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Oaxaca to Mexico City

Oaxaca is a city in the Mexican state of the same name.  Oaxaca offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
  • Basilica of our lady of Solitude
  • Cathedral of our lady of the Assumption
  • Many museums
  • Day trips to Monte Alban
  • Day trips to Mitla, Tule, Teotitlán, Mezcal factory

The city of Oaxaca is very walkable, it’s a small city with a few central plazas, lots of great value hotels, restaurants and bars.  There are a couple of good chocolate shops here too.

Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mitla is a UNESCO world heritage site which dates back to 600BC.  It’s a very well preserved archaeological site because it has been well maintained by the dry climate.  It’s one of the few sites in Mexico where you will see the paint.

Hierve el agua, Oaxaca, Mexico

Hierve el agua, Oaxaca, Mexico

Hierve el agua is a photographers dream, lots of color and a beautiful backdrop for reflection photography.  There is actually what looks like a 70 m waterfall over this cliff edge.  So what exactly is this place?  They are fresh water springs, where the water is over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals.

I took a tour here with Monte Alban tours, they combine the Hierve el agua with Mitla in a day tour from Oaxaca.

Chapulines de Oaxaca, Grasshoppers to eat

Chapulines de Oaxaca, Grasshoppers to eat

Grasshoppers are a snack in Oaxaca, served with guacamole.  If you don’t like grasshoppers, you can also try red worms, flying ants or honeypot ants.  All these snacks go well with guacamole and have a high nutritional content!

Mezcal is a famous alcoholic drink from Oaxaca, known as tequilas father.  Like tequila is is made from the agave plant found in Mexico.  This is the drink you may see served with a worm at the bottom of the shot glass.

Bus from Oaxaca to Mexico City

Bus from Oaxaca to Mexico City, 564 pesos, 6 house, ADO.

The bus to Mexico City was a luxury ADO bus, it is a 6 hour journey and took me to Mexico City’s TAPO bus station.  Be aware that there 4 bus stations in Mexico City, North, TAPO, Tasqueña and Centro Poniente so check which one you are arriving at and try get the closest one to your final destination in Mexico City.

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