El Tule

El Tule

El Tule, 10km east of Oaxaca along Hwy 190, draws crowds of visitors for one very good reason: El Árbol del Tule, which is, by some measures, the biggest tree in the world. California’s General Sherman sequoia is ahead in total volume, but at 14m in diameter, El Árbol del Tule certainly has the world’s widest trunk. This vast ahuehuete (Montezuma cypress) dwarfs the pretty 17th-century village church beside which it towers. Much revered by Oaxacans, the tree is reckoned to be over 2000 years old, which means it was already growing when ancient Monte Albán was in its infancy.

 

 

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