Tourist guide to Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca @simonhn/Flick

Oaxaca de Juárez, or simply Oaxaca, is the capital of the Mexican state with the same name. It is located in the Central Valleys, at the Sierra foothills. This city relies heavily on tourism. Oaxaca is located at about 500 km to the southeast from Mexico City. It is a fairly large city with over half a million inhabitants, but it is still pretty relaxed, unpretentious and friendly.

The city has many examples of baroque colonial architecture dating from the  16th century. You will find the most beautiful churches in Mexico, fine museums and dozens of well preserved municipal and religious buildings from the colonial era.

Archeological sites

The surrounding of Oaxaca is rich in archaeological sites, of which approximately 800 were investigated. The main attractions of the area are the majestic sites of Monte Alban, Mitla, and Yagul. Each is located within a radius of 25 miles from the city of Oaxaca.

Ruins in Oaxaca at winter

Ruins in Oaxaca at winter @Opspin/Flick

Weather in Oaxaca

Many say that the city enjoys an “eternal spring” because of the altitude of 5000 meters above sea level. The driest months are usually from October to May. In the summer months (July and August) the city gets a lot of rain. The rainy season lasts from May to October, during which there are may hurricanes. From May to late summer, the city is prone to stormy weather. The best time to visit Oaxaca is in the winter, but the accommodation and food is more expensive during this period. Regardless of the season, add waterproof clothing.

Accommodation facilities in Oaxaca

Among the options for accommodation in Oaxaca we mwntion the following: the Ambarina Hotel Surf with 15 rooms with sea view, restaurant, bar, tanning, parking and a laundry service, the Hotel Eclipse that offers rooms with shared bathroom, the Hostal Santa Isabel, a clean hostel with friendly staff, kitchen, hot showers, drinking water and WiFi, and the La Villada Inn Hostel with a superb view of the surrounding mountain ranges.

The city of Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca @simonhn/Flick

Transport in Oaxaca

The central part of the city of Oaxaca is well signposted and easy to visit on foot. The axis are plentiful, cheap and there are numerous buses. The buses provide transport in the city until 21 o’clock every day.

Shopping in Oaxaca

In the Pochote Outdoor Market you will find delicious food and fresh vegetables. In the Mercado Benito Juarez you will find everything from clothing to fresh fruits, flowers and seeds in bulk. Gigante is one of the few places where you can find only fresh products.

View of Oaxaca

View of Oaxaca @Opspin/Flick


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