Oaxaca is a riot of color and food, and a myriad of indigenous cultures. It's the sort of place where it's not out of the question to want to start planning your next trip as soon as you land.
But outside of the bucket list destinations of Oaxaca City and the beaches of Puerto Escondido lies a little-visited town far down the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region—where the land pinches together before funneling off into Chiapas and the Yucatan—called Juchitán de Zaragoza.
Mostly populated by the indigenous Zapotec people, Juchitán is like no other place. For one, women run the show. The town has long had the reputation as a matriarchal society, and is known most famously for its muxes—an accepted third gender category unique to the Oaxaca region and the indigenous Zapoteca culture. The festivals, meanwhile, called velas, are days-long throwdowns of dancing and mass-scale cooking by armies of helpers; the food itself is like nothing you’ve ever seen in the rest of Mexico, with nary an enchilada or taco in sight.
Plunge into this visual tour of Juchitán’s food culture to understand why it belongs on the itinerary for your next trip to Mexico.
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