11/12/09 - Various towns around Oaxaca City, Oaxaca State, Mexico
What´s annoying me>>>losing the hotel room key
We set off bright and ealry for a tour of the major sights of Valles Centrales. It was 2pm. Only kidding, much earlier than that. It was easier to do a tour then try to reach all the places individually, especially without a car. So we joined a coachload of tourists and a crazy tour guide. He promised us we would all get drunk by the end of the tour. We were to be given lots and lots of free mezcals (30 - 40 percent alcohol) at a mezcal factory. So far so good.
The first stop on the tour was El Tule to see a huge 2000 year-old cyprus tree, picturesquely dwarfing the church next to it with the widest girth of any tree in the Americas. It´s big.
Second on the tour was Teotitlan de Valle, a famous weaving village 25km from Oaxaca. The weavers gave us a demonstration of their technique and methods of obtaining natural dyes which go back to Pre-Hispanic times (Teotitlan had to pay tributes to the Aztecs).
After that, it was the Zapotec ruins at Mitla. Mitla is famous for the Columna de la Vida (columns of life), a stone pillar that you wrap your arms around to see how long you have to live (the closer your hands get to touching the closer you are to death).
After the ruins we stopped off for lunch at a very pleasant restaurant. Next to the restaurant was a mezcal bar where I sampled shitloads of free smaples from the prettiest barmaid I´ve seen in Mexico. She asked me to try a maggot so I tried tat too. Frankly if she asked to jump off a cliff while dancing naked I would´ve done that too. I also had some more grasshoppers. Tasty.
Maggots for lunch. Mmm.
Then it was Hierve El Agua (the water boils). The drive there is very scenic and the highest point we reach is greater than 3000m above sea level.
The best was saved until last: the mezcals. At the mezcal factory the guide encouraged us to the free samples. What worried me was how drunk the guide was getting. He kept shouting "c´mon lessh get drunk". By the end of the sampling session he was completely fucked. I bought a bottle of mezcal to drink back at the hotel not that I´m an alcoholic or anything. Viva Mexico!