Santa María del Tule : Townsfolk have literally built their town around their gigantic beloved El Tule tree, a cousin of the giant redwood trees of California.
Teotitlán del Valle : Fine wool carpets and hangings, known locally as tapetes, are the prized product of dozens of local family workshop-stores.
Mitla : Explore the monumental plazas and columned buildings, handsomely adorned by a treasury of painstakingly placed greca (Grecian-like) stone fretwork.
San Bartolo Coyotepec : A small city of roadside home-workshops and an unmissable museum display the famously pearly-black pottery pioneered by celebrated potter Doña Rosa a generation ago.
Zaachila : Its monumental archaeological zone and riotously colorful tianguis make Zaachila a Thursday destination of choice in Oaxaca.
Monte Albán : Any day is a good day to visit this, Mesoamerica’s earliest true metropolis, which to some still seems to rule from its majestic mountain-top throne.
San José El Mogote : Its regal reconstructed pyramids and plazas and the unforgettably red diablo enchilado displayed in its community museum, plus the neighboring Etla market , make San José El Mogote a worthwhile Wednesday out-of-town excursion.