When I took the short trip from Oaxaca to see El Tule I honestly did not expect to be overly enthusiastic; however, I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only did I think seeing the tree in itself was wonderful, I found the mercados in El Tule were also great! The only problem I ran into was a shortage of cash. Unfortunately, I spent all my cash at the mercado and had none for the great lunch I had anticipated at the highly-rated El Tule Restaurant. Be forewarned - they do not accept credit cards and the only ATM in town was out of order. I will return for the lunch and bring more cash!