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One of Mexico’s most delightful and popular cities, easily reached by plane from Mexico City, Oaxaca lies in a high valley in the south of the country and is surrounded by fascinating Zapotec ruins and traditional villages.

Founded by the Spanish in 1521 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, it has managed to retain many of its native roots among the ornate colonial architecture of its beautiful city center.

The historic city is best explored on foot as the main places of interest are all within walking distance of each other along cobbled streets with charming little shops, local artisans emporium and restaurants. The museums here are plentiful and well renowned with the impressive Santo Domingo church, the cathedral, the plazas and Indian markets all making it an intriguing place to spend a few days. It's a fabulous spot to wander around or simply sit in one of the outdoor cafés soaking up the atmosphere.

For those interested in exploring the surrounding area we can arrange day trips to the nearby Zapotecan archaeological site of Monte Albán, spectacularly perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the valley below, or touring the many fascinating little Indian villages, each famous for particular skills in weaving, pottery or rug making.

Oaxaca is also a heaven for foodies. The best restaurants in Mexico City source from Oaxaca and its region their best inspiration and produces. Casa Oaxaca and Los Danzantes are my go-to when in Oaxaca, and I can't resist a hot chocolate and brioche from Mayodormo . The central market is ideal for a traditional snack, and extravagant colourful shelves !

Not only are the walls of the old town very colourful, but they are also adorned by urban art, here some I loved !

Stays in Oaxaca can be arranged in boutique, designer-style or historical places. Talk to us to zoom into the selection that will make sense for your travel style and how you want to experience Oaxaca. For travellers interested in our Latitudes Bliss services, we can tailor the trip to include stays in luxury villas and very exclusive discoveries, calibrated to your lifestyle.

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