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Must visit

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These are the most popular places to visit in the downtown of Oaxaca. You can have a very nice walk here and take some great pics. Walking 15min from our location you'll get to the main square. (Keep walking on Gonzalez Ortega up to Hidalgo street, here you turn left). Once you get to the Zócalo which is the main square of the city, you'll be able to see the cathedral and some museums nearby. Then you can continue your walk on Alcalá street or Andador turístico, here you can appreciate some colorful houses, small businesses, art galleries and coffee shops and you'll get to the Santo Domingo church, a beautiful Dominican church, the inside of this is just awesome, and next to it there's a museum and a botanical garden. At any time of the day i't is just great to walk here, You can find some "calendas". A 15 min caminando del departamento llegarás al zócalo de la ciudad, en donde empieza el andador turístico, en donde puedes apreciar coloridas casas, museos y artesanías, para al final llegar al Templo de Santo Domingo, un templo único que desees visitar estando en Oaxaca. Ahí mismo encuentras el museo, el jardín etno-botánico y el museo de Artes Gráficas. De día o de noche es un lugar que se debe visitar, ver las calendas de las bodas oaxaqueñas es una gran experiencia para los visitantes.
Santo Domingo Church is by far the most spectacular church in Oaxaca, even more so than the Cathedral and is located in the centre of Oaxaca City. The Santo Domingo church is an important building in Oaxaca because not only is it the biggest church in the City but also it is home to the Santo Domingo Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural Santo Domingo de Guzmán), and Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden. This stunning church is a must see if you are visiting Oaxaca City
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Templo de Santo Domingo
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Santo Domingo Church is by far the most spectacular church in Oaxaca, even more so than the Cathedral and is located in the centre of Oaxaca City. The Santo Domingo church is an important building in Oaxaca because not only is it the biggest church in the City but also it is home to the Santo Domingo Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural Santo Domingo de Guzmán), and Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden. This stunning church is a must see if you are visiting Oaxaca City
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Zócalo Oaxaca
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Art
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Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños
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Art
The Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca is fairly unique in its concept and has proved very successful. In 1993 the Military moved out of Santo Domingo church and grounds, and the space was decided, after some petition, to be used for a ethnobotanical garden, a celebration of both ecology and culture.
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Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca
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The Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca is fairly unique in its concept and has proved very successful. In 1993 the Military moved out of Santo Domingo church and grounds, and the space was decided, after some petition, to be used for a ethnobotanical garden, a celebration of both ecology and culture.
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Graphic Arts Institute of Oaxaca
222 Av Benito Juárez
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Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca, Santo Domingo
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Museo de Sitio Casa Juárez
609 Calle de Manuel García Vigil
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Museo de la Filatelia Oaxaca
504 Reforma
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The Basilica of Our Lady of Solitude or La Soledad as it is commonly referred to is a beautiful seventeenth century church in the centre of Oaxaca that has a stunningly detailed entrance that is carved in a baroque style. La Soledad is home to a statute of the ‘Virgin of Solitude’ (virgin de la soledad) who is Oaxaca’s saint. The beautiful La Soledad church is just 6 blocks from the zócalo.
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Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
107 El Calvario
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The Basilica of Our Lady of Solitude or La Soledad as it is commonly referred to is a beautiful seventeenth century church in the centre of Oaxaca that has a stunningly detailed entrance that is carved in a baroque style. La Soledad is home to a statute of the ‘Virgin of Solitude’ (virgin de la soledad) who is Oaxaca’s saint. The beautiful La Soledad church is just 6 blocks from the zócalo.
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Museo Textil de Oaxaca
917 Miguel Hidalgo
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Oaxaca’s marvellous cathedral is next to the zócalo in the centre of Oaxaca. The initial construction of Oaxaca’s Cathedral began in 1535 and was based on the same designs as those used for the Cathedrals of Mexico City and Puebla. Oaxaca cathedral has undergone many subsequent periods of construction since then (some due to earthquake damage), to arrive at how the Cathedral looks today however.
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Oaxaca Cathedral
700 Av. de la Independencia
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Oaxaca’s marvellous cathedral is next to the zócalo in the centre of Oaxaca. The initial construction of Oaxaca’s Cathedral began in 1535 and was based on the same designs as those used for the Cathedrals of Mexico City and Puebla. Oaxaca cathedral has undergone many subsequent periods of construction since then (some due to earthquake damage), to arrive at how the Cathedral looks today however.
Barrios
Historical neighborhoods where you can appreciate the colorful houses and streets.
10min walking from our location you can get to this historical neighborhood. It's well wroth it a visit. A 10 min caminando se encuentra El Barrio de Jalatlaco, bien vale la pena conocerlo.
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Barrio de Jalatlaco
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10min walking from our location you can get to this historical neighborhood. It's well wroth it a visit. A 10 min caminando se encuentra El Barrio de Jalatlaco, bien vale la pena conocerlo.
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Barrio de Xochimilco
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Symbolic places
These places are out of downtown, buy definitely you must include them in your visit to Oaxaca. You can buy a tour or you can go by your own, using public transportation. From our location you walk left to get to Periférico and there you can take the buses or shared taxis.
The Village of Santa María El Tule is undoubtedly best known for the giant cypress tree better known as árbol del Tule. El Tule is a village that is about ten minutes’ drive from Oaxaca City and is also very easy to reach via public transport, either by bus or by colectivo. The Tule tree is the biggest and oldest Montezuma Cypress in the world with a circumference of around 40 meters, and is an estimated 2000 plus years old.
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El Tule
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The Village of Santa María El Tule is undoubtedly best known for the giant cypress tree better known as árbol del Tule. El Tule is a village that is about ten minutes’ drive from Oaxaca City and is also very easy to reach via public transport, either by bus or by colectivo. The Tule tree is the biggest and oldest Montezuma Cypress in the world with a circumference of around 40 meters, and is an estimated 2000 plus years old.
The site consists of two waterfall-like rock formations which have been formed over thousands of years. Both cliffs rise over fifty meters from the valley floor,[8] with one rock formation reaching down twelve metres and the other reaching down thirty metres. The twelve meter one is called "cascada chica" (small waterfall) and "flows" off a base which is about sixty metres wide. The other, "cascada grande" (large waterfall), extends down from a base with which is about ninety metres wide and eighty metres above the valley floor.
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Hierve el Agua
Hierve Hierve el Agua
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The site consists of two waterfall-like rock formations which have been formed over thousands of years. Both cliffs rise over fifty meters from the valley floor,[8] with one rock formation reaching down twelve metres and the other reaching down thirty metres. The twelve meter one is called "cascada chica" (small waterfall) and "flows" off a base which is about sixty metres wide. The other, "cascada grande" (large waterfall), extends down from a base with which is about ninety metres wide and eighty metres above the valley floor.
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Santa María Atzompa
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Today Monte Álban is the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, and historically it was the largest and most important City in Oaxaca. The marvellous ruins of Monte Álban are located on top of a mountain about 20 minutes drive from Oaxaca City and are a must see for anyone visiting Oaxaca City. There are bathroom facilities, a restaurant and a museum on site, and it is also possible to hire a guide once you are there.
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Monte Alban
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Today Monte Álban is the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca, and historically it was the largest and most important City in Oaxaca. The marvellous ruins of Monte Álban are located on top of a mountain about 20 minutes drive from Oaxaca City and are a must see for anyone visiting Oaxaca City. There are bathroom facilities, a restaurant and a museum on site, and it is also possible to hire a guide once you are there.
Teotitlán del Valle is a smallish village about half an hours’ drive from Oaxaca City that is most famous for its hand-woven textiles and in particular rugs. It also has a small museum, a market, a church, a small archaeological area next to the church, and a picturesque small revoir and dam behind the village. Teotitlán del Valle is a Zapotec village and thought to be founded around the second half of the fifteenth century
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Teotitlan del Valle
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Teotitlán del Valle is a smallish village about half an hours’ drive from Oaxaca City that is most famous for its hand-woven textiles and in particular rugs. It also has a small museum, a market, a church, a small archaeological area next to the church, and a picturesque small revoir and dam behind the village. Teotitlán del Valle is a Zapotec village and thought to be founded around the second half of the fifteenth century
Mitla is Oaxaca’s most important archaeological site after Monte Álban and is located about an hours drive from Oaxaca City. Mitla was Oaxaca’s main religious centre and the word Mitla means ‘underworld’ in Zapotec . The walls at Mitla are covered with spectacular geometric mosaics which are unique in Mexico. Mitla stands out because of its bright red painted walls.
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Mitla
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Mitla is Oaxaca’s most important archaeological site after Monte Álban and is located about an hours drive from Oaxaca City. Mitla was Oaxaca’s main religious centre and the word Mitla means ‘underworld’ in Zapotec . The walls at Mitla are covered with spectacular geometric mosaics which are unique in Mexico. Mitla stands out because of its bright red painted walls.
Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán
This is on the outskirts of Oaxaca. This village is is famous for the alebrijes that it produces. Alebrijes are curious, fantastic, carved wooden animals that are generally brightly painted. You'll find a lot of alebrijes in different markets downtown, but if you want to visit the people who actually make them, you can visit their workshops here.
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San Martín Tilcajete
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This is on the outskirts of Oaxaca. This village is is famous for the alebrijes that it produces. Alebrijes are curious, fantastic, carved wooden animals that are generally brightly painted. You'll find a lot of alebrijes in different markets downtown, but if you want to visit the people who actually make them, you can visit their workshops here.
The village of San Bartolo is just outside Oaxaca, it’s a small village with a big craft. It is the location where the famous black pottery is produced. Aside from the production there isn’t much more to say about the village, there is a nearby hill called ‘Jaguar Mountain’ which is considered sacred and it is home to the MEAPO museum (Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca). San Bartolo is almost solely focused on black pottery production.
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San Bartolo Coyotepec
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The village of San Bartolo is just outside Oaxaca, it’s a small village with a big craft. It is the location where the famous black pottery is produced. Aside from the production there isn’t much more to say about the village, there is a nearby hill called ‘Jaguar Mountain’ which is considered sacred and it is home to the MEAPO museum (Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca). San Bartolo is almost solely focused on black pottery production.
The Zaachila ruins are a lovely small set of ruins that are all that remain of the last Zapotec capital before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the 1520’s. Zaachila ruins are still largely unexcavated but there have been two interesting tombs found there thus far.
Zaachila
The Zaachila ruins are a lovely small set of ruins that are all that remain of the last Zapotec capital before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the 1520’s. Zaachila ruins are still largely unexcavated but there have been two interesting tombs found there thus far.
Yagul is home to the most important ball game court in Oaxaca and remained occupied up until the Spanish conquest; whereupon the inhabitants were moved to what is now Tlacolula a short distance away. This delightful small set of ruins makes an interesting day out for all
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Yagul
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Yagul is home to the most important ball game court in Oaxaca and remained occupied up until the Spanish conquest; whereupon the inhabitants were moved to what is now Tlacolula a short distance away. This delightful small set of ruins makes an interesting day out for all
The ex-convent at Cuilapam de Guerrero is an extraordinary building that is unique in Oaxaca. Cuilapam’s ex-convent is famous for having no roof and there are a number of stories circulating to why this is, a favourite is that the devil kept knocking the roof off every time they put it on. These entertaining stories quite capture the imagination but it would appear unsurprisingly that these stories are completely Apocryphal.
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Cuilapan de Guerrero
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The ex-convent at Cuilapam de Guerrero is an extraordinary building that is unique in Oaxaca. Cuilapam’s ex-convent is famous for having no roof and there are a number of stories circulating to why this is, a favourite is that the devil kept knocking the roof off every time they put it on. These entertaining stories quite capture the imagination but it would appear unsurprisingly that these stories are completely Apocryphal.
Tlacolula is a large town about half an hours’ drive from Oaxaca City that is most famous for its incredible Sunday market, and the local speciality ‘barbacoa’ which is a very tasty dish indeed. Tlacolula is also noted for the quality of its forged iron. Tlacolula came about after the relocation of the inhabitants of Yagul upon the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century.
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Tlacolula de Matamoros
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Tlacolula is a large town about half an hours’ drive from Oaxaca City that is most famous for its incredible Sunday market, and the local speciality ‘barbacoa’ which is a very tasty dish indeed. Tlacolula is also noted for the quality of its forged iron. Tlacolula came about after the relocation of the inhabitants of Yagul upon the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century.