East: The Textile Route
The host of colorful enticements along this path could tempt you into many days of delightful exploring. For example, on Saturday you could head out, visiting the great El Tule tree and the weavers’ shops in Teotitlán del Valle and continuing east for an overnight at Mitla.
Next morning, explore the Mitla ruins, then return, stopping at the hilltop Yagul archaeological site and the Tlacolula Sunday market. In either direction, going or coming from the city, you could pause for a brief exploration at the Dainzu and Lambityeco roadside archaeological sites.
One more day would allow time to venture past Mitla to the remarkable mountainside springs and limestone mineral deposits at Hierve El Agua. Stay longer and have it all: a two- or three-day stay in a colorful market town, such as Tlacolula, with a side trip to visit the textile market and community museum at Santa Ana del Valle and also perhaps to a quiet backcountry village, such as San Bartolomé Quialana or San Marcos Tlapazola, south of Tlacolula.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition