San Pablo Guelatao

By tra

San Pablo Guelatao


San Pablo Guelatao is a small village located in the Sierra Norte region of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is situated in the mountainous terrain, approximately 56 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the city of Oaxaca de Juárez.

San Pablo Guelatao is primarily famous for being the birthplace of one of Mexico’s most revered historical figures, Benito Juárez. Benito Juárez was a Zapotec indigenous leader who served as the President of Mexico from 1858 to 1872. He is renowned for his advocacy of democratic principles, social justice, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Benito Juárez’s legacy as a statesman and reformer is widely celebrated in Mexico, and San Pablo Guelatao holds a special place as his hometown.

Visiting San Pablo Guelatao allows you to explore the roots and heritage of Benito Juárez. There are several attractions and activities you can engage in:

  1. Benito Juárez Birthplace: You can visit the humble adobe house where Benito Juárez was born. The house has been preserved as a museum, showcasing artifacts, memorabilia, and exhibits that provide insights into the life and accomplishments of Benito Juárez.
  2. Benito Juárez Park: Located in the village, the park features statues, monuments, and plaques dedicated to Benito Juárez. It is a serene space where you can reflect on his legacy and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.
  3. Explore the Zapotec Culture: San Pablo Guelatao is situated in an area with a strong Zapotec indigenous presence. You can learn about the Zapotec culture through interactions with local community members, craftspeople, and artisans. You may have the opportunity to witness traditional crafts, such as weaving and pottery.
  4. Hiking and Nature Exploration: The village is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, with opportunities for hiking, trekking, and nature walks. You can explore the mountains, valleys, and rivers in the region, taking in the scenic beauty and immersing yourself in the tranquil environment.
  5. Culinary Delights: San Pablo Guelatao offers a chance to savor traditional Oaxacan cuisine. You can taste local dishes, including traditional mole sauces, tlayudas (a type of large tortilla), and other regional specialties.

By visiting San Pablo Guelatao, you can pay homage to the legacy of Benito Juárez, gain a deeper understanding of the Zapotec culture, enjoy the natural surroundings, and experience the warm hospitality of the local community. It is a destination that combines history, culture, and natural beauty, offering a unique and enriching experience for visitors.

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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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