Santa María del Tule is the town that has the widest tree in the world and it is located in Oaxaca.
This town is in the region of the Central Valleys, a region of Oaxaca where flavors, colors and cultures of the 7 regions converge and where the Guelaguetza is celebrated.
The Tule is a very big ahuehuete (or sabino) and its scientific name is Taxodium mucronatum. Ahuehuete comes from náhuatl and means old man of the water.
WHAT ARE ITS MEASUREMENTS AND WHAT IS ITS AGE?
The perimeter of the trunk is 14 meters and 44 meters in circumference. Thirty people are needed to cover its circumference. It reaches 42 meters high and it is about 2000 years old.
The tree is located in the atrium of the church of Saint Mary of the Assumption in the town of Santa María del Tule.
WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARÍA DEL TULE?
The principal tourist attraction of this town is the giant tree, in the ahuehuete you can find figures like a lion, a crocodile, a dolphin and others and take pictures with the tree. Other activities that you can do is to enjoy the local gastronomy in nearby restaurants or visit the gastronomic market. You can see the handcrafts in the handcrafts markets and end the day with a delicious oaxacan ice cream.