My first time in Oaxaca was an incredible experience. I drove from Puebla to Oaxaca (the capital is also named Oaxaca) in my old 1980 Mercedes Benz Gold Turbo diesel. En route to the capital city, we stopped in many small villages where we were welcomed and offered refreshment. When asked about my car, I would affirm that indeed, it was my car and not my travel companion's who happened to be male. The women especially liked this and began to tell me how in many small villages in Oaxaca are still a matriarchal society. Women rule.
Oaxaca has so much culture. It is an ancient culture and the arts are part of everyday life.
Color is everywhere.
The Spanish colonization of Oaxaca created incredible buildings and churches in the European style, of course all constructed with Oaxacan labor. The native's passion for detail - see the embroidery on the dress above - translated into amazing workmanship.
The cooking is sublime. Everything from the famous mole negro, to the equally famous Oaxacan tamales wrapped in banana leaf is delicious. Don't forget your protein! chapulines are crickets that have been dried, fried, salted and drenched in lime.
Of course, once in Oaxaca, after seeing the ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla, you might want a bit of rest and relaxation. For this, head to exotic Huatulco.
Wishing all a BUEN VIAJE!