If you want to totally immerse yourself into Mexican Culture then Oaxaca City needs to be a stop on your Mexi-tour. Picture; Cobbled streets, fancy churches, live mariachi music and the best 3 peso tacos money can buy…Oaxaca is known for it’s culinary delights so I hope you’re a foodie!
Where to stay:
Hands down stay at Hostel Central when you’re visiting Oaxaca City. The amenities are great, the wifi is quick, the staff are helpful AND it’s the cheapest hostel kicking around….score right?
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What to do:
Give yourself a few days to explore this area because theres more to see and do than meets the eye.
Explore the Centro Historico –
The old centre of town deserves at least a few days of your time. If you’re not wandering around the beautiful cobbled streets or exploring the many churches then you should be inside the local market or taste testing some restaurants, trying Oaxaca’s infamous dish, Mole!
Visit Monte Alban –
This is an extremely impressive set of ruins set just half an hour out of Oaxaca City. You can get a shuttle service to take you to and from the ruins for next to nothing!
Head to the reception of ‘Rivera del Angel’ hotel in Oaxaca City and there you’ll find a shuttle leaving every hour (on the half hour) to Monte Alban! The trip will cost you 55 MXN pesos return…(they come back on the hour) not too shabby.
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Hierve el Agua –
Hierve el Agua is truly one of the most fabulous day trips in the Oaxaca City region. It’s basically a dusty two hour road trip to an extraordinary set of natural swimming pools and a petrified waterfall! The rock formations here are ‘otherwordly’ and swim in the natural pools will make you feel like you’re swimming off the edge of the world!
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How to get there:
Oaxaca City is the capital of it’s state so it’s quite easy to reach by plane or by bus from most national hubs OR from destinations dotted around the United States of America.
If you’re coming from the US then getting on an Interjet flight is probably your best bet. Most of them will go via Mexico City (which is also an amazing city and worth a stop) then onto Oaxaca.
If you’re coming in by air and land at the airport the cheapest and quickest way into town (without a lift) is to get a Collectivo (shared taxi) Once you collect your bags and head to the airport exit you will see a blue Taxi Ticket sign. From there you can purchase a ticket for the Collectivo into the city. A ticket to Centro is 80 pesos.
Your other option is arrive on one of the luxurious buses Mexico has to offer. Check out the ADO WEBSITE for more information on prices and routes.
If you have any more tips on things to do in Oaxaca City and the surrounding areas leave it in the comments box below!