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Oaxaca City

Here you’ll find travel reports about Oaxaca City. Discover travel destinations in Mexico of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Today, we mostly spent on the road, making our way to Oaxaca City. Obviously, I'd rather spend the time outside a vehicle, but it was a good time to relax and spend a good time together :)

    A few cool things on the way: constant view of some volcano, mountain range or high peak, driving & eating ice cream, huge fields of cactus, a Mexican chess master, indigenous art and the best food we've had so far in Mexico!Read more

  • Next up we headed to Oaxaca City (pronounced Wa-haka), about 7-8 hours by bus, south of Mexico City. Mainly we were using this as a stopover to break up the otherwise even longer trip south so we only really had one night and one full day here before catching an overnight bus. Oaxaca City was quite cute though and was the beginning of us seeing more colonial architecture, very colourful too. It was nice to be in a smaller town again too after the enormity of Mexico City.

    Again we arrived in the dark, about 8:30-9pm so it was hard to orientate ourselves with the place first off. We were starving as well but thankfully there was a little taco place still open just around the corner from our hostel. We had such good food here we went back the next night pre-overnight bus. It was our first taste of tacos al pastor, which is basically spit-roasted pork meat like kebabs. Apparently this name actually comes from the Lebanese merchants who immigrated to Mexico City in the 1900s and brought this concept with them, because "pastor" means shepherd. So now it is intertwined with the Mexican culture too and it's a great mix to say the least, as the pork is usually cooked with chilli and other miscellaneous herbs and spices. NOM.

    With the day we had in Oaxaca City we explored the small historic town and also caught a bus up to the top of one of the mountains on the outskirts of the town called Monte Alban. Like Mexico City, Oaxaca is at altitude (1555m) but situated on a plateau with higher peaks surrounding it. So aside from awesome views of Oaxaca and the valley below, Monte Alban also had ruins from an ancient town, dating back to 300-900 AD.

    There were big pyramids, the Gran Plaza, tombs and a ball court where they used to play an ancient game called Pok ta Pok. This game between two teams involved trying to get the ball through a hoop in the middle of the court, but only being able to touch the ball with their hips or knees. Slightly hard to comprehend how this would work!

    Edit: We were fortunate enough to see this game being played in real life in Mérida - see that post for further info!

    To be fair Mike and I aren't massive on ancient ruins or buildings/history in terms of buildings but they were interesting to see and difficult to comprehend how they were even built at that time with who knows what kind of tools.

    Time to brave the first of (hopefully not too many) overnight buses. Wish us luck!
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  • Waar we heerlijk geadopteerd zijn door een fijne Mexicaanse meidenfamilie bestaande uit mams en twee dochters (14 en 20) via AirBnB. Op sleeptouw genomen naar de familie voor tortillas en lappen vlees op de BBQ met kerst. Op zoek naar dansen op de plaatstelijke zocalo (het dorpsplein) erna. En samen met dezelfde familie en alle neven en nichten hebben we oud & nieuw gevierd met karaoke, pozole (traditionele Mexicaanse soep) en een schrijnende afwezigheid van tequila drinken (sterk religieus als reden vermoeden wij). Onze meegebrachte fles ging weer halfvol mee naar huis. Wel goed voor onze fitheid op 1 januari.
    Overmorgen op pad naar ons eerste strand in een half jaar.

    Heel veel gezondheid, liefde en avontuur in 2017!
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  • In love with Oaxaca - einfach ein wunderschönes Städtchen... entspannt, kreativ, herzlich...
    Man möchte am liebsten gar nicht mehr weg hier sondern einfach noch weiter erkunden und genießen! Kunst-Galerien, Mezcallerias, Delikatessen- und Craftbeer-Läden - einfach traumhaft!

  • Ein Markt-Besuch in Oaxaca ist absolute Pflicht! (keine Diskussion!)
    Hier versorgen sich die Bewohner nicht nur mit Waren des täglichen Bedarfs, Obst, Gemüse, Fleisch, Kräuter, etc. - hier trifft man sich auch um gemeinsam zu essen und den neuesten Klatsch auszutauschen...

  • Eine der ungewöhnlichsten, beeindruckendsten und schönsten Kirchen, die ich je betreten habe. Interessant: in einer der Kapellen sind die vier Evangelisten als Skulpturen gezeigt - da man nicht wusste wie ein Löwe aussieht ist der Heilige Markus mit einem Mensch mit langem goldenem Haar dargestellt...

You might also know this place by the following names:

Oaxaca, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca City, ወሓካ ዴ ዋሬዝ, أوخاكا, ܘܐܟܐܩܐ ܕܝ ܟܘܐܪܝܣ, Оахака де Хуарес, གའཀགྲོང་།, Οαχάκα ντε Χουάρες, اوآخاکا د خوارز, אואחאקה, वाहाका डे जुएरेज़, Օախակա դե Խուարես, OAX, オアハカ, ოახაკა-დე-ხუარესი, 오악사카, Guaxaca, Oachaka, Oahaka, Оаксака де Хуарез, वाशाका दे हुआरेझ, Huaxyacac Juárez, Byen Oaxaca, Oaxaca by, Оахакæ-де-Хуарес, ਵਾਹਾਕਾ ਦੇ ਖ਼ੁਆਰਿਸ, Oaxaka de Juárez, Оахака-де-Хуарес, Оахака, วาฮากา, Lungsod ng Oaxaca, اوکساکا سٹی, 瓦哈卡市