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Oaxaca de Juarez, is a charming colonial city and state capital founded by the Spanish in 1521upon earlier Zapotec and Mixtec settlements. At its heart, the Plaza de La Constitucion is the beating heart of Oaxaca, the historic zocalo ringed on all sides by elegant portals and monuments including the cathedral, government and federal palace. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Oaxaca is a wonderful city for exploring on foot. Cobbled streets hide museums, galleries and restaurants while leafy plazas shade colourful indian markets. Oaxaca is a bustling university town yet proud of its indigenous roots. Visit during the “Day of the Dead” celebrations at the end of the October and the streets are ablaze with candles, skeletal effigies and sugar treats. Larger still, the Guelaguetza festival takes place in July, a riot of traditional music and dance that empties the surrounding villages. Outside the city, the impressive Zapotec sites of Monte Alban and Mitla provide a popular daytrip and a fascinating site into Mexico’s pre-history.  

Oaxaca Hotels

$$$$ Casa Oaxaca Oaxaca

Character Boutique, Directors favourites

The Casa Oaxaca is charming 18th century colonial townhouse and an exclusive boutique property close to the bustling, historic heart of Oaxaca. Beautifully refurbished, Casa Oaxaca evokes the feel of...

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$$$$ Quinta Real Oaxaca Oaxaca

Historic Hotel

The Quinta Real Oaxaca reflects the colonial splendour of New Spain, a sumptuous historic hotel that occupies the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent at the very heart of the city. Beautifully...

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$$$ Hostal de la Noria Oaxaca

Don’t be fooled by the name, the Hostal de la Noria is a small, homely guesthouse and restored 19th century mansion just 2 blocks from the colonial heart of Oaxaca. The hotel retains its traditional...

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$$$ Casa Catrina Oaxaca

Character Boutique

Casa Catrina is an eye-catching boutique hotel and once elegant family townhouse within Oaxaca’s UNESCO colonial centre close to the Santo Domingo church and convent. Designed by the well-known local...

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