Oaxaca [wah ha kah] 1

13Apr10

Well, we arrived on Monday via a 9-passenger van that took us from near sea level in Pochutla, up over the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains and then down into Oaxaca city which rests at over 5,000 ft. Originally, we thought the trip would be an exciting way to see the rugged mountainous land but it turned out to be a wild ride similar to an amusement park ride that you are not allowed to get off. Debi and I both lost our breakfasts on the windy climb up to San Jose del Pacifico. The original excitement wore off quite quickly after that.  It was quite beautiful though. The trip lasted over five hours with only two quick stops.

We arrived in the  early in  the evening and made a short stroll of the city and found a place to stay, a second floor room with a view of  Independencia avenue below.

View from our room in Oaxaca

The streets of Oaxaca are filled with numerous galleries and ornate doorways that lead to incredibly beautiful courtyards and untold mysteries. We spent most of our time wondering thee streets northeast of the zocalo peeking in doorways and visiting art galleries.

One of many wooden doors

Door knockers are quite common here

The art within the galleries flourished with color and energy. Most of what we saw was quite affordable and we wished we had the means to take more of it with us. So much color!

Unique display case

These little skeleton figures abound in Oaxaca

Fun stuff!

Quiet company on a bench

Waiting for the flood

Three headed creature on the pedestrian mall

The culture makes me feel more free

The city is full of cathedrals and temples which make up the tallest structures around. Most of them were built in the late 1500’s and are still quite remarkable today. You can go into most of them and they are usually quite  stunning on the interior.

Cathedral built in 1553

Cathedral at night

Church of Santo Domingo - a fine example of Mexican Baroque

one of the many Oaxaqueno court yards

A crew of 20 plus men hand cutting stone for a city street

Most of the streets in the downtown historic district are hand cut stone and the architecture is consistent – a rarity in Mexico cities. It makes for some enjoyable walking. Walking and biking is the best way to see the city. The streets are tight and cars are plenty which actually make the city feel busier and louder than it is. Stay tuned for more to come from this conservative and beautiful city.

Until next time,

Bryan and Debi

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