Truly charming, Oaxaca has so much to offer.
Home to many of the great Mexicans (Benito Juárez, hermanos Magón, Porfirio Díaz, José Vasconcelos, Rufino Tamayo), Oaxaca offers museum ¨patroned¨ by those notables.
Even if you wouldn´t be familiar with the Mexican history, you´s probably figure out that Benito Juarez (1806-1872) was an outstanding person real quick: the city itself is called Oaxaca de Juaréz, plus all over Mexico there are countless streets, schools, markets, restaurants, and bus companies named after him.
Coming from a remote Zapotec (indigenous) village, orphaned at the age of 3, eleven years later he decided to walk and try his luck in Oaxaca. He rose to become a state governor, and later on- justice minister, formulating one of the most break-through laws in the Mexican history. The Reform Laws sought to break the power of the Catholic Church, transferring for example the trails of priests to the ordinary courts, making them accountable for their crimes. The Laws were so controversial they eventually led to the War of the Reform (1858-61), with the liberals and the conservatives as the opposing parties. He also played an important role in ousting the French from the country. However, the most notable achievement of his would be making the primary education free and obligatory. Unfortunately, Casa Juárez (Juárez´ house) is one of the most disapointing museums I have ever visited, with loads of dusty furniture and text to read, and oh.. the sleeping guard at the entrance didn´t make it all any more exciting.
Another awesome thing about Oaxaca was Amate Book Store where you can easily spend hours browsing the collection of books that seems to picked especially for gueras like me: foreigners who fell in love with Mexico and want to absorb every single piece of information about the country.