Exploring The ‘Real’ Huatulco, Santa Maria
Although it may sound confusing, there are actually two Huatulco’s in Oaxaca, Mexico. Santa Maria Huatulco is the original Huatulco, dating back to the 1500’s. This town offers a glimpse of Oaxacan history as you meander through its cobblestone streets. Santa Maria is located approximately 8 miles west of the Huatulco international airport.
This town name was the inspiration for the more touristy ‘Huatulco’, developed in the early 1980’s – profiled throughout this blog.
Nestled among the mountains and the Huatulco river, Santa Maria is a small town, full of culture. Home to Huatulco’s national park, Santa Maria houses an impressive variety of trees and wildlife. This makes it an excellent jumping-off point for everything from mountain biking and river rafting to horse back riding and coffee plantation tours.
The old cobblestone streets that run through Santa Maria, Huatulco truly give a sense of the history found in this small town.
Nestled in the heart of this town, you will find a bustling market, offering a variety of locally grown and made produce. Everything from fresh fruit to locally made textiles.
Amongst the many vendors you will find a variety of Huatulco delicacies that are sure to give you a taste of an authentic Oaxacan meal.
Within the market you will find a small drink stand where you can enjoy a nice refreshing beverage as you browse from vendor to vendor.
The assortment of textiles and pots provide the perfect outlet to do some souvenir shopping during your trip to Santa Maria.
Every day brings with it a batch of some of the freshest fruits you will ever taste. The amazing colors and varieties are sure to leave you wanting to buy the whole stand.
An adorable local boy enjoying a day at the Santa Maria market, while also proving to be quite the little model at this impromptu photo shoot.
The same boy waiting for some fresh tortilla’s at this amazing tortilla shop that offers 100% locally grown & handmade products.
One of the first stages in the tortilla making process is to soak the corn so that it is soft enough to be ground into a smooth paste. This is done in large buckets with cloth overtop to hold in the moisture.
As mentioned, the softened corn is then put through this grinding machine to turn it into a workable dough.
At which point, the dough is hand pressed, one by one, to form the thin round shape typical of a tortilla.
Finally, the tortillas are placed on a hot stone surface and flipped until both sides are cooked to perfection.
If you are lucky enough to vacation in the tourist based Huatulco mentioned throughout this blog, be sure to also check out its roots. Santa Maria, Huatulco offers plenty to do all the while enjoying the amazing mountain backdrop.
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