Oaxaca is a cultural and culinary marvel with plenty of traditional Mexican charm. The city, and the territory around it, is full of historic wonders, including the ancient Monte Alban archaeological site, the Cathedral of Oaxaca, and the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.
Along with the fascinating sites, Oaxaca is famous for its incredible cuisine, including its chocolate, coffee, cheese, and signature dishes such as tlayudas and chapulines. However, Oaxaca’s real claim to culinary fame is its mole, a sauce made from a wide variety of spices. Great food, colorful outdoor markets, and fascinating cultural sites await you in Oaxaca.
Mezcal, a distilled liquor made from the agave plant, is a uniquely Oaxacan invention. The drink is handcrafted in villages across Oaxaca, and the wide variety of agave plants used in its production gives each batch a unique flavor. You’ll find mezcal at mezcalerias, or mezcal tasting rooms, as well as at restaurants and bars throughout the city.
From a distance, Hierve el Agua, or “the water boils” in English, looks like a large waterfall that descends down the side of a large cliff. Instead, Hierve el Agua is a natural rock formation created by the flow of spring water oversaturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals. Hike to the formation and take a dip in mineral-rich cliff-side pools, a truly unforgettable experience.
Oaxaca and its Museums
Oaxaca is an old city built in a place inhabited by humans for centuries. As such, there’s plenty of history and culture to experience here and you can do just that at one of Oaxaca’s many museums. The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca (Museum of Oaxacan Culture) and Museo Regional de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Regional Museum) are two of the best places to start your trip through history.
Calle Macedonio Alcalá
The Calle Macedonio Alcalá is one of Oaxaca’s main downtown streets. Stroll along this pedestrian-only thoroughfare and you’ll find colorful arcade-style buildings that house restaurants, galleries, and craft shops, Oaxaca’s zocalo, or main square, and some of its most important cultural sites, such as the Templo de Santo Domingo and the Ex Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
Benito Juarez Market
Every Saturday the Benito Juarez Market comes to life. The monstrous market has more than 700 stalls, where you’ll find an almost overwhelming amount of goods, including fruits, vegetables, candies, spices, textiles, and pottery. Various Oaxacan delicacies, such as chapulines (grasshoppers), tlayudas, or tejate, a traditional Oaxacan maize and cacao beverage, are available at the market as well.
Oaxaca’s most famous annual events:
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Casa Divina Oaxaca is a charming and intimate resort located four blocks from the many fascinating historic sites and wonderful restaurants of downtown Oaxaca. The resort, located within a lovingly restored 19th-century Oaxacan home, reflects the culture of this fascinating city. Authentic Oaxacan art hangs from sun-dried clay walls, making Casa Divina Oaxaca truly feel like a home away from home. Oaxaca is a historic and cultural marvel famous for its spectacular architecture and delicious food. Immerse yourself in this magical place at Casa Divina Oaxaca.