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Party at the amazing celebrations of the Guelaguetza Festival!

Photo: larry1732.

2

Have a temazcal ceremony, breathing in the freshest air of San Jose del Pacifico, where the clouds touch the mountains.

Photo: ephoz.

3

Take a surfing lesson at La Punta de Zicatela, and when swell gets massive, watch pros get insane barrels in Puerto Escondido.

Photo: brb_photography.

4

Take a week at least, to visit all its museums and libraries, full of art and culture.

Photo: IAGOmx.

5

Wear a garment with exquisite embroideries of San Antonio.

Photo: mioaxaca.

6

Look for or run into Francisco Toledo, one of the greatest contemporary visual artists living in Oaxaca. Chat with him and get an image like this one above.

Vía.

7

Attend an event or a play in the Teatro Macedonio Alcala, Oaxaca City.

Photo: teatromacedonioalcala.

8

Support a civic association that works with vulnerable groups in your community.

Photo: nijanu.mexico

9

Try the exquisite seven types of mole that exist in Oaxaca.

Photo: logatfer.

10

Watch the sunrise from the viewpoint of the Cerro Fortin in Oaxaca City.

Photo: Daniel Durán López.

11

Visit Manialtepec Lagoon near Puerto Escondido during bioluminescence season.

Vía.

12

Learn to prepare a tlayuda, one of the most traditional dishes.

Photo: marthax.

13

Watch the sunset from Punta Cometa, Mazunte beach.

Photo: chrisschoenbohm.

14

Release baby turtles on their way to the sea, off a secluded section of coastline.

Photo: L. Bernhein.

15

Travel to the region of the isthmus and attend to one of the most exiting parties of the region: Vela Istmeña, either in Juchitan Espinal, Ixtaltepec or Cd Ixtepec

Photo: Asunción Ixtaltepec.

16

Get lost for hours in the 20 de Noviembre market.

Photo: malomalverde.

17

Ride horseback in San Antonio Cujimoloyas.

Photo: Comunidad San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca, México.

18

Swim in the ojo de agua located in Magdalena Tlacotepec.

Photo: Oaxaca Nuestro.

19

Take a shower in the Santiago Apoala waterfalls.

Photo: waveneyavenue.

20

Get to know Montealban Ruins with an expert guide.

Photo: eduardorobles.

21

Drink a couple beers in the zócalo. Then, people watch while eating peanuts with garlic and chili, and listening to mariachi music.

Photo:  oaxacaprofundo.

22

Visit a cemetery on Dia de Muertos.

Photo: Crédito: libertinus.

23

Try these three beverages at least once: coffee with mezcal during the cold days, chocolate with water for breakfast and tejate during warm days.

Photo: eduardorobles.

24

Visit a mezcal factory with a mezcal master who can teach you to identify all the nuances of flavor.

Photo: Aaron Rodriguez.

25

Eat and taste insects: chapulines, gusanos de maguey and chicatanas, all rich in flavor and very nutritious.

Photo: crincon.

26

Learn some indigenous native words in zapoteco, mixteco or mixe.

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Visit the amazing petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua.

Photo: cadampol.

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Go birdwatching in Chacahua lagoon.

Photo: L. Bernhein.

29

Attempt to taste all the regional sweets. (It’s hard to do!)

Photo: ule.

30

Taste the hallucinogen mushrooms in Huautla de Jiménez where the famous guide María Sabina was born.

Vía.

31

Work on a traditional handcraft, maybe an alebrije, a mask, or a textil.

Photo: ibzomar.

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Get atrociously drunk on mezcal, and when you feel very nostalgic, sing our traditional song “Dios nunca muere.”