Oaxaca is one of the most fascinating destinations in Mexico that can be visited at any time of the year. It is a state where you can discover unique and charming architecture, magical villages, exuberant landscapes, one of the best culinary destinations in the world and quality craftsmanship. Fall in love with the cultural and ancestral traditions of the city. You can also visit Chichén Itzà, the 7th wonder of the modern world.
Located in Santa María del Tule, 12 kilometers from the city of Oaxaca, this tree is more than 2,000 years old. Its imposing trunk is 14 meters long and weighs more than 600 tons. Did you know that it takes 30 people to completely embrace it? It is a unique species that is a must visit if you are making a trip to Oaxaca.
One of its peculiarities is that in its bark you can see animal forms such as an elephant, a crocodile and a fish, among other figures. During your visit to this site, you will hear many legends told by the locals about this wonder of nature. Let yourself be surprised by its majesty and unique features.
2. Relax in the natural spas
Near Santa Maria del Tule is one of the greatest natural beauties of Oaxaca that will captivate your senses. This site is a true paradise with natural pools with crystal clear waters that invite you to bathe. In addition, there are petrified waterfalls that were formed millions of years ago by the flow of carbonated water from the springs located at the top of the ravine.
Rest assured that Boil the Water is the ideal setting for taking pictures that are worth exposing on your social networks during your vacation or pleasure trips. The entrance fee is $30.00 MXN, I recommend that you bring tennis shoes, a bathing suit and sunscreen. The place is ideal for children, but they must always be accompanied by an adult.
3. Visit of Mezcal
During your trip to Oaxaca, you can’t miss a mezcal tour. During your visit to this site, you will have the opportunity to see the entire process of making this drink: cutting the maguey, cooking in a conical oven dug into the ground, grinding in a stone mill, fermentation in wooden vats and distillation.
In some locations in Oaxaca you can buy a bottle of mezcal in one of its many presentations. In fact, in Mexico you will find young, rested, aged, young with worm and cream mezcal. By the way, did you know that in addition to being delicious, this drink helps digestion and memory?
4. Walk in the historic center of Oaxaca
In the heart of the city are the most important monuments and historical sites of Oaxaca. There are also several museums and buildings with beautiful architecture and typical styles along the cobblestone streets. The Historic Center of Oaxaca is considered a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Wherever you look, you can admire wonderful landscapes. From the green mountains to the beautiful buildings that enrich this part of the city, Oaxaca in Lexicon has an exceptional charm. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Cultural Center and the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, among other sights.
5. Get to know the churches
Admire the rich history of the architecture of the Viceroyalty of Oaxaca through its magnificent temples, parishes and convents during your visits. If you want to walk the streets of the city center and explore these monuments, you can choose to rent a bike. The rental usually varies between 80.00 MXN and 100.00 MXN for three or four hours.
The most spectacular church in Oaxaca is the church of Santo Domingo, which is the largest in the city. This church also houses the cultural center of this Mexican city. Next to the Zócalo is the Cathedral, composed of three naves with quarry walls and pillars.
During your visit, don’t forget to pass by the church of San Felipe Neri, the church of San Agustín, the church of San José (now the School of Fine Arts), and the former convent of San Pablo, among many others.
6. Relax on a beach in Puerto Escondido
Oaxaca has a charming area known internationally and of unique beauty: Puerto Escondido. This destination is ideal for those who want to live adventure experiences, live with nature and contemplate hypnotic landscapes.
The paradisiacal beaches of Puerto Escondido are the most visited sites in Mexico and the favorite of foreigners. Here you can practice various activities such as snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. During the months of August and November, an international surfing tournament is held on the beach of Zicatela.
7. Learning from the history of Monte Alban
Only 10 kilometers from the city of Oaxaca is the archaeological area of Monte Alban, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This tourist and cultural site was the former military and ceremonial capital of the Zapotecs who settled in the central valleys of Oaxaca. You can also visit, during your trip to Mexico, the site’s museum, which houses part of the collection of engraved stelae that were found in the archaeological area. The general entrance fee is $75.00 MXN.
You can also visit Le Chepe by train to see the Mexican Copper Canyon. The Chepe is one of the most prestigious works of art in Mexico and is the ideal guide to enter the Sierra Madre Occidental, crossing parts of Chihuahua and Sinaloa.