Oaxaca is a world heritage site and a beautiful part of Mexico, and in my opinion, its chocolate capital! Filled with all kinds of ‘mole‘ – green mole, black mole, mole in tacos, mole de pollo, etc. Apart from chocolate-inspired entrees are the Mayordomo chocolate shops where you can walk in and buy chocolate in bulk – mole, frozen chocolate malts, and chocolate blocks.
While walking around Oaxaca, especially during Day of the Dead in late October/early November, everyone is dressed up, there are several offerings all over the city and there are also parades! See below!
I have been told by a few locals that Oaxaca is considered by many to be the ‘heart of Mexico.’ Stroll through the Calle Macedonio Alcala from the grand Templo Santo Domingo all the day to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and accompanying zocalo, past surrounding shops, restaurants, art galleries, book stores and street vendors and artists day and night.
Also to note is the Anthropology Museum whose entrance is located right next to the Templo Santo Domingo and is filled with historic relics and a gorgeous overlook of the cactus garden in the back. Take a stroll over to El Llano, an outdoor marketplace where there is FOOD GALORE. Shopping, knick knacks and as many tacos al pastor and mole de polls as you can stuff in your face! Enjoy!
Oaxaca is especially a great destination to take part in celebrations for Day of the Dead. There are parades and people make ofrendas (offerings) with candles and flowers to the dead at the Panteon General and the Panteon Xoxocotlan.
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