Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico – Happy feast day, Tule!
Mexico’s most famous tree, the ginormous Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule) grows near Oaxaca City. Rooted in the town of Santa María del Tule, the Tule Tree and its environs comprise a unique natural monument. Residents celebrate the famous Tule Tree the second Monday of October. It’s a big party fit for a big tree!
The Tule Tree may not be the tallest or the oldest tree in the world, but it has no contenders for widest girth award. It’s a natural wonder which dwarfs the town’s church and is more than 2,000 years old. This tree has a circumference of 54 meters (164 feet) — the largest girth of any tree on the planet. Imagine … this tree was a sapling at the time when the Zapotec civilization at Monte Albán was flourishing!