And what was your favorite part of the trip mama? It was all great but I loved seeing, touching, and standing on that bridge. Not the one hanging nearly 30 meters above the waterfall, the one that was built 400 years before I was born. 400 years. A bridge. And there it is. Still standing.… Continue reading We’re on a Bridge to Nowhere
Between San Pedro and San Pablo Tespocolula and Tlaxiaco, just a bit after the very quaint Santiago Yolomecatl you see an arch off to the side of the highway announcing the entrance to San Martin Huamelulpam. This little town of under 2000 inhabitants has the fortune of being just off the highway. I suppose that… Continue reading San Martin Huamelulpam: A Little Flower in the Mixteca
Sometimes, putting in greater effort brings a greater reward. The town of Santiago Yosundua and its Cascada Esmeralda, is one of those cases. It’s possibly one of the best places I’ve ever been to, but it’s such a trek that I’ve only been there twice. The trip from Oaxaca de Juarez would take about 6 hours… Continue reading Santiago Yosondua
In 1529, Dominican monks arrived in what is today the state of Oaxaca. Here they found large populations of indigenous peoples with a wealth of natural resources which they used to construct massive temples and convents to aid in the conversion of the local populations. Their goal was to establish a convent at intervals of… Continue reading La Ruta Dominica–The Dominican Route
Sal blanca–the vital ingredient in Mixtec cooking.
I’m not ready. Tomorrow there will be a city-wide drill, and I’m not ready. I thought I was. I wrote about the September 7th quake and it helped to remember, lay it out in words so I can send it off and no longer hold it in. Over the past year, I’ve talked about it… Continue reading September 19, 2018
Where to stay when visiting the Mixteca? While not a tourist destination itself, the city of Huajuapan de León is the transportation hub for the Mixteca and makes a good place to stay while exploring the Mixteca. The best choice for lodging in Huajuapan would be the Maroma Boutique Hotel. This small hotel has an… Continue reading Overnighting in the Mixteca
This post recently came across my Facebook feed. It starts off like this: “A night of rain and pizza?” “What do you want on it?” “Chicatanas!” Chicatanas are large winged ants that come up out of the ground shortly after the first few rains of the rainy season. I have known of them and that… Continue reading Leaf Cutter Pizza?
With the rainy season well underway, and the hillsides bright green, July is a great time to visit the Mixtec Region of Oaxaca. But a trip to Huajuapan between July 12 and the 24th is made that much better by the Expo Feria and religious festivities for Nuestro Señor de las Corazones. You maybe surprised… Continue reading Feria in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca