San Antonino Castillo Velasco

Places to visit in Oaxaca: San Antonino Castillo Velasco A fuego lento es como las mujeres oriundas de San Antonino Castillo Velasco cocinan sus tradicionales empanadas de amarillo, producto de una herencia ancestral que se desprende de su abuela, es como doña Carmen Sánchez Hernández conserva la receta original de la elaboración de las empanadas que …

Exploring Oaxaca’s Markets

Oaxaca City has some of the most popular markets in Mexico. Oaxaca City has some of the most amazing markets (more below) and there are market days in nearby towns. When you buy local, you are helping support responsible travel! Money spent in these markets circulate quickly and supports the local economy. It’s also a …

Music, Dance and Commerce in Oaxaca’s Markets

August 1 is Día del Comerciante and celebrated in Oaxaca’s markets. From afar we are keeping an eye on our friends working and patronizing these wonderful spaces of music, dance and commerce. Many, many thanks for the live video from La Cosecha and Pochote Xochimilco markets. La Cosecha Facebook Videos Pochote Xochimilco Proyecto Agroecologico y Artesanal Facebook …

Guelaguetza 2017

Poster: Ron Mader, Guelaguetza 2017 This year the #Guelaguetza is going to get you … online. Este año la #Guelaguetza va a conseguir que estés en línea. Guelaguetza is performed four times – twice on Monday the 17 and again on Monday 24, 8am-noon Vegas time, 10am-2pm Oaxaca and from 3-7pm Vegas time and 5-9pm …

This Week in Teotitlán del Valle

I am properly jealous of locals and visitors in Teotitlán del Valle this week. It’s the annual town festival, one of my all-time favorites. There’s masks, dances, tamales and Danza de la Pluma. I’m sharing some of their news posted on Facebook and Twitter. This is both #MexicoNow and #OaxacaToday #OaxacaHoy hashtag worthy. Zeferino Mendoza …

Teotitlán del Valle

Photo: Masked 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 …

Angela Mendoza

Photo: Angela Mendoza, Pochote Market This is a visual letter to Angela Mendoza, her family and many friends. I’ve learned that my good friend is recovering from an illness. The family held a raffle to raise needed funds. Much love and caring. Amigos = Friends Posters Videos Essay I met Angela when she sold her …

Oaxaca’s 485th Anniversary

Oaxaca City celebrates its 485th anniversary, hosting the Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales. Celebrations include calendas on Monday afternoon. History Oaxaca’s name comes from a mangled version of the Aztec settlement Huaxyacac (“place of gourds”). Occupying the area as early as 1521, the Spanish established their new settlement in 1529. Oaxaca was first called Antequera after …

A Gathering of Oaxaca’s Traditional Cooks

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Blessing Los tesoros son la gente. The treasures are the people. April 24-25 Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca (First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of Oaxaca) On Monday Oaxaca City’s Plaza de la Danza will host the First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of the Oaxaca (Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca). More than 50 cooks …

Viernes de Dolores = Friday of Sorrows

Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) is a day of great devotion in Oaxaca City and takes place the the sixth Friday of Lent, or the Friday before Palm Sunday a week before Good Friday. 2017 Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) was April 7. For visitors this is one the great surprises that await. While …