Oaxaca has a different vibe than other regions we have visited. We travelled several hours to reach this desert destination. We see many more tourists than at previous spots, except Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende. The downtown is, of course, a well maintained World Heritage site.
Our tattooed guide showed up on time, and took us on a unique visit of “his” Oaxaca:
-The meat market, where patrons select their cut of meat……then have it prepared onsite…. and enjoy it while being entertained by a musician who sings for tips. All of this before 11 A.M.!
-More strange snacks including grubs and scorpions…
-An exhaustive selection of peppers…
-A fantastic craft museum: Clay musicians, huipiles, and hats, all tastefully displayed in an ancient convent.
-A typical drink made of cacao and other flours called Tejate
-A unique collections of grinding stones and pots…
The best part of our morning (for me, at least) was visiting a printing shop with oversized printing presses. In the busy studio many works by several artists, including Gabriel Mendoza, were being prepared.
Along the streets of Oaxaca there are examples of protest prints in all sizes and techniques.
In the late afternoon we took in the memorable views of Monte Alban ruins, and of Oaxaca from on high.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped by San Bartolo Coyotepec to purchase a unique black clay pierced pot. (Image from inmexico.com)
In the evening we found another rooftop restaurant with a fine view and fancy vegan fare!
The main plaza was alive with celebrations… In the first image you see how the gigantes are constructed.