Culture, history and tradition come together in this colonial city

Escudo_OAX_Festvals_ac_OaxacaGuelaguetzaFounded in 1486, Oaxaca de Juarez, capital of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is one of the best-kept secrets in Mexican history. Here, strong pre-Hispanic roots coexist with a culture that changed radically after the Spanish conquest, and today both influences are visible throughout the city streets.

Given its stunning architecture, notable in the city’s Cathedral, the Temple, and the former Monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Oaxaca’s historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city’s colonial identity resides alongside a strong presence of traditions and customs of the many ethnic groups populating this area. Oaxaca also benefits from a profound respect for pre-Hispanic cultures, thanks to the proximity of the most important archeological sites in the country, Monte Alban, inherited from the Zapotec community, and Mitla, once a capital of the Mixteca culture.

In Oaxaca, Oaxaca, folklore is everywhere and contributes to robust Oaxaca tourism. Local craftsmen, skilful masters of their art, come from villages deep in the state to fill the market and the shops with their hand-made black clay pottery, textiles, and world-famous alebrijes. Oaxaca also enjoys a varied cultural life, with many galleries and art museums where photographers, painters, fine artists, musicians, and writers display their wares.

Cuisine is also an important draw, and for many it is worth coming here just to try the famous dishes. Moles (rich and spicy sauces), chapulines (fried grasshoppers), chocolate, mezcal, and tejate (a maize flour drink) are just the beginning of a culinary adventure that can easily become an odyssey.

Traditionally hospitable people, Oaxaca residents are known for their celebrations, which include one of the most well-known in the country, the Guelaguetza. This celebration has taken place since pre-Hispanic times, and it honors the most remote cultural roots of the indigenous groups from the South of Mexico.

In addition to all that Oaxaca de Juarez offers, it is  blessed with a sub-tropical climate, so even in winter the area bursts with colorful flora and fauna.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Village Tours
  • Extreme Sports
  • Arts and Craft
  • Archeology
  • Architectur
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Cuisine
  • Theme Parks
  • Spa

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Mountains, food, coasts and cultural heritage are prominent in this southern state

A state as rich in biodiversity and cultural traditions as Oaxaca offers a travel experience unique in the world. On its coasts, washed by the Pacific Ocean, you can try water sports such as surfing and snorkeling, visit turtle sanctuaries, watch whales and other marine animals, but above all, enjoy the natural beauty of its beaches, the friendliness of its inhabitants and the flavor of its typical cuisine.

Crossed by three great mountain ranges, Oaxaca presents a striking landscape, whatever the road you take. Monumental mountains embellish the horizons, promising visitors an exceptional experience making contact with its fantastic biodiversity.

The whole state enjoys a peaceful atmosphere that makes simple activities such as walking a real pleasure. The capital welcomes visitors with a wealth of colonial architecture, with churches, monasteries and other buildings of great value that have earned it – together with the Monte Albán archeological zone – World Heritage Site status. Its lively streets buzz with people selling handicrafts, souvenirs and local produce, while bars, cafés and live music ensure visitors are kept well entertained.

The internationally-renowned cuisine will satisfy the most demanding palates wherever you go in the state, from the simplest markets to haute cuisine restaurants.

The legacy of the Mesoamerican past still holds sway over the inhabitants, who are proud of the pre-Hispanic ruins and the great number of historical monuments to be found in the state, where there is always another surprise around the corner.

The region’s traditional festivities are full of color, music and merrymaking, and welcome locals and visitors alike; wherever you come from, Oaxaca shares its culture generously. Is artisans produce fantastic and capricious forms in a variety of materials: wool, clay, wood and painted objects are a few of the favored techniques of these artists who fascinate all with their creations.

The temperate climate means you can visit the state at any time of year. Its natural and cultural treasures are truly diverse, and getting to know them all is a monumental, but worthwhile task.

Oaxaca is also known for its folklore, which is everywhere and contributes to robust Oaxacan culture.

Climate: Warm, semi-humid, temperate humid, dry and semi-dry
Temperature: 72°F / 22°C annual average
Location: Southwest Pacific coast
Area: 36,214 sq miles
Capital: Oaxaca de Juárez

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