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The Best Things To See & Do In Oaxaca City

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Mexico Writer
Updated: 6 February 2018
While it would be hard to argue that Oaxaca is a neglected Mexican destination, it wouldn’t be erroneous to say that much of the attention this southern state gets on an international level is due to its legendary beaches and coastal hotspots. However, Oaxaca City is a gorgeous, culturally rich option that has a wealth of things to see and do, plus some exquisite and world famous cuisine.
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Wander Through the Historic Center

Oaxaca City was built for the wanderer; winding streets take you high up above the center with views over the Oaxacan skyline, and cobbled paths lead you to cafés you wouldn’t ordinarily have found in a million years. The multi-colored façades of many of Oaxaca City’s houses and edifices only adds to this smalltown charm in what is actually the state capital. Wandering round the historic center of Oaxaca is undoubtedly one of the must-do things for any visitor – just start at the zócalo and go from there!

Zócalo, Portal del Palacio, Centro, Oaxaca, México

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Relax in Parque Llano

If you want a break from exploring the city, then you must stop by Parque Llano. An open public space, there are trees, fountains and quaint walkways in abundance, making it the perfect place to go with a book, coffee or a friend, and on various days of the week markets are hosted there. Always busy, you’re sure to get a glimpse into everyday life for Oaxacan’s in the capital city; and, if you’re a people watcher, you might even find it tough to leave.

Parque Llano, Juárez, Centro, Oaxaca, México

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Visit the Museo de Las Culturas de Oaxaca

You’d be hard pressed to visit Oaxaca and not stop by the Museo de las Culturas at least once, given that it’s located next to the famed Templo de Santo Domingo in a 17th century converted monastery. Even if you’re not big on museums – and this one does have some cool exhibits – you should check it out for the location alone; huge open windows frame the surrounding Ethnobotanical Garden, creating some literally picture perfect views.

Museo de Las Culturas de Oaxaca, Macedonio Alcalá S/N, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, México +52 951 516 2991

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