An Early Arrival
We arrived on an overnight bus from San Cristobal at 6.00 am and checked in to the Hotel Casa del Sotano. A traditional Mexican hacienda, the hotel had a lovely spacious roof terrace overlooking Oaxaca – we immediately knew we’d be happy in our new abode. Tired from our bus journey, we snatched a couple of hours sleep before heading out to explore the city.
Shop till you Drop in Oaxaca
Oaxaca is full of art galleries, craft shops and cool coffee joints. In fact, the city is famous for its brightly coloured wooden fantasy creatures which can be seen in shops and on stalls throughout Oaxaca. Furthermore, shopping opportunities are plentiful. Indeed, the market adjacent to the Zocalo is crammed with everything from embroidered belts to the local delicacy of grasshoppers. As a result, we spent much of our time perusing shops and stalls. As usual, we were limited with what we could buy due to both budget and backpack space!
Museo de las Culturas and Botanical Gardens
The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is an impressive ex-monastery next to the Temple de Santo Dom. The huge museum traces the history of Oaxaca in great detail and it took us a couple of hours to get around all of it. Additionally, at the rear of the building, there are great views of the botanical gardens where cacti of every type flourishes.
Food wise, we went to a very cute vegetarian restaurant called Manatial Vegetariano (sadly since closed). It was traditional in style and colourfully decorated, (as most Mexican restaurants are!) While T had a larger than usual choice of dishes, they also served a few meat dishes and Ku sampled the Pollo con Mole.
We also went to Comala, a restaurant/bar, which specialised in local cuisine. Ku had a plate of Oaxacan snacks including cheeses, meats and grasshoppers. The grasshoppers were cooked in chilli, onion and garlic. As a matter of fact, even T had a taste. (She said insects don’t count?!)