Oaxaca seems to me a place which could accurately be described as in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know what I expected from the place, but after driving through mountain ranges up and down windy roads with nothing but little towns along the way, I was kind of thinking sleepy little town.
As we dropped into a valley which somehow appeared at the top of the mountain we had been driving up, there seemed nothing but little villages. The mountains in the distance were shrouded in cloud and rock formations which seemed to come from the Jurassic period and were smothered in green grass and yellow flowers. Driving along for about 30 minutes we seemed to suddenly be in Oaxaca town, and it was big, and it was bustling! I don’t know where they came from or where they are going to, but there are a lot of people in Oaxaca.
Coming in to Oaxaca, it is hard to capture the drop into the valley
Fighting our way through weird road layouts and fairly feisty drivers we got to the center of town and filled up on coffee and for the first time ever for me – Waffles and Bacon! After coffee we got out the old phone and GPS’ed our soon to be home, then headed for the outskirts of town where our little homestead for the next 4 nights lies. Remember that this was at about 8am because we had left Tehuantepec at about 4 in the morning, and we were tired.
That was the last we saw of Oaxaca until the following day…
Oaxaca center, or Zocalo
On our first day in Oaxaca we took it easy and just spent a few hours in the city. Pam is still a bit under the weather and we hadn’t really slept much the last few nights so we were all tired. Still a few hours in the old town of Oaxaca and we definitely got a good feel for the place. The first thing being the food! So far the food in Oaxaca looks awesome. To be honest we haven’t had much of it as we have been in the amazing little house Sarah found for us relaxing. But still, it looks amazing.
So here are some photos from our wandering around Oaxaca and its market. Enjoy.
Top: Pick your meat and they’ll cook it Bottom: The local knife sharpener.
Top: Famous for Chillis in Oaxaca Bottom: The local butcher shop.
Top: Old people selling something Bottom: Making the drink, Mezcal.
Top: Typewriting service Bottom: Day of the Dead bread.
Top: They sell flan on the street! Bottom: They also eat chilli grasshoppers
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