Teds Travels: Mexicos most bizarre attractions (Part I)
During the last few weeks I’ve talked to you about the beautiful colonial cities in Mexico that I love the most. However, I find that the country has more dazzling destinations than I will ever be able to discover. To give you a broad idea of what I’m talking about, I’ve made a list (by no means comprehensive) of the most bizarre attractions that we can take you to in one of our tailor-made sightseeing tours:
1. Mercado de Sonora, Mexico City
The Sonora Market has a legendary reputation as the witchcraft market. In its stalls you will find potions for good luck, money problems, and even bad boyfriends. There’s no excuse for finding a cure to pretty much anything here – the market is open Monday thru Saturday 9am-7pm, so you can visit anytime convenient.
2. Night of the Radishes Festival, Oaxaca
On Christmas’ Eve, Oaxaca’s main city plaza is transformed into an outdoor exhibition where locals put on display sculptures carved out of radishes.
3. Huautla de Jimenez, Oaxaca
The figure of Maria Sabina is well known for her evening rituals with ‘magic mushrooms’. Nowadays, you can still take part in this experience at her hometown, located a 5-hours’ drive away from the city of Oaxaca.
4. Mapimí Silent Zone, Durango
The Durango desert is not only home to many famous movies (Ben Hur, The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones to name a few). It is also home to an area of ‘radio silence’. The rare phenomenon is attributed to earth energy, alien forces, and to US air forces dumping radioactive material in the zone, but truth be told, no one really knows why radio frequencies disappear here.
5. The Surrealist Castle of Edward James, Xilitla
In the middle of San Luis Potosi’s Huasteca jungle, an eccentric art collector by the name of Edward James built a surrealist castle. James arrived in Xilitla at the end of the 1940s. The British writer was captivated by the wild landscape and thus built a home that features 35 sculptures, stairs that lead to nowhere, and doors that open into the abyss.
Next week I will tell you more about a church submerged in water, an eerie isle of dolls, and other mind-blowing places hid in the corners of Mexico.
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au