Ocotlán de Morelos
Friday is market day in Ocotlán de Morelos and this is one market place that is well worth the 45-minute drive from Oaxaca. This is a market place that will give you the feeling that you are really in the heart of México. Mingle with the locals, negotiate for goods, snack on the pan de yema (a tasty local bread), fresh fried chicharrones or sample some of the locally made chocolate or try the delicious, home made, ice cream.
Most importantly, just relax and enjoy the mix of cultures and the down to earth atmosphere of a village market day. Local products include hand made hats, fresh fruit and vegetables of every description, from the village gardens and farms throughout the region. Other locally made items include oxen yolks, hand-woven reed mats and baskets, red pottery and rustic kitchen utensils.
The town’s Moorish temple is a dominant fixture, worth a look and possibly a photo or two, located in the center of town, right behind the sprawling market.
Location: 20 miles south of Oaxaca on highway 175.