Attractions

Handicrafts in San Bartolo Coyotepec

Alfarería Doña Rosa

All the polished, black, surprisingly light pottery, called barro negro, that you find around Oaxaca in hundreds of shapes and forms – candlesticks, jugs and vases, and decorative animal and bird figures – comes fro…
Monastery in Cuilapan

Ex Convento Dominicano

Standing by the highway in dusty Cuilapan, the Ex Convento Dominicano (aka Santiago Apóstol) with its pale 'green' stone walls seems almost to grow out of the land. With half the building missing a roof, one's immed…
Archaeological Site in Zaachila

Zona Arqueológica

Ancient Zaachila, rather like Mitla, was a post-Classic Zapotec city that took root after the demise of Monte Albán. It was later conquered by the Mixtecs. The rough date of its establishment is sketchy, but it prob…
Museum in Ocotlán de Morelos

Ex Convento de Santo Domingo

This rehabilitated former convent, previously a dilapidated jail, is now a first-class art museum and includes a room dedicated to the work of local magic realist artist, Rodolfo Morales. Morales was responsible for…
Museum in San Bartolo Coyotepec

Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca

Recently reborn with a bright pink facade, San Bartolo's excellent, modern, folk-art museum is on the south side of the main village plaza. It’s very nicely done and features a collection of fine barro negro (the po…