A PERFECT TRIP
A perfect trip to Oaxaca begins before you arrive. Whether traveling by plane or road, you will be amazed by the great view of the mountains adorned with a white layer of woolly clouds, with undulations and folds of the brown ground like a soft blanket, embroidered with silver threads formed by the streets and the set of perfectly designed houses with an incomparable colonial style.
Time will fly by and as you walk through the walkways and the streets you will notice that the heights of the buildings are restricted to a few floors (as if everyone were aware that you can not compete with the greatness of the mountains) which allows you to appreciate spectacular sunsets and cloudy landscapes at every turn of the corner.
Throughout your stay, you will be able to taste the great variety of typical dishes that you will find in each restaurant, market or square you go to. Before leaving you will want to take a large part of the crafts that the Oaxacan trade offers you, utensils and elements of common use converted into great pieces of art.
The result is a deep sense of the Earth and with it true respect. You begin to notice the true Oaxacan spirit, finding yourself intuitively attracted to it. We are sure that this fascination will persist even when you return home when you enter those mountainous landscapes for the second time, but this time with a new perspective... and a suitcase full of Oaxacan memories.
MUSEUMS & CULTURAL CENTERS
The versatility of the Oaxacan culture is so diverse and eccentric that you can confirm it when you visit the great variety of museums, exhibition halls and cultural centers that exist in every block of the city center and its surroundings.
Whether you are looking for popular, contemporary art or something else, we recommend you visit these five places.
CENTRO CULTURAL SANTO DOMINGO - SANTO DOMINGO CULTURAL CENTER
This is one of the emblematic spaces of the city and with the best panoramic views. It is housed in what was one of the most important convents during the Colony and in it are the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, the Library Fray Francisco de Burgoa and the Ethnobotanical Garden, where the famous treasure of Monte Albán is located.
MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DE OAXACA - MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF OAXACA
The exhibitions shown in this place combine regional traditions and modern dialogues. Continuously, it houses established artists and others artist that express their way of seeing the world (and their world) through photography, video art, architecture, painting, music and more.
MUSEO TEXTIL DE OAXACA - TEXTILE MUSEUM OF OAXACA
If you want to appreciate the richness of the legacy and meaning of textiles in Mexico, this museum is ideal. It integrates designs, techniques and the creative processes of pieces from this state, the country and other parts of the world in a beautiful 18th-century mansion. It has important collections from artists such as María Isabel Grañén Porrúa, Madeline Humm de Mollet, Alejandro de Ávila and Ernesto Cervantes.
CENTRO CULTURAL SAN PABLO - SAN PABLO CULTURAL CENTER
It serves as the headquarters of the Harp Helú Foundation, but has several modules dedicated to cultural dissemination, such as the Juan de Córdova Research Library, where, in addition to its collection, there is a space for concerts, workshops and different kinds of exhibitions, and a space for temporary exhibitions, games for children, cafeterias and their patios.
INSTITUTO DE ARTES GRÁFICAS DE OAXACA - INSTITUTE OF GRAPHIC ARTS OF OAXACA
This institution houses one of the most important collections of graphic arts in Latin America. It is a cultural center with different galleries for exhibitions, a library, a movie club, the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographic Center and the Eduardo Mata Music Library.
Oaxaca is an explosion of culture, an attractive combination between the traditional, the innovative and the pragmatic, plus the constant arrival of tourists full of adventurous spirits. The City's inhabitants are of diverse beliefs and diverse cultural expectation.
Oaxaca is distinguished by an intense artistic activity. It is also the sight of important forums and festivals, representing its richness and cultural diversity, rooted in the depths of its traditions and customs.
Oaxacan art is a cultural banner in Mexico and abroad; the colorful, folklore, music, dance and gastronomy, tells us about the millenary art that, inherited by our ancestors, is still present today, after having gone through a number of stages and obstacles.
Depending on the month or season of the year you want to visit Oaxaca you will find an eternal party, full of colors, happiness, and enthusiasm from all its inhabitants. Since the beginning of the year, with festivals or local fairs, continuing with traditions that are recognized worldwide as the Samaritan in Holy Week, the Guelaguetza in the month of July considered the largest festival in Oaxaca, in conjunction with the fair of Mezcal or Tejate, the Day of the Dead and the Night of Radishes.
In short an identity full of mysticism, joy and vigorous color that you can not miss.
Surely you have heard about the great culinary wealth that characterizes Oaxaca, Like the rest of Mexican food, Oaxacan food is based on basic foods such as corn, beans, and chilies, but there is a wide variety of other ingredients and preparations of food due to the great influence of the varied geography of the state and indigenous cultures. Among our favorite ingredients is chocolate (often presented as a hot drink with spices and other condiments), obviously you can not leave without trying the tejate, known as the drink of the gods, the typical Oaxacan mole in its 7 notable varieties and more than 60 ingredients, stuffed chiles with cheese or missed meat, maybe some tamales at breakfast time or a rich tlayuda at dinner, a plate of tasajo (dried and marinated beef) with beans, a broth of guides, all accompanied perhaps by a great Oaxacan snack with the famous quesillo (string cheese) and the exotic chapulines (roasted grasshoppers), this while you enjoy a good mezcal with good company.
Oaxaca is one of the main gastronomic centers of Mexico, whose recognition is international. Due to its mountain ranges, the state has a great variety of soils and climates, which contribute to making the most varied cuisine in Mexico.
Do not stay with the craving and come to taste the gastronomic specialties of Oaxaca recognized all over the world.
There is no doubt, as far as Mezcal is concerned, Oaxaca is the obligatory reference. A land endowed with natural riches where the drink of our blood manifests itself in dozens of flavors, smells, and national essence.
There are about 210 varieties of maguey, (the cactus mezcal is made from) in the world and 60% is in the state of Oaxaca. With this in mind we can realize the great importance of mezcal for Oaxacans, so much so that they felt the obligation to form an extensive tour called "Ruta del Mezcal", starting with the municipality of Santa María del Tule, cradle of the legendary Tule Tree (with the thickest trunk in the world and more than two thousand years old)
Although there is an extensive variety of maguey in the area, the mezcales that are mostly produced are those of sprat and wild agaves. Young, worm, resting, aged, rice, madrecuixe, tepextate and tobalá, are just some of the best mezcals produced on the route.
Among the places with mezcal tradition we can mention San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya (a town of old music, and the traditional Dance of the Pluma, Teotitlán del Valle (a municipality located only half an hour from the city known for the large production of sarapes, bags, curtains and carpets of traditional made and dyed wool), Tlacolula de Matamoros (which has one of the best tianguis in the state), San Pablo Villa de Mitla (magical town that has one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the whole southeast of Mexico), Santiago Matatlán (one of the oldest towns in the State, known as the Mezcal Capital of the World).