Sierra Juárez

Photo: Ron Mader, Bosque de Ixtán For International Day of Forests, we’re making a list of my favorite forests in the world. Let’s start with Oaxaca’s Sierra Juárez, home of Guelatao San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Ixtlán de Juárez, Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, Santa María Yavesia and Santa Catarina Lachatao What connects these communities are the forests and Indigenous histories. …

Artisan Day in Oaxaca

Photo: Angela Mendoza (shown here at the Pochote Market, now located on Calle Marcos Pérez #217) 7 Day Challenge = Retos para 7 Días 1. Join the event on Facebook. Tag yourself. Who are your artesano friends on Facebook?=Etiquétate. ¿Quiénes son tus amigos artesanos en Facebook? 2. Learn the name of a beloved craft in a local Indigenous …

Where to Buy Folk Art in Oaxaca City

Photo: Ron Mader, Ayuuk Ceramic (available at La Cosecha, Alcalá #806 Arte popular has no finer home than Oaxaca City. Whether you are seeking jewelry, woven rugs, shawls, ceramics or elaborate wooden figures, the famous alebrijes, you could be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of local crafts. Our suggestion – take your time, check out …

Teotitlán del Valle

Mexico – Walk with the Weavers and spend time in the Place of the Gods. The Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle (elevation: 1,670 meters or 5,500 feet) is world-famous for production of colorful weavings (laadi in the local language). NATURAL WORLD In the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, the name of the village means …

Chocolate Oaxaca

Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. HISTORY Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the …

New Address for Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Market

Photo: Pochote Xochimilco, Facebook Oaxaca City – Breaking news from Oaxaca’s Pochote Xochimilco Proyecto Agroecologico y Artesanal. Starting today (Friday, January 13), the market opens its doors at a new location: Calle Marcos Pérez #217, Colonia Centro (between Crespo y Joaquin Amaro). Google Map We have a long relationship with our friends (vendors and clients) at the …

Mazunte

The Pacific coast town of Mazunte is famous for its sea turtles and recommended for chilling out. First the turtles. Thousands of Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys) turtles arrive en masse to lay their eggs in nearby Escobilla Bay. The nesting season usually begins in May and lasts for several months. Although an endangered species, the turtles …

Buying Crafts in Oaxaca

Photo: Ron Mader, Arial Playas’ Carved Salmon Collectors seeking traditional black pottery or painted wooden figures can arrange visits to the homes and workshops of the artisans. Here’s our guide to the featured crafts from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. CRAFT-MAKING TOWNS San Agustin Etla – With two paper-making workshops in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca …

Oaxaca

There are changes afoot in ‘Tierra del Sol,’ this southern Mexican state blessed with mountains, verdant valleys and a beautiful coast on the Pacific Ocean. Tip: Oaxaca is pronounced ‘wa-HA-ka’ Buzzword Bingo (Words you should know and that are fun to know) Acompañamiento – Agua (Water) – Aguamiel – Apaztle – Árbol (Tree) – Ahuehuete …