Oaxaca City (Oaxaca de Juárez)
is a fine place. Keep an eye on the weather!
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The city is located in the Central Valley of the Sierra
Madre del Sur Mountains, at 17°05'N 96°45"W, elevation:
1,550 meters or 5,000 feet.
Oaxaca City enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, though the hottest
months are April and May. Expect a chance of rain between May and
October. The rainiest months are June and July. Forecast
While tourism campaigns have long touted 'destinations' -- we are
simply entering a place
that is someone else's home. What is responsible travel?Here's our thought: responsible
tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated.
It's a variation on the Platinum
Rule ... it's also common sense and good manners.
Or put another way - courtesy of the 2002 Cape Town Declaration
on Responsible Tourism -- responsible tourism creates better places
for people to live and better places to visit.
A living cultural center, Oaxaca City (elevation: 1,550 meters
or 5,085 feet) is an open air museum and the capital of the state
of Oaxaca. Oaxacan City markets
are world famous. Churches
dot the city. And everyone loves the Zócalo.
Two branches of the Sierra Madre Occidental converge in the center
of the state of Oaxaca, creating this fertile valley, which produces
a variety of crops including corn, alfalfa and the maguey used to
Oaxaca's pleasant subtropical climate drew nomadic families to
Mitla and nearby caves 10,000 years ago. Farming communities evolved
in Abasolo, Tomaltepec, and El Mogote. The Zapotec
Albán emerged in 500 B.C.
Oaxaca is one the most exceptional regions of the world. Its cultural
and environmental diversity, its role in art
make the state an exceptional place to spend quality time.
declared the city a World Heritage Site.
BENITO JUAREZ TOUR
For those interested in the Benito
Juárez tour, visit the following places:
Juarez Museum (childhood home)
San Felipe Neri Church (where he married Margarita
Independencia and Tinoco y Palacios
Seminario (where he studied as an adolescent)
Parque Alameda de Leon (where he planted two laurel
In terms of festivities, Oaxaca is a great place
Holy Week (Semana
Santa) is treated with great reverence.
A great time to visit Oaxaca City is during the summer
rainy season, when the surrounding cornfields are green. Bring an
dance is performed and the baseball
season is in full stride.
of the Dead is one of the biggest holidays of the year.
Christmas season is a joy. On the night of December
23, a long line of visitors spirals around the Zócalo
to witness the Radish
Night (Noche de Rábanos). People come from near and far
to admire the fantastic carvings.
Try the local comida,
which includes chocolate, corn and grasshoppers.
Oaxaca's name comes from a mangled version of the
Aztec settlement Huaxyacac ("place of gourds"). Occupying
the area as early as 1521,
the Spanish established their new settlement in 1529.
Oaxaca was first called Antequera after a city in
Spain, and this early name is given to numerous businesses. Antequera
was re-christened Oaxaca on April 25, 1532, and the city quickly
became one of the most important agricultural and trading centers
in the region. It is formally known as Oaxaca de Juárez.
The city is affectionately known as La Verde Antequera.
Tip: Mark your calendar. The city celebrates its
500th anniversary in 2032.
There are plenty of entertainment options, including live
music. For those with simply a thirst, consult our list of pubs
estilo Mexicano is a popular sport. The local Guerreros
baseball club plays home games between March and August. Smaller
leagues play the rest of the year. There are a number of city parks
that offer visitors the opportunity to hook up with locals and play
pick-up basketball, soccer and rugby.
ACCOMODATION -- Where
to stay in Oaxaca City, including vacation
TRANSPORTATION -- Whether you arriving by plane,
bus, bike or automobile, consult our transportation
INFORMATION -- If you need tips on
tourism offices, book stores, libraries, banks and post offices,
consult our information
TIP -- Bring your umbrella (brolly) during
the summer rainy season (May-September).
THINK SMART, TRAVEL
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