Santa María del Tule Travel Guide

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  • El Templo de Santa Maria de la Asuncion

    This particular tree is found in the town’s center growing in both the town’s main plaza and the atrium of the church of Santa María de la Asunción.The town’s Baroque-style church is called El Templo de Santa María de la Asunción (Temple of the Virgin Mary of the Assumption) and dates from the 18th century. The interior is graced by a number of...

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  • Trunk details

    The tree is occasionally nicknamed the "Tree of Life" from all the images of animals that are reputedly visible in the tree's gnarled trunk. As part of an official project local schoolchildren give tourists a tour of the tree and show all manners of creatures that the trunk features.Today, these forms have names such as “the elephant,” “the lion,”...

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  • Signboard with specifications

    The height is difficult to measure due to the very broad crown; the 2005 measurement, made by laser, is 35.4 m (116 ft). According to the signboard by the tree, it has a total volume of 816.829 m3 and a weight of 636.107 t (701.188 short tons.It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is...

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  • The stoutest trunk of any tree in the...

    The Tree of Tule has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. In 2001 it was placed on a UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites. In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 36.2 m (119 ft), equating to a diameter of 11.62 m (38.1 ft).However, the trunk is heavily buttressed, giving a higher diameter reading than the true cross-sectional of...

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  • Arbol del Tule

    El Arbol del Tule (The Tree of Tule) is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule. It is a Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum), or ahuehuete (meaning "old man of the water" in Nahuatl). The age is unknown, with estimates ranging between 1,200 and 3,000 years, and even one claim of 6,000 years; the best...

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  • El arbol de Tule

    The famous Ahuehuete probably one of the oldest tree of the mexican republic; maybe 2000 years old.The center of the small village of Tule is now completly renovated and the access to the tree very easy.About 60 meters circumference, it takes some minutes to walk around this prestigious tree.

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  • El Arbol del Tule.

    Well it's damned impressive and does give you a lot of shade on a sunny day.A Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum).Circumference of 58m, height 43m.Volume of 816,829m³ and weighs around 636,107 tons.Age unknown but thought to be from 1200-3000 years old.DNA tested to prove it was one tree.

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  • Small church next door

    There is a small (compared next to the tree) church next door. The tree sits on the same property as the church. A small entrance fee is charged to see the tree and walk around it, only about .50 US. Small children use mirrors to highlight the different features of the tree, although you must know Spanish in order to understand them.

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  • El Tule

    Well, seeming as how this page is dedicated to just the tree, then that's about all that I can recommend coming for. Here are a few interesting facts about it:1. The tree is considered to be 2000 years old2. The trunk of the tree has a 58 m circumference3. It is 42 m high4. Considered to be the largest living thing on earth, surpassing even the...

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Santa María del Tule Transportation

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    by Enzyme_X Written Jul 1, 2005

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    You can make a stop here when visiting Mitla, taking buses that leave from 2nd class bus-station in Oaxaca. The price from Oaxaca is 3,5 pesos and they will deop you right in front of the tree.
    To continue the ride to Mitla, or return to Oaxaca just go back to the street and wave to any bus that comes by and it will stop.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Apr 30, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Santa María del Tule is a town located 11 kilometers from the city of Oaxaca on Highway 190, passing the city and ruins of Mitla. The town and municipality are named for the patron saint of the place, the Virgin Mary and “Tule” comes from the Náhuatl word “tulle” or “tullin” which means bulrush.
    The town’s claim to fame is as the home of a 2,000 year old Montezuma cypress tree, known as the El Árbol del Tule, which is one of the oldest, largest and widest trees in the world.

    You can watch my photo of Santa María del Tule on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 17° 2' 46.67" N 96° 38' 12.05" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Santa Maria del Tule's town hall.

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