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Oaxaca
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Oaxaca featuring a beach, rugged coastline and boating

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
The price is $40 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Andador de Macedonia Alcala and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Oaxaca Ethnobotanical ...
4.1/5Very Good! (421 reviews)
"Thanks to all of you staffs"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Hotel Fortin Plaza
Quinta Real Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca
4 out of 5
Calle 5 De Mayo 300, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $194 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Oaxaca Centro, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Panuelito Garden and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (800 reviews)
"This is a stunningly gorgeous historic property that is meticulously maintained. The hotel staff and service are incredible. The location is perfect. My fiancé and I had stayed in Oaxaca before but never at Quinta Real - we won't make that mistake again. At the heart of Quinta Real is the opportunity ..."

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

Quinta Real Oaxaca
Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
3.5 out of 5
Av. Universidad 140, Ex-Hacienda de Candiani, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $66 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 9
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca and within 3 mi (5 km) of Benito Juarez ...
4.2/5Excellent! (436 reviews)
"Good clean and for the price i can't complain enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
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.
Cozy and Beautiful Bungalows With Nice Terrace and Pool !!!
Cozy and Beautiful Bungalows With Nice Terrace and Pool !!!
Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $50 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Reforma, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fountain of the Seven Regions and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Comfy feels like home
"I stayed at the huerta for 5 days it was very comfortable and It was in a very convenient area close to everything. The place has staff that assist you if you need any help. There is wifi, tv, Mini refrigerator, sink, stove, living room and it was very fresh inside. The place has a secure private ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Cozy and Beautiful Bungalows With Nice Terrace and Pool !!!
Casa Maye Apartment 3
Casa Maye Apartment 3
Oaxaca, OAX
Located in Oaxaca Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman ...
3/5 (1 review)
Oaxaca stay
"We stayed in this little apartment from the fourth to 8 March. It is located on a busy street about a 15 minute walk from the Zócalo. If you are a person who likes to shop the local markets and cook for yourself, this is not the place for you to stay. But if you are a restaurant go or, it’s perfect. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Casa Maye Apartment 3
Casa Jiménez Oaxaca, Exclusiva
Casa Jiménez Oaxaca, Exclusiva
Oaxaca, OAX
Situated in Oaxaca, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oaxaca Craft Market and Benito Juarez Market. Zocalo Square and Oaxaca Cathedral are also within ...
Casa Jiménez Oaxaca, Exclusiva
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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