If you are visiting the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a visit you can just not miss is the folkloric Juchitan market. In this huge two-story place you will find all of the region’s typical products: food, beverages, typical costumes, crafts, jewelry, kitchenware, and much more.
Women are the stars in Zapotec society, and this is reflected in the market’s corridors. Brown, strong and with a firm expression on their faces, they cut meat, sell mescal, prepare the tlayudas, and serve locals and tourists, alike.
Visit this traditional space, with your senses wide open, willing to taste all the typical flavors… however exotic they make appear. Ready? Enjoy a bag of green gooseberries, small yellow fruits with a very sour taste, served with powdered chile and lemon. The challenge: try not to grimace when you taste them.
Cool off drinking green plum water; try the delicious banana bread, the spiced cecina, dried fish, garnachas. You will see women carrying huge pots on their heads, containing the traditional iguana tamales. A real Zapotec delicacy! To take home: don’t forget to buy chips, a can of dried fruit, and string cheese and butter.
On the second floor you will find a huge variety of typical costumes at a very good price. Dresses embroidered with flowers, leather sandals, hats, guayabera shirts, and everything you need to dress like the natives from the Isthmus. Here will also find hammocks, crafts made out of clay, piggy banks, vases, and flower pots. Want to take home a unique souvenir? Buy a tanguyu, a small clay figure representing women from the Isthmus, and a jilcapextle, a hand painted gourd, decorated with colored paper pennants.
Where: Calle Reforma and Efrain R. Gómez