on our way to our hosts house, of course we took the difficult path
After our great experience in Mexico City, we took an overnight bus (Sunday, June 3rd) from the Terminal Tapo
to Oaxaca, the journey took 6,5 h and a recommendation to all travellers is to book the tickets in advance. Also we recommend the first class buses for longer routes, as they are extremly comfortable and safe. We arrived in Oaxaca at 6.40am and instead of taking a taxi for 50 pesos (=USD 3,50) we decided to walk 5km to our new host's place. We quickly realised that this was not a good idea, we need to work on our fitness 😊 However this walk led us through the different streets of poorer areas where we could see everyday reality of the less priviledged people.
Although we arrived to Oaxaca during a teacher protest which has overtaken the entire center of the city, with people staying in tents for weeks, it did not stop us from exploring the beauty of the city.
On our first day we wandered around the city for hours, getting lost in the small streets and admiring the handcrafted products on small markets. We have visited the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, Templo de
Santo Domingo, Zócalo, Fuente de las 7 Regiones, and many other amzing sites! In the afternoon we met up with our host Marco again who was driving us around the city and showing us amazing views from the Oaxaca hills. In the evening we went to small bars to have more mezcal
and we met some really nice people with whom we decided to go on a organised day trip the next day.
The day trip cos 200 pesos and included the guide and transport, hovewer there were extra addmission fee to some of the sites. The tour included visiting the Árbol del Tule
(the biggest tree in the world - placed on a Unesco tentative list of World Heritage Sites), the carpet factory, hierve el agua
(spanish for "the water boil"), city of Mintla (arheological site) and finally the mezcal factory where we got to see the production process of the famous liquid as well as tase some of the different kinds of mezcal. Needless to say we all left very happy and smiley from the factory 😊
After a good party last night we managed to visit monte alban today (Wednesday, June 6th). It
took us 50min to walk to the top of the mountain. Monte Alban lies 1900m above sea level. The view is indescribable. We enjoyed walking around the ruins. Hopefully the pictures will give you a small impression once we upload them. Of course we chose again the difficult path back, climbing very steep stones, however it was worth it, as we ended up walking through a smal district where again we had the chance to see a different way of life. In total we walked 12km today (uphill most of the time!!).
Oaxaca is a small and beautiful city located south east of the capital. Full of historic architecture, this place is definitely our favorite so far. We fell in love with its atmosphere, all little markets, distinctive folk art stores and finally we learnt to love mezcal
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