Used to describe both this south western state and its principal city, Oaxaca is home to Mexico’s compelling ancient Zapotec legacy and archaeological sites, not to mention some of the country’s most captivating contemporary indigenous culture and rustic Pacific coastline towns.
The historical quarter of the city (Oaxaca de Juarez) has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its baroque cathedral that dates back to 1533 and the former Monastery of Santo Domingo, but in general offering a pleasing mixture of its colonial past, enduring ethnic influences and modern progression. Visitors are also drawn to this city for some of Mexico’s finest food and cuisine, for which it has an eminent reputation for the country’s multi-ethnic gastronomy, from moles (rich, spicy sauces) to chapulines (fried grasshoppers) and chocolate.
The fascinating pre-Colombian Zapotec and Mixteca civilisations has been frozen in time at the mesmerising sites of Monte Alban and Mitla that lie close to the city.
And alongside its ancient attractions, Oaxaca also produces some of the country’s best indigenous crafts, pottery and textiles displayed in the city’s open marketplaces, and we can arrange private tours of local workshops, art galleries and distilleries.
When to go
Oaxaca has a warm, temperate climate all year round with an average temperature of 22°c (72°f).
What to do
- Dine out at some of the best restaurants in the country and delicious culinary adventures
- Private historical and cultural tours of the city and sites of Monte Alban and Mitla
- Cooking lessons
- Visits to local Tequila distilleries
- Peruse the local and regional crafts, textiles, art and pottery in the marketplaces