Things to do in Oaxaca de Juarez

Be delighted by the Mexican cultural charms of Oaxaca de Juarez

The city of Oaxaca de Juarez makes for a seamless holiday trip if you love exploring archeological sites, cultural attractions, and historic landmarks. It is also famous for its festivals and events that depict the city’s rich traditions and indigenous roots.


Things to do in Oaxaca de Juarez

Oaxaca de Juárez is the state capital of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Sierra Madre mountain range is a scenic backdrop for this lovely city. Whether you are into history, culture or nature, you’ll be able to make yourself a long list of things to do in Oaxaca de Juarez to match your interests.


Monte Alban

Monte Alban is one of the most remarkable archeological sites in Latin America where you can see ancient pyramid-shaped tombs dating back to the Aztec times. Monte Al is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited spot outside the city.

 Other impressive sites are Mitla and Yagul.



Different plazas, churches, and buildings can also be visited when you go to Oaxaca de Juárez. The Plaza de la Constitucion, more commonly called Zocalo, is the main square and park in the city where various events and outdoor activities are held. There are also different markets where you can buy authentic souvenirs and taste some of the best local food and delicacies.


Árbol del Tule

The Árbol del Tule is a Montezuma cypress tree known for its its large trunk, so exceptional that it has been placed on a UNESCO tentative list.


Oaxaca Ruins

The most visited tourist attractions in Oaxaca de Juárez are the different Zapotec and Mixtec ruins that dot the city. Some of the oldest ruins in the world are located in the area.


When to go to Oaxaca de Juarez

The city of Oaxaca de Juárez has a tropical savanna climate which is divided into a wet season and a dry season. The wet season is typically warm with frequent rains while the dry season is mild and cool. June-July is the rainiest time of the year and April-May is the hottest. A great time to visit the city is from November to January when the air is cooler and different Christmas holiday activities take place.


Guelaguetza Festival

Despite the high chances of rain, the months of July to August attract the biggest crowd of tourists. It is mainly because the Guelaguetza Festival is held in late July. The Guelaguetza Festival celebrates the indigenous roots and traditions of Oaxaca de Juárez through various cultural events.


Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is also famous for its Day of the Dead celebration in early November when people from around the world come to experience the candle-lit ceremonies.




Things to do in Oaxaca de Juarez

Oaxaca de Juarez Facts

Population265 006
CurrencyMexican Peso
AirportXoxocotlan Intl, Mexico (OAX)

Oaxaca de Juarez average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Oaxaca de Juarez - Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

The city of Oaxaca, together with Monte Albán’s archaeological site, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oaxaca is a great example of Spanish colonial town planning, while Monte Albán´s archaeological site contains many constructions such as pyramids, canals and terraces carved out of the mountain that were inhabited over a period of 1500 years since 500 BC. Visit Oaxaca’s breath taking Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzman and take the bus to the ruins of Monte Albán. Put on sunscreen and a hat if it’s sunny!

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