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Tule Tree, Santa Maria del Tule

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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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  • Impressive- in age and size. Has witnessed a lot! Not a ton to see but great to see and soak in nonetheless. Worthwhile visit 
    Impressive- in age and size. Has witnessed a lot! Not a ton to see but great to see and soak in nonetheless. Worthwhile visit  more »
  • Beautiful tree in a serene setting. A small fee to get close, but cannot touch the trunk. We saw as part of a tour. Would not have wanted to miss when in the area. 
    Beautiful tree in a serene setting. A small fee to get close, but cannot touch the trunk. We saw as part of a tour. Would not have wanted to miss when in the area.  more »
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  • Pretty cool place to visit! The story behind the tree is interesting, entry is only MXN 20 and it's a cute little town to wander around. Don't be intimidated by the dogs - they are super gentle and just want some food.
  • Absolutely beautiful and peaceful spot to visit in Oaxaca, Mexico to experience the magical energy of this magnificent tree. Small fee paid at the gate to enter the church grounds where the Tree of Tule is located. Be sure to check out the botanical gardens surrounding the church with all of its lovely flowers.

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