La Guelaguetza 2012 :: A Snapshot of Color & Culture…

Spending 2 weeks in Oaxaca isn’t enough time to photograph the beauty that is La Guelaguetza!  There just isn’t enough time…

This year Oaxaca celebrated 80 years of the Guelaguetza.  For those who have never seen this celebration of Oaxacan life and culture, you don’t want to miss the “parade of delegations” that winds it’s way down the streets of downtown Oaxaca.

The Guelaguetza happens the last 2 weekends of of July.  The parade happens on Saturday and on Monday the delegations dance in front of a sell-out crowd in the Auditoria Guelaguetza, up on the hill side overlooking the city.


For those more adventurous, you might want to check out the many “mini” Guelaguetza celebrations that happen all over Oaxaca.   San Pablo Villa de Mitla and San Antonino Castillo Velasco are towns surrounding Oaxaca City, that both host Guelaguetza celebrations.  Both are free to attend and allow you to get up close to the action…

These are just a few photos of what you might see if you come to Oaxaca during the Guelaguetza.

There really isn’t anything like this in all of Mexico.  We met some folks who came south from Baja California just for the Guelaguetza weekend.  It’s a beautiful celebration of the life, culture & tradition of Oaxaca.  It’s worth coming to Oaxaca just for the Guelaguetza.  While your there, make sure you check out some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Oaxaca and sample the delicious food of Oaxaca.  There’s so much to see and experience!

If you get a chance to view the Guelaguetza celebration on the hill on one of the Monday’s…don’t pass it up!  Photos don’t give you the vibe of thousands of people cheering for their favorite delegations!

San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec  “Flor de Piña”

The Rockettes should worry about these gals!  They are definitely the stars of the Guelaguetza!

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