We arrived in Oaxaca two weeks after touring around in Mexico.
First stop, Mexico city: too big to explore in just 48 hours, but very pleasant and unbelievably safe. Really, I walked on the streets with no worries.
Second stop, Chiapas. We had scheduled a road trip, but after a car rental mishap, we found ourselves happily stuck in Chiapa de Corzo for the Fiesta Grande de Enero.
As we found out, they really know how to party — playing music around the clock, dancing and eating great street food.
After a week of celebration, it was time for a change of pace.
We arrived in Oaxaca and the atmosphere was chill and quiet. Gazing out the taxicab window, I immediately felt this was a city meant to be photographed.
Tidy, clean, colorful, beautiful.
Oaxaca is the capital of a state that shares its name, famous worldwide for handicraft, mole sauce — a chocolate-based and spice sauce — and mezcal.
Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish, almost everyone here speaks English.
In addition to “buenos dias” make sure you know the word chapulines, toasted grasshoppers! And don’t forget that mezcal is often paired with gusano rojo, a roasted red worm with a paprika taste, ground together with salt.
WHAT TO SEE
Get lost in the street of the city Palenques – traditional mezcal distilleries Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Café El Volador, Oaxaca
Las Quince Letras, Oaxaca Sabina Sabe, Oaxaca Criollo, Oaxaca
WHERE TO SLEEP
Un Sueño, Valle de Huajes, Oaxaca Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Text and photography: Laura La Monaca