View from the Pier’s Visions of Oaxaca photo gallery contains more than 1,000 images of this colorful, vibrant Mexican state. Oaxaca is known for the cuisine and handicrafts of its indigenous people, of which the Zapotecs are the largest group. Located in Mexico’s southwest; Oaxaca is also the home to two important archaeological ruins, the extensive site of Monte Alban and the smaller but impressive Mitla. The capital city, which also bears the name of Oaxaca, has a lovely historic centro with a tree-lined zolcala and several magnificent colonial churches that earned the site recognition from UNESCO as being of “outstanding universal value.” About 45 miles east of Oaxaca in the SIerra Madres is Hierve el Agua (Spanish for “the water boils”), where clifftop springs laden with calcium carbonate have created petrified waterfalls.
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