Just a few days spent in Oaxaca, Mexico as part of an immersion trip to learn Spanish. The Spanish House – the school I take Spanish lessons at back at home – coordinates a trip twice a year with a sister school in Oaxaca. What an amazing city, tucked in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains; it is full of history, culture, great food and even more amazing people. Here’s just a few highlights from the trip.
The food in Oaxaca was absolutely amazing. I was fortunate to stay with a host family where breakfast and lunch were provided. Gramma made the best moles, tamales, soups, and every meal ended with a bit of raw tamarind (apparently good for the digestion.)
When I wasn’t eating at home a few of my favorite places to eat out:
- La Biznaga on Garcia Vigil was my favorite place. Everything is good, even refried black beans tastes better. The vegetarian that I am, my favorite was Las Calendas, yierba santa leaves with oaxaca cheese. mmmm, mmmm.
- Ttlayudas, “Oaxacan Pizza,” is a must eat. I ate at La Olla, although I hear there are other places that are also great.
- Moles, moles, moles.
- One word: Mezcal. There’s no other suggestion here 🙂 I think it’s Oaxaca’s version of tequila, except with a bit more of a smokey flavor.
Must See in Oaxaca
- Churches. Like many towns settled by the Spanish, many many a church was built. You can’t walk more then a block without passing one. Unlike in other areas, however, ever church has a different character.
- Church of Santo Dominto de Guzman
- Museo de las Culturas
- El Zocalo
- Ex-Convento de Santo Catalina – very easy to miss it! But don’t, an old convent that’s now a hotel is really cool to walk around.
- The hike up to el Planetario – great views of the city and sunset! Although it’s a bit of a haven for pick-pocketers after dusk.
Must See Out-of-Town
- Monte Alban: The capital of the Zapotec people founded in 500BC, abandoned around 500-750AD
- Arbol de Tule – the largest tree in the world
- Cuilapan de Guerrero
- San Bartolo Coyotepec: the black pottery of Oaxaca
- Spanish from the Spanish School: La Protección a la Joven de Oaxaca. This was a Spanish Immersion trip after all! During the week I took classes at La Proteccion a la Joven de Oaxaca. My teacher, Pedro, was quite the expert in Spanish Literature. Oh, the words you learn when you’re reading: