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Santo Domingo Tehuantepec

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Santo Domingo Tehuantepec

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Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, better known as Tehuantepec, is a small town in Oaxaca.


The city is still the center of Zapotec culture in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and is the second largest in the region. The city is known for its women and their traditional dress, which was adopted by Frida Kahlo. Tehuantepec has a reputation for being a "matriarchal society." Women do dominate the local markets and are known to taunt men. However, political power is still the domain of men. The city experienced a short economic boom in the early 20th century related to a rail line that was built linking the two oceans, but it was soon eclipsed by the Panama Canal. There have been plans to resurrect the line linking the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean but financing has been a problem.

Get in

There are autobuses and colectivos arriving and departing on the main road on the east side of the river, next to the city center. Juchitán de Zaragoza is approximately 30 minutes away.

Get around

The town is easily covered by foot, there are also a lot of mototaxis offering cheap rides.


Tehuantepec is not really an interesting place to go to, merely a stopover alternative to Juchitán de Zaragoza. You can visit the town plaza or walk on the old train track, which is turned into a path.







Get out

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