Eat Your Heart Out In Oaxaca, Mexico

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Oaxaca is a state in Mexico in the southern region of the country. It is known for the well-preserved lands and indigenous people who have resided there for generations, and all the historic and cultural richness that their history brings. Oaxaca is very biologically diverse area and also is a coastal state, which is pivotal in their tourism and culinary background. There is so much to do, see, and most importantly, eat in Oaxaca, and everything seems to be so much different there than in the rest of the country. If you are looking to participate in an authentically unique experience, visit Oaxaca, Mexico.

Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City is the capital of the region and where there is an abundance of culture and exciting events. If you are a wanderer, there is no better place to be than walking down the streets of the historic center. There you will find beautiful multi-colored buildings and amazing street art.

If you are looking to wind down and relax in a green space, go to Parque Llano. This park is home to many markets that happen throughout the week, and it is a great chance to see how the residents of the city truly live.

Santo Domingo is another must-see spot when in Oaxaca City. This church was built in the late 16th century, but construction almost 200 years to complete. The interior of the church is beautifully ornate. While you’re there, head next door to the Museo de la Culturas. What is so fascinating about this museum is that it is housed in a converted convent, which is so cool.

Food and Drinks

There are so many Oaxacan dishes that are so delicious, even if it may seem a bit odd to some patrons. A traditional food eaten in Oaxaca are chapulines, also known as grasshoppers. These are consumed on a daily basis in Oaxaca fried and eaten on their own, or smothered in sauce and put in a tortilla. Although it may seem daunting, go ahead and try them while you’re there, and really put yourself out there!

Another Oaxacan delicacy is their mole. Mole is a sauce prepared throughout Mexico in different styles, and the Oaxacan version is incredible. Their mole is much darker than a regular mole and combined with ingredients like chocolate, chilis, and so much more. If you want to get a range of the moles offered in Oaxaca, go to Los Pacos. They will give you several samples of mole to get a true taste for this sauce.

Mezcal is a distilled liquor native to Mexico since its main ingredient is agave. Oaxaca, in particular, has some top-grade mezcal and you definitely cannot leave the region without trying some. If you are looking for a nice little trip outside the city, take a drive to the town of Santa Catarina Minas, which is a small town south of the city that has a whopping 14 distilleries. There are also plenty of tasting rooms within the city if you are looking for convenience.