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Oaxaca, world heritage city and charming surrounding

 

In this city, the capital of the state of Oaxaca, you can admire the beautiful architecture of the buildings in the Centro Historico (Historic Center), which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The edifices include la Catedral (The Cathedral), el Templo y ex Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzman (The Temple and Ex-Convent of Saint Domingo de Guzman), la Basilica de la Soledad (The Basilica of Solitude) and el Teatro Macedonio Alcala (The Macedonio Alcala Theater), among other magnificent colonial and 19th-century constructions.

As you visit the main plaza, the numerous establishments surrounding the Historic Center, and the traditional markets, such as Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre, you’ll find all kinds of crafts that come from various regions of Oaxaca.

Among the most popular crafts are the colorful alebrijes, swords, wool garments and beautiful black pottery. At some of the more traditional places you can try the delicious local fare, such as tamales, mole dishes and Oaxacan cheese. Another favorite is Oaxaca’s famous mezcal, a regional alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant.

In the city’s surrounding areas, you can visit archaeological zones Monte Alban and Mitla, pre-Hispanic capitals of the Zapotec and Mixtec people. If you visit the town of Santa Maria de Tule, you can marvel at the famous Arbol del Tule (Tule Tree). What’s more, the magnificent natural scenery at Parque Nacional Benito Juarez and the spectacular fossilized waterfalls at Hierve el Agua are certain to impress you. All of these places are relatively close to Oaxaca City, one of Mexico’s most charming cities.

 

 
Oaxaca Day Trips

City Tour – Daily

Visit the Cathedral, the main square, the Juarez Market, the Museum of Anthropology and History as well as the Church of Santo Domingo.

Monte Alban – Daily

Half day excursion to the holy mountain of Monte Alban, the most important city of the Zapotecan culture. It is located on a high hill and it covers an area of 25 square miles. There are two platforms, a ballcourt, a sunken courtyard, the zone of the dancers, an observatory, a museum.

Tule & Mitla – Daily

Tour to the City of the Dead, the underworld, Mitla. This archeological center contains the group of columns, streams, a quaint church, adobe homes. Mitla was a sacred city that served as a cemetery for the supreme priests and Zapotec kings. Another stop will be the Tule tree, considered to be the largest living tree on the planet.

Hierve el Agua

At Hierve el aqua we will encounter unparalleled petrified waterfalls formed over the course of time by minerals contained in the water. At this wonderful place you can swim and also enjoy typical oaxacan food made locally, such as memelas and tlayudas.

 


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