Good. I don´t have a lot to add to what Javier wrote, but I was there when it was almost evening time, and honestly the place gets even more charming! I had gone with a tour with a travel agency in Oaxaca, honestly nothing extraordinary and I guess you can go also on a public bus. I´ll share some pictures.
Oaxaca is one of those few cities in the world which offers visitors pleasant weather throughout the year. It also offers a great culinary culture, art, folklore, tradition and fun. In the city of Oaxaca the annual average temperature is 22 º C. Wonderful! The food of Oaxaca is famous because it offers a great variety of dishes, like green coloradito, stews and Chichilo and Oaxacan tamales. A delight! Another wonder is Oaxacan chocolate liquor, which was originally sacred and you mix it with sugar and milk and drink it warm. A treat in the colonial times. Oaxaca is full of magic and charm. The people are good, simple and very friendly. All this combined with its ancient architecture, with buildings dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the narrow streets, and above all, its wide range of hotels, restaurants and cafes, makes it a very attractive city for tourism. There are many places of interest, like its Cathedral, the construction of which began in the year 1535, the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, the Church of the Company of Jesus, the Church of San Augustine, the Church and former Convent of San Francisco and a long list of churches dating from the colonial era, true national treasures and cultural relics. Some of these old buildings are now converted into museums, hotels and restaurants and are visited by thousands of tourists annually. Oaxaca is famous for its traditional festivals, especially the celebration of the "Guelaguetza", celebrated annually during the month of July. This big party, responds a mix of pre-Hispanic beliefs and rituals combined with the customs introduced by the Spanish, and evolving with the history of Oaxaca, has emerged this beautiful tradition that is celebrated with parades, dances, food and cultural shows where Oaxacan all involved. Its name is derived from a Zapotec word which means love, sacrifice and sympathy. I share in this corner some of the photos that will be in my memories.
Oaxaca is a place where history invades the streets. When walking among the great cathedrals notice that such constructions are part of a past that was full of magic and culture. The locals retain their roots and spread it to visitors.
The market in Oaxaca in the state of the same name, has the unique distinction of being the first market on your trip from Mexico City to Chiapas where you find Mayan culture. The characteristics, the products...everything is so different from colonial-style Puebla or the coastal cities. The most popular treat in the Oaxaca market are "chapulines," red roasted crickets in a plastic bag, seasoned with salt, lemon, and a pinch of spice.
Another regional product is red chili peppers which are sold dried and are part of some of the region's more spicy dishes. The market itself is the same since the 17th century. The market actually reminds me a lot of ones I saw in Guatemala, both in the look and way of speaking: "what're you having," "we've got chapulines," there's tequila," "chilis over here"...the same rhythm throughout the entire market.
Besides fruits and vegetables, you'll find plenty of to-go food ready to take back to the hotel or to enjoy right there on one of the little tables. It's a great way to spend a moment enjoying the activity of the market, the calls of the people, and the atmosphere charged with colors and smells.
An unforgettable experience ... bioluminescence, magic, and mangroves ... warm and friendly service, and I know we'll be back. The best way to get there is from the port, where a combi will take you to Zapotalito. It takes about 30 minutes, and costs 10 pesos.
Mitla is a palace built by the Zapotecs who called it Lyobaa, or resting place. The Aztecs renamed this place as Micltán, hence the current name means place of the dead. These ruins are evidence of the splendor of its people. It's known that this region had a great development from 1000 AD until the arrival of the Spanish. This place has underground tombs made of stone. If you are not claustrophobic, you can reach them, where you will find cross-shaped ornaments which existed before Christianity came to America. It's murals are decorated in a stunning geometric design that are made up of thousands of perfectly cut and assembled pieces giving shape to the Grecos, images that you can appreciate. It's a great place to visit and to learn its history and to remember. Additional info at the website: http://www.Cdtravel.Net/turismo/arque/mitla.Htm
The city of Oaxaca is imaginable. With a party atmosphere in restaurants that are colorful, in craft shops selling crafts in the main streets and a major architectural style shown in representative buildings: Teatro Macedonio and of course the Cathedral. The city of Oaxaca worth visiting.
The bell towers of the Cathedral of Puebla are the highest in Mexico. (They are 69 metres.) The interior is really stunning. The side chapels are very ornate, very baroque, and the frescos, especially the one at the high altar, are spectacular. Outside the Cathedral Square is surrounded by a fence decorated with angels, ve, with a background of clouds, make this place even more beautiful.
The Jaguar Yuu (which means Jaguar House) houses the Tourist Information Centre of Oaxaca. It boasts more than 3000 books, magazines and documents relating to travel, cultures, history and geography of Mexico and the world. They also have an internet service and meeting rooms and organize tastings and cultural events. There is a nice cafe called the Jaguar Yuu Cafe where organic and homemade delicacies are sold. This place is perfectly suited for those ve enjoy admiring and caring for the planet and its wonders. French and a little Japanese are spoken.
Plaza de la Danza is at the foot of the Cerro del Fortin, an old road, known as the "Plaza de la Soledad" or "Calvary". It also hosts several cultural events throughout the year. From there, you can visit other nearby attractions, such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Solitude, or Templo de San José.
The most unforgettable journey of my life has been to Guelaguetza, Oaxaca, where all parts of this beautiful city share with the public its rich and splendid diversity, opening borders and letting fly, with so much love imagination given to every visitor.
The town of Santa Maria El Tule is much more than just a splendid tree. In it you can find one of the most interesting craft markets in the area at prices cheaper than in the city of Oaxaca. It's especially recommendable to acquire one-or two, or three ... - famous mezcal bottles. It's a variant of the classic kind of tequila but made with other herbs and just as tasty. We find mezcal in different purities, flavored with hazelnut, strawberry, pineapple ... In many of these places the mezcal is made by the same family that sells it and we stay a while chatting about the manufacturing process, the collection ... While they offer us a multitude of "shots" of different types of mezcal to "test" their "properties." Don't go to El Tule by car, and be sure to eat something before you come!
Hola is a church situated in a small area of Oaxaca, with a lovely design. To access it you have to climb some stairs and the reward is to find yourself with this gem that dates back over 2 centuries ...
The church of Santa María del Tule is situated in the shadow of the magnificent Sabine and is what made this village famous. Made in the Oaxacan Baroque style, this small temple has a cover with two ships with an image of Santa Maria. The locals hold many cultural and social events here. What is special is the difference in the presence and size between the tree and the church. What better proof of nature?
When thinking about what to do in Oaxaca, it’s best to start by taking a trip through time and visiting the ruins of Monte Alban. This Zapotec ceremonial site ranks among the top attractions in Oaxaca and offers visitors the chance to explore stunning temples, pyramids, and even an ancient astronomical observatory. The ruins are also located on a mountain top and offer and unbeatable view of the city of Oaxaca and the surrounding valley. Another of the most important places to visit in Oaxaca is Mitla, the region’s second most important Zapotec site.
Those interested in modern history will also find no shortage of stuff to do in Oaxaca. The city is a modern art hub and its avant-garde galleries provide an interesting contrast to the indigenous craft markets and brightly-painted homes found throughout the city. Also in the downtown area, visitors can find the Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the top Oaxaca attractions.
One of the top Oaxaca activities is visiting Hierve el Agua, a rock formation which looks like petrified waterfall. For more interesting things do in Oaxaca, take a look through the tips and recommendations from real travelers and locals on minube and discover all the top things to do in Oaxaca.