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Monte Alban - half restored pyramid/temple

...so we caught a pretty neat bus down to Oaxaca. We were hoping for something budget to suit our wallets... but ended up with a bus which we found out later was actually better than 1st class! oh well... it was nice...the driver was a bit of a rogue - not scared to overtake on windy roads! the ride was great though... very serene...


we did make it to Oaxaca safe... and caught a taxi up to our hostel... and guess what... once again we managed to fall on our feet. The hostel was really really nice... up in the hills outside of town, family run, cheap, pool, our own room... nice weather... it was great! The family who ran the hostel were all super nice, and really did everything to look after you!

The first day we piled into the family van and one of the sons took us on a bit of a tour around town.
local crafts...
WE headed up to Monte ALban - ancient zapotec city outside Oaxaca. Like teotihuacan - it too is very old (1800 years), and very deteriorated. some temples were restored and some weren´t. it was good to see the ones which weren´t. you can really appreciate them more in the raw form... Monte Alban was interesting as a lot of the history is all speculated - only 15% of the site has been excavated... there isn´t any funding to really learn more about it!

after that we checked out a neat church in town, a local family that makes little wooden carvings, and another which does black pottery (all by hand - no electric wheel etc)... all very interesting! albeit a little touristy, as they really just wanted you to buy some local crafts.
more local crafts
.. but we couldnt as backpack space is at a premium!

The highlight of the day was the markets we vistited for some food. Markets in mexico are great! they have everything... for cheap... and fresh! you walk around and buy produce, then take it to one bbq room, where it´s all cooked up and served with torillas... most amazing food ever! ...although... we do seem to find ourselves saying that a fair bit!

That night we headed out on the town... first stop was a salsa bar.... pretty cool..... but would have been cooler if i could dance. broomy did have a go, and our pommy friends who came out with us were very impressed with his salsa ability... as was i, but i wouldnt tell him! then we caught up with one of the sons from the hostel.... and continued to party on with him, his friends and lawyer (!) at another bar.... was a great night in the end.... good to mingle with some locals.

the next day the headache was a fairly intense, so lazing by the pool was in order... followed by another trip to the market BBQ... seems we couldn´t get enough of the great food!!!!

....we caught a good night sleep, then caught the bus down to puerto escondido....

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Monte Alban - half restored pyrami…
Monte Alban - half restored pyram…
local crafts...
local crafts...
more local crafts
more local crafts
just incase you didn´t know...
just incase you didn´t know...
local BBQ at the mercado (market)
local BBQ at the mercado (market)
hostel we stayed at... and the vie…
hostel we stayed at... and the vi…
catching a ride to the bus station…
catching a ride to the bus statio…
Oaxaca
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