The Best of Oaxaca, México

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Pronounced “Wa-hak-ah"

Oaxaca is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine and is considered the cultural hub of México by many. I probably ate five different types of bugs over the three days we were there, of those I remember: grasshoppers, worms, and beetles.

Did you know México has over 35 million visitors per year? Tourism is one of its main sources of income.

I have been to Mexico a few different times in my life. I normally visit the touristy outskirts of the country, and those areas are certainly worth visiting for the lovely beaches! But those areas are highly influenced by the United States and in more touristy areas, there are people who speak English.

What’s beautiful about braving the inner states of México, is that the culture has yet to be fully influenced by American ways and English. I was surprised by how few people spoke English, and it was refreshing. I loved the authentic feel in Oaxaca.

We befriended one of the servers at our hotel restaurant, and he offered to show us the surrounding area. This turned out to be one of the most memorable excursions of the trip because my mom decided to rent a car, and driving down there is, well... scary.

My sister and I were on “topé” duty (topes are speed bumps). We drove an hour outside the city, and we had to travel over a highway that was littered with potholes and speed bumps, not to mention our rental car barely had headlights and we returned after dark. Imagine speeding along the highway at 65 mph in the dark and hitting a speed bump, followed up a pothole… “ T O P É ! ”

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About an hour outside the city, we visited a mezcal farm in Matatlan. Matatlan is the mezcal capital of the world, and it is where mezcal originates. If you’ve never had mezcal, it tastes like tequila's ashy brother. Mezcal is known for its smokey barrel taste. Mezcal is made from a plant called maguey.