The village is tiny, poor and set in a beautiful valley that you get to after driving a little over 2 kilometers along a hilly road.
One of the strange things we noticed about this village, and all over Oaxaca, was the number of unfinished houses and rooms. As evidenced in the photo above. Somebody suggested to me that they never completely finish them because they can't be taxed if they are not completed. Not at all sure if this is true or not.
There was a very steep "road" leading up to the church in town. The entrance was blocked by a large garland of flowers. Lots of people were walking up to the church and we could hear music. Not church music. Happy music. We decided to park and tackle that climb.
We were well rewarded for our efforts. (note that the church is unfinished also!) We were there the day that first communion, baptism and confirmations were all taking place. I think the whole village was up there! Note the girls in the white Communion dresses.
I told you that it was a long, steep and hot climb up to the top!
Back to those girls. They have on identical dresses. We saw two other "couples" who were also dressed identically. But each in a different style of dress. It was like the store they went to had three styles of dresses, two each, and they bought them all. Cute. Of course, there may be some other explanation, but I like mine.
These ladies were wonderful. Talk about authentic village dresses.
As the party was breaking up, we decided to head out to the beach and check it out. After we were done looking around, we stopped at this tiny restaurant that advertised a restaurant upstairs also. It turned out to be the local surfer hangout. We ordered and were served some delicious tlayudas. Chicken and chorizo. Nothing fancy about this place.
I liked how they placed these empty wine bottles on all the pieces of rebar that were sticking up where construction had left off.
I was also jealous of their ability to cover a wine bottle with candle was drippings. I have never been able to successfully do this.
So tomorrow I will drive you a little ways out of the village and we will get to see some real surfers and surfer waves!
But before I do, play this video. It is the village band that was producing the happy music. Sweet.