This page is dedicated to Oaxaca Tourism. Oaxaca pronounced “wa-ha-ka”, is located on the southwestern part of Mexico it borders with the states of Guerrero on the west, Puebla and Veracruz on the north and Chiapas on the east. It has a long shoreline on the Pacific Ocean on the south.
Impressive Cathedral of Oaxaca Mexico
A Mexican State with many attractions
The Oaxaca Valley is like a magnet to travelers that look for great scenarios. It has peaks of more than 3,000 meters, some of the world’s deepest caverns, jungles and above all amazing beaches. On our Beaches site we talk about Huatulco Mexico with its beautiful beaches and bays.
The city of Oaxaca, capital of the state and its largest city, offers the visitors great colonial architecture and a vast cultural life. Archaeological sites like Mitla and Monte Alban Oaxaca are near the capital. One shouldn’t miss these treasures.
Let’s review a few of the most important tourist sites for the visitor to the State of Oaxaca.
Church and Former Monastery of Santo Domingo
In Spanish “El Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman” is the main church among a few dozens of churches in the state. Its architecture is Baroque and includes a large sanctuary and a large system of gardens and courtyards and rooms that once were a Monastery.
It is covered by yellow stained-glass windows that filter the sun and create a magic vision of heaven to the interior of the church.
It was constructed over a period of 200 years starting on the late 16th century. It was a monastery and at some point in time, it was used for military purposes. Today it is Oaxaca’s main cultural center and museum.
Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art
Oaxaca’s “Museo de Arte Contemporaneo”, known as MACO, is a perfect stop for those interested in Mexican Architecture while visiting Mexico.
It was built between the 17th and 18th centuries and is the oldest building in Oaxaca and at the same time a great example of colonial architecture in the state. It is widely known as La Casa de Cortes or “House of Cortes” although Hernan Cortes died before its construction.
It catches the visitor’s attention the ironwork on the balconies and the façade of the building. It is a real piece of art.
The Benito Juarez Market
If you love handicrafts and popular Mexican objects, this is the place to visit. It is full with food and artifacts from the typical quesillo to roasted grasshoppers (chapulines).
Teotitlan del Valle
In this community you’ll find the most beautiful woolen rugs produced with special pigments and wooden weaving looms
San Bartolo Coyotepec
Here the visitor will find exquisite sculptures and other objects made of Black Mud. In San Bartolo visit the State Museum of Folk Art.
Cuilapan de Guerrero
The claim to fame of this 16th century open air chapel is that Pope John Paul II hosted a mass in these premises.
Monte Alban Archaeological Site
It was once the capital of the Zapotec civilization. At that time, it was probably called Dani Baa meaning sacred mountain in the Zapotec language. Construction started around 500 BC and had a population of about 40,000 at its peak.
In 1987 Monte Alban was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the city of Oaxaca.
Rufino Tamayo Prehispanic Museum
This great museum was donated to the city of Oaxaca by the famous painter Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). It is a 17th century building housing about 800 truly beautiful pieces by the famous painter.
The textile area is mindboggling. It is a whole example of textiles from Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas. You may spend hours digging through layers of dresses and blouses in search for the one that you like.
San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya
This is a town in the State of Oaxaca, not far from the capital. The name means Wetland or Swamp in the Nahuatl language. Legend says that the town was founded by a Zapotec warrior called Cochicahuala, meaning “he who fights by night”.
With the Spanish conquest it was converted into a temple and a monastery built next to it. The most important sight here is an organ remaining from colonial times. It is a huge structure and sometimes they let visitors climb and see the structure from near. This famous organ was built between 1725 and 1730 and refurbished during 1990-1991. This site houses frescoes painted with a special dye called cochineal.
Archaeological Site of Santa Maria El Tule and Mitla
This is a large archaeological site and one of the oldest in the world. It is the most important archaeological site in the State of Oaxaca and the most important in the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. It is an important site for Oaxaca Tourism.
Oaxaca tourism is on the rise, because more and more visitors from Europe and the Americas have discovered this picturesque state a pride for all Mexicans.
Map of Mexico showing the State of Oaxaca
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tlacochahuaia by alvaro de la paz
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teotitlan by thelma datter
san bartolo by gengiskhanhg
cuiliapan by abdeel yañez
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