Tule Tree, Santa Maria del Tule

#15 of 370 in Things to do in Oaxaca
Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
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. Make Tule Tree a centerpiece of your Santa Maria del Tule vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santa Maria del Tule trip builder site.
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  • Due to covid the police do not want any visitors in the town so have put a sheet of plastic around the fence to try to stop anyone seeing it. Tour companies are still selling tours there and tourists....  more »
  • The police have put a 6-8 foot barrier all the way around the fence that surrounds the tree. They don’t want you trying to peek over it either and you can’t see through it. They are discouraging...  more »
  • Kind of a must see, tourist cliche. Big old tree with a little town attached. Students with top grades may be your guides. They have a memorized tour speech delivered in machine gun speed English. Cute kids but struggle if they go off script. Only an arborist would spend more than 30 minutes here.
  • This is the thickest tree I've seen my whole life. You can no longer touch it since now its gated. Still is truly spectacular. Also nearby there is a ice cream place inside a Mercado which has authentic Oaxaca ice cream. Dare to try something different, you wont be disappointed.

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