Southeast of the city of Oaxaca, only 18 miles away, is one of the country’s most traditional “tianguis”: the Tlacolula Tianguis. This fascinating market is set up on Sundays, on the town’s main street, and the indigenous people from villages in the central valleys of Oaxaca all come here.
If you are not a native, you will surely be surprised by its folklore: it is as close as it gets to a tianguis in pre-Hispanic times. In front of the church, you will find food stalls, where you will be able to find fruits, vegetables, butter bread, cheese and fish. Don’t be surprised if you see a Zapotec woman passing by with live turkeys held by their legs: this is the traditional way of selling them!
Further along, you will find a very special thatched section. The meat stalls area, where fresh meat is sold; in the middle of the corridor you will find a number of charcoal grills, with lighted charcoal, so you can taste a delicious taco on the spot.
Mescal, black clay pottery, hand-embroidered aprons, straw hats, sarapes (blankets), painted mortars and metates, fruit sherbets, wooden kitchenware and many other objects are also sold in this tianguis.
You will certainly want to take pictures of everything: the women in their colorful dresses and long braids, the exotic fruits, the handicrafts, etc. Be discreet while taking your pictures as many indigenous people do not like to have their picture taken. One option is to buy some product from them, and then ask them if you can photograph them; most will say yes.
Where: Tlacolula’s main street, in front of the church, Tlacolula, Oaxaca