Things to do in Oaxaca de Juarez
- 114 reviews
Monte Alban is a peaceful little bit of heaven overlooking Oaxaca (and being that it is relatively close to the sun and without shade, it is hot, so be prepared with a hat and/or lots of sunscreen). This was one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica dating back to around 500 BC so there is no shortage of really interesting ...Popular withLocalHistoryOutdoor
- 24 reviews
The finest art museum in an arty town. MACO showcases many rising talents of Mexican Art as well as some important predecessors. Definitely worth the small price of admission and an afternoon of your time.Popular withHistoryDesignBudget
- 33 reviews
Very beautiful placePopular withHistory
- 42 reviews
Not all of Oaxaca’s many ex-convents are alike, and Santo Domingo is the best of them. Not only is the spectacular church and adjacent plaza the city’s prime wedding-watching spot and a popular place for meeting friends, but the convent houses Oaxaca’s finest museum. It’s easy to spend hours walking the museum’s arched hallways, learning about the state’s and city’s ...
- 52 reviews
Oaxaca Spanish Magic did the trick for me, quickly catapulting my Spanish to the next level. The teachers really seem to care, not only about helping students learn, but also about making sure they have a memorable stay in Oaxaca. My wonderful teachers, Lili and Jessica, used many creative methods to get us to speak and apply the lessons we ...
- 62 reviews
Having seen some large sequoias in my day, I figured I would laugh at the miniscule arbor that the people of Tule claim to be the largest in all the world. I quickly found out that this gargantuan tree is no laughing matter. This wonder of arboreal girth is worth a short stop in Tule - seeing as there is ...Popular withBackpackers
- 82 reviews
This 17th-century church is one of Oaxaca’s most important religious sites. It houses images of the Virgin of Solitude, a triangular figure you’ll see around the city. Along with the city’s Santo Domingo church, Soledad is one of Oaxaca’s better spots for wedding-watching. The large plazas in front of the church are popular hang-out spots, especially the one lined with ...
- 91 review
My favorite of all the zocalos I saw in Mexico. There is always something happening, and most importantly (for me at least) always something to eat. Get the potato chips (fully loaded with all of the hot sauce and lime juice), from anyone who is selling them, don't think twice about it. We found ourselves wandering back here a few ...Popular withFoodiesBudgetLocal
- 121 review
Spend a delightful morning wandering thru the central market place. A vast array of color, and aroma delight your senses. Try the local Chapulines (Crickets, Grasshoppers, and Locusts): A Mexican Delicacy. Plenty of place to grab a snack or meal. Be sure to have plenty of the local mole and hot chocolate. Have some specially grind to bring home with ...
- 131 review
When you buy from the vendors at MARO you are buying directly from members of the women artisan's cooperative of Oaxaca. This means that the folks that weaved your rug or pressed your tin sacred heart are getting the money directly, which makes souvenir shopping a little less guilt-ridden. The MARO complex has a handful of different shops and vendors ...
- 151 review
This town just south of the city of Oaxaca is a place of celebrations, particularly during the run-up to Dia de los Muertos, when locals and visitors pack Xoxocotlan’s cemeteries. Oaxacans gather around relatives’ graves here, drinking mezcal, singing, praying and, occasionally, cooking. The town also is known for its Easter and Lent celebrations, including playful Tuesday festivities called Martes ...
- 161 review
This pedestrian-only street is the backbone of Oaxaca’s historic center. Lined with artisan shops, bars, restaurants and galleries, Alcala starts at the cathedral and heads north, past the city’s iconic Santo Domingo church. The street often is packed with wedding revelers and holiday parades, particularly in the evening. Alcala is particularly boisterous during Dia de los Muertos, when costumed Oaxacans ...Popular withHistory
- 171 review
The zócalo is the city's main plaza and Oaxaca’s beating heart. A Saturday on the zócalo is a spectacle of music, performers and food. Orchestras and dance troupes routinely entertain crowds on one side of the zócalo while political activists speak on the opposite side. Restaurants and cafes line the eastern and western sides of the plaza, the site of ...Popular withOutdoor
- 191 review
Fundacion en via is a microfinance lender to women in the Oaxaca, Mexico area. They run tours to visit the individual borrowers such as weavers, small scale farmers, or small shop operators. Very interesting to get out into the countryside and visit these industrious people. The full cost of the tour goes towards the microfinance loans.Popular withBudgetLocalStudents