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With a beautiful colonial core of lovely, tree-shaded streets and highly creative artistic, culinary and craft scenes, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Artists and artisans alike are inspired by the area’s deep-rooted indigenous traditions and by its bright, clear southern light.
The ancient Zapotec capital of Monte Albán stands on a flattened hilltop 400m above the valley floor, just a few kilometers west of Oaxaca. It’s one of the most impressive ancient sites in Mexico, with spectacular 360-degree views. This strategic position was doubtless one of the reasons why the ancient Zapotecs chose this site for their capital.
The potters of Atzompa, 6km northwest of central Oaxaca and now part of the city’s urban sprawl, produce attractive, colorful animal figures, pots, plates, lamps and more. Much work is sold at good prices in the village’s Mercado de Artesanías. Some ceramics bear Atzompa’s traditional green glaze; others are in more colorful, innovative styles. From the village church, a 2.