The Famous Otavalo Market

Every Saturday the Otavalo Market in Plaza de los Ponchos swells in size to include peripheral streets, all crammed with small stalls featuring among other things - silver jewellery, painted wooden figures, brightly coloured blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves and socks made from alpaca wool (so soft and light), leather belts, fake shrunken heads, woven … Continue reading The Famous Otavalo Market

The Imaginative World of Alebrijes

It is said that an alebrije will choose you, rather than you picking it from midst its crowd of companions all carefully displayed; and according to some, they actually represent your spirit guardian. Alebrijes (al-a-BRE-hays) are brightly coloured and painstakingly detailed painted wooden sculptures primarily made in the communities of San Martín Tilcajete and Arrazola, … Continue reading The Imaginative World of Alebrijes

Fiesta: Noche de Rabanos

One of the more bizarre things I have done – in a year packed with bizarre things – is to stand in a massive snaking line for 2.5 hours waiting my turn to see hundreds of artistically carved radishes. Welcome to Noche de rábanos, one of the most popular events held each year in Oaxaca. … Continue reading Fiesta: Noche de Rabanos