Photo Journal – Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is a truly beautiful place. Not just the vibrant colours of the buildings but the history, the wonderful food, the arts and craft villages and most of all the friendly people. This is certainly where Mexico shows her best.Ask anyone who has been lucky enough to visit and you are sure to hear that Oaxaca is a truly beautiful place.

Not just the vibrant colours of the buildings but the history, the wonderful food, the arts and craft villages and most of all the friendly people.

If you are looking for one place to visit to experience what a country is all about then this is certainly where Mexico shows her best.

The colours of Oaxaca

There are towns in this world that demand attention. Some for history, some for architecture, but the ones I love the most are towns that lift my spirits with their vibrant display of colour.

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The ruins of Oaxaca

As with many Mexican cities you will find significant ruins around the area. The hilltop marvel of Monte Alban was home to a number of pre-Columbian civilizations before the Spanish invasion.

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The heart and soul of Oaxaca

While the colours and the ruins of the city are plenty of reason to visit, what really tips it over the edge are the wonderful people, food, crafts and history.

Impressive but not amazing from the outside, the true beauty of the Cathedral is inside the front doors.
Impressive but not amazing from the outside, the true beauty of the Cathedral is inside the front doors.
The Cathedral of Oaxaca has an interior to rival any of the great churches of Europe.
The Cathedral of Oaxaca has an interior to rival any of the great churches of Europe.
Artisan breads for sale at the market. The range and taste would put your local bakery to shame.
Artisan breads for sale at the market. The range and taste would put your local bakery to shame.
A huge array of chili, corn, nuts and insects are in plentiful supply at the market stalls.
A huge array of chili, corn, nuts and insects are in plentiful supply at the market stalls.
While it is normal to use the wood of the Copal tree, here we have a special order at the carving stage. A 1.2 metre tall coyote carved from western red cedar.
While it is normal to use the wood of the Copal tree, here we have a special order at the carving stage. A 1.2 metre tall coyote carved from western red cedar.
Months after the process begins the resulting finished product is sought after by collectors around the world.
Months after the process begins the resulting finished product is sought after by collectors around the world.
The granddaughter of Dona Rosa, the inventor of this technique, demonstrates the turning and polishing of the pots.
The granddaughter of Dona Rosa, the inventor of this technique, demonstrates the turning and polishing of the pots.
This beautiful black pottery is not fired in a kiln and more brittle than most pottery but the result is quite stunning
This beautiful black pottery is not fired in a kiln and more brittle than most pottery but the result is quite stunning

You have to visit one day, Oaxaca is truly Mexico in one small package.

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