Oaxaca – Just For Marcy…

One of our faithful readers, Marcy, made a comment on a previous post, a post related to the town of Oaxaca. Marcy’s comment said, in part: “oh more more more on Oaxaca!”… So, in a shameless attempt to suck up to those of our readers who make the effort to comment, here’s more on Oaxaca.

First, let me describe where we stayed. Our home for the eight days we were in Oaxaca was the Overland Oasis, a park owned and operated by Leanne and Calvin, a Canadian couple. Leanne and Calvin have spent the last six or so years living in their 1957 bus. Roughly a year ago, they bought a piece of property in Tule, right outside (as in a 10 peso collectivo ride) of Oaxaca. Leanne and Calvin’s house is built around, literally around, their bus. And next to their house, The Overland Oasis has room for three, maybe four, small vehicles.

We had a great time with Leanne and Calvin and the other overlanders / guests that were there at the time.

Build a house around your bus...

Build a house around your bus…

Our spot - the Casa is in the background

Our spot – the Casa is in the background

Potluck with the other Overlanders and guests

Potluck with the other Overlanders and guests

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The after-dinner fire

Oaxaca kind of has it all – culture, markets, booze, works of art, food. The previous post showed pics from the markets in the small towns surrounding Oaxaca, and some of the superb street food. Here are additional pics showing some of the other attractions.

We stumbled upon a wedding about to take place in the central cathedral.

We stumbled upon a wedding about to take place in the central cathedral.

To celebrate the event, a mariachi band and a trio of dancers were hired

To celebrate the event, a mariachi band and a trio of dancers were hired

You try dancing with something like that on your head

You try dancing with something like that on your head

The happy, newly-married, couple

The happy, newly-married, couple

Surrounding Oaxaca are small villages specializing in different types of folk art. In one of the villages, Rosario gave us a great tour of how she and her family make traditional weaving – everything from how the wool is spun, dyed, and woven. Luckily we do not have a house at this time, otherwise we could have easily spent a few thousand dollars on some of the gorgeous weavings.

Rosario instructing Karen on how to spin ( not very successfully, I might add...)

Rosario instructing Karen on how to spin ( not very successfully, I might add…)

Showing the different plants and animals used to dye the wool

Showing the different plants and animals used to dye the wool

Another small village specializes in making Mezcal – a cousin of Tequila. As we drove into the small village, the Mezcal distilleries were lined up on both sides of the road. Of course, we had to buy some.

There are 30+ places like this in a village that may have 1,000 inhabitants

There are 30+ places like this in a village that may have 1,000 inhabitants

El Famoso ? Not so much

El Famoso ? Not so much

The high-tech process

The high-tech process

In another direction, no more than 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca, are the ruins of Monte Alban, a pre-hispanic mountain top fortress / village, that dates back to 500 BC. Very cool. Also, little known fact, an etching of Monte Alban graces the 20 peso note.

Parts of the site. Compare to 20 peso note...

Parts of the site. Compare to 20 peso note…

Our guide, Abraham, explaining parts of the site to K

Our guide, Abraham, explaining parts of the site to K

K and H inside one of the tombs that were excavated on site

K and H inside one of the tombs that were excavated on site

There you have it, Marcy. Get your plastic out, buy a ticket, and go – you won’t regret it.

Oh, and after you tire of the markets, weddings, culture, weaving, Mezcal, and unique archaeological ruins,  Oaxaca lies only 250 km from some beautiful beaches. Though to be truthful, the 250 km took us almost 6 hours to drive. As k d lang used to sing: constant curving. But it was worth it when we arrived.

Note the scale of our GPS - 300 m !! That is one curvy road

Note the scale of our GPS – 300 m !! That is one curvy road

We pulled up to this palapa restaurant on the beach and stayed for free, in exchange for eating dinner at the restaurant

We pulled up to this palapa restaurant on the beach and stayed for free, in exchange for eating dinner at the restaurant

Happy hour site. Not sure of we were in a Corona, or Cialis commercial

Happy hour site. Not sure if we were in a Corona, or Cialis commercial

Say goodnight Marcy...

Say goodnight Marcy…

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One thought on “Oaxaca – Just For Marcy…

  1. See? Oaxaca SOOO deserved a second installment, it was worth waiting by the dock for the next chapter to arrive, Mr. Dickens. What a treat, to come upon a wedding celebration. And thank you for sharing the living front of the 20-peso note. The palapa swap was a sweet deal, indeed.

    My plastic and I are ready to go. Bet my boyfriend will be too, once he reads this.

    goodnight, Karen and Henrik.

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