Oaxaca

Travel Guide
Delicious regional dishes, varied history and captivating natural beauty combine in this southern Mexican city.

Oaxaca in southern Mexico is named after the state in which it resides. Tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Madre ranges, the city is known for its natural beauty and distinctive architecture. Visitors love the year-round temperate climate. Most of Oaxaca is easily accessible on foot.

The Zócalo is the hub of Oaxacan culture, both past and present. Its large, open plaza often holds musical performances and street fairs. From the square, admire the Cathedral of Oaxaca and Alameda de Leon, a spacious park offering vendor markets and regional handicrafts. Save room in your suitcase for the area’s famous pottery and carved goods.

The Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán presents awe-inspiring Baroque architecture. The former covenant has been transformed into the Oaxaca Cultural Center, a museum of historical artifacts. See the “Treasures from Tomb 7,” the remains of a Zapotec tomb containing precious gemstones and jewels. The Jardin Ethnobotanical Garden is an ideal place to enjoy Oaxaca’s stunning native plants under brilliant sunshine.

Oaxaca is renowned for outdoor marketplaces and savory foods, all of which are at your fingertips during your stay. The region is particularly famous for its tomales, moles, and creamy hot chocolate.

Visit Oaxaca for one of its many festivals happening throughout the year. The most popular are the Day of the Dead, held three days each autumn, and Guelaguetza, a widely attended summer folk dance festival.

Soak up local history at one of Oaxaca’s many museums. The Contemporary Art Museum (MACO) inhabits one of the city’s oldest buildings, which is a sight to behold itself. It also offers works from regional artists.

Take a daytrip to Monte Alban, an internationally protected heritage site. Located less than twenty minutes outside the city center, the ancient site is one of the oldest Mesoamerican cities in the world. Explore the pyramids and temples to peek into the hub of Zapotec-era culture.

Oaxaca’s Xoxocotlán International Airport is located five miles (eight kilometers) outside the city and offers connecting flights to Mexico City and Houston daily.

Where to stay in Oaxaca

Hotel Fortin Plaza
Hotel Fortin Plaza
3.5 out of 5
Av. Venus No 118, Oaxaca, OAX, 68040
The price is $57 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (546 reviews)
"Excellent place to stay. Loved it!"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Hotel Fortin Plaza
City Centro Oaxaca
City Centro Oaxaca
3.5 out of 5
Calle Aldama No 410, Barrio de Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, OAX, 68080
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The price is $76 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"Nice and clean hotel. It is located in a very nice area. Good parking spaces. And friendly staff. The only downside is that the thin walls of the rooms are not sound proof."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

City Centro Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca
4.5 out of 5
Calle 5 De Mayo 300, Oaxaca, OAX, 68000
The price is $154 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (903 reviews)
"Amazing, beautiful property and best of all perfect location. Walking distance to some of the top restaurants and main attractions."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Quinta Real Oaxaca
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Bungalows La Huerta
Bungalows La Huerta
3 out of 5
Federico Ortiz Armangol 202 A, Colonia Reforma, Oaxaca, OAX, 68050
The price is $49 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Zocalo Square and Fountain of the Seven Regions are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"I visit OAX regularly for work. The onsite staff are helpful. I stayed in another unit about 6 weeks ago. It was basic and clean. Nothing fancy but served the purpose. The one I'm currently in (#12) smells like urine. It's in a corner without easy access to a car. I value consistency. And don't want ..."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Bungalows La Huerta
Villa Catalina
Villa Catalina
3 out of 5
101 Catalina, San Felipe del Agua, Oaxaca, OAX, 68020
The price is $1,701 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, private yards, and dry cleaning or laundry services. Popular attractions Zocalo Square and Calle ...
Villa Catalina
Suites La Fe
Suites La Fe
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Juarez 102A, Colonia Centro, C, Oaxaca, OAX, 68000
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Oaxaca. Enjoy free WiFi, airport drop-off service, and private yards. Popular attractions Zocalo Square ...
Suites La Fe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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