The culinary capital of Mexico.
Oaxaca is a city known for its traditions and folklore. Its historic center, home of landmarks such as the Santo Domingo de Guzmán temple, has played an important role in the consolidation of Mexico. In its typical markets, such as 20 de Noviembre or Benito Juárez, you can find the iconic black clay handcrafts, ‘alebrijes’, and looms, and you can even witness their crafting process. And in these markets, as well as the food stalls of the city, you can explore the Oaxacan gastronomical universe, declared World Heritage by UNESCO and that encompasses intense flavors like mole (in all its varieties), ‘tlayudas’, ‘memelas’, traditional sweets, ‘pulque’, and ‘tejate’, among many others, and popular Mexican ingredients like corn, beans, and cocoa.
The manifold local festivities, among which the Guelaguetza and the ‘calendas’ are most popular, are experienced with parties filled with dance, crafts, fireworks, and music. The colorful facades, flowery terraces, and pebbled streets are overflowed with a celebratory air, especially the mezcalerías, who take pride in their unique production of tequila and organic mezcal from the agave, a plant that frames the landscapes of Oaxaca.