Oaxaca is a city in the Mexican state of the same name. As a matter of fact the historic center of Oaxaca City is a UNESCO world heritage site. Things to do in Oaxaca;
- Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman
- Basilica of our Lady of Solitude
- Monte Alban
- Tule Tree
The city of Oaxaca is very walkable, it’s a small city with a few central plazas as well as lots of great value hotels, restaurants and bars. Additionally, there are a couple of good chocolate shops here too.
Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman
Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman is a 16th century Baroque church. An interesting fact about this church is that it took around 200 years to complete. In addition, for 40 years during the Revolutionary wars the church was used as barracks. You must go inside to see the golden interior! Finally, there’s a similar looking church in the city called Cathedral of our Lady of the Assumption.
Basilica of our Lady of Solitude
Firstly, the lady of Solitude is the patron saint of Oaxaca. Due to the 3D esque church facade, the basilica itself has become a top Instagram spot in Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a safe city and you can walk around without any problems throughout the day. Alternatively, you can visit the points of interest of the UNESCO historic center on a guided tour.
Monte Alban is a well preserved archaeological site, in addition it’s also a UNESCO site. Another bonus is that it’s not well known therefore fewer tourists. So, when was Monte Alban built? It’s believed the history of Monte Alban dates back to the first century BC. Another interesting fact is that it’s built at almost 2000 meters on top of a hill. As a result it could be defended easily. Finally, it’s possible to visit Monte Alban on a day trip from Oaxaca.
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 original paint. You can visit Mitla on a day trip from Oaxaca and it’s usually combined with the oldest tree in Mexico
Hierve El Agua
Hierve el agua is a photographers dream. As well as lots of color, it has a beautiful backdrop for reflection photography. There is also what looks like a 70 m waterfall over this cliff edge. So what exactly is this place? These are fresh water springs in which the water is over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals. In my opinion Hierve el Agua is not only the top Instagram spot in Oaxaca but also in all of Mexico. So how can you visit Hierve el Agua? I recommend a day tour of Oaxaca state which includes Hierve el Agua.
Chapulines de Oaxaca and Mezcal
Grasshoppers are an Oaxacan snack 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! What about the drink of Oaxaca? Mezcal is the famous alcoholic drink of Oaxaca which is also known as tequilas father. Like tequila, it is made from the agave plant found in Mexico. Moreover, this is the drink you may see served with a worm at the bottom of the shot glass.
The Tule tree is the oldest tree in Mexico. It’s also claimed this is the widest tree in the world! As a matter of fact the circumference is a massive 42 meters. It’s often referred to as the tree of life. Did you know there is also a tree of life in Bahrain?
How to get from Oaxaca to Mexico City by Bus
The bus to Mexico City is a luxury ADO bus and it’s a 6 hour journey to Mexico City TAPO bus station. Be aware that there are 4 bus stations in Mexico City, North, TAPO, Tasqueña and Centro Poniente. For this reason, check which one you’re arriving at and try get the closest one to your final destination in Mexico City.