There is a mountain standing watch over the village of Teotitlán de Valle in Oaxaca. Referred to as Brother Mountain by the locals, and otherwise known as Picacho, this mountain plays a very important role in the community here in the central valley region of Oaxaca. Teotitlán del Valle is a small community of around 6,000 people just 30 minutes’ drive from central Oaxaca, but it is also another world. One in which spirits from other realms and MesoAmerican gods still play a part in everyday life. Read more
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Is bargaining really ‘fair‘? It’s a fine line when you are travelling – how do you know you are not just being charged tourist prices? And when is it OK to bargain?
When I arrived in Oaxaca, not knowing the correct prices for things – and nothing is marked – I overpaid a few times for simple items. On a rare occasion when I asked a vendor “¿cuánto cuesta?” with produce in hand and a winning smile I could tell I was about to get an inflated price due to a sudden gleam in a seller’s eyes. Read more