Overview

Oaxaca is a vibrant and charming city in Mexico with a long and eventful history, mouth-watering gastronomy and a colorful manifestation of local indigenous culture.

500kms from Mexico City and separated to the north by rugged mountains, the isolated Oaxaca region is dotted with small weaving and craft villages and has forged its own distinctive identity. Known as Mexico’s artistic and cutural centre,Oaxaca embodies both indigenous and colonial features; the colourful markets, artisan workshops and multiple fiestas reflecting the native culture while the baroque architecture, plazas and museums reflecting that of the colonial Spanish settlers, and the majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a Unesco World Heritage badge

Outside Oaxaca 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.

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The weather in Oaxaca is wide and varied

Known as Mexico’s artistic centre, Oaxaca embodies both indigenous and colonial features. Discover markets, artisan workshops, baroque architecture and excellent museums. The city has a temperate climate and temperatures ranging from high to low 20°Cs, with the most rainfall between June - September. There are plenty of exciting cultural events throughout the year and some of the best Day of the Dead celebrations in the country in November.

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