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From the historical capital city to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca is bustling with life. Colorful streets and rugged mountains give way to a coast dotted with modern architectural gems, culinary delights, and sensational sunsets.
THE LAND OF MOLE & MEZCAL
01/ OAXACA CITY
Get lost in one of the city’s vibrant food markets. The Mercado 20 de Noviembre is an excellent host for making your way through Oaxaca’s seven types of moles and stocking up on an assortment of spices and chilis.
Browse the ceramic collections at Colectivo 1050 Grados and Aripo, situated conveniently on the same block. Here you will find pieces made in nearby Santa Marcos, where the firing tradition is nearly 3,000 years old.
Studio rres is worth a visit for it’s striking selection of wool rugs with a modern twist - each hand woven by Zapotec weavers on a pedal loom. The palm ‘family’ sculptures are equally attractive made using a traditional process from Guerrero, Mexico.
02/ PUERTO ESCONDIDO
Explore the bohemian streets of Punta or make your way to a secluded beach for a bit of luxurious romance. Casa Wabi, designed by artist Bosco Sodi and architect Tadao Ando is a design enthusiasts dream. The Art foundation and residence provides an educational and meditative experience for its visitors. Pull up a stool at Punta’s Fish Shack - an unassuming walk-up window serving Escondido’s best shrimp and fish tacos. Don’t skip the salsa macha, Mexico’s goes-with-everything spicy chili oil.
03/ SANTIAGO MATATLÁN
A trip to Oaxaca is not complete without a sampling of the best local mezcal. In the small village of Santiago Matatlán you will learn the entire process of making mezcal, from harvesting the agave plant to fermentation and distillation. There are many great farms to choose from, one of which we love is fourth generation, family-owned, Gracias a Dios or Thanks to God for its friendly staff and relaxed tasting.
If you cannot make it for the day trip to Santiago Matatlán, check out In Situ Mezcalería in Oaxaca Centro. Here you will find an impressive selection of rare varieties curated by proprietor, Ulises Torrentera.