Oaxaca Travel Guide

Whether you are planning a relaxing holiday of beach bumming and sightseeing, or are preparing instead for a thrilling, high-throttle adventure, it is hardly difficult to find what to do in Oaxaca.

To expand your knowledge of Mexican dishes, consider a four-hour cooking class at Casa Crespo restaurant. End the night by learning classic Latina dances at the Candela club, where you can enjoy the spirited music and dances. Among the things to do in Oaxaca are options for those who seek to practice a favorite sport against the astounding natural backdrop. Hiking and trekking in Sierra Norte are popular examples. You can also explore the low, forested mountains on the back of a horse, allowing you to visit the picturesque, hidden villages.

Are you an art lover? Then what to do in Oaxaca is any easy decision. Head to the Philately Museum, the Institute of Graphic Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or to the Museum of PopularArt.

Beach lovers, on the other hand, will love sunbathing on the pristine beaches of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. No matter what your preferences are, the things to do in Oaxaca will enrich your holiday and give you an unforgettable experience.

The handicrafts market at the corner of Ckilapana and Socaire, in San Pedro de Atacama, sells downy-soft alpaca and llama wraps made by artisans in nearby Cámar and Toconao. Open daily.

A stroll through the Central de Abastos, the city’s oldest open-air market, is like a journey through the encyclopedic contributions that Mexico—and, more specifically, food-obsessed Oaxaca—has made to the global pantry.

Over 150 families in this carpet-weaving village earn their living by "painting on wool." Their technique, which uses only natural dyes, dates from the pre-Hispanic era.

The spot to pick up local produce and blocks of Oaxaca’s famous cheese. Adventurous diners shouldn’t miss the food stalls in the meat market section. Tame tasters should try hot chocolate or the little filled tortillas.

This ancient Zapotec regional capital is about five miles west of Oaxaca. The preserved city allows a glimpse into the lives of area natives from 500 B.C. to 800 A.D.

The former monestary- a 16th-century colonial building with vaulted corridors, arched windows, and magnificent staircases - houses a vast collection of cultural and archaeological treasures dating from the pre-Hispanic era to the present.