Oaxaca, full of magic and history, will charm and electrify your senses. Its culture and warmth warrant many visits, luring visitors year after year with its mysterious universe. With its immersive history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination, where ancient and colonial civilizations intertwine, making themselves manifest in architecture, food, and traditions. Visiting Oaxaca means experiencing a different world, full of biodiversity and never lacking adventure.
The beautiful Oaxaca City, capital of the state by the same name, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stands out in its glorious architecture. Among these stand out its Cathedral, its Temple, the Santo Domingo of Guzmán Convent, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Solitude.
Its coasts meet the rich Pacific Ocean, where you can practice all sorts of watersports, like surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, visiting turtle sanctuaries, whale watching, or simply enjoy the majesty of its wonderful beaches. Traversed by three sierras, Oaxaca offers a landscape of impressive magnitude no matter where you turn. Above all, however, what you will feel as soon as you arrive is the warmth of its people, kind and welcoming.
“Los Caminos del Mezcal,” (“The Route of Mezcal”) a route offering the opportunity of experiencing the entire process devoted to making mezcal, from the agave plantations to its bottling and, of course, its sampling alongside the perfect pairing: Oaxacan food, recognized globally for its cultural value, variety of ingredients, and sophisticated techniques of preparation. These are the places to visit along the route: Santa María del Tule, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Teotitlán del Valle, Tlacolula de Matamoros, San Pablo Villa de Mitla (Magical Town), Santiago Matatlán.
Puerto Escondido offers adventure and fun, which await you in this picturesque corner of the Mexican Pacific coast, known as the Emerald Coast for the crystalline tones of its waters in beautiful contrast with the white sand of its beaches. Each year, in the months of August and November, an international surfing tournament takes place in Zicatela Beach, considered as the third best in the world for this sport. Also, you have to taste its amazing variety of seafood and regional cuisine, and visit the “andador turistico,” a thoroughfare where you can do shopping or simply take a stroll. In November you can visit the Coastal Festival of Dance, which showcases the traditional dances of the region.
From November to February you can enjoy the arrival of humpback whales to the coasts of Oaxaca in their yearly migration to warmer waters to reproduce and care for their offspring. Each year, visitors can witness these majestic creatures, as large as 16 meters (52 feet), and with a weight around 3 tons.
A unique attraction for ecotourism in Oaxaca is the sea turtle sanctuaries. You can observe the beautiful olive ridley sea turtle arrive at the Escobilla Sanctuary from July to December.
A central hub from ancestral times for all the cultures that live in the state, with archaeological sites, like Mitla and Monte Albán, Oaxaca invites you to become a part of its wonderful festivals throughout the year: Easter; the Guelaguetza in July; the festivals of Seven Moles, the Tejate, and the Tamal; or the Day of the Dead, with its rich traditional cuisine; and many more.
If you are looking for a paradise full of variety in its food, architecture, landscapes, and more, Oaxaca is the ideal state. To the south you will find a long beach made up of the bays of Huatulco: Cacaluta, Chachacual, Chahué, Conejos, Órgano, Maguey, San Agustín, Santa Cruz y Tangolunda. The sand in the beaches of Oaxaca are soft and white, highlighting the blue and emerald tones of its waters, warm and welcoming, like its people.
Things to see and do
fishing, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving, shopping, boating, kayaking, horseback riding, biking and mountain biking, rock climbing and swimming in beaches and rivers.
San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Mazunte, Capulálpam de Méndez, Huautla de Jiménez. Read +