Santo Domingo Church Tower
Photo Credit: Stuart Wasserman
As capital of the state with the same name, the city of Oaxaca was settled in a sub-tropical valley surrounded by the high mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur. In pre-columbian times, the valley was settled by Mixteca and Zapoteca tribes. Descendants of these noble people are found throughout the state which is famous for its folk art, regional cooking and mezcal - the local fire water. Food in Oaxaca crosses many levels of tradition, complexity and use of ingredients with one common thread ... it's all delicious!
Vestiges of the pre-columbian and colonial periods are found in the magnificent ruins at Monte Alban and Mitla, as well as the Cathedral and Temple of Santo Domingo.