Oaxaca is perhaps Mexico’s most diverse state, with 16 ethnic groups that remain more distinct than in other states because of its challenging geography. Cultures and traditions come together in Oaxaca to form a vibrant and unique part of the world. Here are a handful of ways to you’re experiencing Oaxaca to the fullest.
Crash a Wedding
Whether you’re invited or not, you might end up attending a wedding when you visit Oaxaca. In Oaxaca City, weddings spill out of churches and into crowded thoroughfares with large bands and dancing mojigangas, or large papier mache puppets. In rural parts of the state, wedding guests might make their way from wedding to reception by dancing with gifts brought for the bride and groom—including live turkeys or large and unwieldy pieces of furniture.
Learn How (and When) to Pronounce Guelaguetza
Oaxaca’s most important celebration is the Guelaguetza. Every July, the event celebrates the indigenous cultures of the state. Held in Oaxaca City and its surroundings, the Guelaguetza showcases indigenous communities showing the music, costumes, dances and food of their culture.
Get Out and About
Short day trips from Oaxaca City can lead you to a number of amazing locales:
Eat Some Bugs
Oaxaca is well-known for its cuisine. Make sure to try these staples:
- Mole, a complicated sauce that might have as many as thirty ingredients. Oaxaca boasts seven varieties.
- Drinking chocolate, usually served hot.
- Tlayudas, sometimes called “Mexican pizzas,” because of they look similar. Tlayudas, though, are gigantic cooked tortillas topped with refried beans, vegetables and usually chorizo or other local cuts of meat.
- Chapulines, or toasted grasshoppers.