Top Choice Museum in Oaxaca City

Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

The Museum of Oaxacan Cultures, housed in the beautiful monastery buildings adjoining the Templo de Santo Domingo, is one of Mexico's best regional museums. The rich displays take you right through the history and c…
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 Viewpoint in Mazunte

Punta Cometa

This rocky cape, jutting out from the west end of Mazunte beach, is the southernmost point in the state of Oaxaca and a fabulous place to be at sunset, with great long-distance views.
Top Choice Plaza in Oaxaca City


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…
Top Choice Beach in Puerto Escondido

Playa Zicatela

Three-kilometer-long Zicatela is Puerto Escondido’s most happening beach, with enticing cafes, restaurants and accommodations, as well as the legendary surfing waves of the Mexican Pipeline. The heart of the action,…
Archaeological Site in Valle de Tlacolula

Yagul Ruins

The Yagul ruins are finely sited on a cactus-covered hill, about 1.5km north of the Oaxaca−Mitla road, 34km from Oaxaca. Unless you have a vehicle you’ll have to walk the 1.5km: caution is advised on this isolated r…
Lagoon in Puerto Escondido

Laguna Manialtepec

The 6km-long Manialtepec Lagoon, beginning 14km west of Puerto Escondido along Hwy 200, is a paradise for bird enthusiasts and a fascinating place for anyone interested in nature. Ibises, roseate spoonbills, parrots…
Archaeological Site in Mitla

Ancient Mitla

Mitla's ancient buildings are thought to have been reserved for specific occupants: one group for the high priest, one for the king and so forth. Visitors usually just see the two main groups in the town: the Grupo …
Ruins in Valles Centrales

San José El Mogote

Fourteen kilometers northwest of central Oaxaca on Hwy 190, a westward turnoff (signposted ‘Nazareno’, 'San José Mogote' and 'Guadalupe Etla') leads 1.5km to San José El Mogote. Long ago, Mogote was the major settle…
Handicrafts in San Bartolo Coyotepec

Alfarería Doña Rosa

All the polished, black, surprisingly light pottery, called barro negro, that you find around Oaxaca (in hundreds of shapes and forms – candlesticks, jugs and vases, and decorative animal and bird figures) comes fro…