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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.

Top hotels in Oaxaca

Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
4.5 out of 5
Jose Maria Pino Suarez 702, Oaxaca, OAX
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$155 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and Oaxaca ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"VERY NICE PROPERTY SUPER CLEAN AND NEW. JUST SOME SMALL DETAILS WILL MAKE IT PERFECT.. HARD TO FIND! LOOKS LIKE REGULAR BUILDING FROM EXTERIOR NOT A HOTEL BUT AGAIN ITS OAXACA . ALSO SMALL DETAILS ON SPA LIKE SOUND SYSTEM AND LIGHTS NEED TO BE IMPROVED."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca
4 out of 5
Calle 5 De Mayo 300, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is AU$212 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Located in Centro, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Panuelito Garden and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (756 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel that was a converted convent. amazing location, great staff. The only suggestion that I have is that the bathrooms need to be upgraded."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2020

Quinta Real Oaxaca
Hotel Hacienda
Hotel Hacienda
3.5 out of 5
Av Eduardo Mata 1918, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is AU$52 per night from 17 Dec. to 18 Dec.

Situated in Oaxaca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pochote Organic Market, Benito Juarez Market, and Zocalo Square. Oaxaca Cathedral and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical ...

4.3/5Excellent! (285 reviews)

"El hotel tiene hermosos jardines, esta muy limpio, muy cerca del centro, solo $50 pesos el taxi, hay un mercado bastante cerca. Sin duda regresaría."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Hotel Hacienda
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.

Holiday Rentals in Oaxaca

Bungalows La Huerta
Bungalows La Huerta
3 out of 5
Federico Ortiz Armangol 202 A, Colonia Reforma, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is AU$81 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fountain of the Seven Regions, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Church of Santo Domingo ...

Bungalows La Huerta
Holiday House Beautiful AND Comfortable IN Oaxaca. Pool & Breakfast Included
Holiday House Beautiful AND Comfortable IN Oaxaca. Pool & Breakfast Included
Los Besos 109 San Felipe del agua, Oaxaca, OAX

Located in San Felipe del Agua, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Loma del Pelado Trailhead and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Benito ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)
Holidays 2019

"The place was quiet for Mexico and once you find it easy to get to with a taxi for about 80 pesos from the Centro. The hot water volume was not very great but it was hot. Teresa did a good job getting breakfast for 10 people and was very helpful with other arrangements."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

Holiday House Beautiful AND Comfortable IN Oaxaca. Pool & Breakfast Included
Double Loft With a Swimming Pool
Double Loft With a Swimming Pool
517 Mártires de Tacubaya Centro, Oaxaca, OAX

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and ...

Double Loft With a Swimming Pool
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.

Top activities in Oaxaca

Reviews of Oaxaca

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb. 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

16 Dec. 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Dec. 2019

Enjoyed our stay ,a interesting,and fairly unique town

5/5 - Excellent

Mel

6 Nov. 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Sep. 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

17 Feb. 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.

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