Tree of Tule, Oaxaca de Juárez
Arbol Del Tule nickname tree of life is one of the oldest Cypress trees in the world approximately 1200 to 3000 years old but according to the based on growth rates is 1,433-1,600 years (Wiki).
If it can talk what great story can it tell? What amazing tree it has survived all these time. It is beautiful to look at and to me it doesn’t look old. The area is well maintained and nearby is a colorful 18th century Catholic Church Santa Maria and small market for souvenir hunters.
The tree nearly died because of pollution and draught fortunately it was safe. The tree is part of UNESCO world heritage list.
booked the 18th a tour for tule, teotitlan del valle, mitla ,hierve el aqua and mazatlan. I went here on the 20th of februari 2008. Needed to be at ready at 9.45 - 10.00 at hostal Ponchon.
bus came to late and went back to Hotel Rivera again so things became shorter.
you can see the tree outside the vence or as i did buy a ticket 3 pesos and the info is on the ticket.
this is the widest tree. they use the money because it needs so much water.
Spend 20 minutes here normally 30 minutes to spend
This tree, in the village of Santa Maria del Tule, is supposed to have the largest circumference in the world: 58 metres. It's about 2000 years old and 42 metres high (not the highest or oldest).
It's only 14 kms east of Oaxaca on highway 190. I saw it as part of a half-day tour to the eastern valley.
An interesting curiosity...
Tule is about 15 minutes out of Oaxaca by bus and is on the tourist circuit for one large tree on the Plaza. I stopped to take measurements on my way to the Mitla archeological site. It,s worth a good look.
Just 10 km east of Oaxaca in a small village a tree (42m high, 58 circumference, 3000 year old type of cypress) grows. If you ever wanted to feel like a dwarf than you should go there :-).
My Santa Maria Del Tule Page
A visit to Oaxaca isn't complete without visiting El Tule. Said to be the largest tree in the world in terms of volume, El Tule is HUGE! It is gated off so you cannot get too close. The little chapel that sits right next to it looks dwarfed by this mammoth tree. El Tule is easy to get to, about 15 minutes outside of Oaxaca. Just ask any taxi cab driver and they can get you there.
El Arbol de Santa Maria el Tule (or just "el Tule" for short) is the tree with the largest width/circumference in the world. The tree is over 2,000 years old and its girth (circumference) is a whopping 58 meters long. Just imagine what the history of this enormous tree has been or what it has seen so far in its life. This tree was alive during the rise and falls of countless of civilizations and conquistadores. Heck, this tree was about 800 years old when the fall of Monte Alban occurred!
The Tule Tree - 2,000 years old (the tree is in the town of Tule, which is named after a local bamboo reed. The tree is actually a cypress).