Introducing Oaxaca City
With a beautiful colonial core of lovely, tree-shaded streets and highly creative artistic, culinary and craft scenes, Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most captivating cities. Artists and artisans alike are inspired by the area’s deep-rooted indigenous traditions and by its bright, clear southern light. Oaxaca has top-class museums, charming inns, fascinating markets, a clutch of good language schools and its own exhilarating version of Mexican cuisine. The easygoing pace frequently breaks out into the fireworks of a fiesta, and there’s some brightly colored event unfolding in the streets or the Zócalo (Oaxaca’s lovely central square) almost every day.
Set at the nexus of three valleys flanked by high mountains, the city is surrounded by fascinating archaeological sites and colorfully traditional villages and small towns with bustling weekly markets. The valley and mountain landscapes provide abundant opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and good active-tourism operators and successful rural tourism programs make it easy to enjoy these experiences.
Despite its cultural riches, the state of Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s poorest, and the city’s fringe settlements of migrant villagers, as well as some of the villages themselves, are as impoverished as any in Mexico. There are opportunities for volunteer work among these communities. Yet despite such problems, the people of Oaxaca are among the most warmly hospitable in the country.
Mexico - Oaxaca (Chapter)
The state of Oaxaca has a special magic felt by Mexicans and foreigners alike. A redoubt of indigenous culture, it’s home to the country’s most vibrant crafts and art scene, some outstandingly colorful festivities, a uniquely savory cuisine and...
Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead): how to celebrate the dead in Mexico
Día de Muertos en Ocotepec by elgatoenlaluna. Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0) Location: Oaxaca, Mexico Dates: 1–2 November Level of participation: 3 – everyone’s invited to the party, even the dead Mexico’s Carnivalesque remembrance of departed souls is one of the world’s most universally familiar festivals...
Oaxaca City destination guides
Creative nation: Mexico's artistic genius
Ever since pre-Hispanic times, the Mexican people have shown an innate talent for artistic representation and a keen eye for color...
Mitla and Monte Alban Combo Tour from Oaxaca
Visit two extraordinary archeological sites—Mitla and Monte Alban—with this full-day combo tour that takes you sightseeing with a knowledgeable guide. Set out by comfortable coach from Oaxaxa to the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla, whose well-preserved mosaics tell an interesting tale.
Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca Regional Museum and Benito Juarez Market
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.
Weirdo a go-go: the world's strangest festivals
Forget Glastonbury and head instead to one of the world's more unusual festivals – far more exciting than camping, Coldplay and chemical toilets...