This was my third visit to Oaxaca, and like San Miguel or Guanajuato, these cities have some of the best zocolos in Mexico. People are friendly and festive. There are great cafes and shops throughout the city. I always enjoy just sitting around people watching. Good music seems to always be playing in the background for one’s enjoyment.
Something unique to Oaxaca is the grasshopper you can purchase to snack on as treats. They are dried and prepared with lemon juice and salt or red chili powder. You normally eat them as a snack like peanuts or beer nuts in the USA. It is important that they be chewed well, otherwise, you can feel the tiny little legs as they go down your throat.
The ruins of Monte Alban, a Zapotec site and the small village of Arrizola, are in the vicinity of Oaxaca.
Monte Alban sits atop two mountains that overlook the Oaxaca Valley below. It is considered one of the earliest cities in Meso-America. It is believed that it was established around 500 BC.
The village of Arrazola is known for the hand carved wooden figures that are produced there. Most of the men in the village cut tree limbs and carve the figures. The women have the task of painting the images, giving them identity. I was amazed by the talent that these people have.