Mexico was never intended to be part of our long term travel plans in South America, in fact, it was a very last minute addition. Our sole reason for arriving in Mexico was to witness the Day of the dead celebrations in Oaxaca and use this for a jumping off point to journey south but we were so enamoured with the beauty of the country, both cultural and natural, that we couldn’t help but stay a month. If only I’d had the time, I could have spent our whole trip here.
The colourful streets, characters and celebrations of Mexico all lend themselves perfectly to being captured on camera so take a look below at some of the photographs I captured during our time there.
Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City is the Musical hub of the capital – Every day mariachi bands hang around the square playing music and waiting to be hired by the public to play them a tune or to be picked up, crammed in to a van and be whisked off to perform at a wedding or other celebration.
Xochimilco in the far south of Mexico City is known as the Venice of the South and with good reason – A vast network of canals weave between islands that you can navigate in colourful Trajineras
Hierve el Agua, a short ride from Oaxaca City, has to be one of the best natural beauties that we experienced in Mexico. Due to it’s relative remoteness, this site is a bit of a hidden gem and overlooked by most visitors to Oaxaca but in my opinion it’s one of the things that you have to do if you’re visiting the region.
We were lucky enough to be in Oaxaca during Day of the dead, or Dia de los Muertos. At this time the centre of Oaxaca bursts in to rainbows of colour as families create altars to welcome the dead, stores sell little offerings such as ornaments and sugar skulls, and flower sellers sit amongst their bunches of bright orange marigold flowers. This is a celebration of people that are no longer with us in memory of what they achieved in life. See how we celebrated here.
Located 40km north or Mexico City, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated at 125,000 or more. The city was established around 100AD and was under construction until approximately 250AD and may have lasted until the 7th or 8th century when the site was thought to have been continously sacked and burned. As the burning is limited to the structures relating to the ruling classes, there is thought that this may have been caused by an internal uprising. See what we thought of Teotihuacan here.
All photoraphy by me and my partner in crime Becky – See her snaps over her Instagram
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