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View of the Santo Domingo de Guzman church in Oaxaca Mexico


Oaxaca Travel

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

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  4. Oaxaca

Our Expert Tips for Oaxaca Travel

Experience a culinary and spiritual adventure. As one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, Oaxaca, for example, offers you a colorful market that surprises you with many products and goods that you have probably never heard of before. Try regional delicacies such as mole, many different types of drinking chocolate or maybe even grasshoppers! Spiritually, Oaxaca is also a great place to get your money's worth. The colonial center of Oaxaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The many churches, cathedrals and monasteries, as well as the magnificent works of art and folklore exhibited all over the city will let your senses wander and may lead you to one or the other insight.

Our Mexico Travel Experts Recommend:

  1. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán

  2. contemporary art museum

  3. Andador Turístico

  4. Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca

  5. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

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Top Attractions to Visit During Your Oaxaca Vacation

1. Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán

When the sun sets in Oaxaca, it looks like the picturesque facade of the Santo Domingo church is glowing. But this spectacle is not the only moment of amazement when you visit the 500 year old former monastery. The cactus garden, the courtyards, the interesting museum and the unforgettable beauty of the church interior with its golden ornaments contribute to the special atmosphere. Also worth mentioning is the huge and magnificently decorated altarpiece.

2. Contemporary Art Museum

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca doesn't really need any exhibits, as the structure of the house, in the old hacienda style, is already enchanting enough. But of course, art lovers also get their money's worth. With various multimedia exhibits the museum attracts different visitors. Some works of art are deliberately bizarre in order to make you question your idea of art (especially the kind of art normally found in museums). Venture a visit, and perhaps your view of art will change as well.

3. Andador Turístico

Historical, romantic and dignified is the picturesque pedestrian zone Andador Turístico, which extends between the colorful Mexican colonial houses of the old town of Oaxaca. The charm of the passage is, among other things, the many small museums, galleries, street vendors, bars and cafés. A must for your walk: chocolate! The inhabitants of Oaxaca are cocoa lovers Especially chocolate drinks are omnipresent. You are spoilt for choice: Chocolate Atole, Tejate, Champurrado, Tascalate and Popo are the most common tender sins you can indulge in.

4 Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca

The 'Jardín Etnobotánico' is a botanical garden of a different kind. The complex is lovingly maintained and creatively designed. You can expect a fascinating insight into the plant world of Mexico - not for nothing the name of the park has the prefix 'etno'. The shown flora has a special meaning and use for the Mexican communities. The attraction of the garden, however, is not only the almost extraterrestrial-looking landscape, but also the breathtaking view of the Santo Domingo church.

5. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

An integral part of Mexican culture is religion. To better understand the deep faith of Mexicans, it is a good idea to visit the many magnificent places of prayer. The impressive Basilica of the 'Virgin of Solitude' offers such an insight into the faith and welcomes you with its elaborately carved baroque entrance. The massive organ, dating from 1686, has recently been restored. Other special features are that the church is in the shape of a cross and was built of the green Cantera stone that is common in Oaxaca. Less

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