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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.


From $24 per night

This weekend

From $45 per night

Next weekend

From $38 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency USD
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $100 per night
Average weekday price $99 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Gorgeous city!

January 22, 2024

Gorgeous city! I loved the pink and green “Canterra” stones that make the old churches and historic buildings. I have been traveling in Mexico for 30 years and have never experienced the zero pressure to buy things like I did in Oaxaca! I never begrudge those that are selling things and am a great supporter of the arts, but I truly feel that they have it right with the zero pressure, it actually makes shopping a much more pleasurable experience…and oh my goodness…the food! It is a Mecca of authentic food…we’ll be back!


Great city, everything walking distance.

January 4, 2024

Great city, everything walking distance. great restaurant and bars. very friendly personnel everywhere. We visited during the day of the death celebrations, and there was music and entertainment everywhere. Great art - from art galleries to mural art. the city is buzzy and lively with a charming architecture.

graziella United Kingdom

Nice relaxing and touristy town in Mexico.

December 28, 2023

Nice relaxing and touristy town in Mexico. great food everywhere both for budget travellers and people who want to splurge. It's ll you expect from Mexico. If you want to experience the typical mexican holiday this is the place to go. Nice weather and budget friendly

Luis Spain

It’s a magnificent place.

December 28, 2023

It’s a magnificent place. Always be respectful and the city will give you incredible memories. Oaxaca de juarez is everything you would imagine and more. There is something for those on a budget and those who are there to splurge. Most of all, it’s an amazing community of people.


Wonderful place, colourful, foodie, so much to see in the...

December 23, 2023

Wonderful place, colourful, foodie, so much to see in the city. Everyone that hosted us was passionate, warm and kind. Walking around the city is easy on foot, also hire bikes for a bit of independence. Access to wider more rural sites is easy without a hugely long day trip. Favourite place was Hierve el Agua. Favourite experience was a traditional cooking class in Etla Valley. Favourite eateries Boulenc and Criollo (for anyone interested eating vegetarian was easy!). Generally speaking it is just a joy to walk around, looking at the buildings and street art. Would also recommend a walking tour to get your bearings (we did a free one which was fab!)

Anonymous United Kingdom

Great plaza!

December 19, 2023

Great plaza! Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Wonderful restaurants and friendly people!! Plaza offered a lot of entertainment and vendors were polite but a little too many as it is annoying to say no so many times!

Rita United States of America

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