Veracruz, Oaxaca + The South

Things to do in Veracruz, Oaxaca + The South

Take in the scenery at this overlook clinging to the 3,000-foot walls of Sumidero Canyon.

Over 150 families in this carpet-weaving village earn their living by "painting on wool." Their technique, which uses only natural dyes, dates from the pre-Hispanic era.

This ancient Zapotec regional capital is about five miles west of Oaxaca. The preserved city allows a glimpse into the lives of area natives from 500 B.C. to 800 A.D.

The handicrafts market at the corner of Ckilapana and Socaire, in San Pedro de Atacama, sells downy-soft alpaca and llama wraps made by artisans in nearby Cámar and Toconao. Open daily.

A stroll through the Central de Abastos, the city’s oldest open-air market, is like a journey through the encyclopedic contributions that Mexico—and, more specifically, food-obsessed Oaxaca—has made to the global pantry.

The spot to pick up local produce and blocks of Oaxaca’s famous cheese. Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the food stalls in the meat market section. Tame tasters should try hot chocolate or the little filled tortillas.

The former monestary- a 16th-century colonial building with vaulted corridors, arched windows, and magnificent staircases - houses a vast collection of cultural and archaeological treasures dating from the pre-Hispanic era to the present.