Exploring Oaxaca’s Cuisine and Culture

Oaxaca belongs at the top of the must-experience list for any traveler interested in Mexican culture. The city has an enchanting historic center that’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also celebrated as one of the country’s culinary capitals, known for its mescals, tamales, and a variety of rich, flavorful moles. You’ll experience both on the itinerary at AFAR Journeys created by Katie Cadar of TravelStore, a member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council.

San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
For travelers who appreciate folk art and crafts, there are a number of towns outside Oaxaca where artisans create beautiful pieces following age-old techniques. San Bartolo Coyotepec is a small Zapotec community just eight miles from Oaxaca. It is most famous for its prized black pottery, formed by hand using techniques that are believed to date back at least 2,000 years. While you are there, take a look at the city’s remarkable Baroque church, constructed in the 18th century by Dominican friars. Continue on to San Martín Tilcajete, another Zapotec town, famous for its alebrijes, wooden carvings of fantastic, multicolored animals. Next, visit the studio of Jacopo and María Angeles, two of the most famous artists creating these colorful sculptures.
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