With its irresistible combination flavours, Mexican food continues to charm millions of people worldwide. To experience the best of this varied cuisine, one must visit the southern state of Oaxaca, or- as it is sometimes labelled, the ‘Land of the Seven Moles’. With the mole, a thick, complex sauce, bringing flavour to many of Mexico’s most delicious dishes, it is clear that Oaxaca is a must-visit in this fiery country.
Alongside the colourful, flavourful moles, an incredible range of neat street eats await every traveller: crispy tortillas piled high with beef (tyaludas), cactus fruit shake (tuna batida), and you’ll be sure not to forget your first taste chapulines (fried grasshoppers with chilli). Chocolate is not only a significant part of Mexico’s history- often used as medicine and money- it is also arguably the country’s forgotten culinary highlight. Even the most enamoured chocolate fan will be astounded by the flavours found here, with cinnamon and almonds helping to create delicious and distinctive flavours.
To accompany their scrumptious cuisine, the people of Oaxaca often take a glass of mezcal, an alcoholic drink made from the native maguey plant. Try a tipple for yourself, and find out why the locals often say “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también" (for everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good, as well).
Not only offering culinary delights, Oaxaca also boasts fascinating sites for the history enthusiast, such as the archaeological ruins of Monte Alban and Mitla- the political and religious centres respectively of former Zapotec times. With their regular feasting rituals, a love of food links the ancient peoples with today’s modern Oaxacans, a passion that shows no sign of slowing for future generations. Absorb the pure beauty of this region’s landscape and cuisine, and participate in living, breathing history.