In February 2012, I spent 4 days in Oaxaca. I visited many places in and around the city, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to see all so can´t wait to go back!
The first day I went to see the city of Oaxaca, the churches, the markets. Santo Domingo is amazing, so rich and beautiful in its Barok style. But most of all I just enjoyed the atmosphere in the centrum at the Zocalo, this square is so quiet and peaceful while there are many local people just eating, drinking and walking. I could easily stay days just around this square!
On my second day I visited Monte Alban which was very interesting and a beautiful place to see. On top of the mountain there’s a vast area of ruins, and it takes quite long time to walk around it and to see everything. An amazing view opens from the mountain top of Monte Alban. I do recommend to have a guide at Monte Alban, as it´s nice to see the amazing buildings and the views but I also really enjoyed hearing the explanations and the history. It’s really worth of visiting.
The next day we were on the road the whole day to see the surroundings of Oaxaca. We visited a little town called El Tule, there’s a giant, old tree beside a lovely church and nice park with beautiful flowers around it. The next stop was at rug factory, a whole family making beautiful, very colorful rugs in every size. It was very interesting to see the whole process of making these rugs, and explore the source of all the beautiful colors. Hierve el agua was really my favorite place on the trip that day, on the way there, we had a beautiful view over the mountains. There’s a big, beautiful rock that looks like a waterfall, springs and a few pools with the water from the springs.
There’s a great opportunity to have a bath in refreshing spring water and at the same time enjoy a beautiful view to mountains. I took some amazing photos from there! The Mezcal factory was also very interesting to see. I saw the plants they use in a process and all the parts of the process of producing Mezcal was explained in the real environment. Would love to go back there at lunch or dinner time, that nice looking, real Mexican decorated restaurant!
I also enjoyed a lot the Oaxacan food, really loved it! I also tried the specialty of Oaxaca, grasshoppers! A bit interesting taste…recommended if you want a bit of extreme flavors on your trip! 🙂