Oaxaca sits in a lush valley high in the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, an area occupied by people for thousands of years. The ancient Zapotecs, one of Mexico’s prominent pre-Columbian civilizations, founded Monte Alban, a sprawling metropolis once home to about 17,000 people. When the Spanish arrived in 1521, they established a town that would eventually become Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is world famous for the quality and variety of its cuisine. It may be known as the Land of the Seven Moles, but Oaxaca is also one of Mexico’s top producers of coffee, chocolate, and its own type of cheese. There are many restaurants throughout town that serve dishes favored by the locals, including tlayudas, large tortillas covered in beans, meat, cheese, and other ingredients. Oaxaca’s celebrated cuisine is almost a tourist attraction on its own. Not only can you eat this kind of food, but you can learn how to make it for yourself in a cooking class offered by some of the town’s restaurants.
Xicotencatl 212 Zona Centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca C.P. 68000 Mexico