Known for its thriving indigenous roots, savory cuisines, and colorful cultural hub, Oaxaca, Mexico, is a unique and breathtaking place to visit. Thanks to its tropical location, the weather is almost always agreeable and perfect for exploring. From forested mountains to laid-back beaches, Oaxaca’s natural beauty is exquisite — and rivaled only by its rich cultural heritage.
- Oaxaca City is the capital and largest city in Oaxaca. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is beloved for its beautifully preserved Spanish colonial architecture.
- The ruins at Monte Albán, which include temples, palaces, and an observatory, are one of the oldest archaeological sites in Mexico. The beautifully preserved city is where the ancient Zapotecs once ruled over Oaxaca’s central valleys.
- Oaxaca is world-famous for its richly colorful textiles. The designs feature naturally dyed wools and mimic the geometric patterns found at Mitla, an ancient Zapotec burial site.
- Once upon a time, Oaxacans had to travel to remote villages for a great mezcal, but no more. Mezcalerias in the city give locals and tourists the chance to savor the smoky flavors of this locally distilled alcohol.
- The small bohemian beach town of Zipolite, secluded behind the thick jungle mountains, is like an old soul. It’s home to a string of palapas, or beach shacks, rustic hotels, and local artisan shops. It also features a nude beach, but it’s the laid-back, mom-and-pop vibe that makes this place.
- Puerto Escondido is a surfing haven and the spot where you’ll find mellow locals, expats, and travelers mingling in the sun.