Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oaxaca, Mexico

MitlaZapotec ceremonial center whose name means ¨Place of the Dead¨ or ¨Underworld¨ while Zapotec called ¨Lyobaa¨, which means "place of burial". Inhabited since the classical era of Monte Alban (100-650 AD), was the residence of Mitla Zapotec priestly class, and reached its maximum growth and height in the post-classical period (750-1521 d. C.).Monte AlbanIt was the ancient capital of the Zapotecs, one of the first cities in Mesoamerica and one of the most populous in their heyday. It was founded about 500 BC, flourishing to 750 AD Located on a hill overlooking the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Alban exercised political, economic and ideological about other communities in the valley and surrounding mountains.

The Tule tree is the tree with the largest trunk diameter of the world. It is a bald cypress (taxodium mucronatum) with a circumference of about 42 meters and a height of 40 meters. With a diameter of 14.05 meters, is estimated to be needed at least 30 people holding hands to cover her body and on his shadow holds approximately 500 people. Your real age is unknown but is estimated over 2000 years.

Oaxaca art festival, color and flavor.The city of Oaxaca is a paradise that dazzles visitors and leaves them speechless to see all that offers state as its majestic archaeological zones and colonial buildings, its natural beauty and pristine beaches, the hospitality and the warmth of his people who are proud of their roots Zapotec, Mixtec and everyone share his legacy craft, gastronomic and cultural.


GeographyThe state of Oaxaca is located in the southwestern region of the Mexican Pacific: bounded on the north Puebla and Veracruz, Chiapas to the east, and west by Guerrero.The surface area of the company is 95 000 364 square kilometers, which represents 4.8% of the national total. For its size, Oaxaca is the fifth largest in the country after the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila and Durango.For their political, economic and social, Oaxaca has 8 economic regions: Canada, Costa, Isthmus, Mixteca, Papaloapan, Sierra Norte, Sierra Sur and Central Valleys. and its capital city of Oaxaca de Juarez, considered Cultural and Historical Heritage Site.

GastronomyOaxaca: flavored land

Quesillo: Also known as "Oaxaca cheese", its craftsmanship allows has a consistency similar to that of a long, thick strand, this means it can be shredded into thin "threads" for quesadillas or tlayudas preparation to which aciento is added, beans and salsa, or can be served as a snack.

Tlayudas: Large corn tortillas handmade 30 inches in diameter, is smeared with pork seat. After you add a layer of beans, Oaxaca cheese, chopped cauliflower known as cabbage, roast beef jerky, and of course, molcajete salsa made​​. Finally, the tables can be folded, making a sort of sandwich ("pie" or "quesadilla"), and roasted over hot coals in a special grill, which gives them a texture toasted tortillas and some smoky flavor, or the plate.

Oaxacan mole: a paste that has a darker color than the mole poblano, so it is also known as "Black Mole" is characterized by ready with a lot of ingredients.

For all this and more, visit Oaxaca and savor the taste of a people that keeps its exquisite culinary custom, where cooking is much more than preparing food, is to preserve the tradition of their land and delight palates.

Mezcal: It is an alcoholic beverage made ​​from the state's leading ground maguey name which is characterized by a very strong taste for the palate.

TraditionsOaxaca: land of happinessThe Guelaguetza, a feast of Zapotec seeking action give, share or give away, is also known as the "Festival of the Lunes del Cerro" because it celebrates the two Mondays following July 16, constituting an event on which the whole people without social distinction. In this event you can see the main dances of folk groups representing the eight regions of the state.

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