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The southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca is an ancient region known for its diversity of indigenous cultures and its beautiful Pacific Coast beaches. The region’s rugged and densely forested Central Valleys are an important center for indigenous cultures, the most prominent of which are the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs. Explore Oaxaca’s culturally abundant cities, indulge in regional cuisine and learn about the remarkable biodiversity of the state’s flora and fauna at its nature reserves.
A great place to start your adventure is at Oaxaca’s eponymous capital. A captivating city, Oaxaca features an old town area decorated with ornate colonial architecture, stunning religious monuments and leafy plazas. Discover the rich variety of cultures in this region at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca or the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art.
Immerse your senses in the sights, smells and flavors of Oaxaca’s Benito Juárez Market. Sample some of the region’s culinary specialties, such as bitter chocolate and crispy roasted grasshoppers. This market is also a great spot for picking up souvenirs and handicrafts.
Take daytrips to the state’s astounding archaeological sites. Visit Monte Albán to see the UNESCO-listed remains of an ancient Zapotec city, as well as an unforgettable panoramic view that stretches out across Oaxaca Valley. See pyramids, temples, altars, mosaics, stone carvings here and at nearby Mitla archaeological site. Join a tour to get further insight into the history and cultural significance of these sites.
Head for the beaches around Santa Cruz Huatulco, such as Chahue Beach. Surf or swim in the waves at Puerto Escondido, Playa Zipolite or Mazunte. The pristine waters of Puerto Angelito Beach are perfect for snorkeling. Spot rare reptile species in Huatulco National Park or see an array of wetland birds amid the lagoons and mangroves of Lagunas de Chacahua National Park.
Oaxaca is easy to reach by air. Fly into Xoxocotlán International Airport. Once you are there, make use of the extensive network of interstate and local buses. Downtown Oaxaca can be explored on foot, with taxis providing a convenient option for longer distances. Join guided tours around the Central Valleys to experience a range of different cultural sights.
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Located in the heart of Oaxaca, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merced Market, Andador de Macedonia Alcala, and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Museo Filatelia and El Llano Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Oaxaca, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Andador de Macedonia Alcala. Museo Filatelia and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden are also within 15 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marina Chahue and Chahue Beach. Las Parotas Golf Club and Huatulco Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Huatulco hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Marina Chahue, Huatulco Beach, and Chahue Beach. Zaachila Beach and Las Parotas Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Huatulco, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Huatulco Beach and Zaachila Beach. Arena Beach and Las Parotas Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This Pacific Coast resort encompasses 50 acres of tropical gardens and sandy beaches along the western edge of Tangolunda Bay; the Huatulco Golf Club is 5 km (3 mi) away.
4 blocks from Oaxaca's main plaza and historic center, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site, this 91-room former convent exemplifies the provincial capital's regal heritage.
Situated near the bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chahue Beach and Marina Chahue. El Organo Bay Beach and Violin Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).