Just when I start to think Quintana Roo is the most beautiful state in Mexico, I visit another area that gives the Riviera Maya a run for its money.
Last Thursday, I flew down to the state of Oaxaca to participate in the kick-off event for the incredible Marca Pais Mexico Today program. There, I met up with 23 other bloggers along with the incredible team of organizers to find out what the program was all about, all while surrounded by some of the most stunning mountain landscapes I’ve ever seen.
The entire group stayed at the Camino Real Oaxaca hotel, set in the heart of the historic downtown area. As a hotel management major, you can imagine how giddy I was to stay in such a unique and luxurious hotel! It was built in the 16th century as a convent, and it’s filled with courtyards, columns, stone archways and lush gardens.
On our first night, several reputable local artisans showed up during our cocktail hour in the hotel’s Lavadero garden to show us how they make their craft.
Susie from The Mexico Report even got a weaving lesson from one of the local artisans:
The following day, several of us went to the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, just half an hour outside Oaxaca City. This visit merits a more detailed future post, so for the moment I’ll just leave you with this teaser:
Saturday, the whole team went to the town of San Martin Tilcajete, famous for producing detailed alebrijes. We explored the home and workshop of Jacobo Angeles, an internationally-renowned alebrije master, where we were also greeted with traditional dances, music and a delicious lunch.
The entire four-day trip was packed with activities, and I returned to Cancun with a better sense of the fascinating state of Oaxaca, Mexico. I’ll finish this post up with some of my favorite photos of the Camino Real Oaxaca hotel and the amazing colonial city of Oaxaca:
Marca Pais – Imagen de Mexico, is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination. This program is designed to shine a light on the Mexico that its people experience every day.
Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the Mexico Today Program. I was also invited on an all-expenses paid trip to Oaxaca as part of my role. All stories, opinions and passion for all things Mexico shared here are completely my own.