Discovering Mexico during covid: Oaxaca

After much time spent in modern Mexican cities and touristic sites during peak season on the pacific coast, it was time for a more authentic expérience with the culture rich city of Oaxaca. I had long wished to visit this amazing place but had fallen short every time I was in the country. But this was the perfect time and for the occasion, and I had planned to spend a whole week exploring the capital region of the ancient Zacatecas empire!

End of march was still in spring break, and I met again with the school holidaying Americans. But this time, it seemed to be a more refined tourist, or maybe even hippie style, who had the courage to venture out of the typical spring break strongholds of Cancun and Cabos. Oaxaca is known to attract a craft loving crowd, with its culture and thus, a more hippie bohemian traveler. That made for an interesting change after Cabos.

End of march was still in spring break, and I met again with the school holidaying Americans. But this time, it seemed to be a more refined tourist, or maybe even hippie style, who had the courage to venture out of the typical spring break strongholds of Cancun and Cabos. Oaxaca is known to attract a craft loving crowd, with its culture and thus, a more hippie bohemian traveler. That made for an interesting change after Cabos.

And where a bohemian crowd is found, there is usually the small boutiques, small cafes and small bars culture that comes with it. This is definitely the highlight of Oaxaca, where I would spend most days venturing to try out the different cafes around town, all set up in beautiful old colourful colonial houses. The food is also amazing and sampling it’s savory dishes in traditional colonial restaurants was amazing. Definitely, the chicken with mole, with it’s chocolaty sauce, is a must for every visitor. This, if their stomach can handle it 😉

The highlight of Oaxaca must be the Zapotec ruins of mount Alban, dating all the way back in the 8th century. For me, this was definitely a surprise, knowing that these ruins are really not as famed as Chichen Itza in Yucatan or Tehuatihuacan near Mexico City. The only ones who seemed to be well aware of the existence of these ruins were the Mexican themselves, having seen it’s beauty their whole lives every time they paid with a 20 peso bill, where mount Alman is portrayed in all its glory.

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