David and I just returned from our land cruise to Oaxaca today. We stayed at a charming and magnificent hacienda style B&B (for $45 per night) about 15 minutes outside of Oaxaca City. This was the most wonderful vacation of our lives, bar none.
We visited all of the nearby artisan communities each of which specialize in one of either hand dyed and loomed rugs and tapestries, extremely (specialized per village) pottery, hand painted wooden folk art animals, textiles, woodwork, and such.
We experienced the culinary wonders of the pre columbian Oaxacan culture and the many major Zapotec ruins in the regions in and near the three Oaxacan valleys, including the amazing Monte Alban ruins. Monte Alban was the most amazing ruins sight I have ever seen.
In addition every day one of the villages had a very special market to visit. This was just like the markets on the travel channel. I even ate a few grasshoppers. O.M.G.
We also were a part of the holy week festivities in each of the villages. We were even adorned by the locals with crowns of thorns and were part of the procession to celebrate Easter in one of the most beautiful of the small villages.
We even stopped to see the largest tree in the world not to mention the Santo Domingo Church and pre-columbian museum as well as the Rufino Tamayo museum. Tamayo has always been my all-time favorite Latin American artist.
All I can say is that Oaxaca is a wonderful and amazing place unlike any other area in Mexico or the world for that matter.