Puebla Magico

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Puebla Magico

A “Pueblo Mágico” (Magical Town) is a designation given to certain towns and villages in Mexico by the Mexican government’s Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR). The Pueblos Mágicos program aims to promote and preserve the cultural, historical, and natural heritage of these selected places, boosting tourism and economic development in the region.

In the state of Oaxaca, there are several villages designated as Pueblos Mágicos due to their unique cultural, historical, and natural attributes. These villages offer visitors an authentic and enchanting experience. Some of the Pueblos Mágicos in Oaxaca are:

  1. Huautla de Jiménez: Located in the Sierra Mazateca region, Huautla de Jiménez is known for its rich indigenous traditions and its connection to the Mazatec culture. The town is famous for its traditional ceremonies, rituals involving the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the birthplace of renowned healer María Sabina.
  2. Capulálpam de Méndez: Situated in the Sierra Norte region, Capulálpam de Méndez is known for its natural beauty, ecotourism, and preservation of traditional Zapotec culture. The village offers opportunities for hiking, exploring the surrounding forests, and visiting historic sites such as the 18th-century San Mateo Church.
  3. Mazunte: Located on the Pacific coast, Mazunte is renowned for its beautiful beaches, relaxed atmosphere, and commitment to ecological sustainability. The village is home to the National Mexican Turtle Center, where visitors can learn about the conservation efforts for various sea turtle species.
  4. San Pablo Villa de Mitla: Located near the archaeological site of Mitla, this village is famous for its Zapotec ruins, intricate stone mosaics, and traditional handicrafts. Mitla is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Oaxaca, showcasing the architectural and artistic achievements of the ancient Zapotec civilization.

The designation of Pueblos Mágicos recognizes the cultural and historical significance of these villages, promoting sustainable tourism and supporting the preservation of their heritage. Visitors to these Pueblos Mágicos can expect to experience the local traditions, taste regional cuisine, explore historical sites, and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

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Tra Hitt lives in Oaxaca with his wife Rebecca, her sons, 3 cats and a vocho named Frida Vochida

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