Mexico has long been a tourist destination made famous by its year round beautiful weather and pristine beaches. Head out to rural Mexico to find some of the most fascinating and amazing places in the country.
Head to the state of Oaxaca for an authentic Latin American experience. Small towns like San Juan Teitipac, where the population is just 2,500, line the road closest to the highway, according to the New York Times.
The small town offers plenty of things to discover, as it is far off the beaten path in Mexico.
Explore the 16th-century monastery that is hidden behind the town's church. Surrounded by grapefruit trees, the monastery features well-preserved black and white murals of the Stations of the Cross, which were recently uncovered during ongoing restoration efforts. The monestary was built after the Spanish came to Mexico and tried to convert the local Zapotec people to Christianity, according to the news source. The cloister, which remained unfinished since the 1500s, has been taken over by grapefruit trees and other plants and turned into a waiting area for those looking to see the priest.
Visit the small local restaurant called La Catedral del Taco, or Taco Cathedral, and enjoy a delicious meal of sauteed pork, beef and chicken tacos, flavored with mole sauce and various spices.
The best way to visit Oaxaca is with a small adventure travel tour group.