Oaxaca de Juárez, the capital of the state Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful city in Mexico. Oaxaca is located in the heart of the country, surrounded by impressive mountains and beautiful valleys.
The city and the surrounding area is inhabitated for thousands of years, which becomes very obvious in the culture, architecture and the traditions. The sights are varying from gorgeous colonial building to breathtaking nature attractions. The local market are popular among locals and tourists. You can find tradititional handicrafts. Many villages have their very own form of these handicrafts, especially ceramics, woven carpets and traditional clothing.
What to do and see in Oaxaca
Like in every other Mexican city the Zócalo is the center of the place. This square is surrounded by charming colonial buildings from the 16th century. Most of the buildings are restored and are now restaurants, museums and hotels. The historic center is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
Numerous churches, museums and galeries are located directly in the center. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo is the most famous church in Oaxaca. Another interesting buildings are the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and, of course, the Palacio de Gobierno.
Beside the typical sights, Oaxaca is famous for the many different celebrations and the food. The Día de los Muertos is celebrated in a really special way and there also many other festivals, like the Guelaguetza, a dancing spectacle.
18 indigenous goups, all with their own language and special traditions, are living in the state Oaxaca.
A delicacy in Oaxaca are Cahpulines - fried, salted locusts, flavored with lemon and chili.
Oacaxa is the main producer of chocolate in Mexico. The schnapps Mezcal is also produced here. It's made from agave and is very similar to Tequila. In the bottle of many different Mezcals, you can find a caterpillar - but this is only to enhance the selling.
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