Zócalo&Streets, Oaxaca de Juárez
Oaxaca, in spite of the pedestrianised area, is quite a bustling little place, attracting a lot of tourists (and many travelling in groups). Worth identifying a quiet shady spot for yourself to escape from the crowds. The Zocalo is extensive and a great place to people watch, but not exactly quiet! The picture is of a little square immediately behind Santo Domingo - a surprising little oasis of silence, but still a great place to people watch.
Fondest memory: The colours, the food, the views, the people.
One of my favorite things to do in Oaxaca is people watch in the zocalo. You can sit down and see so many people doing things, like playing instruments, selling balloons, eating, conversing, carrying things from the store, everything you could think of. It's facinating to me to see the expressions on the local people's faces, the items they have, their jesters, etc. We sat for about 2 hours just taking in the culture and enjoying the surroundings.
Fondest memory: Sorry this picture isn't too good, but it was hard to take a night shot with her moving. I am always amazed at how people can carry things on their heads!
The views from this terrace of the surrounding mountains and city are wonderful - great place for drinks at sunset or in the evening. The food and restaurant are very good also.
Fondest memory: On my last night in Oaxaca I had dinner in the courtyard at La Purisima. A blue midnight sky, Orion and a half moon over head, ocher colored walls, mexican guitar music in the background, flavorful food and attentive service made this a wonderful evening.
Fondest memory: Oaxaca is really a charming, old city. It is the capital of the state of Oaxaca. I found the city to be very clean, and they sky was a pure, dark blue. The architecture, especially of the churches and the buildings around the zocalo, was fascinating and made for stunning photos.
Spend some time in the colonial city of Oaxaca. The shopping is fantastic -- truly some of the finest craftsmanship in the country. The famous black pottery can be found her, as well as the whimsical and beautiful alebrijes -- carved and brightly painted mythical creatures.
Fondest memory: Walking around the central square in the late afternoon, listening the a local band playing.
Bike around the town. The hills are a challenge but bike riding is a great way to see Oaxaca.
Fondest memory: The view of Oaxaca in the valley below Monte Alban.