The city of Oaxaca in Mexico is a treasure known for terrific food, a gorgeous colonial center, and by most standards the best handicrafts selection in a country where that’s really saying something. It’s the capital of a state that has 16 distinct indigenous groups, so all its attributes go into overdrive in late July each year, when the Guelaguetza Festival comes to town.
Category: Things To Do
January 23, 2015
January 9, 2015
Most people know this region as the land of mole sauce and mezcal, but the three valleys that converge in the most populous part of Oaxaca gave birth to much older claims to fame. This is believed to be the land of the first domesticated corn plants and the first tortillas. It is probably also where written communication and an accurate calendar got their starts in Mesoamerica.
December 26, 2014
Down past the border things get a little crazy. As the Kenny Chesney line goes, “When the sun goes down, we’ll be groovin’,” and that is just about the theme song for vacationing over New Year’s Eve in Mexico.
December 19, 2014
In Mexico, the Christmas season is a much more elaborate and evocative celebration than you may be used to. It is an extended month-long fiesta, gilded with the nation’s famously colorful Catholicism, long since syncretized with indigenous customs that bubble up through more familiar festivities.
December 12, 2014
Celebrating Christmas in Mexico? Wondering what to expect? Well, aside from the sub-tropical to tropical climates making it a bit difficult to find a pine tree, Christmas in Mexico is celebrated in much the same fashion as their neighbors to the north, with some fun exceptions.
December 5, 2014
We were headed to tour the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza from the beach town of Playa del Carmen. The contrast between the desolate stretch of pavement that was leading us there and the throbbing club music and brightly colored Viva Mexico flags that decorated Fifth Avenue, Playa’s main drag, couldn’t have been much more pronounced.