The 16 ethnic groups resident in Oaxaca have endowed this state with a rich cultural tradition. The regional crafts, comprising this fusion of traditions, display an unparalleled variety. Woolen rugs, serapes and jorongos (Mexican ponchos) in both traditional and modern designs are typical of the villages of Teotitlán del Valle and Santa Ana del Valle.
The village of Arrazola is where some of the most creative artisans in all Oaxaca are based, and the birthplace of the famous alebrijes, dream-like carved wooden figures painted in a joyfully bright palette, representing a fantastic zoology taken straight from the imagination of the creators.
Meanwhile, pottery crafted in black clay, a symbol of the region, are centered on the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec. The market here is the place to acquire the most beautiful pieces at the best prices.
If you are in Oaxaca you can’t miss the village that is home to one of its largest symbols of all: the fabulous tree of Tule. At 131 feet high, and with a diameter of 190 feet – the largest in the whole world – this grandfather of Oaxaca is approximately 2,000 years old and has become the pride of all Oaxaca locals.
The center of the state capital, finally, with its gardens, plazas and arcades – and its faithful parishioners – is the perfect place to hang out and enjoy the local culture.