Oaxaca is the capital city of the state of Oaxaca and is located near the center of the state in a high mountain valley (5100′), with a population of about 250,000. The climate is springlike during most of the year with warm days and cool evenings. The region is generally arid with a rainy season beginning about July and lasting until October.
There are numerous attractions within a few miles of the city. There are villages known for their pottery, weaving, embroidery, and wood carvings, there are breathtaking natural areas, and archeological sites that provide a glimpse of Oaxaca’s past civilizations.
Oaxaca hosts some of Mexico’s most vibrant natural terrain. From tropical forests, to high mountains, lush arable valleys; breathtaking rugged Pacific coastland and quiet coves offering tranquil beaches with soft sands. It would take weeks to see all of Oaxaca, and you would need to use a variety of transport methods – including hiking and horseback – to get deep into the beautiful backcountry.
Black clay pottery and textiles are famous here: both crafts are a local practice – and Oaxaca pottery especially, is known and sought-after throughout Mexico. Oaxaca is an indigenous area; and if you want to buy some of the best craftwork you are ever likely to find in Mexico, Oaxaca is the place to go.
Oaxaca exhibits features that give this distinct location a mature character interlaced with a unique vibrancy – reasons why it is so highly spoken of by the people who know it.
The eternal Mexico is embodied in Oaxaca: deep indigenous roots interweave with colonial flair: the result is a cultural and historical vibrancy which is as emotive as it is unique.
Oaxaca City offers a blend of experiences and attractions, including a charismatic historical colonial center with cobbled streets, striking architecture, quiet plazas, and a fine central square often filled with soft sounds created by local musicians serenading people as they rest under the shade of its trees, and to those taking some time to enjoy fine coffee and quiet conversation at one of the cafés.
Nearby, you’ll find an abundance of attractions (see below) – including El Tule – the 2,000-year-old living tree.
Monte Alban, and Mitla, two of Mexico’s primary archaeological parks are also near here. If you want to seek out the roots and heart of Mexico – then you’ll find them both in Oaxaca. This is a place to come to when you’re hungry to explore the ‘undiscovered Mexico’.
People who come to Oaxaca keep coming back. Every time they return, they see something new in what they already know – and know that they’ll find something brand-new to experience as well.
Ask any Mexican about Oaxaca and the first thing they’ll usually tell you is that it’s ‘the soul of Mexico’. It is true that Mexico’s roots and heart extend from here; but to understand why it’s called so, you’ll need to come and feel the atmosphere, smell the air and absorb the culture.
There is no other way to experience Oaxaca than to be here and know yourself what it means to have been touched by its distinctive vibrancy.