Oaxaca City, Mexico

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Welcome to Oaxaca City. This unique colonial city provides much to do, as it is rich in culture and history. If you time it right, you can arrive in time for the month long Guelaguetza festival of music and dance. Make sure not to leave until you visit the archeological site of Monte Albán and it’s magnificent ancient pyramids. At the end of October, Oaxaca is one of Mexico´s best locations to witness the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), when the city comes alive to observe a richly traditional celebration of the lives of lost loved ones.

Country: Mexico
State: Oaxaca
Population 2005: 265,006
Founded: 1532
Airport: Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan airport

Oaxaca city (pronounced wa-ha-ka), the capital of Oaxaca state located in the Centro district is a UNESCO World Heritage city and a magical place to visit. First stop should be the Zocolo outdoor market in the heart of the old town, full of vendors selling local crafts and inexpensive food stalls. Visit the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca and the Museo Textil for a unique insight into this cultural city. It is an easy city to walk around and taking a stroll along Calle Alcalá is a pleasant way to spend an evening. Drop in to the Casa de las Artesanías for a look at the vibrant local handicrafts reflecting the strong Oaxaca cultural identity and ideal for finding that perfect souvenir. Oaxaca is famous for its regional cuisine, so trying the distinctive local food is a must. Try tlayuda, a toasted tortilla topped with various mexican food delights and mole, a chili and chocolate sauce. Hit the indoor market and pick up some of the delicious local Oaxaca cheese, quesillo or be adventurous and grab a bag of Chapulines (roasted grasshoppers), the perfect accompaniment to a cerveza or some mezcal. Oaxaca is home to the archaeological site of Monte Albán, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Monte Albán was one of the first settlements in Mesoamerica and the ruins are located on a hill with spectacular views of the valley below. This is also a great way to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Oaxaca city. The stunning coastal areas around Puerto Escondido are also within easy reach of Oaxaca city.



  • Colonial architecture
  • Cultural centre
  • Local cuisine
  • UNESCO World Heritage
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Countryside
  • Spanish Schools
  • Night Life
  • Markets
  • Festivals

Monte Albán, founded around 500 B.C was one of the most important Mesoamerican citadels in Mexico. Today, tourism is the main draw to Oaxaca. Its archaeological ruins, stunning colonial architecture, valleys, mountains, mild climate and nearby miles of pristine Pacific Coast famous for surfing, attracts international visitors year round.  Oaxaca and Monte Albán received their UNESCO World heritage designation in 1987, further solidifying the area´s importance in Mexican cultural identity.

Oaxaca City Hotels

You won’t be bored in Oaxaca as there is much to see and do so never a dull moment! Come stay at one of our historic hotels during your stay, you won’t be disappointed.


Oaxaca City Hostels

Take your pick of our many hostels placed around the zocalo(main square), where you’ll be close to all the action. Go mezcal tast testing or explore some of the huge Oaxacan markets and try some of their famous chocolate or chapulines(grasshoppers) if your up for it!