El Tule is a gargantuan Mexican ahuehuete (cypress), probably the most massive tree in Latin America. Its gnarled, house-size trunk divides into a forest of elephantine limbs that rise to bushy branches reaching 15 stories overhead.
The small town of Santa María del Tule, nine miles (14 km) east of Oaxaca City  on Highway 190, seems built around the tree. A crafts market, a church, and the town plaza, where residents celebrate their El Tule with a fiesta on October 7, all surround the beloved 2,000-year-old living giant.
Note: Eastbound Highway 190 to El Tule divides inbound traffic, either to the left along a town bypass, beneath a viaduct, or to the right, passing over the viaduct to the town and the El Tule tree.