Huatulco Life was inspired by people with a passion for Huatulco and the Mexican lifestyle. It is a place to find out more information about the region and enjoy the beauty of the Oaxacan coastline through the photo gallery. From time to time, other interesting tidbits about Mexico make their way into the pages of this blog. Enjoy!
Friday, July 29, 2011
5 Days in Oaxaca - Day One
We have just returned from spending five days in Oaxaca City...what a great place! How Oaxaca has stayed below the travel radar is beyond me.
Picture a flight on a little 13-seat airplane climbing over the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains with layer upon layer of green slopes and billowy clouds nestled between them. Now imagine cresting those jungle covered peaks only to reveal an expansive fertile valley dropped between these large mountains flanking the perimeter. Somehow, you can imagine what it must have been like thousands of years ago when the great ruin of Monte Albán marked the first true city of Mesoamerica.
Oaxaca is arguably the most colonial of all of Mexico's cities and certainly the main centre of Oaxaca is representative of this. Sitting at 1,550 m above sea level, the climate of Oaxaca is very envious indeed. Warm sunny days with little humidity give way to cooler evenings providing a very comfortable environment.
After dropping our bags at the wonderful and welcoming Casa de las Bugambilias, we had a leisurely bite of breakfast, and then we were off to explore! We decided to head towards the nearest church dome visible from our street - the church and former monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. There was a ceremony being held inside so our exploration of this particular monument would have to wait...but there was plenty more to see. We continued our stroll through the historic central district, stopping at various stores along the way filled with local artisan crafts, paintings, and handmade textiles. Eventually we found our way to the Plaza de la Constitucion, also known as the Zócalo.
Visit the gallery for more photos from day one...