Oaxaca to Mexico City

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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2018-12-10T18:46:14+00:00December 29th, 2016|Mexico, North America|10 Comments


  1. Shona January 12, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Good to know re the 4 bus station in Mexico City James. Is the bus the only transport between Oaxaca and Mexico City?

    • James Smith January 12, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

      You can also fly which would take just over an hour. They have some low cost airlines in Mexico such as Volaris.

  2. Rhiannon January 29, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Oaxaca was one of my favourite stops in Mexico! I found Monte Alban absolutely beautiful, and really wish I’d gone to Hierve el Agua but unfortunately ran out of time 🙁 I did, however, take a day trip to see a really big tree. The world’s widest, apparently!

  3. Kelly January 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Oaxaca is new to me. But the Milta site looks amazing. Cannot believe the paint is still on the buildings. That is so cool. Also glad there are some good chocolate shops in the town. Yum!

  4. Melissa January 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    It looks very beautiful and full of culture. We are visiting Mexico City in June. Oaxaca would be a cool addition to our trip.

  5. Raymond Carroll January 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Nice info. I have only ever been to Tijuana in Mexico but I’d love to go back and see the real Mexico. I have always been interested in the Aztec and Mayan cultures and would love to visit their old sites. Good post!

  6. Kreete January 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    You had me at chocolate, but then I saw that amazing photo of the colourful landscape with waterfalls and springs. It just looks absolutely magigal and out of this world. I don’t think I could ever eat grasshoppers or worms and it sounds crazy they would just dip it in guacamole haha! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  7. Diana - MVMT Blog January 31, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Wow Hierve el agua looks unreal! I’m not sure if I would try grasshopper or any bugs, but it’s actually something I’ve been thinking about because I’m going to SEA in March and am wondering if I’ll want to try any fried bugs there. Anyway I’d love to visit Oaxaca, in particular Hierve el agua and the mezcal tour.

  8. Michaela Terese Harrison February 1, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I’m not sure if I would try grasshopper or any bugs. It looks very beautiful and full of culture

  9. Jan Michael De Guzman February 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Oaxaca looks really beautiful and i love the colors. I am intrigue with those exquisite food. Did you try them all? I wann taste thd grasshoppers too.

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