Oaxaca travel blog — 10+ photos that will make you want to visit Oaxaca, Mexico

Coming to Oaxaca is like falling in love; you wander the streets and feel as if you’ve discovered a part of yourself among the Sierra Madre mountains and cobblestone streets of the Old City. At once familiar (like recognizing oneself in another) and thrilling (like love).

Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico noted for its indigenous culture, which has remained relatively intact in comparison to other regions in the nation. Oaxaca is an unusual juxtaposition: it is one of Mexico’s poorest states while yet having the richest native food, crafts, and traditions. In the background, hazy mountains rise, colorful streets stretch in every direction, music plays, people dance, and enticing aromas from local food stalls flood your nostrils. Hemingway may have referred to Paris as “the movable feast,” but he may never have visited Oaxaca, never tasted how five simple ingredients may taste more sophisticated, fresh, and unforgettable than any gourmet dish prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.

I’m in Oaxaca with two local photographers from Mexico City, Samantha and Bernie, who are the kind of happy, artistic pair that makes others jealous. Samantha and Bernie established Cantimplora Travel, a fresh new travel company inspired by their love of Mexico and desire to take tourists off the beaten path. Cantimplora Travel was created on the notion of having professional photographers take photographs of you throughout your vacation (which you will receive each morning) so you can set down your camera, GoPro, iPhone, and iPad and simply enjoy the moment.

I met a local mezcal grower, participated in a traditional “temascal” with an Oaxacan shaman, explored the delectable alleyways of the Tlacolula market, and surfed at the gorgeous Zipolite all without looking at a screen. I lived in the moment, connected with the location, found inspiration, and obtained the photographs in the end. These ten images taken by Cantimplora Travel will make you want to visit Oaxaca, Mexico, whether you’re searching for a vacation idea or fuel for your wanderlust.

A local artisan hand paints crafts at the Jocobo and Maria Angeles studio in Oaxaca.
A local artisan hand paints crafts at the Jocobo and Maria Angeles studio in Oaxaca.

 

Mezcal farmer, Alberto Martinez,
Mezcal farmer, Alberto Martinez, explains how he makes organic mezcal from scratch.

 

A candid shot of me roaming the fragrant streets of the Tlacolula Sunday market in Oaxaca.
A candid shot of me roaming the fragrant streets of the Tlacolula Sunday market in Oaxaca.
A wedding procession goest through the streets of Oaxaca City.
A wedding procession goest through the streets of Oaxaca City.

 

The stunning view from the top of Herve el Agua.
The stunning view from the top of Herve el Agua.
The stunning view of sunset from Punta Cometa outside of Zipolite in Oaxaca.
The stunning view of sunset from Punta Cometa outside of Zipolite in Oaxaca.

 

The colourful artwork found around Oaxaca.
The colourful artwork found around Oaxaca.

 

Delicious, handmade blue corn tortillas are made and served with fresh zucchini flowers, chiles and queso.
Delicious, handmade blue corn tortillas are made and served with fresh zucchini flowers, chiles and queso.
The serene and picture perfect beaches of Zipolite at Bahia de Luna.
The serene and picture perfect beaches of Zipolite at Bahia de Luna.

 

A candid shot of me trying a local drink while roaming the Tlacolula market.
A candid shot of me trying a local drink while roaming the Tlacolula market.
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