One of Oaxaca’s biggest and oldest, the Tlacolula market is our favorites. Early Sunday morning this Zapotec town bustles with people coming in from the surrounding smaller villages to buy and sell crafts, produce, livestock, and of course, the renowned mescal, a distilled alcohol beverage made from the smoked hearts of the maguey plant. You never know what you will find at this market, which is one of the best parts of going!

Ladies in the Indigenous section of themarket catch up on the news.

Ladies in the Indigenous section of the market catch up on the news.


Women from a surrounding pueblo sell their wares at the much larger Tlacolula market.


Some of the famous black pottery of San Bartolo Coyotopec, Oaxaca, at the Tlacolula market.