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The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is the narrow strip of land that connects the bulk of Mexico to the Yucatan peninsula. Here, only 200 km separates the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It was an important trade route before the Panama Canal was built. The western part of the isthmus is in Oaxaca state.

You know you're in Tehuantepec when you see women wearing colorful, embroidered huipils. The kind of outfits Frida Kahla made famous.

We were lucky enough to be there for one of their barrio velas - a party that goes on for 3 nights with music, dancing, food, beer and mezcal.