Exploring Vacation Destinations: Oaxaca, Mexico

By: Lewis Pennington

Located in southern Mexico, Oaxaca is the historic homestead of the Mixtec and Zapotec peoples. With over 3.3 million permanent residents, this state is the 5th largest in the country. Located strategically with the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Chiapas to the east, Veracruz to the north, and Guerrero to the west, there is a lot to be said for this state with attitude.

When looking for authentic tradition, you will find Oaxaca, Mexico is one of the quickest growing destination spots in the country. In this state, you will find more speakers of indigenous languages as well. This means when you are looking for true Mexican hospitality with an infusion of past and present, no other place offers the versatility and reliability.

Oaxaca, Mexico has a rugged terrain, but nestled away is the Valley of Oaxaca. Thanks to a wonderful climate, this valley is one of the most fertile rich locations in all of the Americas. This has led to farming and agriculture being a heavy influence in this part of the country. Whether growing chocolate, corn, chilies, or beans, you will find that the countryside is alive with fruitful growing.

Even crops popular to this region such as avocados, magueys, and zapotes have found their way into our lives thanks to their delicious sweetness originate in this fertile land of opportunity. The Zapotec and Mixtec peoples also found this land to be rich and fertile which led to the area being home to something quite spectacular today.

Archaeological wonders abound in this area. With ores such as gold and silver being abundant, and fishing and hunting being readily available, Oaxaca, Mexico, was home to one of the most prominent ancient civilizations in the world. Mysterious ruins litter the countryside and, today, are visited with awe and wonder.

With such fertile lands rich in fruits, vegetables, and even meats, Oaxaca, Mexico has become one of the best culinary centers of the country. Delicious cuisine awaits those looking for something different. Of course, you may come for the food, but there is much more to this state.

With over 155 miles of beaches, and a countryside that has remained virgin and pristine, you will find Oaxaca is a hotbed of tourist activity. Celebrations and festivals welcome weary travelers looking for a piece of the past with modern day conveniences. Whether enjoying the night of the radishes (noche de los rabanos) or the day of the dead (dia de los muertos), you will find that the people welcome you to participate in these special events.

Just as the people of this sprawling state are diverse, so are the activities, festivals, cuisine, and opportunities. Often called "Land of the Seven Moles", few people will ever experience Mexico like this. Whether enjoying an elegant dinner out or choosing to stay in, the cuisine is just one of the benefits of visiting.

Oaxaca, Mexico is a diverse state where anything is available. With so many people, you will find that activities as well as the amenities change. No where else on the planet can you find so many opportunities awaiting you first thing in the morning.

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