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. Put Tule Tree at the forefront of your travel plans using our Santa Maria del Tule vacation builder.
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  • August 8, 2017
    This tree is really extraordinary. Not only by their age, but because of its size. Worth a go to this town to see it. The tree is huge and is well maintained. More than 2 thousand years old and full of life. The surrounding park is also cute.
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  • August 3, 2017
    No doubt the main attraction of this place is the majestic entrance slope tule $10 there will find children who can offer you a tour where the imagination and the whimsical shapes of the tule take shape, from alligators to fish and an endless figures, in the surroundings you can find all kinds of crafts and foods so that you have a great day. Close of the tule you can also enjoy a unique recipe that you will only find in this region, the "Stone Soup"
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  • August 2, 2017
    I visit Oaxaca many years ago and didn't chance to know Tule tree, so this time my visit was influence by this atraction. See this tree is like being in Avatar Movie, just in front of the Ancient, Maj...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    El Tule, is sacred tree and the oldest tree, having more than 2.000 years. The three has 42 mt high and 14,05 mt diameter. It is peacefull with the all history of the world.
  • July 9, 2017
    A nice area with many gardens and small Mexican village near Oaxaca City. A must see day trip and lunch in El Tule.
  • March 7, 2017
    Massive cypress tree infront of a little typical church. Famed by local legends of the tree. Great plaza. So chill.
  • June 11, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful, totally worth the 10 pesos you will have to pay to get a closer look to the tree and the church.
  • March 26, 2017
    Beautiful little town, very clean. Tree is amazing. A must see on visit to oaxaca

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