Villa de Etla

By tra

Villa de Etla


Villa de Etla is a small town located in the central part of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, in the Etla Valley. It is situated approximately 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of the city of Oaxaca de Juárez.

The history of Villa de Etla dates back to pre-Hispanic times when the area was inhabited by indigenous Zapotec communities. The Zapotec people established settlements in the Etla Valley due to its fertile land and favorable agricultural conditions. The region was an important agricultural center for the Zapotec civilization, known for its cultivation of crops such as maize (corn), beans, and squash.

During the colonial period, Villa de Etla became part of the Spanish colonial system. The town’s main plaza was established, featuring the Templo de San Pedro y San Pablo, a historic church that still stands today. The church, with its colonial architecture and religious significance, serves as a reminder of the town’s colonial past.

Villa de Etla is known for its traditional Friday market, which attracts both locals and visitors. The market offers a vibrant display of local products, including fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, textiles, ceramics, and handicrafts. It provides an opportunity to experience the local culture and purchase traditional Oaxacan products.

The town also features several traditional adobe houses with red-tile roofs, showcasing the architectural style of the region. Exploring the streets of Villa de Etla allows visitors to appreciate the local architecture and immerse themselves in the town’s relaxed and authentic atmosphere.

In recent years, Villa de Etla has gained recognition for its commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. The town has implemented initiatives to promote organic farming, waste management, and ecological awareness. This focus on sustainability aligns with the region’s agricultural heritage and showcases the town’s efforts to preserve its natural environment.

Visiting Villa de Etla provides an opportunity to experience the authentic charm of a traditional Mexican town, immerse oneself in the local culture, and explore the local market. The town’s rich history, colonial architecture, and proximity to the beautiful landscapes of the Etla Valley make it an interesting destination for those seeking an authentic Oaxacan experience.

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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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