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Oaxaca

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Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches. The World Heritage-listed heart of the city features a simple grid layout, which makes sightseeing in Oaxaca a highly pleasurable walking experience. Visit the city's markets and bars, and you're likely to hear residents speaking Spanish, Zapotec, Mixtec, and several other indigenous dialects. This mix of cultures makes Oaxaca extremely appealing to visitors interested in discovering the "real" Mexico, a land of striking social contrasts and ethnic diversity. The surrounding mountain-fringed valleys hide numerous archaeological sites and unspoiled natural areas ideal for active Oaxaca vacations. Use our Mexico travel itinerary maker to plan your trip to Oaxaca and other destinations in Mexico.
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Where to stay in Oaxaca

Oaxaca's size and diversity make it an especially good place to find budget-friendly accommodations, in particular youth hostels and family-run "posadas." These affordable options, along with mid-range and boutique hotels, line the cozy streets of Oaxaca's historic center, probably the most convenient area in the city. You can also find a decent range of options just north of the center, in the neighborhoods of La Paz and Guelaguetza.
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