the oldest of most of Mayan buildings here. It is even believed to be the place owning the first Mexican written records and calendar.
Standing in this site, you will have a chance to watch the beauty of such an endless view. Also, there are some Mayan temples, a ball hall, a grand plaza offering ancient musical instruments, a system of platforms which is believed to be where priest’s magic happens, a hospital with pictures carved on the wall as teaching materials which in our developed techniques nowadays, are wrong.
Besides the Monte Alban city, another famous structure in Oaxaca is Milta which located between series of mountains raising creating such a gorgeous view. People coming to Milta are all impressed by its geometrical patterns made by set cut stones. Milta in the past was used as a sacrifice spot.
Markets in Oaxaca
If you have a chance to visit Oaxaca, don’t forget to spend your time at Oaxaca’s town markets as it gonna have so much fun. The Ocotlan market is recommended for you to come across on every Fridays and so as Tlacolula one is on Sundays.
Here in the markets, local people living in the neighbor villages bring and sell their homemade productions such as mezcal, vegetables,etc. You can also find easily find their unique cuisines which have been heard ever before by most of tourists like spiced fried crickets eaten alone or with a taco, worms, worms salt, pulque (brewed maguey juice),etc.
There are many traditional handicraft villages and each of them offering different things such as San Bartolo Coyotepec producing stuffs made by Oaxaca black pottery, San Martin Tilcajete with alebrijes (painted and carved wood production), naturally dyed carpets in Teotitlán del Valle,etc .
They are not so large that you can not walking and visiting around. Just renting a car then travelling on your feet and coming in a random workshop.
Arbol del Tule
Arbol del Tule is the best-known massive cypress tree in Oaxaca with 11 meters thicks is recorded in its base. It has been living for about 1500 years by now. Right next to this, it’s a smaller one which is already 500 years old.
In order to take a look at those huge trees, you will have to ride about 15 minutes only from the downtown of Oaxaca to Tule.
To conclude, Oaxaca is such an interesting place to travel with so many attractions. Thus, don’t forget to add Oaxaca into your to-go list.