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  • As it was explained to me by a smart young pueblo woman, the Guelaguetza is a concept where I give you something and later you give me something back of equal or greater value.

    Oaxaca and My Children

  • The Guelaguetza is performed weekly, and was to be performed that very night in the Camino Real's vast dining room.

    Oaxaca: what is it like?

  • But the "for tourists" Guelaguetza is fairly recent and I've seen the price of a seat rise from 100 pesos to 400 pesos in the 8 years I've lived here.

    update, July's Guelaguetza

  • The Guelaguetza is thought to be an expensive-ticket summer indigenous dance and song festival in July – which does exist.

    Oaxaca and My Children

  • The "official" Guelaguetza is now organized and promoted by the state Tourism office (Sedetur).


  • Fiesta Guelaguetza is so big that a 15,000 seat stadium was built in 1974 especially for the event, high on a hill overlooking the city.

    Oaxaca... magic city

  • Oaxaca's single biggest annual party, in mid-July, has come to be known as La Guelaguetza, which is Zapotec for "offering" or "mutual help".

    Oaxaca, Mexico: a day in one of the New World's finest cities

  • (I have been given to understand that there is another custom, also called Guelaguetza, which is quite different.

    The calm amid the storm

  • Leaving the city and descending the Cerro del Fortín just beyond the Auditorio Guelaguetza, there are newly erected signs indicating 40 kph.

    Seat belt, cell phone and speed limit laws are enforced in Oaxaca

  • Juanita is trying to figure out where she went wrong, realizing that Día de Los Muertos should top up her bank balance, just like the Christmas season, the summertime festival weeks known as Guelaguetza, and Easter.

    Case study from Oaxaca, Mexico: Am I paying my staff too much?


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