Mexico is rife with legends, one of its most famous in the
Huatulco area. It is believed that a wooden cross was planted in
the sand here, which could neither be lifted, burned or cut down
for 300 years. Fragments of this cross are displayed today in the
cathedrals of Oaxaca and Mexico City.
The region's capital city is the center of the Zapotec Indian
culture. It has ruins dating from 1800 BC, magnificent colonial
cathedrals in the baroque architecture characteristic of New
Spain, quaint cafes featuring marvelous Oaxacan cuisine, and a
variety of Indian arts, including the renowned Oaxacan weaving
and pottery. Archeological tours are available.
The highlight of a visit to this town is its black clay pottery.
Santo Tomas Jalietza
Here, local artisans design, build, and use wooden looms.
Mitla & Monte Alban
Historical tours to these areas include visits to outstanding
examples of pre-Colombian ruins.
The foothills of the coastal Sierra Madre mountains provide
challenging and fascinating terrain for hiking and sightseeing.
The small downtown market features a variety of local arts and
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