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.

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Museums, Culture and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Oaxaca

Centro
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Centro

Cathedrals, Churches, Museums

Centro is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood's architecture, festivals, and rich culture are just some of its charming qualities. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the cathedral and museums.

Reforma
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Reforma

Reforma is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán
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Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán

Ruins, Archaeology, Historical Buildings

Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood's archaeology and rich culture are just a couple of its charming qualities.

RUTA INDEPENDENCIA
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RUTA INDEPENDENCIA

RUTA INDEPENDENCIA is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Zona Feb 10 2015
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Zona Feb 10 2015

Zona Feb 10 2015 is a welcoming neighborhood.

Del Ex-marquezado
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Del Ex-marquezado

Del Ex-marquezado is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top Hotels in Oaxaca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Mision De Los Angeles
3 out of 5
Calzada Porfirio Diaz 102, Col. Reforma, Oaxaca
$59/night
Aug 9 - Aug 10
4.1/5Very Good! (587 reviews)

"This was our 2nd stat here at the hotel so we kbew what we were getting into. The room is clean and and spacious, we always enjoy the pool. The pool bar was closed due to the bartender being on vacation, the only bartender on staff i guess lol. The food at the breakfast buffet is akways delicious. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Hotel Mision De Los Angeles
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Hotel CasAntica
3.5 out of 5
Ave. José María Morelos No. 601, Oaxaca
$60/night
Aug 16 - Aug 17
4.1/5Very Good! (544 reviews)

"Excellent, truly recommend this hotel, very friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms and delicious food from their restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Hotel CasAntica
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Hotel Trebol
3 out of 5
Ricardo Flores Magon No. 201, Oaxaca
4.4/5Wonderful! (801 reviews)

"Clean and quiet and staff was very accommodating. However some of the time hot water was not available. Also no towel bars."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Hotel Trebol

Popular things to do in Oaxaca

Monte Alban
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Monte Alban

Learn more about the local history when you visit Monte Alban, a well-known historical site in Huajuapan. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally-rich area.

Andador de Macedonia Alcala
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Andador de Macedonia Alcala

Find out about the history of Oaxaca when you spend time at Andador de Macedonia Alcala. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Santo Domingo Square
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Santo Domingo Square

During your visit to Oaxaca, you can search for that perfect souvenir at Santo Domingo Square. Discover the art scene and cathedral in this culturally-rich area.

Top activities in Oaxaca

Oaxaca, tour to Hierve el Agua, Mitla and Mezcal factory.
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Oaxaca, tour to Hierve el Agua, Mitla and Mezcal factory.

$60

Join us on this tour to enjoy de highlights of Oaxaca by visiting the stunning solidified waterfalls and natural pools. Swim in the natural pools surrounded by mountains and take a hike to the bottom of the calcified falls.

El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour
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El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour

$65

This tour starts by visiting the famous Tule tree, which is considered to be the widest tree in the World. Next visit the zapotec village of “Teotitlan del Valle” to admire the beautiful hand made wool weavings in their workshops.

Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour
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Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour

$54

Visit Monte Alban, one of the most important cities in ancient America. It was founded in around 600 BC on the top of a mountain in the center of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca and functioned as the capital city of the Zapotecs from the beginning of our era until 800 AD.

2-Day Oaxaca Tour
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2-Day Oaxaca Tour

$310

Discover the vibrant cultures and history of southern Mexico with 2 days to explore the sights of Oaxaca de Juarez. From ancient Zapotec cities to colonial churches and lively local markets, you can get an in-depth look at the sights that define the region.

Oaxaca City Tour
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Oaxaca City Tour

$65

Oaxaca City or Verde Antequera, as it was called in Colonial Times, is the City of Green Quarry Stone. It's monuments and streets show the best of Colonial arquitecture from the XVI to the XVIII century.

Archaeological Area Monte Albán
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Archaeological Area Monte Albán

$42

The city of Monte Albán stands out for its enormous importance as an economic, political and religious axis (it was the first urban complex in Mesoamerica); by its extension, almost as big as the current capital of Oaxaca; and for its long life, begun around 500 BC and concluded around 850 AD.