Walking around the busy but beautiful Centro Histórico in Oaxaca is so easy, safe, and fun to do. We walked about a mile from our first Airbnb to the city center every day, and really enjoyed seeing the mountains in the distance, small restaurants and shops lining the streets, and tourists and locals everywhere.
We arrived in Oaxaca during Día de los Muertos so there were more people than normal walking around, but during a normal weekday there were plenty of people lining the pedestrian street leading up to Templo Santo Domingo de Guzmán in the heart of Centro Histórico.
Marigolds lining a street downtown
There were people in the costumes dancing around, then the wedding guests had a parade!
People gathered in the Zócalo to listen to a band
The multicolored themes don’t end in Centro Histórico; neighborhoods all over Oaxaca incorporate vivid colors on their buildings (and graffiti).
I love this photo because jamón means ham
Photos from ImpactHub co-working spot:
A collection of painted walls:
As you can see, Oaxaca is remarkably colorful – from brightly painted buildings, vibrantly decorated interiors of restaurants, to the gorgeous green of the Sierra Madre mountains under vivid blue skies. The views of the mountains and downtown from the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca are pretty spectacular. The museum is inside Templo Santo Domingo, and next to the Jardín Ethnobotanico de Oaxaca, which offers tours in Spanish, English, German, and French.
View of Centro Histórico from the museum
The architecture of the museum is pretty great, too.
We switched to a fancy hotel (treat yo’ self) for our second week in Oaxaca, and wow. The views of the mountains are amazing. The grounds of the hotel are gorgeous, too, and the air is a little cleaner since we were further north, which helped our breathing.
view from our balcony
Solandra flower on chalice veins
I loved the way the papel picado in the restaurant looked
Oaxaca is obviously adorable, walkable, and full of gorgeous views. Stay for a few days and enjoy!
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