Again, we woke up for sunset in the mineral springs (and a wash ;-) ) and did a few short hikes around the area for different vistas of the frozen waterfall. We then head for Mitla, which had ruins with stone carvings (unique in Mexico apparently). It also had an extensive artisan market nearby selling the usual array of goodies. We bobbed along Mex 190 stopping at a few Mescal distilleries, but they weren't as good as the Tequila ones and with their 'get them in, get them out' conveyor belt of tours it was a little too impersonal for us. Plus they had a lot of the creamy Mescals to taste - a give away that it was geared towards gullible gringos. So...we moved on to Teotitlan del Valle, famed for their weaving workshops and demonstrations. We completely appreciated the amount of work involved to create these rugs, carpets, bags, etc, but they weren't really our taste. Still, check them out for yourselves, as you'll bag a bargain if they are your thing.

After Teo, we went to El Tule, to view the largest tree in the world. At 11 metres wide and 42 metres high, it probably is true. It's also at least 1500 years old! Quite a bizarre attraction, but it's a cool thing to see. NB you can't go and do the 'tree hugging' photo op like you can with the redwoods in California, so it's hard to see the scale of it in the pictures. 

We headed back to Oaxaca for the Day of Dead festivities. It's impossible to write everything we saw, but as a summary there were the people running around with fireworks, bands trying to out play each other, food being thrown, parades in the backstreets, 'dead' themed performances, etc. It was awesome. Mexicans know how to party. Fact.

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