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 (2017)

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) Oaxaca City’s Plaza de la Danza hosted the First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of the Oaxaca (Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca). More than 50 cooks from …

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 …

Tule Tree Festivities on #FacebookLive (2016)

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 …

Guelaguetza 2016

Oaxaca, Mexico – Guelaguetza is one of the world’s most important festivals. This year’s dates: July 25 and August 1. Because of the continuing social conflict in Oaxaca, reservations to Oaxaca have dropped, but the show is going on. We’ll keep track of this year’s event and add a link to the live video via Cortv — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfJ6m-slb0w. Local …

When is bus service expected to resume in Oaxaca? = ¿Cuando reanude el servicio de autobuses en Oaxaca? #OaxacaNow (July 2016)

oaxaca bus Social protests continue in Oaxaca, Mexico. July is normally a festive month in the southern Mexican state, but with blockades and marches occurring the past two months, visitor cancellations have been on the increase. More disturbing is the news that the ADO Bus Terminal has been blockaded the past two weeks (late night …

Supporting Pochote Xochimilco (2016)

Members of the Pochote Xochimilco Market in Oaxaca, Mexico have staged a peaceful protest in the Plaza de la Danza outside the City Hall (Palacio Municipal). Neighbours from the Xochimilco neighborhood have complained about the market and demand its removal. The protest seeks to show support for the market. Details on Facebook Consider me present …