Why Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca, located in Mexico’s southern region along the Pacific coast, owes its fame to the beauty of its architecture, its cultural traditions, its gastronomy and the warmth of its people.

Oaxaca’s terrain consists of extensive valleys and mountain chains. Its capital Oaxaca has been declared Humanity’s cultural Patrimony by UNESCO.

 

Oaxaca Travel Directory

“Oaxaca, declared Humanity’s cultural Patrimony by UNEScO, owes its fame to the beauty of its architecture, its cultural traditions, its gastronomy and the warmth of its people.“

Nestled in the mountains of Southwest México, Oaxaca’s rocky landscape and crystalline skies create views and landscapes that are found nowhere else in the world. The unique blend of tropical forests and temperate zones allows for perhaps the most biologically diverse state in México.

With its extensive and expansive indigenous populations, Oaxaca offers rich cultural experiences and an opportunity to find unique handicrafts and weavings, as well as enriching visits to local ruins and historic churches. As a world-class producer of coffees, fincas throughout Oaxaca’s hillsides generate some of the finest beans in Latin America.

Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful colonial Mexican cities as well as an historic landmark. Here you’ll find XVI Century convents, baroque temples, civil buildings and museums from the colonial period. It’s a center for many unique cultural expositions and religious celebrations. It also is very close to major archaeological sites.

Top 10 reasons to visit Oaxaca

1. Climate

Oaxaca City is located in Mexico's southern region in the middle of a zone surrounded by four valleys...

2. Architecture

In 1987, the UNESCO designated Oaxaca's historic center as a world heritage site. It extends six to eight blocks in each direction from the Zócalo...

3. Cultural traditions

Oaxaca City has several festivities that are the product of 500 years of traditions and syncretism, thanks to the blending of indigenous and Spanish cultures...

4. Cuisine and Gastronomy

Traditional Oaxaca cuisine is famous for fusing together unusual flavours that makes for an exquisite eating experience. The many different ethnic groups who inhabit Oaxaca...

5. Ethnic Diversity

The linguistic diversity of the region comes from Oaxaca's rich ethnic eclecticism. 16 different groups continue to inhabit the region, carefully maintaining and upholding their own languages and dialects...

6. Archaeological sites

The Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, once the most important pre-Hispanic capital in the Oaxaca Valley region during the classical period, were declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987...

7. Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure

One of Oaxaca's best selling points is its location - nestled between three verdant valleys the city has perfect access to the attractions of Mexico's Central Valleys ...

8. Traditional Arts and Crafts Markets

If you want to buy some original handicrafts then Oaxaca is the place to do it. Some of Mexico's most talented artisans reside in the city and the little towns that surround it...

9. Hotels a la carte

Oaxaca is full of great hotel choices for every budget. There are amiable bed and breakfasts, lavish colonial and upscale modern facilities...

10. Art Galleries

A thriving arts scene and long standing tradition in making handicrafts makes Oaxaca an incredible place to enjoy art from both past and present...