Oaxaca

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Oaxaca which includes rugged coastline, a beach and a bay or harbour

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.

Hotel Hacienda
Hotel Hacienda
3.5 out of 5
Av Eduardo Mata 1918, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is CA $47 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Situated in Oaxaca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pochote Organic Market and Zocalo Square. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.
4.4/5Excellent! (406 reviews)
"The location"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2021

Hotel Hacienda
Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
4.5 out of 5
Jose Maria Pino Suarez 702, Oaxaca, OAX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $227 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in Oaxaca Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of El Llano Park and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Zocalo Square is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (126 reviews)
"All the staff where very polite and attentive."

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca
Hotel Mision De Los Angeles
Hotel Mision De Los Angeles
3 out of 5
Calzada Porfirio Diaz 102, Col. Reforma, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is CA $60 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of El Llano Park and Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and Oaxaca Cathedral ...
4.2/5Very Good! (787 reviews)
"Really nice building"

Reviewed on Aug. 24, 2021

Hotel Mision De Los Angeles
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Bungalows La Huerta
Bungalows La Huerta
3 out of 5
Federico Ortiz Armangol 202 A, Colonia Reforma, Oaxaca, OAX
The price is CA $64 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Reforma, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fountain of the Seven Regions and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Zocalo Square is 1.5 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Maravilloso lugar de paz
"Un maravilloso lugar para vivir en paz ya sea un fin de semana o un mes o un año... ampliamente recomedable...quieres encontrar educación de convivencia.. aquí la encontraras. debes respetar el silencio"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Bungalows La Huerta
Casa en Centro Historico de Oaxaca Para 11
Casa en Centro Historico de Oaxaca Para 11
Oaxaca, OAX
Located in Oaxaca Centro, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman. Zocalo Square ...
Casa en Centro Historico de Oaxaca Para 11
Mansión María By Casa Bonita
Mansión María By Casa Bonita
Oaxaca, OAX
The price is CA $951 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in San Felipe, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Amigos del Sol and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Church of Santo Domingo ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A very private, luxurious compound with the warmest, most caring staff
"We rented the entire compound for our family of 11 for a week. We expected Mansion Maria would be a large home, but instead it is associated with the Casa Bonito Hotel and I believe each of the rooms are available to rent separately. There is staff on site (Sonia and Roman were two of the most attentive, ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 13, 2018

Mansión María By Casa Bonita
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