Ray Gudrups

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Submitted on May 01, 2020 Useful Info

What to do in Oaxaca?

This world Heritage city in South-East Mexico, has a unique charisma that comes from indigenous cultures like the Mixtecs and Zapotecs.

With vividly painted buildings, iconic churches, and streets planted with cacti and agave plants, no one can doubt Oaxaca City is breathtaking.

Monte Albán

This exceptional archaeological site is 10 kilometers southwest of Oaxaca, sleeping on a ridge almost 500 meters over the valley below.

The top of the ridge was leveled off to form an acropolis in an almost unconquerable position. Those surely are one of the most spectacular ancient ruins in Mexico and definitely worth to visit,

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Arbol del Tule

Less than ten kilometers to the east in the small town of Santa María del Tule you can find a 40-meter high cypress tree.

It is approximately 1.5-3,000 years old.

Árbol del Tule the biggest tree in the world by diameter close to 10m.

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Hierve el Agua

it’s Unquestionably worth visiting this incredible natural wonder as it is one of the best things to do in Oaxaca.

In Spanish, the name means “the water boils”, and when you reach the top, you’ll see why it was given this name.

From a distance, it looks like a huge waterfall falling down the wall. But it is actually the rock of the cliffs themselves.

On the top, you will find several pools where you can bath, which is claimed to have healing qualities.

No need to mention the spectacular landscape overview from it.

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Explore the Local Markets

Oaxaca’s markets are an incredible experience not to be missed. Abundant with a variety of goods, from woven bags and leather shoes to hats, mole powders, chapulin (the area’s famous grasshopper snacks), and everything you can or can not imagine, this is an experience for everyone.

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Tlacolula de Matamoros Market

Located 30km east of Oaxaca, Tlacolula de Matamoros is a pretty quiet village.

Although on Sundays, the place really comes alive.

If you’re looking for a fabulous way to experience an authentic part of life in Oaxaca, then you need to get to the Sunday market.

Handmade clothing, delicious fruit, and vegetables are grown in the fertile valleys around the city, there’s so much on offer.

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Visit Mezcal factories

There are actually hundreds in Oaxaca, and many travel agencies offer organized tours that will take you by some of the more famous ones, letting you see the manufacturing process first hand, as well as taste it before buying.

Of course, you can visit them on your own too.

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Oaxaca Cathedral

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is also known as Cathedral, and because of its architectural and religious importance, it is one of the greatest things to see in Oaxaca. The construction of the cathedral began in the 16th century, but as it suffered from many earthquakes, it was rebuilt or reconstructed in almost every century.

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The Mitla Ruins

The Mitla Ruins are smaller than Monte Alban, but you can walk through them, which is pretty cool. The ruins are excellent to visit, and Mitla town is a more traditional, quiet than bustling Oaxaca.

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Ethnobotanical Garden.

Oaxaca’s botanical gardens are serene and beautiful. With so many wonderful natural flora and fauna wonders that you will be in awe!

Located right next door to the Templo de Santo Domingo, it’s not hard to find a chance to cross this off the list of things to do in Oaxaca.

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Try grasshoppers

Those are a perfect snack. They are very healthy. High in protein and low in everything else, apparently. Need to try while in Oaxaca.

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Visit Pacific Ocean beaches

Oaxaca State has a stretch of magnificent Pacific coastline that attracts thousands of travelers every year.

Mos popular beach destinations are Puerto Escondido (for surf lovers), Mazunte (boho vibe, yoga and relax), or Zipolite (for a chill, nudist, and nature lover).

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