Oaxaca, once central to the Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations, sprawls out in the deep Valles Centrales at the convergence of three mountain ranges: Sierra Madre del Sur, Sierra Madre de Oaxaca and Sierra Madre de Chiapas. The rugged terrain historically isolated communities and contributed to the preservation of indigenous languages and cultures. The state of Oaxaca is considered the most ethnically diverse of Mexico’s 31 states, with over 50% of the population identifying as indigenous. Oaxaca city is a beautiful blend of tradition and modern urban life, rich in arts, magnificent craft and jewelry markets, vibrant nightlife and upscale hotels and restaurants.
We took a stroll down the pedestrian street that runs to the main Plaza de la Constitución.
We toured the markets of Mercado Benito Juárez and Mercado 20 de Noviembre, viewing beautiful crafts and sampling local cuisine.
Ceramics, boots, hats and chapulines, all within a couple of feet of each other at the market.
Musicians in the Plaza and on the street:
Cheers to Dee! Thanks cuz, for the donation and the beer! We found a bar in Oaxaca that had an impressive selection of beer. We both tried some Mexican microbrews. Not quite up to Portland standards, but a nice change from the Mexican mass market beers.
We also accomplished domestic chores, like laundry. Our clothes had not seen the inside of a washing machine since Guadalajara, 18 days ago.
We decided to try a hostel during our stay in Oaxaca. Our first two nights were great, we were the only people in our dorm room, it was like having a private room. Tonight though, we have four additional roommates; one who snores and another who talks in his sleep…in French.