Oaxaca with its airy patios and graceful buildings is famed in Mexico for its colourful market, colonial architecture, crafts and dances. Oaxaca's historical centre, declared one of Mexico's UNESCO world heritage sites in 1987 is just four hours' drive from Mexico City.
The city makes a very pleasant town in which to relax on your vacation to Mexico, soak up the atmosphere, or visit some of its beautiful colonial architecture.
There are a range of hotels in Oaxaca, some of them very luxurious. Most hotels are either in the centre of the old city of located just outside of the city of Oaxaca itself.
Hacienda Los Laureles - Los Laureles is hundred-year-old hacienda converted into a boutique hotel located in a quiet residential area of Oaxaca. The hotel has 20 guestrooms and an excellent restaurant.
Camino Real Hotel - The Camino Real is found in the heart of the colonial city and is a converted 16th-century Convent. This historical hotel is dotted with antiques, archways and beautiful patios. With 91 air-conditioned rooms and a swimming pool, the Camino Real is one of the larger hotels in Oaxaca.
Casa Conzatti Hotel Oaxaca - The Casa Conzatti is converted old house that was formerly the home of a 19th century Italian botanist. This hotel has 41 rooms and a small restaurant.
Casantica Hotel - A modern hotel, converted from a colonial mansion in 2000. Casantica has 36 rooms, a small swimming poool and an attractive small restaurant.
Hostal De La Noria - The Hostal de la Noria is a converted late 19th century mansion, situated two blocks from the main square in the centre of town. It's great location in the city of Oaxaca means that some rooms can be noisy. There is a courtyard restaurant and small pool.
Misión De Los Angeles Hotel - The Mision de los Angeles is about 10 blocks from the central zocalo and has 150 rooms, a large swimming pool, tennis courts and beautiful gardens.
Oaxaca Tours in Mexico
It's best to allow at least 3 if not more nights in Oaxaca on your Mexico vacation as there is plenty to see in the city and surrounding countryside. A Oaxaca city tour takes in the colonial delights of the town, the central focus being the zocalo. Highlights include the city’s government palace, cathedral and Santa Domingo church, as well as its colourful market. As a centre for Mexican art there are many art shops and galleries to see. Mitla & El tule provide an excellent day tours from Oaxaca. The Zapotec ruins of Mitla are 45 km away. The main attraction is its impressive stone mosaics that decorate its palaces.
On the way back to Oaxaca, stop over at the huge three thousand-year-old ‘ahuehuete’ tree (60 metre girth), one of the oldest in the world, which dominates the village of Tule.
Flights to Oaxaca are from Mexico City, the airlines operating the route being Aero-Mexico and Mexicana. There are also occasional flights to Puerto Escondido, a lovely laid back beach resort on Mexico's Pacific coast.