Sites of Oaxaca

Posted from Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Presently we are working on a ranch on the northern coast of the Yucatan peninsula.  More on this, uh, interesting experience – far from our usual Help Exchange experiences – will be coming soon.  In the meantime, we’d like to share some photos from a couple different outings we had while staying in Oaxaca last month.

There are a couple pictures of giant trees that the city has worked hard to preserve by building fences and even paving streets around them.  We sought out these trees on a walk one day, but couldn’t find all that our map promised (but we like these pictures anyway).  There are some pictures of a trip to one of Oaxaca’s many wonderful art galleries (we don’t take many pictures in galleries, but these are kind of cool).  And just because it was kind of neat and there were so many people, there are a couple of pictures of a big political rally in the zócalo.

Then we have two more extensive sets of pictures.  The first is from nearby Monte Albán, about 5 miles outside of the cit of Oaxaca and another site of ruins (these belonging to the Zapotecs) – almost certainly the most BEAUTIFUL site of ruins we have seen yet.  The grounds and the ruins are well-maintained, containing buildings and artifacts from as early as the 5th century B.C. to its abandonment around 600 A.D.  Then we conclude this picture show with some shots from our tour (in English) at the deservedly famous Ethnobotantical Garden (Jardín Etnobotánico) inside the city, which is devoted to displaying as many of the plants indigenous (not to mention historic) to the state of Oaxaca as possible.  (If you are ever in Oaxaca, we highly recommend touring this facility.  It is fascinating, interesting, and definitely well worth the time.)

Because of our current internet situation – we have to drive 15 minutes to the closest internet café (all they serve there is internet, no beverages or snacks) – most of the photos of Monte Albán and of the garden are not captioned.  So you can just take the beauty of the images as they are.  (And please don’t ask us to identify any of the plant species, because we probably cannot.)  Enjoy!

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