Visiting the Tule Tree

Photo: Tule Tree (Some rights reserved) Mexico’s most famous tree, the ginormous Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule) grows near Oaxaca City. Residents celebrate the famous Tule Tree the second Monday of October. It’s a big party fit for a big tree! Google Maps The Tule Tree may not be the tallest or the oldest tree …

Guelaguetza 2022

Poster Guelaguetza is one of the world’s most important festivals and takes place every year in Oaxaca, Mexico. The past two years have been virtual due to COVID19. 2022 becomes an in-person event again. Dates: July 25 and August 1. Hashtags: #Guelaguetza2022 and #Guelaguetza Who should watch? Anyone interested in Mexico, in Indigenous culture, music, …

Ciudad de Oaxaca = Oaxaca City

Photo: Veronica Lazo Mendoza, Teatro Alcalá (Used with permission) Oaxaca City is the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico. The city is located in the Central Valley of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, at 17°05’N 96°45″W, elevation: 1,550 meters or 5,000 feet. Looking ahead … on April 25, 2032 Oaxaca City celebrates its 500th anniversary. Before that, …

Oaxaca City Churches

Photo: Ron Mader, Magic Hour at Santo Domingo (some rights reserved) Good Advice: Church visits are not for everyone, particularly those with low baroque tolerance. Travelers often complain of the ABC Tours (Another Bloody Church!), so if you are not in the spirit, the best advice is not go inside the sanctuary. Those entering should …

Viernes de Dolores = Friday of Sorrows

Photo: Altar prepared by Boris, Oaxaca (Some rights reserved) Reflecting this week on the beautiful, should-be-better-known springtime altars. Kudos to our friend and old neighbor Boris. = Reflexionando esta semana sobre los hermosos altares de primavera que deberían ser más conocidos. Felicitaciones a nuestro amigo y vecino Boris. Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) is …

Puerto Escondido

Photo: Kyle Pearce, Sunset at Playa Zicatela (Some rights reserved) Puerto Escondido is a picturesque retreat on Oaxaca’s Pacific Coast. A 19th-century shipping point for coffee plantations and later ‘discovered’ by surfers in the 1970s, Puerto Escondido is a relatively new town. The town’s official founding dates to 1928 when it took its names from …

Tlacolula de Matamoros

Photo: Veronica Lazo Mendoza, Día de Plaza (Used with permission) Tlacolula de Matamoros has a storied past. The Zapotecs founded this town around the year 1250 and called it Guichiibaa. Google Maps Sunday MarketSunday is Market Day and this is one of the oldest in all of Mesoamerica, and it is the largest in the …

Oaxaca Links

Escudo Oaxaca What would locals like others know about Oaxaca? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesEspera Oaxaca a 122 mil turistas para la Semana Santa: Sectur – NoticiasLa ciudad de Oaxaca ya no será Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad (The city of Oaxaca will no longer be a Cultural Heritage of Humanity) …

Oaxaca

Photo: Veronica Lazo Mendoza, 2021 Feast Day, Santiago Juxtlahuaca There are changes afoot in ‘Tierra del Sol,’ this southern Mexican state blessed with mountains, verdant valleys, and a beautiful coast on the Pacific Ocean. Tip: Oaxaca is pronounced ‘wa-HA-ka’ Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/EwSotfXHoD5gptc57 Amazon.comMoon Travel Oaxaca Parks Cities and Towns Features Planeta.com