3 Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico

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With a unique cultural heritage and a history to match, Mexico is a tapestry of sights and sounds that make it a perfect destination for travelers of all kinds. One of the best places to experience much of what makes Mexico special is Oaxaca, a pre-hispanic state on the country’s southern coast. If you’re considering a trip to Oaxaca, read on for some of the best things to include in your itinerary. 

Monte Albán

Monte Albán is a captivating archaeological site situated on a panoramic hill in Oaxaca’s Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán Municipality. An ideal spot for curious-minded travelers, this ancient Zapotec city offers a fascinating glimpse into pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilization through its ceremonial platforms, ball courts, and intricate hieroglyphics.

Mercado Benito Juárez

If shopping is more your speed, be sure to stop by the Mercado Benito Juárez in northern Oaxaca. The bustling environment makes for a perfect backdrop to shop for traditional crafts and engage with vendors as you work up an appetite for some authentic Oaxacan cuisine. We especially love Tlayudas, a popular street food made with crispy tortillas and refried beans.

Hierve el Agua

Literally translated as “the water boils,” Hierve el Agua is a set of distinctive rock formations that resemble cascading waterfalls. The area around the falls features striking cliffs and icy cold springs that adventure-seeking travelers are sure to enjoy, though the views alone are absolutely worth the trek. We recommend planning your visit with a tour guide, as the site is over an hour outside of Oaxaca City and somewhat difficult to access.