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When it\'s time for touring outside the city, one of the top natural marvels to discover is Hierve el Agua. These cliffs in San Lorenzo Albarradas are made of calcareous limestone and seem like a cascade that has been frozen. Established hiking pathways lead you right up to the cascade\'s brink.

Monte Albán, a 1,300-foot-high plateau with a terraced pyramid and other pre-Columbian antiquities, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Zapotecs, an indigenous tribe, developed a lot of the sites you\'ll see. They arrived in the area about 800 BC. It\'s the biggest of its kind in Central America\'s secondary major ceremonial site.

Oaxaca is primarily accessible through Xoxocotlán International, a regional airport in the state capital. The cities of Los Angeles, Dallas, dordle and Houston are the U.S. gateways for direct service. If you\'re traveling to the beach, it\'ll likely need a transfer. Most Americans going to Puerto Escondido Airport will stopover in either Guadalajara or Mexico City. But that could change soon, as the Pacific coast village becomes an increasingly popular tourist attraction.

Mezcal is an agave liquor that has been produced in Oaxaca for centuries. It has been manufactured in this region for hundreds of years utilizing methods that have, for the most part, proved impervious to the advances of mechanization.

It would take its own page to include all of the "palenques" (farm distilleries) where it is produced and the charming sipping parlors (taverns) where it is served (in fact, this is a good one right here). But if you\'re beginning your liquid voyage in the city of Oaxaca, here are four sampling chances you should not go over: We recommend Mezcalera In Situ for its extensive bottle selection and focus on education, El Distilado for tastings of mezcal with regional dishes, and Selva Oaxaca for experimental mezcal cocktails.

For a drink with a view, take your thirst to the rooftop of Puro Burro, a chic watering establishment created by native agave impresario, Asis Cortes – the guy behind Mezcal Dixeebe. If you\'re okay with trekking several hours outside the city boundaries, arrange a Mezcal Educational Tour with local expert Alvin Starkman. His renowned day trips get you up up and personal with the palenque\'s traditional methods. (Scheduling is possible here.)

There has been a rise in the number of beach-goers visiting Puerto Escondido recently. And for good cause - its tropical waters are stunningly magnificent and its culture undoubtedly endearing. But the state of Oaxaca state is really home to over 300 miles of coastline, so there\'s lots more to discover beyond the famous attractions.

Mazunte is a worthy example, with its cerulean surf rushing onto the craggy beach. The people here are really kind, so you shouldn\'t have any problem fitting in. Visit the local Mexican Turtle Center, an organization that works to protect everyone\'s favorite slow-moving reptile.

If you want to speed things up a little, travel several kilometers east down the coast to Zipolite. This beach is frequented by surfers because of the tremendous waves that pound its beaches. While some choose to just sun themselves while taking in the view of the cliffs in the distance. You might also go snorkeling in the reefs of Huatulco National Park, which is close by.
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