The "Zócalo" or central square is a major focus of most Latin American cities. "Zócalo" is a Mexican word, and other countries have different terms such as "plaza mayor." Still, it is where all life meets, especially on a Sunday after mass, when people stroll around in their best clothing. The Zócalo in Oaxaca, shown here, is much smaller than the huge one in Mexico City, but it's one of the more interesting ones. A shoe shine stand provides a great place to people watch, read a paper, or just relax.

© 1990, 1999 Richard McGuire

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