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Curiosities Árbol del Tule (Oaxaca)

Killing time in Oaxaca? Thinking of going to Mitla ruins or petrified waterfall Hierve el Agua? Then, you have this unique chance to see the biggest tree in the world! On the way. This huge cypress (ahuehuete) is suposed to be more than 2000 years old. It was here when Monte Albán was being constructed, when the Aztec emperor Montezuma was born or when the Spaniards came. If only it could tell...

Its thick thick trunk has 58 meters in perimeter! Its high is only 42 meters. It is said that the locals see in its twisted bark the face of Jesus or the butts of their favorite acresses.
What here: The biggest cypress stands (among other huge cypresses) on the courtyard on the main square of the village and in front of a nice small church. To see all of it you just need 15 minutes. Entrance fee: 5 pesos.

Once here it is worth to continue to Mitla ruins, petrified watefalls Hierve el Agua or to the next village Teotitlán. In Teotitlán you can admire (and buy) the best local hand made and naturally painted carpets.
How to get here: Take any second class bus heading to Tule or Teotitlán or Mitla from Autotransportes Valley del Norte (second class bus terminal in Oaxaca). You can also choose to go with a travel agency. They combine Tule with Mitla, Hierve el Agua and sometimes Teotitlán, making it a whole day trip. Their prices are very low ... so don´t complain if they leave one hour later, or forgett to pick you up at the hotel in the morning, or the „promised“ guide is nowhere to bee seen...