7 Things I love about Oaxaca

These were only 7 aspects of Oaxaca that truly amazed me, but I know I could name at least 100 more. Even if Oaxaca is listed as one of the Mexican states with higher poverty rate, it is true that it is also one of the richest in culture, colors, food, art and archaeological sites. I invite you to discover it next to me through the following pictures, entering to some of the hidden corners of this wonderful region!

Oaxaca's intense colors. On the doors, walls, fruits, indigenous costumes and it's  people. When I was walking downtown, in the center of the city of Oaxaca, I could not help but notice the colors as a reflection of the warm personality of southern Mexico, in the wholespectrum of it's brilliant shades

Oaxaca's intense colors. On the doors, walls, fruits, indigenous costumes and it's people. When I was walking downtown, in the center of the city of Oaxaca, I could not help but notice the colors as a reflection of the warm personality of southern Mexico, in the wholespectrum of it's brilliant shades

 

Talking and admiring the traditional rugs that family weavers from Teotitlan, Oaxaca produce. I learnt how long they take when they make one single piece and it made me realize how unfair bargaining can be

Talking and admiring the traditional rugs that family weavers from Teotitlan, Oaxaca produce. I learnt how long they take when they make one single piece and it made me realize how unfair bargaining can be

 

Oaxaca's crafts. From the famous black mud  vassels to the "alebrijes", just to mention some. The originality of Oaxacan artists has become an important emblem for folkart in the whole country

Oaxaca's crafts. From the famous black mud vassels to the "alebrijes", just to mention some. The originality of Oaxacan artists has become an important emblem for folkart in the whole country

 

Chapulines! Over 3000 years of being an outstanding dish in the prehispanic cuisine, locals and foreigners always love trying Grasshoppers in the local markets of Oaxaca.

Chapulines! Over 3000 years of being an outstanding dish in the prehispanic cuisine, locals and foreigners always love trying Grasshoppers in the local markets of Oaxaca

 

Local art. From those who are making art in the streets, like the man in the photo who is making an art with threads, to the various museums that have given fame to the whole state of being one of the most innovative and creative ones. I believe the magic comes by the combination of great ideas with Mexican folklore art!

Local art. From those who are making art in the streets, like the man in the photo who is using threads for the painting, to the various museums that have given fame to the whole state of being one of the most innovative and creative ones. I believe the magic comes by the combination of great ideas with Mexican folklore art

 

 

Mitla, one of the most important archeological sites of the Zapotec culture. I was amazed by the geometric patterns, grecas in Spanish, seen all over the stone walls! It is astonishing how they were made from thousands of cut, polished stones

Mitla, one of the most important archeological sites of the Zapotec culture. I was amazed by the geometric patterns, grecas in Spanish, seen all over the stone walls! It is astonishing how they were made from thousands of cut, polished stones

 

It is all about the people. Always smiling, welcoming and proud of several customs, as well as the use of some traditional Mexican clothing. You will never feel alone in Oaxaca, as this state is considered one of the most friendly and multicultural all across the country

It is all about the people. Always smiling, welcoming and proud of several customs, as well as the use of some traditional Mexican clothing. You will never feel alone in Oaxaca, as this state is considered one of the most friendly and multicultural all across the country

 

Pictures taken by the author of this post. To see more pictures of Oaxaca taken by me click here

 

(Andrea Arzaba, April 2012)

2 thoughts on “7 Things I love about Oaxaca

  1. I absolutely love this post. Now I wish I was going to Oaxaca )) But seriously, it is amazing how you managed to present the whole culture just by pointing out certain things which might seem to be of little interest to an untrained eye.

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