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Overview

Nestled high in a lush valley, Oaxaca is situated southeast of Mexico City. It is certainly among the most vibrant, perfectly preserved Colonial cities in the country, and enjoys a mild spring-like climate year-round. It continues to offer travelers a view of a city and region that truly exhibit all the facets of Mexican culture – the ancient archaeological ruins, the incredible Spanish Colonial art and architecture, and the skilled artisans in the surrounding villages. The history of Oaxaca extends far back in time. In fact, Oaxaca is one of the longest continually inhabited regions in Mexico. Today villages in the valley and its surrounding mountains remain the home of the Zapotecs and later arriving Mixtec peoples whose languages, costumes, and traditions are still a significant factor in modern Oaxaca. Over half the population still speaks their own dialect.

The Plaza de Armas, Oaxaca’s beautifully tree-studded main plaza, is truly an oasis in the heart of the city. For the price of a cup of coffee you can sit at a café and watch the colorful world of Oaxaca – with Indian, Spanish, Mestizo, and gringo faces passing through. You can sit endlessly, time slipping by, with never a boring moment. Totally closed to traffic, the square is always filled with peope and is the social center of town. From here, you can meander in any direction and find something intriguing to explore. To the north of the plaza you’ll find the church of Santo Domingo, built by the Dominicans in 1670, is a dazzling baroque church. The exterior is handsome with twin bell towers crowned by brightly colored tiles, but this doesn’t even hint at the opulence within. The church has been restored to its original magnificence with an ornate façade, incredible golden interior, and splendid paintings and murals. The lovely, small chapel dedicated to the Virgin is not to be missed. South of the plaza are two festive and chaotic markets, the Benito Juarez market and the November 20 Market, open year-round.

Four blocks from the Plaza de Armas is a museum you must not miss, the Rufino Tamayo Museo de Arte Prehispanico.  Its stunning archaeological collection is outstanding, with over 1,000 pre-hispanic works of art beautifully displayed in a handsome mansion.  The collection was given to the town by Rufino Tamayo, a famous artist who was born in Oaxaca. 

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