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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.

Top hotels in Oaxaca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Trebol
Hotel Trebol
3 out of 5
Ricardo Flores Magon No. 201, Col. Centro, Oaxaca, OAX
AU$87
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Government Palace, Benito Juarez Market and Zocalo Square. Oaxaca Cathedral is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (918 reviews)

"Loved the location. Clean room. Good view. Solar power water heater. Not too noisy. Decent breakfast. Good stay. Kind staff and cool lobby."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

Hotel Trebol
City Centro Oaxaca
City Centro Oaxaca
2.5 out of 5
Calle Aldama No 410 Barrio de Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, OAX
AU$321
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Jalatlaco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Andador de Macedonia Alcala. Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Santo Domingo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (141 reviews)

"We LOVED this hotel! It’s beautiful, clean, peaceful. The little pool is sublime, warm and clean, and pool area has a lovely view of mountains and of the amazing tree out front. The breakfast is excellent with lots of choices. Rooms were comfortable, clean, and spacious, with good beds and a pillow ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

City Centro Oaxaca
Hotel CasAntica
Hotel CasAntica
3.5 out of 5
Ave. José María Morelos No. 601, Oaxaca, OAX
AU$118
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Rufino Tamayo Museum and Oaxaca Cathedral. Zocalo Square and Benito Juarez Market are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (648 reviews)

"Lovely hotel and great pool. The king bed in the superior suite on 3 rd floor was hard as a rock!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020

Hotel CasAntica

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.

AU$89
Per adult
El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour
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El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mitla Ruins Tour

72% of travellers recommend
AU$97
Per adult
Oaxaca City Tour
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Oaxaca City Tour

AU$97
Per adult
Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour
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Monte Alban Zapotec Ruins Tour

74% of travellers recommend
AU$80
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of Oaxaca
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Full-Day Tour of Oaxaca

86% of travellers recommend
AU$55
Per adult
Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca Regional Museum and Benito Juarez Market
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Oaxaca City Sightseeing Tour: Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca Regional Museum and Benito Juarez Market

AU$67
Per adult

Reviews of Oaxaca

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Highly recommend a visit. No where like it in the world. Make sure you take advantage of visiting every recommendation. - Mount Alban Mezcal tours black pottery woodcarving

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 16, 2019

Local buses fine for visiting nearby towns, be prepared for fireworks during festive season. Look forward to returning.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 5, 2019

Enjoyed our stay ,a interesting,and fairly unique town

5/5 - Excellent

Mel

Nov 6, 2019

A wonderous city. Beautiful people.Fantastic food, culturally rich, amazing art & unique.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 20, 2019

I loved the galleries , artist selling their art in the squares, graphic artists, painters, photographers.. there are traditional handcrafts but also multiple other artists

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2019

A place of great cultural and historical interests. It is safe, friendly and relaxed. The central area has beautiful churches, is very easy to walk around and arts/craft. Best to spend five days in the state to enjoy both City and the beaches.