MAGIC TOWNS IN OAXACA

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Magic Towns in OAXACA

In Oaxaca we are proud to have 5 communities that have been awarded the title of Magic Towns of Mexico, a Magic Town is a town that has symbolic attributes, legends, history, transcendent events, everyday life, in short magic that they emanate in each of their socio-cultural manifestations, and that today mean a great opportunity for tourist use.

The Magic Towns Program contributes to revalue a group of populations in the country that have always been in the collective imagination of the nation as a whole and that represent fresh and different alternatives for national and foreign visitors.

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Map of Magic Towns in Oaxaca

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A place framed by the Sierra Madre Oriental and abundant cloud forests. As you walk through its streets you will recognize the traditional architecture with materials such as adobe, wood, tile and yellow quarry. Its beginnings go back to an indigenous Zapotec community that still exists and is proud of its roots.

Do not miss the breakfasts at the Municipal Market, there you will taste delicacies such as tlayudas and Tasajo enfrijoladas. Although, if you prefer attractions with even more natural beauty, visit the Capulálpam Mágico Community Ecological Tourism Center for lodging and its Restaurant Centro Recreativo Los Molinos, there a 100-meter long zip line that crosses over a river awaits you.

Capulálpam de Méndez
Capulálpam de Méndez

Capulálpam de Méndez, one of the most beautiful places in our Mexico, a place where history, nature, gastronomy, music, folklore, architecture, uses and customs (governance), traditional medicine, with the warmth of its people who welcome the visitor and seduce him when passing through each space of our territory, all in a context of millenary knowledge, which is combined and translated into constant growth and development of the community.

Since 2008 it is proudly part of the Magic Towns of Mexico program, a recognition of the organization, work, the architecture of the place, the preservation of its values, customs, traditions and the hospitality of our people.

To speak of Capulálpam is to enter the Oaxacan geography, where you only need to be here, with your senses open, to discover in its details the greatness of its past, in its streets, alleys, paths, roofs, houses and its church. Perceive its smells, flavors and hear in their stories the vital importance of their present and glimpse their future as a land of promise and hope.

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Mazunte is a town located on the Pacific Ocean coast of the state of Oaxaca, located 264 km from the Oaxacan capital. Mazunte or Mazunte as it is known worldwide, owes its name to a red and blue crab that lives in the place, but also in Nahuatl dialect it means “let me see you spawn”, and this refers to the fact that the beaches of this place are Nesting site of sea turtles and from there the history of the population emerges, since the sixties the virgin beaches of Mazunte are visited by hundreds of turtles of the Golfina species that spawned at night in certain lunar stages of this natural phenomenon it is known as “morriña”.

Mazunte
Mazunte

The area is currently experiencing a tourist boom, attracting the interest of visitors who are looking for different experiences. It is the only community in the region that has internal construction regulations, which promote buildings that alternate with the surrounding nature; so it is characterized by rusticity and direct contact with nature.

El Mazunte has an extensive list of natural attractions, the main one being Punta Cometa, also known as Cerro Sagrado; It is the most prominent mountain of Mexico in the South Pacific. Its strategic location allows that from this area you can see amazing sunrises and magnificent sunsets. It is an important place for the migrations of marine species and birds.

The migrations in the months of December to March of humpback whales that use Punta Cometa as a route and geomagnetic reference stand out, appreciating the passage of this species from Punta Cometa does not represent any risk to people or whales, in the same way they can appreciate the migration of flocks of pelicans frolicking in whimsical shapes in the sky.

As the salient point is a shortcut in its route for all types of boats, it is possible to observe large boats plying only 500 meters away from the coast. Without a doubt you will be able to swim and enjoy the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches in Oaxaca, so we recommend bringing a camera to document the good times of your trip.

In addition, it is one of the favorite places to camp in Mexico; Since the weather in Mazunte is ideal to enjoy one or two nights under the starry sky while you sleep to the rhythm of listening to the waves hitting.

Places to visit in Mazunte

Mazunte, Mexico has many must-see places that you must visit. You certainly have to discover why they are so popular and recommended for family visits.

  • Mexican Turtle Center
  • Laguna Ventanilla
  • Punta Cometa
  • Mermejita Beach
  • Mazunte Beach
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The colonial art and architecture of Teposcolula are a mix of indigenous and European concepts and techniques. The Mixtecos preserved their identity, their culture and their completely indigenous symbols, and they knew how to integrate them with the culture of the Spanish. The word Teposcolula derives from the Nahuatl tepoztli “copper, colotl” twist “and tla” together “or” between “, which means” next to the copper twist “.

Its name in mother tongue is Yucundaá “Cerro de Subida”. When the evangelizers arrived in the region, they built one of the most important works of the 16th century in New Spain: the temple and cloister of San Pedro and San Pablo, which have the largest open chapel in Latin America.

San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula
San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula

It is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level and has a cool climate, with an average temperature of 17º C. Currently the Magical Town of San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula is an ideal destination to admire buildings and enjoy their exquisite gastronomy. It has a conventual complex which was built in the 16th century. Its facade of the temple shows a tequitqui art. The Chapel of Santa Gertrudis has elements similar to La Antigua, in Guatemala.

The Open Chapel is the largest in Latin America. The Municipal Park is surrounded by the Portal de Dolores and the Parish House, ideal for strolling through its gardens and seeing the monument of Las Mascaritas. The Temple of San Pedro and San Pablo houses oil paintings and a one-piece wood-carved confessional.

Get to know the Chapel of Santa Gertrudis, in the former convent, with two Solomonic columns that support the groin vaults. The Casa de la Cacica is a 16th century building where several caciques lived, currently it houses the BS Children’s Library. In Yucundaa or Cerro de Pueblo Viejo there are vestiges of houses of Mixtec rulers and a ball game.

Nearby is the Yucundaa Ecotourism Center where you can camp. At lunchtime, be sure to try the tamales with totomoste leaf in the Municipal Park, the stuffed chiles, the thick pozole with herbs santa and the yellow mole. For the drink you must try a cured brandy or a chilacayote water. In the Municipal Market you can find palm items and hand embroidery.

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Huautla de Jiménez, town among the clouds and home of the Mazatecs, who invite you to participate in their ancient traditions. Live the experience of knowing their language, songs, dances and traditional medicine inherited from the famous María Sabina, Priestess of the Magic Mushrooms, also know Mama Julia one of the 13 grandmothers of the world, heir to this ancestral knowledge.

Huautla de Jiménez
Huautla de Jiménez

Huautla de Jiménez is a municipality belonging to the district of Teotitlán in the Cañada Mazateca Region of the state of Oaxaca, it is a rural-urban city, since it has a population of 68,555 inhabitants in the municipality and 53,999 in the City, and rural Due to its scarce development in urban infrastructure, Huautla de Jiménez is the tenth largest population in the Oaxacan state.

The word Huautla comes from the Nahuatl word that, in the splendor of the Aztec manor, Cuitláhuac will name Cuiticaname – Huautlan, which etymologically means “Place of Eagles”. De Jiménez, in honor of General Mariano Jiménez, who in 1864 visited the region. On December 14, 1926, by decree No. 55, Huautla de Jiménez obtained the title of City.

This indigenous culture has a set of symbols, characters, explanation of origin, sacred hills, rituals, calendar, clothing, music, caves, among others; Around which an identity is built that distinguishes them, a way of seeing, conceiving and interpreting the world, as recognized by the Declaration of the United Nations (UN) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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To speak of a place like Mitla is to speak of history, mysticism, tradition and magic; of a place that lives in eternity, where time dissolves to exist in the midst of an atmosphere full of color, smell and flavor that allows us to live a past that is present. Thus, the greatest charm that Mitla offers to the world is not found in what can be seen, but rather in everything behind it, in its past, in its history, in that mystical process carried out through the years and that is materialized in each product born in this place.

Mitla has been from its origin, a symbol in itself, not a place, rather an entrance, a passageway that has a life of its own, that envelops with its charm anyone who closes their mortal eyes and opens their heart to begin to see from the soul, letting itself be carried away to that magical place that coexists in the same space of all that is perceptible that many appreciate but few live.

San Pablo Villa de Mitla
San Pablo Villa de Mitla

The wealth of Mitla is found in the environment, in the environment, in the breath of the legendary air that runs through this place since ancient times, witnessing the mysteries that are hidden in the past of the old Zapotecs who are currently the last guardians of this unique wisdom and that open that door to everyone. Thus allowing crossing the boundary between the past and the present, between the ancient and the modern, between magic and reality, between this life and the next.

And it is that Mitla is rich day and night, by any point that is admired, by any perspective taken in a photo, because each view, ritual, act and product has a reason to be, a reason to exist and to show itself that way. Xibalba (Quiché), Lyobaá (Zapotec), Mictlán (Nahuatl) or Mitla (Spanish), some of the names given to the “resting place” was a Great City-sanctuary, a religious and civil center of great preponderance and at the same time a sanctuary national.

 The history of Mitla, takes us back to the history of an ancient culture, even more than what could become the Zapotec culture, the lineage that currently inhabits this important center. Since long before this great city became a fundamental part of such culture, Mitla was already an imposing settlement in which power resided, not only material, such as that possessed by kings and rulers, but one that extended beyond from the limits of life, a power over life and death.

Being the official residence of the Supreme Pontiff, the vicar of divinity, the oracle of faith and the channel through which all grace was communicated from heaven to earth, it also execrated, perpetually infamous with its curses, or granted them pardons and remissions; That is why among the inhabitants it was called Mitla, The Palace of the Living and the Dead. The place destined for the burial of the Zapotec pontiffs and monarchs, the passage to the next life, “The Great Door to Eternity”.

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