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!
Monday, August 1, 2011
5 Days in Oaxaca - Day Two (Part II)
After finishing the enlightening tour with Benito at Monte Albán, we were handed off to his lovely wife, Suzanne (a fellow Canadian), and we headed towards another famous landmark in the Oaxaca area - The Tule Tree. I have to admit...I wasn't really convinced it would be worth the drive. After all, it was just a tree. However as we drove into the small town of Santa María del Tule, located about 10 kms west of Oaxaca City, we were soon impressed by what we saw.
It may not be the largest, or the oldest, tree in the world but it has no contenders for widest. The Tule Tree dwarfs the town's church (located right beside it) and with a circumference of 54 m (164 ft) it boasts the largest girth of any tree on the planet. Furthermore, the tree is more than 2,000 years old. Imagine... this tree was a sapling at the time when the Zapotec civilization at Monte Albán was flourishing!
But one of the things we enjoyed most about the tree was the local children, in official uniforms, who can be hired for a few pesos as "tour guides" to point out unusual figures one can see in the tree. With pocket mirrors reflecting the sun, these children will point out figures such as the squirrel's tail, anteater, and the wise men. One in particular made us laugh as our guide pointed out the 'butt' of Monica Lewinski...maybe it's time to update the jokes!
From the Tule Tree, we eventually moved on to visit the Sunday market at Tlacochahuaya (tlah-ko-chah-WAH-yah), one of the oldest settlements in the region, founded by Zapotecs around 1100 AD. We learned the town was named after a Zapotec warrior named Cochicahuala, or 'he who fights at night'.
Whew...what a day! After heading back to the city and a quick rest, we finished up our second day in Oaxaca with a fabulous meal at Los Danzantes - a hip, laid-back restaurant in the historic centre featuring a fusion menu and relaxed atmosphere...highly recommended.
More to come tomorrow...it's the day of the Guelaguetza! Please visit the gallery for more photos.