Pictures from my recent visit to Oaxacan pueblos (Teotitlan del Valle and San Miguel del Valle) through the Fundacion En Via organization.
Before coming to Oaxaca, I scoured the internet, read magazines, asked people I know who’ve been to Oaxaca, about things to do in this city. Through these sources, I came up with my own list, which I must say I’ve checked off probably the first two days! This is mostly due to the pull Oaxaca has that you just want to see everything at once and absorb it all. It can be overwhelming, chaotic, confusing, but exhilarating at the same time.
Here’s my list of things to do in Oaxaca
- Markets – Check out typical Mexican markets such as 20 de Noviembre, which sells all kinds of things, from food, to clothes, to souvenirs. It’s an experience to get lost in these markets, with vendors trying to get your attention as you walk through a labyrinth of aisles.
- Eat Oaxacan food – Food in Oaxaca is delicious. I can honestly say I didn’t have a single bad food experience while I was there. Specialties include: mole (all 7 of them), churros, drinks (atole), tortillas, tlayudas, corn (elote and esquites), fruits (zapote negro, guayaba, ciruela), ponche, chocolate (chocolate Oaxaqueno).
- Churches – there are a lot of Catholic churches within a few blocks from each other. Check out Santo Domingo, Oaxaca Cathedral, Sangre de Cristo Templo — all of which I enjoyed going to and praying in.
- Shopping – Oaxaca has some of the best artisan crafts I’ve ever seen. These include tapetes (wool rugs), embroidered blouses and dresses (bordado), alebrijes (ornately painted wooden figurines).
- Museums – Museums in Oaxaca feature complex and sophisticated work spanning various themes: everyday life, Mexican history, political reality, futuristic and abstract. I went to a couple: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo y Fonoteca Eduardo Mata. Also, these museums are pleasant places to relax in, unlike closed off and dark museums in the US. I highly recommend them!