One of Mexico’s multi-faceted travel destinations, Oaxaca City is a melange of cultures, gastronomy and indigenous archeological sites. The city is cradled by the Central Valleys of Oaxaca as it peers over the Sierra Madre mountains.
A good way to begin your adventure in Oaxaca is to explore its famous archeological sites. Head to the UNESCO-listed Monte Alban to see the impressive ruins which belonged to the original Zapotec and Mixtec people. You can make your way to Mitla, one of the most important Mesoamerican sites, to admire the remarkable mosaic fretwork and geometric designs.
The capital of the state of Oaxaca displays a burst of colours with its brightly painted buildings. Amid this vibrancy, you’ll spot a few historical landmarks that are worth a visit, one of them being the Oaxaca Cathedral – the main church of the city. The structure is made of a green volcanic stone with beautiful neoclassical interiors. You can also spend some time at the Templo de Santo Domingo, a baroque church and monastery known for its intricately carved facade.
The local cuisine of Oaxaca City is a major crowd-puller, attracting Mexicans and travellers alike. Some of the dishes you ought to try here include ‘tlayudas’ – a semi-dried tortilla that resembles a pizza, and ‘chapulines’ – fried grasshoppers seasoned with chillies. Before you indulge in a meal, sip on some mezcal. You can also buy some ‘moles’ or sauces made with different ingredients from a local market.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Average weekend price||$34 per night|
|Average weekday price||$30 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
It was our first time in Mexico and to say we were shell-shocked is an understateent. The first day was stressful; we had met a string of unpleasant people within the first few hours of being in Oaxaca and we found ourselves wondering if we had booked too long of a stay (5 days). We explored for about an hour, ate dinner, and went to bed early for a fresh start the next day. Day 2 through 5 were an absolute blast! We started meeting friendly people and the tours we booked were AMAZING (Monte Alban y Me Encanta Oaxaca (food tour)). We had a really lovely time and hope to come back during Day of the Dead or Cinco de Mayo.
Quiet quaint city. Very cultural and easy to get around. I felt safe and love how many locals were wearing mask and sanitizing in and out of shops and stores. The following are a must see, Hierve el Ague, Mitla, and of course Monte Alban. Visit Monte Alban before visiting the Church de Santo Domingo so that you can appreciate where the items came from. Eat anyway you want it is all good.
It's no secret it's the poorest state or one of the poorest states in Mexico, but the warm, friendly and happy people, their unbelievable cuisine, culture, rich history, clothes, museums and sight seeing tours make for an incredible experience.
Great city… excellent for those who cherish walking. Not so much for those who cherish restaurants diversity. I would live here for more than a month just for the walkability sake, love it.. but I wouldn’t live here for the food scene or the city value proposition. Especially the prime area the Centro.. too much fiesta noise.. and city really needs to do more in development of its infrastructure and its citizens’ education. In all honesty Oaxaca is a bit overrated.
Oaxaca is such a wonderful, magical place! It has all of my favorites: great coffee, delicious organic chocolate, amazing food, but most of all, the people of Oaxaca are beautiful, and so proud of their cultural heritage.
Numerous indigenous tribes retain their identity. Also a diverse mix of visitors. Pro-LGBT vibe. People are quite polite and clean. Food paradise! Going to surrounding villages gives the traveler a sense of the real Oaxaca. City itself is noisy. Smog is a challenge. So many museums and sights to see in the city and in the area in general. Many points of interest in the city are within a 20 minute walk. Highly recommend! Legendary menu of moles and Tierra del Sol Restaurant. They make salsa to order at your table. Unforgettable meal!
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