Finding art and adventure in one of
Mexico’s most vibrant cities
by REGINA ORTIZ, AGE 14
THIS SUMMER, my family and I decided to take a trip to Oaxaca,
Mexico. We were particularly
looking forward to seeing a new
exhibit, “Mexipunx,” by Ruben
Ortiz Torres (my father), at the
Centro Fotografico Manuel
Alvarez Bravo museum.
After arriving, we immediately had to try some of Oaxaca’s
world-famous hot chocolate
while enjoying the view at
That was one of the only days
we had to take it easy, however.
The rest of the trip was spent in
a flurry of sightseeing and visiting museums.
We hired a driver, who took
us around to the local villages for
200 pesos (about $12) per hour.
He not only drove us, but he
also knew where we should go
and provided information about
the places we visited, including
a natural infinity pool and the
Zapotec ruins of Mitla.
If we weren’t driving through
textile villages or meeting candlemakers, we were exploring some
of the many museums the city
has to offer. Oaxaca’s vibrant
colors make it a great place for
taking photos, too, which drove
us to discover new areas every
day. Each spot introduced a new
part of Oaxaca’s history. In some
cases, beautiful old buildings
would be next to plazas filled
with simple coffee shops and bars.
I would love to go back to
Oaxaca and continue to learn
more about the city — there is
still so much more I want to
see. Hopefully one day soon, I’ll
return and finish my tour of this