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The colonial city

Iglesia de Santo Domingo has survived several earthquakes (due to its thick stone walls) since its construction in 1570-1608. The Dominicans protected the indigenous people from the behaviour of other colonials.

In the evenings, people stroll around the square in front of the church and sit under the trees chatting and passing the time of day.

Oaxacan food

Oaxaca has some of the tastiest food in Mexico, which is saying something!
It's known as the Land of Seven 'Moles' - mole being a complex sauce made of several ingredients which are cooked separately, combined, ground and cooked again. The ingredients inevitably contain different chiles and other spices, including chocolate. There are red moles, black moles etc depending on the combination of ingredients.
Other typical dishes include 'chiles rellenos' (stuffed chiles), 'quesillo' (stringy Oaxacan cheese) and 'chapulines', grasshoppers dried and smoked in chile and lime. Yum!

Oaxacan crafts

Oaxaca has a vibrant artistic community, and some of the best handicrafts in Mexico. The colourful fantastical wooden animals called "alebijes" are made all around, and particularly in the village of Arrazola. The copal wood is carved and created by the men of the family and then painted by the women.

  • Last visit to Oaxaca de Juárez: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 27, 2008
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