The Thursday tianguis is Zaachila’s weekly main event. It spreads for blocks below the archaeological site and church. Thousands of Zapotec-speaking country people stream into town to buy, sell, gossip, flirt, and fill up with their favorite delicacies.
A few highlights are the luscious, scarlet-red pitacaya (pee-tah-KAHY-yah) fruits, and the foamy-tan tecate (tay-KAH-tay) drink, corn-based and deliciously flavored with chocolate, rosita flower petals, and ground seeds of mamey, all sweetened with brown sugar juice and honey.
For a breezy change of pace, hop into one of the buzzing moto-taxis (motorized rickshaws) for a 10-minute jaunt (for about $1.50) around town.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition