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Mexico: Oaxaca

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Oaxaca is a charming city with a long and eventful history. Separated from Mexico City to the north by rugged mountains and dotted with small weaving and craft villages, the isolated region has ploughed its own furrow, forging its own distinctive identity. Known as Mexico’s artistic centre, Oaxaca embodies both indigenous and colonial features, the markets, artisan workshops, rituals and multiple fiestas reflecting the native culture while the baroque architecture, plazas and museums bear witness to the Spanish influence. The Zapotec and Mixtec people’s ancient sites at Monte Albán, Yagul and Mitla are as impressive as the Mayan ruins in the south and east.

Our holidays to Oaxaca

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Teotihuacán

Discover Mexico: Oaxaca's culture and coastline

Private journey

13 days from £2,469pp

Taxis in Mexico City

Eagle: Aztecs, Mayas and conquistadores

Group tour

15 days from £2,438pp

tikal

Treasures of Central America: Heritage of the Aztec and Mayan Empires

Private journey

18 days from £4,408pp

day of the dead mexico

Signature Mexico: Day of the Dead

Private journey

7 days from £1,902pp

Things to do in Oaxaca

Cooking

Experience life in a Mexican rural community

Monte Alban

Visit Monte Alban, pre-Columbian ruined city


Food 2

Take a Mexican cooking course

Colourful city

Oaxaca walking tour and market

Our insider tips for Oaxaca

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Exploring the cobbled lanes on foot, stopping off for a cool beer at one of the al fresco cafés and bars: something of cultural interest lies around every corner.
Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Strolling through Oaxaca’s markets seeking out the ingredients for the region’s distinctive cuisine, such as fried grasshoppers, and learning how to make one of the famous mole sauces (up to 17 ingredients).
Alex Walker

Alexandra Walker

Surveying the ruins of Monte Albán from its superb hilltop site, especially dramatic at sunset. 20,000 Zapotec people once lived and prospered here. 
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Walking trails through the hills and the varied landscapes, here where temperate meets tropical. 

What our experts say

Oaxaca is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days. I loved the historical centre, with pedestrianised zones and colourful colonial houses ... a lovely place to chill out; with great shops selling all type of handicrafts and for all tastes There are loads of markets to visit: my favourite, “Central de Abastos”, is huge and in an edgy area, but very interesting .

Lina

Lina Fuller

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