Oaxaca is exciting; a large colonial city, full of museums, students and events. And a great centre for food.
There was chaos in Oaxaca in August when 8 striking teachers were shot. We saw burnt out buses and lorries on the road into the state, blockaded roads due to striking transport unions and students burning down the local law faculty.
Monte Albán is a monumental site with a spectacular setting. The top of a mountain overlooking Oaxaca was sliced off about 2,500 years ago. There’s a famous series of carvings on the site depicting ‘dancers’ though they’re really mutilated prisoners writhing in agony.
Around Oaxaca there are ancient and colonial ruins and towns specialising in various crafts; wood carving, ceramics, weaving and dyeing.