Día de Muertos 2015
This past October, I visited Oaxaca, Mexico with Jim Cline Photo Tours. We spent 10 days exploring a variety of sites in the region and visiting cemeteries to experience the "Día de Muertos", (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
Everywhere you look are "calaveras" representing all walks of life.
A popular street food is "elote". Elote boiled corn on the cob, smothered in mayonnaise and finished off with your choice of seasonings, including chili powder and lemon or lime juice.
Chili lime peanuts
Jim hired a local mariachi band to play and pose for us so we could take photos. The setting was in front of the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán of Oaxaca in late afternoon. The light was beautiful!
The markets were full of flowers for purchase. The most popular for the grave sites are marigolds and cockscomb.
Pan de Muerto
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On the Zocalo
One afternoon, we visited the town of Teotitlan del Valle, known for its weaving. The trade involves the whole family. Children are taught to weave as young as 6 years old.
Master weaver at work.
Beautiful stone wall of the San Jeronimo church we visited in Tlacachahuaya.
Interior of San Jeronimo church, Tlacachahuaya.
Zeny Fuentes, master carver, carving wood to be later transformed into alebrijes, brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures.
The last day of our trip, we visited the large pre-Columbian archaeological site, Monte Albán. This was truly one of the trip highlights. We got an extra hour after the park closed to take in the sunset and fading light, making for beautiful photos.
Panoramic video from the top of the tallest of the ruins. Such an incredible place!
Group photo taken on the steps of a ruin in Monte Albán. What a great trip! Thank you, Jim Cline Photo Tours!
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