Oaxaca de Juárez Travel Guide

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    Hierve el Aqua
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    Oaxaca city in the background
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Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

  • Santo Domingo Church

    Iglesia de Santo Domingo is an impressive Church in Oaxaca worth visiting. It is a Catholic Church of Dominican order. It took 200 years to construct. Restoration began in 1993 and completed in 1999 and the interior is decorated with more than 60 sheets of 23.5-karat gold leaf and filled with paintings and statues from the best artist of that time...

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  • Cultural Museum

    Textile Museum (Museo Textil de Oaxaca), is interesting Museum. It exhibits diversity of textiles done by the indigenous people. The main aim of the museum is the conservation of the textile heritage, restoration and preservation of the traditional woven cloth. There’s a shop, which you can buy books, cloth, material and souvenir. Admission is...

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  • Monte Alban

    5 out of 5 stars

    on 19th februari 2008 iwalked from my hostel to hotel Rivera del Angel at Mina 518 between the streets diaz ordaz and mier y teran. here booked a van for 38 pesos return. low season first goes at 9.00. took 15 minutes. entrance 48 pesos video 35 pesos. walked for 2 hours a bit more had been better. then went to the museum for 15 minutes. had to be...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Hotels

  • Camino Real Oaxaca

    I stayed here a weekend, we loved this hotel, the patios and gardens are really beautiful. You feel...

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  • Hotel Maela

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Hotel Maela during my January 2008 stay. After reading a so-so...

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  • Hostel Don Nino

    Very well located hostel. It offers nice rooms or very clean dormitory. Full breakfast is included...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Restaurants

  • El Naranjo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Located a couple of blocks from the Zocalo, El Naranjo was the most "American" of all the restaurants that we dined at in Oaxaca. This isn't a bad thing, just an observation. The dining room is in a courtyard of an old building, with heaters and small lights giving it a nice atmosphere. With 6 kinds of rellenos (stuffed chiles) and all of the 7...

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  • Los Danzantes

    5 out of 5 stars

    We went to Los Danzates restaurant for dinner and lunch without reservation and enjoyed it each time. The food is not traditional Mexican cuisine but modern/fusion with Mexican touch. It was busy when we arrived but managed to get a table. The service was excellent. We were attended immediately as we sat, I must admit it was too quick. We didn’t...

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  • Places on the Zocalo

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was told to avoid uncooked meats when traveling in Mexico, but I broke the rules here and there and tried this sushi outlet tucked indoors, just behind the outdoor cafés on the east side of the Zocalo. The gamble was good one, because Sushi Itto has some of the best fusion sushi that I have tried! prices are also very reasonable. I really liked...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Nightlife

  • Very good bar with local live bands.

    This little hole in the wall bar became my local favorite when i was in Oaxaca.It´s a small bar with a small stage that features local rock bands at night and the clientele is mostly the local students and the place has a bohemian and rebellious atmosphere that i really loved.Teh live music i i heard there was really of a high quality and i...

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  • Nice drinking spot.

    La casa del mezcal is a bar that seems to cater mostly to the local working class crowd.I heard that tourists come by this place too, but i did not see any the 3 times i was there.They have a nice selection of mezcal there and an ok beer selection too.The place can get quite croweded and loud during weekends and on thursday where they 2 for 1, but...

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  • Guelaguetza

    Folkloric dance shows known as Guelaguetza, are staged every Friday night at the Camino Real ( and more often in the high holiday season), with a whole range of dances from the stately and sedate Flor de Pina to toe-tapping whirls of wide skirts and coquettish looks and on to the leaps and whoops of athletic young men in their high feathered...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Transportation

  • Busses

    We went to Oaxaca from Puebla by bus. It’s about 300 km, including about 200km of mountain road, and took us about 5,5 hours. The road seemed to me rather dangerous though very picturesque. I was surprise that we had only one driver for such a long way... The major highways serving Oaxaca are Federal Highways 175 and 131, southwards to the Oaxacan...

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  • How to get to Oaxaca from Puebla

    We went to Oaxaca from Puebla by bus. It’s about 300 km, including about 200km of mountain road, and took us about 5,5 hours. The road seemed to me rather dangerous though very picturesque. I was surprise that we had only one driver for such a long way...The major highways serving Oaxaca are Federal Highways 175 and 131, southwards to the Oaxacan...

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  • ADO GL Bus from Mexico city to Oaxaca

    On November 5, 2004 I took an ADO GL bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca. The trip took six hours and cost $343.00 pesos. That's less than $34.00 dollars. I purchased the ticket from Ticket Bus at the first class bus station, Mexico TAPO. There are several daily departures. I left at 9:30 a. m. and arrived in Oaxaca at 3:30 p. m.The ADO GL is an...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Shopping

  • Zocalo&Streets

    Provided you don't have claustrophobia or an aversion to people invading your space and hassling you to buy stuff, you can get some pretty good deals. When they first see you are a foreigner, the shop owners will try to overcharge you, but if you speak a few words of Spanish and can haglle a bit, you can get some prety good buys. Depends on what...

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  • Christmas

    I collect Nativity scenes, and the ones from South and Central America appeal to me particularly. I found my Mexican one in Oaxaca. The choice was huge, themed in every colour imaginable, but I liked this little rustic one - its natural colours and naive charm were more to my taste than the rich reds, purlpes, emerald greens, etc of others I...

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  • Market

    I didnot know there was a food market close to the Hostel Ponchon untill i did the cooking lesson. Here we bought the ingredients for the cooking and on the other side of the market there is a shop you can buy the tortillas.

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Oaxaca de Juárez Local Customs

  • Testing of mezcal

    You will be able to try Mezcal “Tradicion Don Lucio” in the same shop. Don’t think I liked it– in my opinion Russian vodka is more delicious than Russian samogon (or Mexican mescal) and effective, haha!The fermentation of agave juice dates to pre-Columbian times. When the Spanish conquerors arrived 400 years ago, they taught distillation techniques...

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  • Production of Mezcal

    Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl metl and ixcalli which mean 'oven cooked agave.By distillation, a spirit called mezcal is prepared; one of the best-known forms of mezcal is tequila.From the very beginning I suspected that...

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  • Monastary of OXACA

    Next to the Temple of Santo Domingo on the corner of Alcalá and Cinco de Mylies the Ex-Convent, now home to the Centro Cultural Santo Domingo housing the Regional Museum. The massive structure of this 16th C. convent is flanked by the Temple of Santo Domingo, the entrance plaza and an extensive desert botanical garden presently under construction....

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Oaxaca de Juárez Warnings and Dangers

  • don't get stranded --

    if you go to the zapotec ruins at monte alban, be sure that you get back to the gift shop by 5 pm, when it closes. that is when the last bus leaves and also when the taxis leave. otherwise, you had better have a car if you want to get home again. there is nothing within a walkable distance.

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  • No cycling on the Zocalo.

    I got a warning for cycling across the Zocalo on a busy morning.there was nothing dramatic about it, but i was told very firmly by the female police officer who topped me that the Zocalo is only for pedestrians, so you better only walk there.

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  • OAXACA SEXUAL ASSAULT/Being drugged

    Be careful of strangers offering assistance. My daughter was sexually assaulted by someone who she thought was offering assistance to her. A drug was put into her drink at a bar. She became tired, and sat down. Someone offered her assistance, and when assisting her back to her hotel, he sexually assaulted her. She was unable to protect herself due...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Tourist Traps

  • Don't put Mole inside your carry on...

    Customs in the airport will confiscate your Mole if you put it in your carry on baggage,it does not matter if you take domestic or international flights. It happens to everybody,Mexican or foreigner. Please put Mole inside your check in baggage. Many tourists even staff who work in the tourist office don't know much about this problem.

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  • Hierve el Agua

    the petrified waterfall is much, much larger in photos than in person. Although there are several mineral filled wading poolsfor you to take a dip in at this site, the trip there and back is simply too long and tiring to make it a worthwhile destination. bring a swimsuit, plenty of water and a hat

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  • Monte Alban - Great if you love rocks...

    I have been to Monte Alban twice, but I wasn't all that impressed. Unless you specifically have a love of ancient Mexican history, I would say skip it and spend more time in the actual city of Oaxaca, talking to the people and exploring the side streets. The city has so much to offer, but is treated simply as a gateway to other places. It's worth...

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Oaxaca de Juárez What to Pack

  • thought sandals would be a good...

    I thought sandals would be appropriate but by the end of the day my feet were fairly dirty - and exploring ruins was slightly uncomfortable due to gravel. Bring a pair of sturdy walking shoes. Be sure to bring sunblock - the sun is strong. Brought along immodium and pepto bismal but didn't need to use it - you should bring it just in case.

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  • Packing List

    The hurricane season usually occurs between June and November. Travellers to the coastal zones should keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly. México has more than 50 airports served by regular passenger flights. Mexicana and Aeroméxico serve the major cities, and smaller regional carriers go to the smaller cities. Fares...

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  • Packing List

    Watch out for that rainy season! Just because you're in southern Mexico doesn't mean you won't want warm clothing...it gets real chilly and wet! Make sure you've got what you need, but it's not hard to get ahold of new things when you run out. Gigante's a very American-looking store, and great for buying all kinds of things.

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Oaxaca de Juárez Off The Beaten Path

  • Hierve el Agua

    Hierve el Aqua is a natural sight to see and visit. The scenery is breathtaking to say the least. Surrounded by mountains and valley. The main attraction is the waterfalls, which is not really a waterfall but calcified waterfall, nevertheless from the distance it looks real. At the site there are collections of natural pools and springs water. You...

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  • Mitla

    Mictlan or it is known Mitla in Spanish is located outside Oaxaca. It is important archeological site of Zapotec culture. The Spanish destroyed Mitla and used it to built Catholic Church of San Pedro, which is standing next to Mitla ruins.

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  • Yagul

    Getting to Yagul without a tour can take some time, patience, and some walking. The bus the plies the road between Oaxaca City and Mitla and onwards passes within 1.5 kilometers from the archeological sight. The walk uphill is not that bad, but it can be dangerous due to the dreaded heat. Take some water with you!

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Oaxaca de Juárez Sports & Outdoors

  • Bicycle shop with a travel agency.

    This bicycle shop sells both bikes and equipment aswell as being a local tour oprator doing bike trips around Mexico.It´s run by a former mexican olympic cyclist and i was very happy with the prices and the excellent advice i got there.I bought some equipment there and they were very informative on cycling in the Oaxaca region and i would stronly...

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  • The Training New Gym, Oaxaca

    If you meet a young woman in Oaxaca who works out, it's likely she works out at The Training New Gym. This gym attracts more young women because of its low cost and its aerobic classes. It's the only gym that I visited in Oaxaca that seemed to have as many women as men working out. Its hours of operation are 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM.The gym has some...

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  • Best equipment, but expensive: Calypso...

    There are two Calipso gyms in Oaxaca. This one is located in the Centro Historico area. The other one is located in the Reforma area (H. Colegio Militar #321-A). The gym has long hours opening 6:00 AM and closing 11:00 PM on Mondays-Fridays and shorter hours on the weekends. The daily use fee is a whopping MX$110. If you're in Oaxaca for a longer...

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Oaxaca de Juárez Favorites

  • Zócalo&Streets

    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...

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  • Chocolate & Mezcal

    One block south of Mercado Juarez you will find numerous chocolate grinders / mixers. You can try it either hot or cold, with milk or with water. The Mayordomo store has a bar which you can sit at, have a chico mio and watch them grind / mix the cocoa, canela, almonds and sugar. The aroma is intoxicaing and divine.

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  • Bars&Restaurants

    step back in time and elegance - a crescent moon, arched walkways, bouganvilla blossoms fall from above, live guitar music discreetly played and well prepared margatitas make this a wonderful way to spend an afternoon / early evening

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