Estado de Oaxaca Things to Do

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Estado de Oaxaca Things to Do

  • Santo Domingo Church

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    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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  • Street Life

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    Stroll in the streets of Oaxaca and taking photograph of street vendors can be fun because they are so many of them. Make sure ask permission before you take a shot. The vendor would appreciate more if you buy their food. I did try the Tamales, empanadas and steam corn in a cup it’s more like a desert because it was sweet but not sure of the name....

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  • Cultural Museum

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    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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  • Jardin Etnobotanico

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    Oaxaca's Ethnobotanical Gardens are located right behind the Church of Santo Domingo, just north of the Zocalo. Visits are by guided tour only, and I was not able to bring myself to pay $100 pesos (about ten dollars at the time) for a ninety-minute tour of cactii. While this garden may be of interest to plant fanatics, it would be nice if they...

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  • Tree of Tule

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    El Tule's ancient ahuehuete (water cypress) tree is reputed to have the largest girth of any tree on earth. It may be, it may not - one thing is for sure - it is one big tree: 58 metres around - that's getting on for 200 feet!! It is also incredibly old - possibly as much as 3,000 years - that means it was already growing when nearby Monte Alban...

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  • Monte Alban

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    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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  • Mitla

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    Well, that's one theory put forward by archaeologists about the grand complex of palaces at Mitla. There's some evidence to support this theory - it is known that this was the burial place of Zapotec kings and heroes (Mexicans knew this place as Mictlan meaning "Inframundo" - the Place of the Dead)and the evidence of burials found here points to...

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  • Beach

    Oaxaca de Juárez Things to Do

    Beach activities. These beaches are still relatively undiscovered, which makes for great photos, walks, swims, etc. You will not see the hordes of people and construction common in the northern beaches of Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, etc.

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  • Valley of Oaxaca

    The Valley of Oaxaca is a geographic region located within the modern day State of Oaxaca. The valley, which is located within the Sierra Madre Mountains, is shaped like a distorted and almost upside-down “Y”.The Valley of Oaxaca was home to the Zapotec civilization, one of the earliest complex societies in Mesoamerica, and the later Mixtec...

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  • Sierra Madre del Sur

    Oaxaca is located in the Centro District in the Central Valleys region of the state, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre at the base of the Cerro del Fortín extending to the banks of the Atoyac River. The Sierra Madre de Oaxaca is a mountain range in southern Mexico. It begins at Pico de Orizaba and extends in a southeasterly direction for 300 km...

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  • SANTO DOMINGO de GUZMAN

    Much larger than the Cathedral of Oaxaca, this former convent is also more lavish. Built between the 15th and 16th Centuries, and used for many purposes over the year,including being occupied by the Army from 1860 until its return in 1993, by Presidential agreement, and under petition of the Government to the citizens of Oaxaca to be used for...

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  • Build Your Own Meal at the MERCADO

    In the markets off the central square in Oaxaca, there are places which display many types of meats and vegetables from which you make your selection; then they are cooked right there, barbecue style and you find a nearby table, order drinks and chow down!!Great way to share a meal with a local family, if it is a busy time and you get a large...

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  • MONTE ALBAN

    The Pre-Columbian site of Monte Albán was the capital city of the Zapotec civilization of central Mexico, founded about 500 BC, and it was continuously occupied until at least 700 AD. At times it is said to have been home to about 25,000 people.A guide is assigned to groups as they arrive, who will provide a lot of information as you tour the...

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  • See Ancient Design Rugs Made

    Outside of town there are a number of small, family-owned factories where rugs have been made in the ancient ways are produced. Many are totally 'organic' and use dyes from the local flora and the weave of the rugs lasts forever!!They can show you the process and have a display of many sizes, colors, styles --- difficult to resist!I did not and am...

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  • Browsing the MERCADOS

    Just off the main Zocalo, there are several huge Mexican Mercados; each one having more than the senses can handle, so you need to go back more than once! Great for tasting the foods, have a cool drink, find lots and lots of regalos (gifts) to take home, and enjoy people watching of many cultures.

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  • Another Bohemian Beach...

    Zipolite...or Playa Zipolite is just a short drive by colectivos down the road form San Augustinio.....I didnt spend too much time here at all....just a couple of hours and a quick pop in one of the seas side bars....its a popular backpackers destination with LOADS of cheap accomodation.Again caution.....the riptides and undertows are TREACHEROUS!!

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  • The Pause the REFRESHES....

    This little joint was a bit of a walk for us to get to but we liked it....and the beer was always so cold and tasted so good after a walk or a drive in and out of the closest banking town...Potchutla....It was run normaly by kids and we always managed a few laughs with them...they were probably laughing at our LOUSY Spanish...

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  • Check out the Fishermen...

    Its actually quite fun to watch the guys getting they're boats launched through the surf...its ALL HANDS ON DECK...and then some...it takes quite a few of them to get the boats out!This is how the day started for the guys selling fish to the local restaurants..

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  • Guelaguetza - Last two weeks of July

    After the recent political instability in Oaxaca, I read that the Guelaguetza festival/celebration is back for 2007. This event is big in Mexico and people come from all over the place to Oaxaca, Oaxaca to celebrate it. When I was living in Oaxaca in 2004, I remember that you have to book your stay at least 6 months in advance or you will not have...

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  • Benito Juarez

    Benito Juarez was a famous ex-president of Mexico. He was also born in Oaxaca. His birthplace is available for viewing with a small donation.

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  • Barro Negro / Alebrije

    Barro Negro and Alebrije are two of the crafts that are famous in Oaxaca. Barro Negro are potteries made from the special clay that exists in Oaxaca and Alegrije are little odd looking figurines made out of wood. They are made in two separate small towns on the outskirt of downtown Oaxaca. You can usually take the bus there for about 5 pesos or the...

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  • Hierve El Agua

    I paid for a complete tour of Hierve El Agua-Mitla-Tule-Mezcal Factory for about 300 pesos through a tour group off the street in downtown. You will need to bring another 30-40 pesos in change to pay for the entrance fee to these places. Don't even think about driving here yourself. You will never make it here alive. Believe me.Hierve El Agua was...

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  • Monte Alban

    This is one of the most impressive archeological sites I have ever seen. Situated on the top of the hill, you have a 360 view of the valley of oaxaca. Don't go with a tour which will cost you about 200 pesos per person. Instead take the bus there yourself. There is a bus that leaves for Monte Alban from this hotel called Hotel Angel I believe. Ask...

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  • Huatulco

    Very resort like town. Not cheap for sure. I stayed at the Camino Real Zaashila Resort for about $125USD/night through Expedia.com. Very nice hotel with excellent rooms and pool. When you come to Huatulco make sure you rent a car. Driving here is very easy because there are no traffic and all the roads are new and well designed. Taking the taxi to...

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  • Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico - Small Village...

    San Pablo Villa de Mitla - A small village next to Mixtec and Zapotec ruins. If you go there on Sundays there is a lso a very nice market. great for pictures.

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  • Wool Rugs

    On our way back from Mitla (archeological site) back into the City of Oaxaca, we stopped at a family business- this family makes wool rugs. They are beautiful. We had a opportunity to sit and watch how they tint the wool different colors using plants and herbs.I volunteered to spin the wheel.

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  • Temazcal

    We did a temazcal at Los Olivos, a spa/hotel. A guide accompanies you inside a small, brick room with a furnace. It's like a spa but 100x hotter and more enlightening. Temazcal is a tradition for many indigenous peoples in Mexico and helps cleanse the spirit, mind, and body. Some people with serious illnesses go to them as well. I've also...

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  • Beautiful Outdoor Ruins

    MONTE ALBAN is directly outside of Oaxaca city..it is ancient and grande and a short trip to get to.it is a good idea to first go to the musuem there to gain a basic historical understanding (if you know some Spanish)or hire an English speaking tour guide.If you don't want to spend $ on the tour guide it is best to read some history of Monte Alban...

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  • Tule

    The tree of Tule is amazing. Although it is not the tallest in the world, it is the widest tree in the world. In this picture you can see the head of a lion appearing from the trunk of the tree. Entrance fee is 10 pesos.

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  • Mitla

    Another interesting archaeological site. Nice market right outside the entrance. Entrance fee is 35 pesos.

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  • Go to Monte Alban

    Most interesting part of our trip. Great place to take pictures. Indian ruins built by Zapotecs, overtaken by Mixtecs, then by the Aztecs. Temples were used for human sacrifices.

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  • Antrophology ?

    I don't have to describe it, it's boring to say how things look like. I can only say that you have to "feel" Monte Alban, a wonderful place full of energy and peace... where you dream without closing your eyes...Que' colores tiene esta ciudad, reflejando mariposas en las paredescantando con los rayos del solinvitando a sonar con los ojos...

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