Things to do in Oaxaca

Top Things to Do in Oaxaca

Things to Do in Oaxaca

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What travellers are saying

  • Placid Barry
    173 contributions
    We spent much of the day here. Lots of walking, climbing and fresh air. Such a beautiful place to visit!
    Written 17 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Placid Barry
    173 contributions
    We spent an hour here, and could have stayed longer. Our student group marveled in the beauty of this cathedral. And we sat in the holiness of silence for a while. Truly worthwhile.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Susan18
    Maryland196 contributions
    We heard that the museo de las culturas de Oaxaca had just reopened, so we took a chance and went there today (May18th) at about 1 pm to find that they reopened today. Admission was 85 pesos. A guide standing outside asked if we wanted a one hour tour. We said “yes” even though it was 600 pesos, or about 30 USD, because we know that to get the most out of our visit an English speaking guide was must. We were his first tour in more than 2 years! His name was ‘Em, and he was very knowledgeable about the artifacts in the museum as well as the building itself, which had been a Dominican friary and then an army barracks. We particularly like the library with its ancient books and manuscripts, as well as the beautiful treasures of Tomb 7.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • StPaWo
    Queretaro City, Mexico40 contributions
    The market is a great place to buy traditional items from Oaxaca. There was a good selection of food, clothing, and mescal.
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Todd S H
    Orange County43 contributions
    Me and my buddy booked a day hiking trip in the sierra Norte. It was a wonderful way to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors outside of Oaxaca. We know that there are overnight trips as well but even the day trip seemed extremely rewarding. Janet was our guide and as a lot of other reviews have said, she did a great job. We booked only 36 hours in advance, but it might be wiser to have planned even further in advance. Everything was done seamlessly by the Expeditions Sierra Norte group (which is required for hiking through the area) from initial contact all the way through transportation, the hike itself, food and return trip. Couldn’t of asked for anything more enjoyable during our stay.
    Written 1 January 2022
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  • Susan18
    Maryland196 contributions
    We enjoyed the leisurely -paced tour with Valeria. We knew there is only 1 English speaking tour at 11 am each day, and only 25 people allowed in so we arrived at 10:30. There were probably already 15 people waiting for the tour. They have you sit to wait for the tour to start in a shaded area, so it is not unpleasant to wait. This was on a Wednesday, and may be more crowded on weekends. They provide you with a sun hat if you need it, and an umbrella for the sun. Bring water—it gets hot. The tour lasted 1 1 1/2 hours.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • jordansbulls
    Houston, TX55,896 contributions
    Went here yesterday to get a few items such as chiles, mole, and a few souvenirs as well. Market is bigger than I would have thought!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Placid Barry
    173 contributions
    If you're looking for a cool place to hang out and experience all of "downtown" Oaxaca, this is the place to be. Food and Music are abundant here.
    Written 17 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • LuvToTravelAround
    San Fernando, CA410 contributions
    If you gonna shop go to the mercados for the best prices. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of shops here and is about a football field in length of shops and places to eat. We spent time here walking through the shops and people watching. There is a bunch of folks trying to sell you tours and small novelties. It was a bit overwhelming to be asked and asked to give money or buy something.
    Written 9 July 2021
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  • Martha H
    Silver Spring, MD49 contributions
    A display of the extensive collection of the famous artist Rufino Tamayo. Each room has cards in Spanish, English and German explaining the contents of the room.
    Written 23 April 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Elizabeth C
    Ajijic, Mexico5 contributions
    We went here in July of 2018. It's very interesting and once you know who all the dyes are created and see the looms the textiles are created, you will be amazed as well.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • crypticprism66
    Milwaukee, WI19 contributions
    I'm a bit of a history nerd, and I really like Early Modern Hispanic history, so it was really engaging to see this place and walk its halls. The wall art was particularly enchanting. It's apparent that more funds are needed to help restore some sections and keep the place properly maintained. The area is arid and quite desolate, but it also beautiful because of these stark conditions. The only thing I really didn't respond well to was the netting that covers the convent's central courtyard. I was told that it's used to keep out bats and pigeons, but it's unfortunate that several birds have made contact with the netting, have become stuck, and have eventually died and dessicated in place.
    Written 9 January 2020
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  • NoeReyes
    Tucson, AZ76 contributions
    If you are at El Centro and want to visit some museums this one is a solid one. Very well kept and clean. Very unique with some hidden gems.
    Written 30 September 2021
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  • moabdds
    Moab, UT29 contributions
    The town isn't very large, but is famous for the production of alebrijes, or carved and painted wooden spirit animals. Well worth a visit.
    Written 8 October 2019
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  • Bill P
    Oaxaca235 contributions
    Unfortunately, Amate Books has closed. The owner's family had medical problems. A t-shirt store has replaced the books. It has been a loss for the English-speaking community.
    Written 4 January 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.