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Oaxaca Holiday

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. 

Popular Activities in Oaxaca

It goes without saying that you don't go traveling just to sit in a metal tube and sleep in a strange bed. Traveling is all about the adventures you have while you're away!

The fantastic news is that Oaxaca has loads of things to do. Here's a selection of our picks:

Have some time on your side? Visit our Oaxaca things to do page for a complete list of activities.


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Mision Oaxaca AU$63
Mision Oaxaca

Mision Oaxaca

Av. Jalisco 15, Oaxaca
     
    3.7
    of 5, from 227 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Oaxaca hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Amigos del Sol and Fountain of the Seven Regions. Panuelito Garden and Merced Market are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Quinta Real Oaxaca AU$452
    Quinta Real Oaxaca

    Quinta Real Oaxaca

    Calle 5 De Mayo 300, Oaxaca
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 564 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      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.

      One Oaxaca Centro Hotel AU$57
      One Oaxaca Centro Hotel

      One Oaxaca Centro Hotel

      Calzada de la Republica #205, Oaxaca
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 515 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        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.

        Hotel Mision De Los Angeles AU$63
        Hotel Mision De Los Angeles

        Hotel Mision De Los Angeles

        Calzada Porfirio Diaz 102, Col. Reforma, Oaxaca
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 424 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          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.

          Hotel Trebol AU$53
          Hotel Trebol

          Hotel Trebol

          Ricardo Flores Magon No. 201, Oaxaca
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 591 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Benito Juarez Market, Government Palace, and Zocalo Square. Oaxaca Cathedral and Andador de Macedonia Alcala are also within 5 minutes.

            Hotel CasAntica AU$92
            Hotel CasAntica

            Hotel CasAntica

            Ave. José María Morelos No. 601, Oaxaca
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 448 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Rufino Tamayo Museum, Andador de Macedonia Alcala, and Museum of Oaxacan Painters. San Felipe Neri Temple and Belber Jimenez Museum are also within 5 minutes.

              Casa Tobala AU$50
              Casa Tobala

              Casa Tobala

              Aldama 103, Oaxaca
                 
                3.4
                of 5, from 8 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Benito Juarez Market, Government Palace, and Zocalo Square. Pochote Organic Market and Oaxaca Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

                Hotel Fortin Plaza AU$62
                Hotel Fortin Plaza

                Hotel Fortin Plaza

                Av. Venus No 118, Oaxaca
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 263 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Andador de Macedonia Alcala, House of Juarez Museum, and Auditorio Guelaguetza. Graphic Arts Institute of Oaxaca and Museum of Oaxacan Culture are also within 15 minutes.

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