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Oaxaca, a beautiful Mexican city of its own unique beauty and charm! Colourful buildings and people, exotic markets, religious temples inspiring awe and respect and a rich culinary and artistic scene, opting only for the world’s best. Book cheap air tickets to Oaxaca to see for yourself the other side of Mexico’s character. Oaxaca extends across a valley, 1,600 metres above sea level and has never lost its traditional aura, magical atmosphere, sacred beauty. Plan your trip, organise your accommodation in Oaxaca and discover Mexico’s most precious hidden gem!
Oaxaca, officially Oaxaca de Juárez, is the capital of Mexican state Oaxaca; a mountainous city with a population of 400,000 and unique charm!
Oaxaca was founded right after the demolishment of the Aztec civilisation by the Spanish conquistadors and was named Antequera.
Highlight of Oaxaca is the historic centre, Centro Histórico, a colourful collage of colonial and modern buildings, elegant temples and serene gardens. All this on one side; on the other side you’ll find the mountains, the archaeological sites and a colourful bunch of quaint villages and traditional towns.
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Oaxaca’s airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Xoxocotlán) is located 9 kilometres south of the city centre and can be reached by bus and taxi.
Getting around Oaxaca
You can get around Oaxaca by buses and colectivos. Fares start at 3.50 MXN and a typical taxi ride shouldn’t cost more than 40.00 ΜΧΝ.
Begin your day in Oaxaca at the Zócalo, the most beautiful square of the city. If you visit in the morning or in the afternoon, the area around Zócalo is the best place to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, Oaxaca’s traditional drink!
Continue to some of the city’s churches and monasteries – Oaxaca boasts more than 20 of them! The Basílica de la Soledad is a beautiful Baroque church named after Our Lady of solitude (Virgen de la Soledad); Virgin Mary’s icon allegedly made a mysterious appearance at the location of the church back in 1543, thus considered as miraculous ever since by the locals.
Oaxaca’s most interesting and impressive church is none other than the Templo de Santo Domingo. Majestic and elegantly decorated with gold details, the temple was built between 1570 and 1608; a masterpiece by the crème de la crème of the local artists at that time!
During your stay in Oaxaca, you should by all means visit these two museums:
- The Museum of Culture of Oaxaca (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca) is situated right next to the Templo de Santo Domingo and is one of the city’s best museums. Collections are centred around the history and culture of Oaxaca, focusing on the pre-Columbian civilisations and their appeal on modern times.
- The Alejandro Santiago gallery (Galería Alejandro Santiago) is dedicated to Alejandro Santiago, artist and creator of Oaxaca’s most precious work of art, “2051 Migrantes”.
Alejandro Santiago’s “2051 Migrantes” is a massive installation of 2,501 clay figures. The 2,500 figures represent the residents of Santiago’s hometown, Teococuilco village. Extreme poverty lead to the village being deserted and they were forced to migrate to the mountains of Oaxaca, many of whom didn’t survived the journey. The last one is Alejandro Santiago, counting himself as the 2,500 + 1rst victim of this incident and forever honouring his hometown and kin.Oaxaca’s official language is Spanish.
To travel to Oaxaca, you need a valid passport with validity up to 6 months after your planned journey.
Greek Citizens don’t need a Visa to enter Mexico, for a maximum stay of 180 days.
When to Go
Oaxaca has a tropical climate, featuring two distinct seasons; the wet (June to September) and the dry season (November to April). Both of the seasons are pleasantly warm with varying humidity so, as long as you know what to expect and arrange your itinerary accordingly, you could visit Oaxaca any time of the year, with peak season from December to April.