Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Oaxaca City

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

Got two hours? You'll need it for the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed in the beautiful monastery buildings adjoining the Templo de Santo Domingo. This is one of Mexico's best regional museums. The rich displays t…
Top Choice Church in Oaxaca City

Templo de Santo Domingo

Gorgeous Santo Domingo is the most splendid of Oaxaca’s churches, with a finely carved baroque facade and nearly every square centimeter inside decorated in 3D relief with intricate gilt designs swirling around a pr…
Top Choice Public Art in Oaxaca City

Lapiztola

Oaxacan street art has reached global audiences through the work of Lapiztola, a small collective whose startling murals are usually based on photographically real images with creative embellishments and a strong po…
Top Choice Gallery in Oaxaca City

Espacio Zapata

In a city of provocative graphic art, this workshop and gallery is a key agitator. Founded by the art collective Asaro (Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca) in 2006, and never satisfied to put down its pa…
Plaza in Oaxaca City

Zócalo

Traffic-free, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by elegant portales (arcades), the Zócalo is the perfect place to start soaking up the Oaxaca atmosphere. It bustles with life by day and night, as marimba ensembles…
Museum in Oaxaca City

Museo Rufino Tamayo

A top-class museum, even by Oaxaca's high standards, showing off a wondrous collection of pre-Hispanic art donated by the city's most famous artist, Rufino Tamayo (1899−1991). It traces artistic developments in prec…
Street in Oaxaca City

Andador Turístico

Historic, romantic, dignified and safe, the wonderful Calle Alcalá (traffic-free since the 1980s) is what Oaxaca is all about. It runs north from the Cathedral to the Templo de Santo Domingo and is lined by typical …
Notable Building in Oaxaca City

Palacio de Gobierno

A 19th-century wonder of marble and murals, the State Government Palace occupies the Zócalo's southern flank. The large, very detailed stairway mural (1980), by Arturo García Bustos, depicts famous Oaxacans and Oaxa…
Landmark in Oaxaca City

Xochimilco Aqueduct

Wander northwest of the historical core and you’ll ultimately encounter this arched aqueduct rendered in typical green cantera stone that runs the length of Calle Rufino Tamayo. Built between 1727 and 1751, it was d…
Hill in Oaxaca City

Cerro del Fortín

Oaxaca’s sentinel hill with stairs, statues, a park and – of course – views makes a robust early morning run, stride or walk. It starts on Calle Crespo at the bottom of the Escaleras del Fortín, a wide stairway busy…