One of Mexico’s most delightful and popular cities, easily reached by plane from Mexico City, Oaxaca lies in a high valley in the south of the country and is surrounded by fascinating Zapotec ruins and traditional villages.
Founded by the Spanish in 1521 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, it has managed to retain many of its native roots amongst the ornate colonial architecture of its beautiful city centre.
The historic city is best explored on foot as the main places of interest are all within walking distance of each other along cobbled streets with charming little shops and restaurants. The museums here are plentiful and well renowned with the impressive Santo Domingo church, the cathedral, the plazas and Indian markets all making it an intriguing place to spend a few days. It's a fabulous spot to wander around or simply sit in one of the outdoor cafes soaking up the atmosphere.
For those interested in exploring the surrounding area we can arrange day trips to the nearby Zapotecan archaeological site of Monte Alban, spectacularly perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the valley below, or touring the many fascinating little Indian villages, each famous for particular skills in weaving, pottery or rug making.
Suggested Oaxaca itinerary
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Accommodation choices for Oaxaca
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