14 Things to Do in Oaxaca That You Can’t Miss

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The Mexican state of Oaxaca is full of stunning architecture, agave plants and some of the most delicious food (and mezcal!) in the country. As you plan your trip to this colorful Mexican destination, we’re breaking out the top things to see, the best things to eat, and some off the beaten path activities. You’ll have no shortage of things to do in Oaxaca, and we’re here to help you plan an epic trip to Central Mexico!

Oaxaca Mexico

With brightly colored buildings, iconic churches and streets dotted with cacti and agave plants, there’s no denying Oaxaca City is breathtaking. But beyond its Instagram-worthy exterior, this city is packed with culture and history, boasts drool-worthy cuisine, has friendly locals and a vibe that you’ll be quick to fall in love with.

Whether you’re visiting for a few days or a whole week, there are plenty of ways to fill your time. We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Oaxaca along with what to eat and where to stay.

How to pronounce “Oaxaca”: It’s pronounced “wa-ha-kah” for all of you who are scratching your head. Don’t worry – it took us a while too!

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Top things to do in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a region that is incredibly diverse. You’ll find tiny villages as well as the cultural hub of Oaxaca City. You’ll find mountains and beaches and desert.

So whether you are interested in tasting the best food in Mexico or you want to soak up the sun and snorkel in Huatulco, the region of Oaxaca has something to offer for each type of traveler.

For this article, we are focusing on sights and activities near the heart of Oaxaca City.

1. Explore the Markets

Things to Do in Oaxaca Explore the Markets Vegetables

Like many parts of Latin America, Oaxaca City has many markets, each of which has its own unique draw.

Mercado Benito Juárez

Probably the most well-known market in Oaxaca City, you’ll find souvenirs and some small snacks in this large, covered area. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Explore the Markets Vendor

Mercado 20 de Noviembre

This market is one block south of Mercado Benito Juárez and is full of food stalls and various hand-crafted gifts like shoes, table runners and other embroidered fabric. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Explore the Markets Organic Market
Things to Do in Oaxaca Explore the Markets Organic Market Strawberries

Organic Harvest Market

Open on 8 a.m. – 6 p.m (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), this market is a shaded oasis. Order an agua fresca (fresh flavored water), and a treat like blackberry cheesecake while you enjoy live music and rest your feet.

2. Free Walking Tour

Things to Do in Oaxaca Free Walking Tour

Talking a walking tour is a great way to orient yourself on your first day in a new city. Our hostel offered a free walking tour, which brought us past all the city’s beautiful churches and through several markets – both the famous and the little known. Our guides shared stories and history of the region, which was a great way to get acquainted with the city.

Though the tour is run through the Casa Angel Hostel, they welcome anyone to join (even if you’re staying somewhere else). The tour starts from the hostel at 10:30am on Mondays, Thursday, and Saturdays (but check with the hostel first).

Looking for another city bursting with Mexican flavor and culture? There are so many fun things to do in Merida, which is located in the Yucatan Peninsula.

3. Hierve el Agua

Things to Do in Oaxaca Free Hierve el Agua

Meaning “boiling water”, this stunning waterfall was created by a mineral rich spring and is good for more than just taking photos. Pack your swimsuit so you can take a refreshing dip in the water (yes the water is cold, not boiling) or make a short hike to a lookout point near the falls.

How to get to Hierve el Agua

There are several ways you can get to Hierve del Agua:

Take a collective (shared taxi). You can find these small maroon and white cars parked on the east side of the baseball stadium (Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos). They pack 6 people inside, and the ride will take up to 2 hours to Mitla, depending on traffic, and it costs 25 MXN per person.

From there you need to take a covered pickup truck (yep you hop in back) to Hierve el Agua taking about 1 hour and costing an additional 40 MXN per person. To get back you need to do the reverse. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Hierve el Agua

Go on a tour. We’re typically not that big of fans of guided tours, but we chose this option since our hostel offered a tour that included a stop at the waterfalls, Mitla ruins, Thule tree, a mezcal distillery, and a stop in a weaving village.

All this cost just 200 pesos per person for the transportation and guide, which is cheaper than it would cost to do it all on your own. It also meant we didn’t need to worry about figuring it out on our own.

There are several operators running similar tours, and you can book them the day before you’d like to take the tour. No need to book far in advance online! While it was a nice day, the highlight was definitely the falls, so if you’re rushed for time, you don’t need to feel badly missing out on Thule or Mitla.

Note: You will have to pay for the entrance to Hierve el Agua (usually 30 pesos per person but our tour charged us 45 pesos per person) and entrance to the Mitla ruins (75 pesos).

Things to Do in Oaxaca Hierve el Agua

Hire a driver or a rental car. If you want to go at your own pace, consider hiring a private driver (typically 200 pesos per hour) or renting a car and making the drive on your own. The roads aren’t difficult to drive on, and you will have the most freedom. That said, this is the most expensive option.

Hierve del Agua Hours

The waterfall opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The entrance fee is 30 pesos per person.

Other things to know about visiting Hierve el Agua

  • There is a bathroom near the entrance that costs 3 pesos per person. You can change into your bathing suit here if you’d like.
  • There are lots of snack stands around this area. If you go on a guided tour, they will stop at a buffet for lunch that costs 150 pesos per person. We opted to grab snacks at the waterfall instead of eating the buffet, since we didn’t want to stuff ourselves on mediocre food when Oaxaca has some amazing place to eat.

4. Take a Mexican Cooking Class

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Cooking Class

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll know we’re obsessed with taking cooking classes along our travels. (In fact, this was the 10th cooking class we’ve taken around the world!) We love Mexican cuisine and have been itching to learn how to make some of the staples ourselves, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a cooking class in Oaxaca.

The first stop of our cooking class was at a local market, where the instructor bought some local ingredients for the dishes we’d be making and let us try a few things that we probably would otherwise pass up.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Cooking Class

We then returned to his family’s home where we learned how to cook dishes like zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and honey, fresh green mole, enchiladas with a scratch-made salsa verde, and the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. Oh, and we also made tortillas from scratch, which is a lot harder than it may sound!

We enjoyed wine, margaritas and conversation while eating the food we had prepared.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Cooking Class

There are many cooking classes in Oaxaca, but we booked a class with La Cocina Oaxaquena and were happy with it. We booked through our hostel, Casa Angel, the day before and paid 800 pesos each. They can accommodate vegetarians and provide recipes of all the food you cook at the end of the class.

Interested in Mexican Culture? If you’re lucky enough to be traveling in Oaxaca during Dia de los Muertos, which takes place each year on November 2nd, you’re in for a cultural experience that you’ll never forget. If you have flexibility in your travel schedule, consider planning your trip to Mexico over this holiday.

And if you don’t know much about Dia de los Muertos, several Mexican people we met told us the Disney/Pixar film “Coco” does a good job explaining the traditions that make up this beautiful celebration. Plus, the movie is entertaining and adorable, so go watch it if you haven’t already!

5. Trekking in Sierra Norte

Trekking Sierra Norte Oaxaca Mexico

Oaxaca is split into 8 regions, one of them being the Sierra Norte. Set high in the mountains in this region lie 8 communities that make up the Pueblos Mancomunados. They are self-governing and have different customs and laws than the rest of Mexico.

The communities have a focus on ecotourism and offer people the chance to trek between them with local guides. Plus, trekkers get to stay in the villages in beautiful cabins, complete with wood burning fireplaces.

This trek was definitely the highlight of our time in Oaxaca and was so different from anything else we experienced in the city or even in Mexico in general. Read more about our experience trekking in the Sierra Norte through communities, and how the money goes directly to the people in them.

6. Traditional Weaving Village

Things to Do in Oaxaca Traditional Weaving Village

Using natural dyes and the fibers of sheep wool, weaving is a traditional craft of the Oaxacan people. The town of Teotitlan del Valle is just 28 kilometers from Oaxaca City and is home to a community of people who have been weaving their whole lives, often starting at the age of five.

A stop to this village is included in many of the tours to Hierve el Agua, but it is possible to take a collectivo here on your own as well. Stop in any shop and they can explain the process to you and show you how they dye the wool different colors using things found in nature, like bugs, flowers and moss.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Traditional Weaving Village

You can also purchase textiles from these shops, but know that they aren’t cheap. Some of the smaller weavings were around 1,000 pesos ($50 USD), which is fairly priced considering the amount of work that goes into them.

7. Temazcal Ceremony

Things to do in Oaxaca Temazcal

If you want to have a spiritual experience that’s rooted in ancient Mayan culture, you might be interested in a temezcal ritual.

This Mayan cleansing ritual has been practiced for centuries to heal a variety of ailments including tight muscles, bad blood circulation and it helps remove toxins from your body.

Unfortunately, Ceviarem Temazcal Oaxaca was all booked up during our time in Oaxaca, but we heard wonderful things.

Read about our temezcal experience here and decide if it’s for you.

8. Churches in Oaxaca

There’s no way you’ll miss the Santo Domingo church, situated in the center of town. It is nice to photograph, wander inside or to just hang out in front of beneath the shade of a tree. In the afternoon and evening hours, there’s street food in this area, like corn covered in mayonnaise, cheese, lime and chili powder as well as other tasty snacks.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Cathedral Inside

If you head down to the Zócalo, you can relax in the park facing the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. It’s a nice place to people watch and relax in the evening. 

9. Ethnobotanical Garden

Things to Do in Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden

We’ve heard that the botanical garden is lovely, but when we rolled up expecting to just pay a small entrance fee and wander around, but we were turned away. Apparently, you can only enter with a guided tour. And from what we’ve read online, it is worthwhile if you have the time! You’ll learn about the local ecosystem and gain insight into how the people in the region are connected with their land.

English tours are only held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and run for 2 hours. Cost is 100 pesos pesos per person. Spanish tours are cheaper, at 50 pesos person, and run daily Monday to Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

10. Sunday Market in Tlacolula

Things to Do in Oaxaca Sunday Market Tlacolula

If you happen to be in Oaxaca on a Sunday and want to have an authentically off the beaten path experience, follow these instructions: Head to the baseball stadium and look for a collective (small maroon and white car that is a shared taxi) with the name Tlacolula on the windshield.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Collectivo

If you don’t see any, ask around: “¿Donde esta el collectivo a Tlacolula?” Where is the collectivo to Tlacolula?

This trip will be about 45 minutes depending on traffic, and will bring you to the nearby village of Tlacolula where they hold the largest indigenous market in Latin America on Sundays.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Sunday Market Tlacolula

Covering over 1.5 miles, this market is a great place to people watch, try some street food and buy fresh produce.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Sunday Market Tlacolula Guitar player

Just make sure you actually get to the covered market itself (Mercado Municipal Martín González). You’ll see people wearing the traditional clothes of their villages and you’ll see families spending the day together.

11. Search for Street Art in Oaxaca

Things to Do in Oaxaca Street Art

Thoughout this colorful city, your will see murles around every corner. There are some duds, but most are pretty good with great detail.

Unfortunately, we did not find a street art tour, but this blog does a good job describing where some of the good murals are located. Stroll through the street and take pictures of your favorites. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Vintage VW Bugs

While you are looking for street art, keep your eye peeled for vintage VW Bugs scooting around the city. We have never seen so many in one city. 

12. Try Mezcal

Things to Do in Oaxaca Try Mezcal

You’ll find mezcalerias – places to try Mezcal – on just about every block in Oaxaca. This liquor is made from the agave plant, and while it’s similar to tequila, mezcal is much more widely consumed by Mexicans.

So what exactly is the difference between tequila and mezcalOur friends over at Food Fun Travel go over everything you’d wanna know about the two spirits in article and podcast form. Click through that link to give it a read/listen and impress everyone you meet in Oaxaca with your newfound knowledge!

If you drink alcohol, be sure to taste this famous drink while in Oaxaca, since some of the most famous varieties come from this region.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Guitar Player Mezcal

There’s no shortage of mezcalerias to try, but for a quaint “hole in the wall” experience, pop into the tiny shop called Los Amantes Mezcalería near Santo Domingo church.

You can choose from a couple different tastings, the least expensive of which gives you a 1.5-ounce sample of 3 different mezcals for 200 pesos. You can split this between two people and enjoy the quirky décor, ask questions about the liquors and agave plants and enjoy live music as you’re serenaded by a mustached man wearing a cowboy hat.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Prague Bar Cocktails

Just across the street is the popular Prague Bar, and on many nights there is live music on the first floor. But head directly upstairs for an artisan cocktail made with mezcal and one of the best views of the Santa Domingo church.

An inventive combination like agave maracuya (passion fruit) or honey jamaica (hibiscus) will only set you back around 86 pesos ($4.39 USD). On cold nights they even give you blankets to keep warm.

Note: Many of the tours to Hierve de Agua include a stop at a mezcal distillery so you can understand the process. You will also be able to try some of their mezcal and can purchase some if you wish. You can even have the opportunity to try the mezcal worm if you’re feeling adventurous!

If you’re really into mezcal, some others to try are: Cuish Mezcalería, Cortijo La Mezcaleria, or Expendio Tradición.

Good to know: If you’re vegetarian, avoid the orange slices. The stuff that looks like chili powder that they’re dipped in is actually ground up mezcal worms mixed with salt. It is actually quite nice and has a salty, smoky flavor, but if you don’t eat meat/insects you might want to avoid this!

13. Hit the beach

Puerto Escondido sunset in Oaxaca, Mexico

Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation to take in as many sunsets as possible, or want to catch some waves, the beaches of Oaxaca on the Pacific coastline are some of the best in the country. 

The most popular beach destination for backpackers and young travelers is undoubtably Puerto Escondido, a developing beach-side town with a hippie vibe. For a more secluded vacation try Puerto Angel or Mazunte, or the National Park of Huatulco

14. Food to Try in Oaxaca

When we told people in Mexico City we were going to Oaxaca, they all said, “You’re going to love the food!” And they were right! Oaxaca is known for having some of the best food in Mexico, which includes regional specialties that aren’t as easy to find anywhere else.

You could easily spend a month in this state and still be left craving more, but if you have a limited amount of time, here are some of the dishes, drinks and snacks you should try:

Tlayuda

This delicious dish is served on a large crispy tortilla topped with vegetables, meat, and a whole lotta cheese! They are everywhere in Oaxaca so you better try a few of them. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Tlayuda Mexican Food

Mole (7 types)

Oaxaca is known for mole, a sauce typically made with 25 to 40 different ingredients. While we were in Oaxaca, we got to try green, yellow, and black mole, but there are 7 different kinds you can try. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Cooking Class

Chapulines (Grasshoppers) 

Imagine sitting at a local bar, sipping on a good cervesa, listening to the live music. But instead of bar peanuts, there, sitting in front of you, is a bowl full of seasoned chapulines or grasshoppers. Typically you can find these bugs sitting outside of markets with flavors like chili, garlic, or lemon. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Chapulines Grasshoppers

Hot (or Iced!) chocolate

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to try the hot chocolate in Oaxaca. There are several chocolate shops around town, but we sat down at Chocolate Mayordomo and ordered 2 chocolatey drinks.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Frozen Hot Chocolate

One was cold and refreshing in the heat, and the other was the traditional hot chocolate that is frothed in front of you using a wooden whisk called a Molinillo. While the chocolate was sweeter than I typically prefer, it was still nice to try!

Tejate

Served in a painted gourd shell, this drink made from cacao and maize has a chunky whitish layer floating on top. Don’t be put off though, it’s actually quite nice and unlike anything you’ve tried before. It has a somewhat chalky texture, kind of like a protein drink and tastes faintly of chocolate.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Tejate

Chorizo

While at the market, order a few links of chorizo and they can fire them up on the grill, for tasty quick snack. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Chorizo

Local Ice cream

The local ice cream is more similar to a sorbet, and comes in all sorts of flavor combinations that you won’t find anywhere else. For a local favorite, try tuna. No, it’s not the fish, it’s made from prickly pear and is quite refreshing. You can ask for them to mix a couple flavors. We loved the combination of maracuya (passion fruit) and tuna! A single serving should cost around 30 pesos.

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Ice Cream

Mexican Street Corn

Usually only 15 pesos a piece, these steamy cobs get slathered in mayo, sprinkled with chili powder (not too spicy), parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and then drizzled with fresh lime juice. Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine is. You can typically find these around any plaza. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Mexican Food Street Corn

If all this talk of food is making your mouth water, keep reading for some suggestions of the best restaurants in Oaxaca…


Where to Eat: Restaurants in Oaxaca

There is no shortage of restaurants to choose from in Oaxaca. And part of the fun is just wandering around with your nose as your guide.

But if you want some tips for some of the best places to eat in Oaxaca, keep reading… We’re sharing some great vegetarian options too!

Calabacitas Tiernas: If you’re craving a good meal, veggie or not, this cute restaurant has an open air courtyard and serves large portions with a specialty in Mexican fusion.  

Things to Do in Oaxaca Calabacitas Tiernas

PAN:AM: Brunch please! This has been one of the best breakfast spots we found throughout our time in Mexico. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked delicious, so you really can go wrong. 

Things to Do in Oaxaca Pan:Am Restaurant

La Gran Torta: Small mom and pop shop known for serving Pozoles, yummy traditional Mexican stew. They serve large portions at cheap prices. 

Eat at a market: You won’t be able to beat the prices or the freshness anywhere in the city. 

Is Oaxaca Safe?

Absolutely! We felt 100% safe the entire time we were in Oaxaca. We interacted with some of the kindest people here and never questioned our safety at all. We met several young women traveling solo and even saw families with children.

All that said, it’s a good idea to always be aware of your surroundings and use common sense because bad things can happen anywhere in the world – even in your hometown!

Related Reading: Travel Safety Tips you Need to Know

Where to Stay in Oaxaca

Best overall place to stay on a budget: Casa Angel Youth Hostel

Oaxaca rooftop yoga

With deluxe private rooms as well as dorms, a lovely rooftop terrace (perfect for morning yoga!), a communal kitchen and incredibly friendly and helpful staff, Casa Angel is a perfect choice for accommodation in Oaxaca City.

In addition to comfortable rooms and a great location, they offer a generous free breakfast of eggs to order, black beans, homemade salsa, bread, jam, cereal and coffee. Casa Angel also organizes events like a free walking tour, happy hour, barbecues, salsa lessons and movie nights.

And unlike the name implies, this hostel is not just for youth. We saw people of all ages, including a family with a young boy and a few older travelers. The deluxe rooms are just like a hotel; plus you get to enjoy amenities like a tranquil rooftop, free (delicious!) breakfast and the opportunity to mingle with other travelers.

Hotels to Stay at in Oaxaca

Mid-Range/Couple Stay: City Centro Oaxaca – Beautifully decorated and centrally located, this 4-star hotel has an amazing bar, wonderful views from the rooftop terrace and a fitness center. Perfect for a couple looking to explore the city. 

Feelin’ Fancy: El Callejón Hotel Boutique – This 5-star hotel has large modern rooms with a lobby and lounge with a Oaxacan charm. Enjoy the free WiFi and free bike rental to explore the city. This is a great hotel for a family or if you’re in Oaxaca on business. 

How to Get To and From Oaxaca

Things to Do in Oaxaca City Street Colorful Buildings

From Mexico City to Oaxaca

One of the easiest ways to get around Mexico is by driving a rental car. You get to explore on your own, it’s safe, and crazy cheap. We got a rental car in Costa Rica for so cheap one day, we decided to keep the car for two weeks. We use RentalCars.com to search for the best deals on rental cars around the world. 

Buses in Mexico are  also a very convenient way to get around. ADO is the most popular company and they offer different levels of luxury. The cheapest option (OCC) is actually decent, with seats that recline and sufficient leg room. Depending on your budget though, you might wanna treat yourself to the ADO GL class which has super plush chairs.

From Mexico City to Oaxaca, buses leave frequently, and we simply took an Uber (free ride on us with code katied10703ue) to the Terminal de Oriente “TAPO” station and purchased seats on the next available bus. You can also reserve in advance on ClickBus (which is sometimes cheaper) and pay with a foreign credit card, unlike the ADO website.

Oaxaca Mexico

Our bus left at 4 p.m. and took 7 hours to reach Oaxaca. The price was 650 pesos. If we would have know to book a least on day in advance on ClickBus, we would have probably gotten a ticket for half the price.

You can also fly from CDMX to Oaxaca if you’re short on time. Check Skyscanner for the best deals on flights in Mexico. 

From Oaxaca to San Cristóbal de las Casas

Take the ADO bus from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal de las Casas which takes 10 hours. You can book it on ClickBus to get a good deal. We chose to take a night bus so that we could save money on a night stay.


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Comments (21) on “14 Things to Do in Oaxaca That You Can’t Miss

  1. Sharon Powers says:

    Hi,
    Headed to Oaxaca this weekend for a few weeks of immersion learning. Have booked a hostel, and now i’m curious what the place was that you don’t recommend. Thanks in advance.

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Hi Sharon, we don’t like to name and shame on the Internet, but if you want to know send us an email via our Contact US form and we’ll let you know. Thanks!

  2. lucykeme@gmail.com says:

    First time in Oxaca and I will be on my own which terrifies me. I am a 65 yrs old divorced woman that’s not used to travel alone.
    Lucy

  3. Alana.Casciello@gmail.com says:

    Is there is link to "this blog does a good job describing where some of the good murals are located" that you can share with me?

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Hi Jackie, you can take a private taxi for about 150 pesos or more. Or you can take a local collectivo (maroon car) waiting outside of the airport will cost anywhere from 60-80 pesos per person. Both options are about 20-30 minute drive for the airport to the city. Hope this helps!

  4. ealexiswittman@gmail.com says:

    Hi, guys! This post has helped me so much as I prepare for my two-week backpacking trip in Oaxaca at the end of this month. It’s a state I’ve wanted to visit since moving to Mexico last year, and I’m pumped to be there during Day of the Dead festivities. I’m also looking forward to some beach time, hiking and…well, I think you’ve convinced me to take a cooking class! Thanks so much for the ClickBus tip. Def going to give that a try.

    Take care & safe travels,

    Alex | http://backpackingbrunette.com/

  5. dvandellen@gowithadvanced.com says:

    So you two obviously love to try new foods when you travel! I am also very excited about this aspect of traveling to Oaxaca. I wanted to see if you had any "rules of thumb" when it comes to trying local food and street food in Mexico. Would you suggest getting immunizations for Typhoid? Just would hate to lose a day of our already short trip… Thanks in advance!

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Hey Daryan! We love to eat all the street food we can! We typically look for places that are busy because then you know they are turning out fresh food. As for the typhoid immunization, I would recommend talking to your doctor about it and looking on the CDC website. We are not experts in this and everybody is different. Before heading to South America in 2014 we both took typhoid immunization. Hope that helps! Excited to hear about your trip!

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Hey Daryan! We love to eat all the street food we can! We typically look for places that are busy because then you know they are turning out fresh food. As for the typhoid immunization, I would recommend talking to your doctor about it and looking on the CDC website. We are not experts in this and everybody is different. Before heading to South America in 2014 we both took typhoid immunization. Hope that helps! Excited to hear about your trip!

  6. dean.estrella@gmail.com says:

    Hello, thanks for this great blog. Quick question, I know you talk about a couple different hostals in here, but do you know if it is necessary to book in advance or can we arrive and just walk around and find accommodations pretty easy? Not only for Oaxaca city, but for the beaches as well. I’ve only got a short time to travel and don’t want to lock myself into pre-booked dates at different locations. Thanks!!

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      Great question Dean. To answer your question it depends on what season you will be traveling in. If it is high season, Oaxaca can be a pretty busy place and you would want to book in advance. On low season you could probably get away with it, going door to door. That’s not always my favorite carrying big bags through the streets. Maybe you could book online just days before you arrive to your next destination. That’s what we typically do. Still gives you the flexiblity but you can find the best rated places.

  7. amerlondra23@gmail.com says:

    This makes me so excited, I’m studying abroad in Mexico and although right now I am staying in Mexico City, I’ll be leaving to conduct field research for 3 months in Oaxaca. I’m so happy I came across your guys’ blog!

    • bwzweber@gmail.com says:

      That is so exciting Aly. Oaxaca was one of our favorite cities in Mexico! So jealous you will be there for 3 months!

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