Oaxaca, gourmet heart of Mexico
Mexican cuisine is so good it’s on Unesco’s cultural heritage list. And while you can eat well across the entire country, the top place to sample the best of Mexico’s food is the state of Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca)...
Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead): how to celebrate the dead in Mexico
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Places in Oaxaca
With appealing cultural and culinary scenes and a beautiful colonial core of lovely, tree-shaded streets, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Artists and artisans alike are inspired by the area’s creative atmosphere, indigenous traditions and bright, clear light.
Loved by surf bums, water-sports junkies and perma-tan international travelers, this ‘Hidden Port’ is one of the most enjoyable spots on Mexico’s Pacific coast. By day, you can surf, snorkel, dive, swim, go sportfishing or look for turtles, dolphins and whales. By night, a busy cafe, restaurant and bar scene brings live music and a freewheeling, unpretentious nightlife.
The countryside and villages around Oaxaca are a big part of its appeal. The city stands at the meeting point of three valleys that have been a center of civilization since pre-Hispanic times: the Valle de Tlacolula, stretching 50km east from the city; the Valle de Zimatlán, reaching about 100km south; and the Valle de Etla, stretching about 40km north.
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Tips and articles
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Mexico's ultimate secret sauce
Digging into the varied and distinct regional cuisine is a tempting impetus for visiting to Mexico, but the signature dish of the country's culinary capital, Oaxaca, is the rich, dark, mysterious mole negro (pronounce...
Día de Muertos: dancing with the dead
A visit to Mexico at the beginning of November will afford an unsuspecting visitor a startling sight: streets adorned with papier-mâché skeletons, children eating candy skulls, shops selling marzipan coffins, and loca...
Striking it rich in Mexico: the Age of Silver in the Northern Central Highlands
The fabled silver mining cities of central Mexico are a great place to dig into some significant (if not always so glittery) periods of Mexican history...