It was about a 7 km (4 mile) hike and it takes you to a series of overlooks that allow you views of the entire city that surrounds the mountain. The guide books say that you shouldn't even go up this mountain due to muggers, but we prepared ourselves by not having anything with us that the muggers would want! Well, maybe our camera, but we needed that for pictures.
Anyhow, there was a police exercise going on at amphitheater on the hill, so there were a lot of police there to scare the muggers away!
Susana and Ruth heading up the hill.
Getting high above Oaxaza.
If you look closely on the hill to the right of center, you can make out the ruins site of Monte Alban.
Susana, Ruth, and Kevin.
It was soooo easy to do a hike without a fifty pound backpack. Admittedly, we only went from 5,100 ft to 5,900 feet, but it was almost effortless with no weight on your back!
Heading back down.
Hard to believe we only saw one or two people on this hike in the middle of a city of a million people! Apparently the trails are pretty busy early in the morning with joggers and dog walkers, but after 10:00am it's pretty much vacant.
A new section of town. Oaxaca is a growing city!
Somebody has some money!
A statue of Morelos overlooking the city. Not sure what he's pointing at!
It was a good walk and we were gone a little over two hours. Relaxed for the afternoon, I even had a snooze in the hammock here! Later on, after 4:00pm when the churches re-open, we walked over to the Templo de Santo Domingo church so that we could see the interior. We had read that it was one of the most ornate in Mexico, with over 60,000 sheets of 23.5 karat gold leaf having been used to decorate the interior. Apparently there's no money in the church business!
Construction began in 1570 and took over 200 years to complete!
The ceiling is amazing.
The "Tree of Life" decorates the ceiling in the entryway.
The domed roof of one of the side chapels.
Definitely one of the more interesting churches we've ever visited.
Today, we're off to the ruins of Monte Alban!