"Colonial City Nested in the Big Mountains" Oaxaca de Juárez by DSwede

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Oaxaca is a colonial city nested in the big mountains. All roads leading in and out are steep, twisted and curvy. I nearly ran out of gas in the 160km stretch of a mountainous roller coaster drive that had nothing more than a couple village cabins along the way. But with that being said, it is a beautiful area, with great vistas and lots of history, both ancient and more contemporary.

While here, I walked the town, ate way too much of the local food and enjoyed the fresh mountain air.

Like most, I went over to the Zapoteca ruins of Monte Alban, which I rather enjoyed. Aside from its cultural heritage, its placement on the high peaks in the arid mountains gives a much different experience than those in the humid jungles.

Also, on my way to the mineral deposits and cascading formations of Heirve el Agua, I found my way through the tiny town of Santa Maria del Tule to see the massive Arbol (tree) de Tule.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fresh air and low humidity welcome outdoor activities.
  • Cons:The roads to the north and east are long and arduous through the mountains.
  • In a nutshell:Fresh air, good food and old history in the high mountains.
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