About Oaxaca Mexico, Home of Famous Oaxacan Art
The Climate of Oaxaca Mexico
Due to its geography, Oaxaca’s climatic conditions are understandably both numerous and diverse. These include the Pacific coast area with its summer rains and hot, sub-humidity and summer rains and semi-cold conditions in the higher parts of the state. The northern section of the state is one of the regions with the most rainfall in the nation.
For the most part, Oaxaca enjoys moderate climate all year long. Winter temperatures are about sixty-three degrees, and the summer checks in with temperatures around the seventy-two degree mark. The state experiences an average rainfall of nearly 17 inches a year, with the maximum amount of rain falling to be closer to 147 inches.
As with most nations, the coastal region is a favorite destination for tourists and natives alike. Well within the tropical region, temperatures average 86 degrees F. Along the coast it is usually arid, while the nearby mountains are blessed with a little more rainfall. A typical day during the rainy season might find the morning clear, with clouds coming in during the afternoon when thunder can be heard from the mountains that are nearby. Usually, these clouds provide a welcome reprieve from the sun. Following is a chart that reflects the amount of Daylight and Sunlight you can expect during the year.
Like many other coastal areas, the rainy season ushers in the threat of hurricanes. Occasionally these can be damaging, like in October of 1997 when Hurricane Pauline paid a visit.
As you proceed “upward” into the mountains you encounter jungle conditions that offer a cooler temperature due the increased elevations. It is these areas that provide the raw materials Mexican Artists use for their wood carved sculptures. One of the most noted Mexican Folk Art forms is custom wood carvings known as Alebrijes. These can be purchased directly from the purveyors of this Mexican Folkart, or, if you prefer, you can find this Oaxacan art for sale online.Regardless where you buy your Oaxacan art, you will enjoy both the uniqueness and intricacy of the Artwork for sale.
The Geography of Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca is located in the southeastern part of Mexico, and in “territory size” ranks as the fifth largest state in the country. Its 95,000 plus square kilometers are bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the south, Chiapas on the East, Veracruz and Pueblo to the north and to the west is Guerrero.
To say that the area is “mountainous” in nature would be somewhat of an understatement, as some 90% of the state is dominated by what seems like endless mountain ranges. There are five different systems represented, including the southern Sierra Madre and the Chiapas Sierras to name a few.
The mountain ranges are “blessed” with a number of peaks in access of 3000 meters (9000 feet.) These include, but are not limited to:
Another important part of Oaxaca’s geography is its rivers. These include, but are not limited to, the Atoyac, Tehuantepec, Astata, Inferior and Superior. Together they provide the necessary water for the various eco-systems in the region.
One of those eco-systems is the pine and oak forests located in the higher ranges. This provides the materials needed for the famous and well-known Oaxacan Woodcarving. Wildlife Wood Carvings are a major example of Mexican Folk Art, and one of the major products produced are Alebrijes. Many Mexican Artists have these Alebrijes for sale, but if you find it a real challenge to get there you can find this Oaxacan art for sale online.