Tule Tree, Santa Maria del Tule

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Stand under the shade of Tule Tree, a Montezuma cypress situated in church grounds. With a diameter of 9.38 m (30.8 ft), the cypress is considered by many to be the stoutest tree in the world. Local Zapotec legend has it that the tree was planted around 1,400 years ago by a priest of Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god. Most scientific estimates support the Zapotec's belief, and its position on a sacred site, now a Roman Catholic Church, suggests there could be some truth in the legend surrounding its origin. Make Tule Tree a centerpiece of your Santa Maria del Tule vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santa Maria del Tule trip builder site .
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  • It's as big as everyone says and as inspiring, towering over the village church. But don't ignore the gardens , well kept, and look at some good examples of topiary - some rather whimsical !  more »
  • I've never seen a tree this big! It's 2000 years old and is the widest tree in the world apparently! There's a gate that surrounds the tree both inside and outside the site. It cost only $10pesos to g...  more »
  • Went there as part of a Mitla Full Day tour through Lescas Co tours. The tree is huge and was good to see. Only downside is it's hard to capture how big the whole thing is in a photo but still worth t...  more »
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  • Unbelievable!! It is a sight to behold... We went as part of a tour and I would definitely recommend it. Lovely area, beautiful town and so colourful.
  • We always enjoy spending time in tule. It's a great place to walk around, relax and grab a bite to eat. Don't be afraid to explore the side streets. Interesting walls and doorways and plants. Great place to escape the noise of Oaxaca City. Lots of fresh air as well.
  • A great place to visit. Beautiful garden very clean there's a mercado near by and small restaurants all around
  • A fun stop in a colorful town that centers around the tree. The tree is interesting, and the adjacent small church is worth some pictures. There is a topiary garden, and some large metal sculpture pieces in the town
  • Basically just a very big tree... But who doesn't want to see the largest tree in the world!! 🌲
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