Oaxaca had one of the liveliest Zocalos (central squares) we’ve ever seen. Every night the plaza fills with families, vendors, musicians and groups who mill around socializing and enjoying the night. A living room for the entire community, the plaza served as a place to play games, catch up on the latest news and gossip, grab a bite to eat, have a drink, listen to some music and walk around with your sweetheart.
From the ice cream vendors to souvenir vendors, to home textiles and clothes, everything was for sale in the evening around the plaza. Children ran about with toys and balloons begging their parents for another treat while teenagers bought their latest romance a flower. Everywhere you looked people were buying little trinkets for the ones they love. These women balanced heavy baskets of cut flowers on the head and simply wandered around the plaza looking for an interested party. I think business was pretty brisk for them given the number of couples in the plaza.
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Mexico turned out to be one of our favorite countries of the entire trip. There’s so much more to the country beyond cheap package holidays – we spent a month exploring regions beyond the beaches and had a wonderful time. From mountains and canyons to jungles and ancient ruins, Mexico is a great place to get a taste of adventure.