Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca Regional Museum and Benito Juarez Market
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Explore the markets and museums in the city of Oaxaca on this half-day tour! Visit the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman and the Oaxaca Regional Museum located in its former convent. You’ll walk to the main city center and stroll around the ‘zócalo’ (town square) before spending time at two of the Oaxaca’s most famous markets—20 de Noviembre and Benito Juarez—where you’ll find local crafts and woven goods as well as delicious breads, chocolate and chilies. Round-trip coach transport from your hotel is included.
Around 10am, you’ll be picked up by comfortable coach from your hotel in Oaxaca for your half-day city sightseeing tour. Your first stop is the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, a monument of the Dominican Order, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Mexico. Your guide will point out the Chapel of the Rosary as well as the main altarpiece and tiled roof, and offer the historical background of the church and its reconstruction.
Visit the Oaxaca Regional Museum, located in the former Convent of Santo Domingo, which was active until the mid-19th century. You’ll see displays of archeological artifacts from the Mixtec and Zapotec cultures, including the gold treasures of Monte Alban’s Tomb 7.
Then, follow your guide on foot over a pedestrian walkway linking Santo Domingo and the city center to the zócalo, where several museums, galleries, craft shops and restaurants are located. Wander around the town square, called Garden of the Constitution, and take in the lovely sight of laurel trees, fountains and a bandstand (kiosko) where marimba bands sometimes play. Redesigned in the early 1900s, the zócalo is a great spot for locals and visitors alike.
Next, visit 20 de Noviembre Market (November 20th Market), also called Margarita Maza, which is well-known for its breads and chocolate. Located only a few blocks away, the market is one of the best in Oaxaca and a must-see destination. Wander around with your guide in search of excellent food from the Oaxaca region, including different types of mole, chorizo and more (own expense).
Afterward, head to Benito Juarez Market, established in 1893 as Oaxaca’s oldest market. Here, an entire city block offers a bit of everything. Browse for crafts, jewelry, leather bags, sandals and woven textiles or try specialty foods like fried grasshoppers (chapulines), a regional favorite. After your visit, re-board your coach for the return to your hotel at 2:30pm.
- Local guide
- Entrance fees
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)