By the warmth of the church bells ringing and among the mountain chains and nearby towns, the city of Oaxaca is one of the most complete and magical destinations that México can offer. Fall in love with its traditional music and feel the folklore of its legendary land that is full of myths, languages and vibrant colors. The mountains display its green and lush decorations while the skies shine lovingly with tones of blue, all the while highlighting the region’s beautiful past that is printed with small houses as it resists the passing of time. Archeological remains of a powerful society coalesce in these lands, its shimmering novo-Hispanic design underlining the outstanding architecture carved in green stone quarry from the 16th Century; if you want to be witness of this, visit the Soledad Basilica, one of the city’s most exquisite buildings. The Renaissance-styled Santo Domingo Ex-convent is another obligated spot in your visit, just like the Zócalo and the Macedonio Alcalá Walkway, where you will find shops selling different artisanal articles like typical milk candies, wonderful embroideries and traditional dresses sewed with bright flower designs. Even commercial plazas combine tradition and modernity in an elegant and subtle way.
If you decide to travel to the city of Oaxaca, try to do it during summer because of “La Guelaguetza” celebration, which shows the best and most representative aspects of each and every one of the 7 regions in which the state is divided regarding dances, culture and traditions. Another important festivity is the Todos los Santos Party, which takes place during November, and the “Noche de los Rábanos” (Night of the Radishes), a quick celebration that takes place a day before Christmas and where the florists and gardeners display their knowledge to win a contest that show radishes shaped in eccentric forms. The production of handmade crafts is one of the most established activities of the state. The biggest market of the state is the Juárez Market, where you will find multicolored “alebrijes”, beautiful handmade textiles and embroideries and the exquisite work of green and black clay.
Oaxaca also counts with one of the most complete and succulent gastronomic cultures in all of México. At the “20 de Noviembre” Market, you will find the most typical dish of the state: mole. You can also find exotic foods such as tamales, iguana broth, armadillo stew, “caldo de piedra”, grasshoppers and “curados”. It must be mentioned that the Casa Oaxaca Hotel is home to the internationally recognized chef Alejandro Ruiz, who offers some cooking classes specially for you, all you have to do is make a reservation two months prior, and in 4 hours, you will learn first-handedly aspects of one of the best cuisines in the world. The food from Oaxaca has a Guinness record for having the vastest variety of moles and salsas, something that Alejandro knows, making highlight of the 15 types of different native chilies while he points out that “to us Mexicans, we not only enjoy the spice of chilies but the appreciation behind its taste and the zing that goes along with it”. Of humble origins and from the community known as Raya located in the municipality of Zimatlán de Álvares, chef Ruiz awaits for those who are interested in studying gastronomy so he can teach them part of this tangible heritage that comes from his mother and from the beautiful state of Oaxaca.
Remember to bring light clothing and comfortable footwear so you can roam the city without any problems. This city can offer you a variety of tours that will help you discover its pre-Hispanic and colonial past from which its traditions and beliefs rise.
Wejoytrip recommends take one of the many Mescal tours, since within these trips you will be able to visit several representative towns and distilleries, besides allowing you to know about the process of distilment to its packaging. You can even sample different types of this traditional drink that ranges from the mature, “pechuga”, worm and even the most delicate of fermentations that are elaborated by hand. The “20 de Noviembre” Market is the ideal place for you to try some of the most renowned dishes of Oaxaca, like the “Tlayudas de Tasajo”, chorizo and spiced meat. You can also try and purchase string cheese with a very particular taste of the region, as well as succulent drinks that are perfect for every occasion. For breakfast, you can have our incredibly delicious and warm chocolate with milk; in the afternoon, you can have it with some ice to cool off and by night you can have it with milk. Another drink you can take to cool off is the Tejate drink, which is prepared with maize and cacao. The petrified waterfall of “Hierve el Agua” is located a few kilometers away from the city, which makes it an ideal place for you to visit, since from its heights you will find an unforgettable view of the land. You can have a relaxing time by its lukewarm waters or take a selfie with the mountain chains as a background that breathe the template wind of the state of Oaxaxa.
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