OaxacaMexico

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

Oaxaca which includes a city

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(695 area reviews)

Churches, museums, and art galleries highlight some of the noteworthy features of Centro. Make a stop by Oaxaca Cathedral or Zocalo Square while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Centro
Ruta Independencia, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ruta Independencia

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Ruta Independencia, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman are top sights worth seeing.

Ruta Independencia
Uno de buenos restaurantes de Oaxaca.

Reforma

4/5Very Good!(21 area reviews)

While Reforma might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman.

Reforma
Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán

Visitors to Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán like its archaeological sites and cafés, and Monte Alban is a sight worth a stop.

Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán
Oaxaca is the home of the mole sauce. It’s also a big reason why we came. There are approximately 8 different varieties of mole. Today we took a cooking class with a wonderful chef, Alphonso. He picked us up at our hotel took us to the market to shop for our ingredients and spent the rest of the day making several traditional Oaxacan dishes. I highly recommend doing this. What a great day!!

Del Ex-marquezado

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Though Del Ex-marquezado might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and Oaxaca Cathedral.

Del Ex-marquezado
Un caldito de pollo !! Delicioso!! 
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San Sebastián Tutla

While San Sebastián Tutla isn't home to many top sights, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Zocalo Square are some notable places to visit nearby.

San Sebastián Tutla

Top Hotels in Oaxaca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
3.5 out of 5
Av. Universidad 140, Ex-Hacienda de Candiani, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $60 per night

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! (404 reviews)

"Friendly and efficient staff, good attitudes and willingness to help"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

Fiesta Inn Oaxaca
Casona Oaxaca
Casona Oaxaca
3.5 out of 5
Calle Valerio Trujano 206, Esquina 20 de noviembre Col. Centro, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $33 per night

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Government Palace, Zocalo Square, and Oaxaca Cathedral. Benito Juarez Market and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman ...

4.3/5Excellent! (532 reviews)

"It is a great place it's comfy and it's very clean and the reception they're really nice"…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Casona Oaxaca
NaNa Vida Hotel Oaxaca
NaNa Vida Hotel Oaxaca
3 out of 5
Murguia 405, Colonia Centro, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is $46 per night

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Andador de Macedonia Alcala, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden, and Oaxaca Cathedral. Zocalo Square and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)

"Admin and staff very friendly and helpful all the time"…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

NaNa Vida Hotel Oaxaca

Popular places to visit in Oaxaca

Monte Alban
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Monte Alban

Learn about the history of Monte Alban, one of the top monuments in Oaxaca. Make time for the shops and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman
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Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman

You can learn more about the history of Oaxaca when you make a stop at a well-known site like Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its shops.

Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden
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Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden, a popular green space in Oaxaca. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its shops.

Santo Domingo Square
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Santo Domingo Square

During your trip to Oaxaca, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Santo Domingo Square. Discover the art scene and cathedral in this culturally rich area.

Zócalo
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Zócalo

Find out about the history of Oaxaca when you take a trip to Zócalo. 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

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

Top things to do 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
Per adult
Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour
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Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour

$54
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour
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El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour

$65
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Flavor of Oaxaca Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Local
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Flavor of Oaxaca Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Local

$95
Per adult
Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mitla, Hierve el Agua & Palenque
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Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mitla, Hierve el Agua & Palenque

$67
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Day Tour including Artisan Villages of Alebrijes and Black Pottery
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Private Day Tour including Artisan Villages of Alebrijes and Black Pottery

$89
Per adult

Reviews of Oaxaca

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.0408163265306123%
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4/5 - Good

Claudia

Apr 2, 2020

Loved visiting Monte Alban and the town where Alebrijes are made. Overall a very cultural state in Mexico. Food was not my favorite but that’s just my personal experience. Will definitely come back :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 29, 2020

Oaxaca is a lovely place awaiting discovery, nice people, good food. Hotel? Not so much, do a refundable booking with them since they're not really above board. Reception is unaccommodating. Staff aren't welcoming, they go about their business.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

One of the most beautiful places you can visit.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

City is dirty trash everywhere also lots of people and kids begging for money

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Don’t miss Restaurante Catedral, Mercado Benito Juárez and Iglesia de Santo Domingo

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

Best art town in Mexico Chic and amazing food

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