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Oaxaca (Oaxaca de Juárez) is a city in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico.

Get in[edit]

Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX) is a small but fully functional airport outside of Oaxaca which mainly has flights to Mexico City. Most major airlines can offer cooperative service to Oaxaca through Mexico City via AeroMexico or another Mexican carrier. United also flies directly from Houston to Oaxaca on regional jets.

Traveling to Oaxaca by first-class bus is another option - bus services are excellent, have many trips each day and usually run on-time. Travel time is 6.5 hours from Mexico City, 8 hours from Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, or Pochutla. If you have a Mexican credit card, you can buy the tickets online at Ticket Bus (they do not accept international credit cards online). You can also buy tickets at a Ticket Bus or ADO retail outlet (they generally accept international credit cards) or do what most Mexicans do and buy a ticket right at the station ($550-700 as of Jan 2015). ADO is the bus line that travels from Mexico City to Oaxaca, and there are three different bus classes: ADO (standard first class - makes one stop), ADO GL (luxury - very comfortable seats that recline with extra leg room, makes no stops), ADO Platino (super luxury). Checked luggage is safe, as you will get a claim card that you must provide when retrieving luggage. Make sure to bring food and drinks on board for the ride, as there are none available for purchase on board.

From Mexico City, catch the bus at the TAPO bus terminal, Calz Ignacio Zaragoza 200, Venustiano Carranza, 10 de Mayo, 15290 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico (Metro station San Lazaro, Line 1&8), [1].  edit (near the airport). Food and drink are available at the TAPO station. The Oaxaca ADO first-class terminal, Pajaritos 5, Jalatlaco, Oaxaca, OAX.  edit is located in the city about 2 km northeast of the Zócalo (main plaza). The Oaxaca terminal has several street vendors nearby and places that sell snacks.

Driving is not recommended in Mexico due to the tolls, checkpoints and other hassles.

Get around[edit]

The central, tourist-oriented part of town is well signposted and easily walk-able by foot, although taxis are somewhat plentiful (short trips in the city cost 40 pesos) and buses numerous and cheap. You can pick up a free city map from one of several information booths, including one right outside the cathedral.

Buses stop running around 9 pm.

Bear in mind that, as with other Mexican cities, there may be more than one road with the same name (Mexicans often use the nearest corner to navigate) and a road's name may change from one end to the other. In Oaxaca, downtown streets often change names north or south of Independencia.


Oaxaca's streets have a very tranquil and organic feel to them. Much of the joy of a Oaxaca trip comes from simply strolling the downtown streets, sitting in a sidewalk cafe on the Zócalo, and soaking up the atmosphere. On your strolls, try to see a few of the outstanding local landmarks.

  • Oaxaca Mio, Zocálo Tourism Booth, [2]. Oaxaca Mio you will find information that will help navigate your time here in the city as well as other places of interest in Oaxaca; including, but not limited to Puerto Escondido and Huatulco. The map and magazine can be found at the tourism booth in the Zócalo as well as at the office, Alcalá 917.  edit
  • Zocalo. Catch a street act, watch a clown entertain children, buy a souvenir or just people watch from a sidewalk cafe as time passes by. Most tourist attractions are near here.  edit

Downtown Landmarks[edit]

Juarez Market, Oaxaca
  • Ex Convento de Santo Domingo - open 10am-8pm daily except Monday; $50 admission fee, free on Sundays. Spectacular historical church that's undergone a recent renovation. Includes the adjacent Cultural Center with frequent concerts.
  • Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca - next to the Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo, this is a museum of regional history and culture, with exhibits on Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec civilizations, as well as colonial and revolutionary era history. It's most stunning highlight is the collection of treasure excavated from Tomb 7 at Monte Alban by archaeologist Alfonso Caso in the 1930s.
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
  • ""Museo del Palacio""
  • ""Alameda de León""
  • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (four blocks west of the Alameda) - an important church that has a small square with breathtaking views of the city and nearby mountains.
  • Casa de Benito Juarez - Garcia Vigial 609, Tel: 951-516-18-60. Historic childhood home of former Mexican President Benito Juarez. It's an unassuming home fitting for a man of humble roots.
  • Rufino Tamayo Museum - Morelos 503 between Porfirio Diaz and Tinoco y Palacios; open Monday-Saturday from 10AM-2PM and then 4PM-7PM and Sunday from 10AM-3PM; A beautiful museum originally founded by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, you'll find excellent artifacts that are very well displayed.

Archaeological Sites[edit]

Beautiful Monte Alban
  • Monte Alban - Monte Alban - UNESCO World Heritage List - is one of the most impressive ruins in Latin America. It has the largest set of ruins near Oaxaca city, and, as such, can become very crowded. You can book tours through most hotels in Oaxaca city, and you can also take the bus or a taxi out to the ruins. The tour guides are excellent at Monte Alban, providing more than just standard information about the ruins. Monte Alban is impressive for its huge plaza and northern and southern platforms from which you can see much of the countryside. The Zapotec people (also known as "rock people") built this site atop some of the highest mountains in the area. Unlike Chichen Itza, you can climb most of Monte Alban, but you cannot enter any tombs. Entrance to Monte Alban costs $59. To catch a shuttle, walk 4 blocks west of Mercado 20 de Noviembre on 518 Fransisco Mina. Transportaciones Turística Belmex run the shuttle from the lobby of Hotel Rivera de Angel for $60 (as of 5/2014). A taxi from the city center takes about 25 minutes and will cost about $150 each way.
  • Arbol del Tule. This tree has the largest base of any tree in the world. Legend has it that it is over 1400 years old. It is located 13 km from the city of Oaxaca on the road to Mitla.
  • Mitla is approximately 40 kilometers from the city of Oaxaca and was a very important Zapotec city and religious center. Famous for its pre-Columbian Mesoamerican buildings. Inside Tomb 1 there is the famous "Column of Life" that you can embrace to find out how many years you have left to live. Spanish is helpful here as the ruins officials can explain how to use the column correctly.
  • Yagul Although frequently overlooked in favor of more extensive ruins at Mitla and Monte Alban, the ruins at Yagul are more pastoral (and therefore more similar to its original setting) and much less overrun with tourists.


  • Fundacion En Via, Avenida Juarez 909, Centro, Oaxaca, [3]. A non-profit micro-finance organization that runs tours to Teotitlán del Valle every Thursday and Saturday. They are working to fight poverty around Oaxaca and to educate travelers about the power of micro-finance. In Teotitlán, participants get to meet two groups of three women who are applying for their micro-loans. Participants hear about their lives and projects, which could be anything from weaving the beautiful rugs for which the town is famous, to making tortillas, raising chickens, making pinatas, or selling flowers in the market. At the end of the day 100% of the tour fee is given as an interest-free micro-loan to one of the two groups of women. Trips are currently run every Thursday from 1-7 and every Saturday from 9-4. $655.  edit
  • MOC Adventures [4] provides small week-long tours during Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca. The tours introduce people to the history of Oaxaca and the Day of the Dead by engaging them in its unique celebrations such as visiting the panteones (cemeteries), comprasas and other important events that take place during Día de los Muertos.


Day of the Dead altar
  • Oaxaca is well-known for having one of the best Dia de Los Muertos festivals in Mexico, housed in and around the large candle-lit city cemeteries.
  • The Oaxaca FilmFest is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated annual events in town. In 2014, Oaxaca FilmFest 5 runs from October 4th to 11th.
  • Guelaguetza festival takes place in July. The Guelaguetza highlights the traditional practices of the various indigenous cultures from the state of Oaxaca.

The term Guelaguetza, the most important custom of the Oaxacan people, derives from the Zapotec term "guendalezaa" which means "offering, present, fulfillment" because, during colonial times, the wealthy Spanish elite had the legal right to receive the first and best of the harvest collected by the indigenous people.


  • Baseball Oaxaca has a popular and successful baseball team, the Guerreros, who play from March through late August at the Estadio del Beisbol. Tickets start at just $10. [5]
  • Rugby Rugby is played on Saturdays with the Zinacantli Rugby Club, which hosts the annual Torneo de Día de los Muertos.


Language Lessons[edit]

  • Amigos del Sol, [6]
  • Becari [7] has a friendly and flexible staff, and a central location at M. Bravo 210.
  • Instituto Cultural Oaxaca [8], Av. Juarez 909 Col. Centro, This is the longest established school in Oaxaca, with a very lovely campus, most appropriate to university students who are in Mexico for course credit. A great place for independent travelers to study, as well, as it provides an easy way to meet other travelers and local Oaxacans. Its program includes academic courses to teach Spanish grammar, workshops ranging from cooking classes to weaving to teach about Oaxacan culture, and an "intercambio" session, which links a Oaxacan student studying English with an Instituto student so they both may practice their languages.
  • Vinigulaza [9] - this is a lovely little school with small, friendly classes and helpful teachers. The school is conversation focused, and advanced students can actually speak Spanish.
  • Oaxaca Spanish Magic [10] Flor Bautista has a small school that operates in a lovely garden, Oaxaca Spanish Magic, near Santo Domingo on Berriozábal. There, you will find caring and patient teachers who focus on both grammar and conversation skills. The teachers make great efforts to help the students adjust to Oaxaca and offer extras such as salsa and cooking classes, as well as weekend excursions to pueblos and other events.
  • Langua Travel [11] This charming school is great for short term Spanish immersion programs in Oaxaca city (1-12 weeks). Courses are open to students 18-75 yrs and are taught by native speakers. 20 and 30 hr per week programs are available starting every Monday.

Cooking Lessons[edit]

Ingredients prepared for a cooking class
  • La Casa de los Sabores - [12] classes in Oaxacan cuisine are given by Chef Pilar Cabrera owner-chef at "La Olla Restaurante".
  • Seasons of My Heart- Susana Trilling offers [13] courses of different lengths. She also has a cookbook, "Seasons of my Heart, A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico". Her classes are often full -- book ahead.
  • Nora Valencia,[14] [15] a native of Oaxaca, instructs cooking classes and culinary tours in both English and Spanish.
  • Instituto Cultural Oaxaca [16]. Offers cooking workshops which can be taken in conjunction with, or independently of, Spanish language classes.
  • Cookbook author/chef Daniel Hoyer [17]leads cooking and cultural tours to Oaxaca and other regions of Mexico.
  • El Capi Oaxacan Cooking [18]. English-language cooking classes in traditional Oaxacan cuisine including mole negro, mole rojo, and many salsas. Full day course for 700 MXN by world-renowned chef and Oaxacan local, Agustin Canseco.
  • Casa Crespo [19]. Spanish or English-language cooking classes in traditional Oaxacan cuisine. All classes include a trip to the flour grinder, market, lunch and drinks. Students choose from the menu on what they would like to learn. Options include various soups, licuados (smoothies) and entrees. All classes teach numerous mole, salsa and tortilla recipes. Full day course for $65 USD


  • Chocolate. Mina Street smells of chocolate and the city's most famous warm beverage is hot chocolate. Shops will grind yours to order with almonds and spices, or you can buy prepackaged disks or blocks. Mayordomo and La Soledad are well-regarded local brands that are packed to travel.
  • Mezcal. The state of Oaxaca also is well-known for its Mezcal and there are several tours that visit the distilleries. Mezcal can be bought plain or with many flavorings, in large or small bottles for tasting.
  • Crafts. Oaxaca and the surrounding villages abound with traditional crafts and artwork, including Day of the Dead figures, alebrijes (fantastical animal carvings), jewelry, black pottery, and wool rugs. Private and group tours can be arranged to visit and buy directly from the artisans, but a wide selection is available at boutiques in town. Prices are better in the villages and at artists' collectives, but almost all are an excellent value, with very little mass-produced.
  • Gigante (Gigante Supermarket), C. Independencia and Periferico West (from the northwest corner of the Zócalo, walk one block north and about 8 blocks west, crossing the Periferico; you'll see the market ahead of you and to your right). One of the few places to buy fresh refrigerated meats. Other supermarket staples are of course there as well, but you may get better prices at Mercado Juarez on some items. Has lots of other stuff, like a small department store.  edit


You can't walk around Oaxaca without stumbling into several markets. Whether it be dried chiles, mole paste, groceries, crafts, flowers, clothes or the endless stands of prepared food - the market scene is something you can't miss when visiting.

  • Mercado Benito Juarez, C. Cabrera south of Zócalo (from the southwest corner of the Zócalo, walk one block south; the market is the whole block ahead of you and to your right). Busy market with everything from clothing and leather goods to mole, fresh fruits, flowers, and bulk grains. For meats, prices are a bit high for being unrefrigerated, you might want to try a supermarket instead. One of the few places in town to find brown rice (ask the bulk grain vendors for "arroz integrál").  edit
  • Mercado 20 de Noviembre, Calle del 20 de Noviembre, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico. is located next to the Mercado Benito Juarez and has many prepared food vendors. Grab lunch at "la Abuelita" area by looking for the large amount of smoke rising from the open grills inside where you can choose your cuts of meat from dozens of vendors floating around. Be adventurous and don't miss the tripe.  edit
  • Mercado Centenario, 2 de Abril 1, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico. is a more organized, quieter market built on a hill if you want to avoid the "rat race" of the bigger markets. This market has a great food scene and has many small restaurants in and outside the market. There is an aisle that has only fresh juice vendors. Other vendors mostly have food: fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, cheese.  edit
  • Pochote Market, Garcia Vigil 819, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico (in a small park under the aqueduct). is an outdoor organic market held every Friday and Saturday. It goes from 9:30 or so until 4 pm. There is delicious prepared food that makes a great breakfast or lunch, as well as fresh vegetables.  edit
  • Mercado de la Merced - Democracia, Av. Morelos 1522, 68000 Oaxaca Mexico. A small market with some tasty breads and prepared foods, clearly more popular with locals than tourists. Be sure to taste La Guerita's Oaxacan-style empanadas. Mon - Sun 6AM - 6PM.  edit


  • Casa Oaxaca - Constitution across the street from Santo Domingo church and in the same courtyard as the Galleria Quetzalli; If you're looking to splurge on a meal that you won't be able to find in other restaurants in Oaxaca, Casa Oaxaca fits the bill. Ask for a rooftop table and enjoy the 5-course tasting menu for US$32/person. Treat yourself to corn mushroom soup, fresh fish with tomato marmalade and succulent sorbets. The wine list is decent with some excellent Spanish wines and good local options. There is another Casa Oaxaca restaurant, in the same location as Casa Oaxaca Hotel.
  • Marco Polo - Pino Suarez 806 (located next to the Paseo Juarez), 01 (951) 513 43 08; Famous for its seafood, Marco Polo is a local favorite. Try the ceviche and the beer with chiles. There is also a smaller location on Cinco de Mayo closer to the Zocalo.
  • La Biznaga - Garcia Vigil 512, (951) 51 18 00; Dine in a covered courtyard surrounded by art and wireless web surfers. Prices are reasonable for creative Oaxacan cuisine, and the people watching is a bonus.
  • La Casa del tio Guero - Garcia Vigil 715. Centro Historico.; Typical Oaxacan cuisine. They have a very cheap menu for $60 (including drink and desert). It was a good deal and the food was good, all made with purified water.
  • La Red - on the corner of Bustatmante and Colon, a block south of the Zocalo. Serves fabulously fresh seafood for lunch fixed in dozens of different styles.
  • La Toscana - 5 de Mayo 614 Col Jalatlaco Telephone 513-8742. It is best to take a taxi to this restaurant because of the out of the way location. They serve the best martinis in Oaxaca and delicious seafood with Italian flair.
  • Mercado Benito Juarez - From the southwest corner of the Zócalo, walk down (south) one block. The block then ahead of you on your right is one huge market of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, leather goods, and numerous other items. For ready-to-eat hot meals, and a place to sit and eat them, see Mercado 20 de Noviembre below.
  • Mercado 20 de Noviembre - the block just south of Mercado Benito Juarez, the 3rd block south of the Zócalo, is another huge market; Food stalls line the streets outside the market serving up hot, savory tlayudas and tostadas. Local women offer up chapulines (grasshopper), and you'll find countertops inside that serve up moles, soups and desserts. There are 4 entrances, at the center of each street that surrounds the market. The east-side entrance, facing C. Cabrera, has meat vendors who will cook your purchase for you right there; arguably one of the best deals on ready-to-eat meat in town.
  • Cafe Los Cuiles, [20]. Good coffee, free Wi-Fi, friendly staff, good atmosphere. Try the Café Oaxaqueña (slightly sweet, with cinnamon. Yum!) moderate.  edit
  • Los Danzantes - located in the Santo Domingo church street ¨walking street¨ andador turistico is a comfortable and authentic mix of Oaxaca & modern restaurant, food is great. It's a beautifully designed restaurant. A bit pricey but definitely worth it for the atmosphere and food quality. Great to have a drink at night as well.
  • Marisqueria Altamar, Huarez 123. If you go from Zocalo on the "Miguel Hidalgo" road westwards until the road changes the name into "Huarez" (short after "Jardin Morelos" park) you will find this very small, very cheap but extremely good fish restaurant on the left side of the road (150m after the road changes from "Miguel Hidalgo" to "Huarez"). It's not so obvious but its worth the search. cheap and good. (17.0626,-96.732946) edit
  • La Capilla, In Zaachila,Carretera Oaxaca-Zaachila. Excellent place to eat, They have mole and various typical meals worth the trip to Zaachila.  edit


Oaxaca is famous for at least two drinks: Mezcal and hot chocolate. The state also has a thriving coffee industry. With a few exceptions, most of the cafes are closed on Sunday.

Cafes/Hot Chocolate[edit]

The eastern end of Mina Street (2 blocks south of Zocalo) are several chocolate shops where you can taste samples. Some of these also have cafes in the back where you can drink several types of hot chocolates. Some have free Wifi.

  • Coffee Beans, 5 de Mayo,. A cosy cafe and bar selling various beers and a good selection of coffees including various flavours in both hot and cold at decent prices $16 for a beer, $12 for a coffee and a little more with flavour). Doesn't have Wifi.  edit
  • Cafe Kioo, 409-D Garcia Vigil. Has wifi and electical outlets and is open on Sundays.  edit
  • Mayordomo Chocolate, Francisco Javier Mina 21, 22, 23, Col. Centro, Oaxaca, +52 951 516 0246, [21]. A pretty commercial place for chocolate but nonetheless probably the most popular and delicious. Bought a 500g box of their chocolate for $60 MXN. You can watch the workers process the chocolate and you may try free samples of anything on offer. There is also a little bar in the back where you can order drinks or even tamales and other goodies. Can't miss this place.  edit

Mezcal tasting rooms[edit]

  • Casa de Mezcal, Miguel Cabrera, south of the Zócalo. A local bar serving several mezcales as well as bottled beer and other drinks  edit
  • In Situ Mezcaleria, Calle José María Morelos 511, Centro, Oaxaca, (52)9515141811, [22]. A casual and cozy, but trendy Mezcal tasting room - worth a visit.  edit
  • Los Amantes Mezcalería, Allende 107, Centro Histórico, Oaxaca (south of Santo Domingo church), [23]. Wednesday-Saturday 17:00-22:00. Nice looking tasting room with limited hours, tastings are $150.  edit
  • La Mezcaloteca, Reforma No. 506, Centro, Oaxaca, (52) 01 951 514 0082, [24]. 16:30-22:00. High end Mezcal tasting room that offers one hour guided tastings of high-end artisanal mezcal for $160. Must have a reservation to enter the small, library-like bar.  edit
  • Cuish, Calle Diaz Ordaz 712, Centro Histórico, Oaxaca, [25].  edit
  • La Farola, (Calle 20 de Noviembre, between Calles Las Casas and Trujano, Oaxaca), 951 516 5352. Claims to be the oldest cantina in Mexico city - snacks provided when drinking.  edit


When all else fails, take a stroll around the Zócalo, and you will find many bars with crowds. Note: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are quiet nights in Oaxaca.

  • Matlacihua, Calle de la Reforma 405, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 165 0478, [26]. Nice, young bar in the central area where you can meet travelers and locals alike. Sometimes has live music or DJ.  edit
  • Txalaparta Bar, Matamoros 206, Centro, Oaxaca, [27]. 14:00-03:00. Interesting looking bar that fills up in the late-night with locals who want to get their dance on. They might have stopped service hookah.  edit
  • Café Central, Hidalgo 302 Centro, Oaxaca, [28]. Wednesday-Saturday 09:00-02:00. Popular place with the locals - live performances and bohemian scene.  edit


  • Santisima Flor de Lupulo, Allende 215 Centro Oaxaca, [29]. 5PM - 1AM; closed Sundays. Oaxacan microbrewery. They have 12 oz. (355 ml) beers for $50 MXN. During this visit, they were serving three beers on tap: Porter, Pale Ale, and Guayawit. The pale was rather tasty, hoppy, and refreshing. There is a gourmet deli next door which seems to be the place to go for food, although food is also served in the brewery. The burgers/sliders looked good. It appears the brewery and this deli are owned by the same people and the beer that is brewed in the brewery gets sold next door also. Overall the place is small and intimate with a capacity of maybe 12. Great date place.  edit


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Rates go up significantly during the high season and rooms are difficult to reserve during high season. National holidays and religious holidays are very busy. Budget hostels can be found for around $70 (US$7) per night.


  • Posada del Centro, Av. Independencia no. 403, Centro, +52 1 951 516 1874, [30]. Located a couple of blocks from the main sq., clean, well-run and friendly owners. As of July 2014, clean and comfortable private ensuite room for couple start at 750. Private doubles with shared bathroom (though the shared bathrooms are not great) are relatively good value at 350. Nice courtyard to relax in, wifi etc.  edit
  • Cielo Rojo Hostel, Xicotencatl #121, Centro, +52 951 514 1768, [31]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Friendly and owner-run. $130.  edit
  • Hotel CasAntica, Avenida Morelos N. 601, Centro Oaxaca, +52 951 516 2673, [32]. air-con, cable TV, hairdryer, safe, phone, hot water, safe, private toilet and bath. Bar, restaurant, heated pool, conference room (<40 people), spa, fitness room/gym, flower shop, rooms and access for handicapped, car rental, room service, Wi-Fi, babysitting (at an additional cost), safe deposit boxes and medical services.  edit
  • Hotel Eclipse, calle Valeria Trujano (about three blocks west of zocalo). Excellent budget dive. About three blocks west of Zocalo, shares a wall with identical other hotel. Rooms run from $150. Shared baños. Some rates by the hour, to give you an idea of how budget.  edit
  • Hostal Santa Isabel, C. Mier y Teran between Aves. Hidalgo and Independencia (From the northwest corner of the Zócalo, walk 4 blocks and make a right, it will be on your right about 3/4 of the way up the block). checkout: noon. This place has gone downhill in recent years with no obvious effort to maintain any semblance of standards, rooms quite dirty, pillows may snap your neck during the night, holes in bed sheets allow you to see much more of the state of the old mattress than you would definetly wish to, bathrooms open air and unpleasant upatairs though nicer sinks downstairs. It's cheap but still poor value. Armadillo Bar adjoining. Locker $10 per day, you can use that service while you're scouting around instead of schlepping your backpack all over town. If you then decide to spend the night at Santa Isabel, you might even get your $10 back. $80 for a dorm, $200 for double/twin room.  edit
  • Casa Angel Youth Hostel, Tinoco y Palacios 610, +52 951 514 2224, [33]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Casa Angel is a restored downtown house, creating a stylish backpackers hostel 4 blocks from world-famous Santo Domingo Church, and close to Oaxaca city's main attractions. It offers inexpensive and stylish accommodations for their guests in 3, 4, and 10 bed dorm rooms. Casa Angel also has a rooftop terrace (BBQs every week!), a common area with a TV and DVDs, a full kitchen, free computers and Wi-Fi, lockers, and a delicious free breakfast every morning. This hostel is great for travelers- it is cheap, nice facilities, and has a great community atmosphere where you will meet many friendly travelers. a $130.  edit
  • La Villada Inn Hostel, Felipe Angeles No. 204 (Ejido Guadalupe Victoria, 15 minutes taxi ride from the Zocalo (Downtown)), +52 951 518 6217, [34]. A family run property, a well done eco-construction, relaxing environment and a great view of the surrounding mountain ranges, large swimming pool. US$15 for a dorm, US$10 per person for private.  edit
  • Rincón del Pacifico, Ave Pérez Gasga 900, Col. Centro, Puerto Escondido, +52 954 582-0056, [35]. Rooms equipped with cable TV, telephone. Bar, restaurant WiFi. MXN 400.  edit
  • Casa de Don Pablo Hostel, Calle de Melchor Ocampo 412, Col. Centro, Oaxaca, 01 951 516 8384, [36]. Quite and reasonably clean place within about a 3-5 minute walk from the 20 de Noviembre and Benito Juarez markets. 24 hours. Private rooms with good sized and comfortable beds are $250MXN with shared bathroom. Free WiFi. Free breakfast from 8-10AM but I never tried it with all the good food in the city. MXN 250.  edit
  • Hostel Don Nino, José María Pino Suárez 804, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico (Besides the El Llano, 5 minutes walk from the ADO bus station), +52 951 502 5336 (), [37]. checkout: 12:00. Located close to the ADO bus terminal, 10 minutes walk from the main square. A very clean hostel with excellent breakfast (cereal, milk, coffee, bread, fruits, juice and a hot dish which varies everyday), fast WIFI, well equipped kitchen, terrace, lockers, TV and laundry service. It feels more like a hotel than a hostel. MXN 160 in a 10 beds dorm including breakfast.  edit


  • Hotel Aitana, Manuel Sabino Crespo No. 313 Col. Centro, 68000, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico, (52 951) 514 3788, [38]. Housed in an 18th century building with traditional fittings.  edit
  • Hotel Casa Abu, Murguia 104 Col. Centro, C.P. 68000, 01 (951) 516 4900, [39]. All rooms equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, Double/king bed and safe. Some of its facilities and services are Restaurant/cafe, Business center, Meeting room, WiFi, Medical assistance, Safe deposit boxes, Laundry and dry cleaning service.  edit
  • Casa de Los Frailes Hotel, Constitución 203, Col. Centro, 951 513 6670, [40]. A/C suites equipped with cable TV, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are fitness room, terrace, cafe, wake-up call and high-speed internet access. From $1170.90.  edit
  • Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles-Spa, Hidalgo 21, San Felipe del Agua Residential Area, C.P. 68020, +52951-5015300, [41]. Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles-Spa is located in a quiet residential area. It offers air-conditioned accommodation rooms, all of which have a satellite TV, a luxury bathroom with facial mirror and hair dryer, and two telephones and a data port. Some of its amenities include Petit Spa, a swimming pool with jacuzzi, and a business center with wireless Internet access. Best rates on official website start at US$215.  edit
  • Casa de las Bugambilias - Reforma 402, (866) 829-6778 (Tel from USA Direct), [42],; Nine-room bed and breakfast that is also home to La Olla restaurant. Free long distance calls to many destinations including USA, Canada, and Western Europe(except mobile phones). Wireless internet and guest computer. Range is US$65-115/night.
  • Hotel Las Mariposas - Pino Suarez 517, [43], (951) 515-5852, From the US and Canada (619) 793 5121,; Family-owned hotel, B&B and studio apartments only 2 blocks from the Santo Domingo church. Rooms off the back courtyard are extremely quiet, unusual in Oaxaca. $45/night single room, $55/night studio apartment with a kitchenette, includes continental breakfast with excellent coffee.
  • Casa de los Ángeles - 2a. Privada de M. Alcala #207, (951) 515-9609 [44], A small and intimate family-run guest house offering bed and breakfast. Convenient, quiet location, excellent food and warm hospitality. Rates from US$29 per night include breakfast.
  • Casa de Mis Recuerdos - Pino Suarez 508, 01 (951) 515 56 45, [45]; A small bed and breakfast with a lovely courtyard and delicious meals. Many rooms are on the street so bring ear plugs. Range is US$50-100/night.
  • Hacienda Los Laureles - Hidalgo 21, (951) 501-5300, [46], A historic 5-star hotel with 23 rooms and suites, traditional Mexican architecture, a spa and restaurant.
  • Hotel de la Parra [47] - Vicente Guerrero #117, Col. Centro, C.P. 68000, Oax., Mexico, Tel +52 951 514 1900 and 516 1558. A colonial residence converted to a hotel which offers pueblo-style accommodations and a pool. From US$75.
  • Hostal de La Noria, Av. Hidalgo 918 Centro, Oaxaca, +11 52 951 501 5400, [48]. Visit Hostal de la Noria and get a glimpse of Oaxaca’s colorful past and a taste of its present. Our Hostal de la Noria Oaxaca has 3 types of room accommodation: Suite, Junior Suite, and Standard Room, all have air conditioning, cable television, private toilet and bath, radio, telephone, ceiling fan, hair dryer, and coffee/ tea maker. We also have bar, car rental, conference room, currency exchange, guided tour service, kids pool, WiFi in reception area, parking, restaurant, room service, safe deposit boxes, travel agency and wake-up call.  edit
  • Parador San Agustin Hotel [49] Armenta y Lopez #215. 4-star hotel.
  • Hostal CasAntica [50], Av. Morelos #601 Col. Centro, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Tel. No.: (951) 516 2673 Fax No.: (951) 5011577. A former 16th century convent.
  • Suites Bello Xochimilco, 2A Cerrada de Alcalá No. 223, Xochimilco, Oaxaca, Mexico., (951) 132-4210, 132-4211, 132-4212, [51]. This hotel's location in Xochimilco is 10 minutes from the city center. It has five three-bedroom suites and one two-bedroom suite. Rates start at $1,300.  edit
  • La Reja Hospedería, Abasolo 103, Centro, + 52 (01 951) 5 14 59 39, [52]. It offers six rooms, a restaurant and a florist shop around a patio in which one can enjoy a small token of the regional flora, the cacaloshuitl tree, flowerpots with colorful flowers that contrast with the green of cactus plants of the region and the green stone that is characteristic for the constructions in the Historical Center. Best rates on official website start at $850.  edit
  • Casa Sopetran, Calle Matamoros 603, [53]. Family-owned apartments 5 blocks from the Zocalo, city centre and close to all major touristdestinations. 7 refurbished apartments with bedroom, shower, kitchen and living room. Free wireless access. Community area with a large garden, squash- and basketball court. Best prices found on the website. Varies.  edit
  • Hostal los Girasoles, José María Morelos 905, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico, +52 951 516 0518. checkin: 24 hours; checkout: 24 hours. Just like renting a room with an Oaxaqueño family. Mom, Dad, Grandpa & Son run this small hostel. Private rooms (with private bath) & dorms. Shower is common. Eat with the family for $30 (she can cook!) WiFi in all rooms. An absolute steal considering you are treated like a family member $250+.  edit
  • Los Pilares Hostal, Curtidurias 721-A, Barrio de Jalatlaco, 01 (951) 518 7000, [54]. Los Pilares Hostal offers single room, standard double, standard king and master suite with air-conditioning, TV with satellite channels and telephone. Its facilities and services include swimming pool, WiFi, room service and tour desk.  edit
  • Hacienda La Noria, Av. Eduardo Mata 1918, Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68120, Mexico, ( 52-951 ) - 50-17400, [55]. Hacienda La Noria in Oaxaca, Mexico is known for its colonial-style architecture and design. With an old-fashioned rooms and suites equipped with cable television, fan, telephone, private toilet and bath, Hacienda La Noria's accommodation lets you unwind to no end. And when it comes to facilities and services like parking, restaurant, car rental, swimming pool, conference room and currency exchange, it will give you more options to have an enjoyment-filled days in the city.  edit


Free WiFi[edit]

  • Cafe Los Cuiles (q.v. under "Eat") SSID: "cafe los cuiles"
  • Armadillo Bar (q.v. under "Sleep", "Hostal Santa Isabel") SSID: "INFINITUM8242". Ask bartender for WEP key.
  • La Embajada (q.v. under "Drink") SSID: "3Com"


For more information, there are several good guidebooks to Oaxaca. For an overview of the entire state, Moon Oaxaca is good; for an in-depth guide to the city of Oaxaca and nearby attractions Viva Oaxaca is a good choice; an alternative overview choice is Frommer's Oaxaca, Mexico. Two smaller books/pamphlets are published with excellent information on Oaxaca city and surrounding areas --- Oaxaca Tips and Viva Oaxaca. You can find them at Amazon or in Oaxaca at Amate Books on Alcala avenue just south of Santo Domingo church.

Most people in Oaxaca (outside of hotels) do not speak English, so make sure to be prepared with basic Spanish. People are extremely polite to tourists and will be forgiving and patient with you even if you are speaking broken Spanish.


Get out[edit]

There are many tour operators along Macedonio Alcala street with a range of tours. Prices are from $150 and offer full day trips to a selection of places such as Wool Rug makers, Mescal producers, Mitla, Monte Alban and Hierve el Agua. The tour cost doesn't include entrance fees or the often pricey restaurant lunch, so you may want to take your own food.

You can commission a taxi driver to bring you outside of the city for $150-200 per hour. Larger hotels can recommend drivers or you can search online to find recommended English speaking drivers.

  • Hierve el Agua. Natural, almost warm, springs at an altitude of about 3000 m near a massive petrified waterfall. From the plateau you have a breathtaking view over the mountain ranges. It is 2 hours from the city. Go to the baseball stadium in the city, catch a colectiva taxi going to mitla for 25 pesos and then get in a camioneta to the hierve el agua for 40 pesos each way. Travel advisory -- this site is sometimes closed due to conflicts between neighboring villages. [57]
  • Llano Grande is one of 8 mountain villages within the region of Sierra Norte. Besides a small wood industry, they provide so-called ecotourism. Tours to fantastic scenic points are bookable at the Zokalo and range from $400-1000 for a one day tour depending on the number of guests. Trips over several days are available, providing accommodation at the village (elevation: approx. 3000 m = 10000'). The altitude makes hiking exhausting but not impossible even for unpracticed participants. Hints: Speak Spanish and try to tramp back down instead of waiting several hours for the bus. More Information: [58]
  • Teotitlan del Valle - famous for its weaving, this village is approximately 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca city. You can book a longer stay here at the Casa Sagrada. Be sure to check out the Vida Nueva women's cooperative in Teotitlan (one block east of the main square) that is striving to use and instill organic methods in its dyes.
  • Santiago Matatlán - about 90 minutes outside of Oaxaca is the ground zero of mezcal production. You don't have to go all the way though - driving southeast on Highway 180 (starting about 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca), you will see dozens of mezcal producers alongside the road, many with tasting rooms.
  • Pacific Coast No visit to Oaxaca would be complete without checking out the beaches. Mazunte has a wonderful Sea-Turtle Museum, and Zipolite is oneof the most beautiful pacific beaches you will ever see.
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