Above: Monte Albán, an ancient urban center occupied by the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples between 500 B.C. and 850 A.D., Oaxaca, Mexico - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

When Andrew Harper editors travel for pleasure, they can’t help but do a bit of reconnaissance work on the part of the company. True to form, one of our editors recently visited Oaxaca City,Mexico, and found it impossible not to scout out the area with members in mind. Over the course of five days, she ate at world-renowned restaurants, sipped fine mezcal at off-the-beaten-path distilleries, shopped at craft markets, browsed galleries and viewed ancient ruins and cave paintings. While the city center may lack luxury hotels of the type to which Andrew Harper members are accustomed, it is very much a place that more adventurous travelers would appreciate. Oaxaca is a vibrant, culturally diverse area with deep food and textile traditions that are admired around the world. Here’s what she had to say about her trip.

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Above: Monte Albán, an ancient urban center occupied by the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples between 500 B.C. and 850 A.D., Oaxaca, Mexico - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR