Second Last Mexican City - Oaxaca!

Oaxaca Travel Blog

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A close up of the enchildadas from 100% Natural.

The overnight bus ride from San Cristobal to Oaxaca was bumpy, with the driver stopping frequently throughout the night.  We arrived before lunch and got a cab to the hostel.  Once checked in we walked in to the old town and wondered around - ending up on a lunch mission to find this restaurant called "100% Natural".  It turned out to be the same restaurant we'd eaten at in Playa del Carmen.  The food was - in the words of Alan "epic", with me and Maree opting for enchiladas - so much food and so damn tasty.

On our wonderings we passed an x-ray clinic and headed back there after a rest to check out my foot, I needed to know once and for all if I had done more damage to it than just a bad sprain.  The doctor at the clinic was nice enough, but spoke no english so Al had to translate for me.

Walking around Oaxaca - the main square - balloon seller.
  He took an x-ray of my foot and told Al there were no breaks, which was a relief.  Still hurt like hell though, and I was still limping.

We had heard that Oaxaca was good for their food and their markets, so went on a market hunting expedition the following day.  The first Artisan market we found was a bit of a let down, it wasn't very big and had mostly cloths, rugs and tacky neon knickknacks.  We were however determined to find a better market so kept on wondering, checking out little shops along the way - such as the mescal shop... a spirit similar to tequila.  Al bought a small bottle of mescal, and I got a small bottle of one of their mini cream liquors.

We then came across a massive market with crafts everywhere, spices, fish for fish tanks, piƱatas etc.  We ate these mini custard filled pastries which were divine.  From the market we moved on to the main square for lunch, Al and Maree had Aztec soup and me a yummy sandwich.  The problem with eating on the square is that you get harassed by beggars, sellers and offending musical instruments. 

Around the square you could see loads of shoe shiners, guys selling balloons and many colourful red poinsettia plants.

SaffaAussie says:
Hmmm that is a tough one. I still have to write up my blog for Mexico City, that was my last stop. I was there for 4 days and really needed a couple more. There was so much to see and do there.
But if you're looking for something that is less of a city, I'd say somewhere like San Cristobal. We were there for about 4 days. Lot of little shops to wonder around, plus the churches, the Mayan Medicine museum and the trip out to San Juan Chamul - little village with interesting church and prayer practices. If you were looking for more of an island vibe, I loved Isla Murejes!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
Out of your 2.5 months, was there one place you'd recommend if someone (me) were planning a long weekend trip?
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010
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