Oaxaca General Information
Oaxaca is located in the southeast of the country. It is bounded on the north by Puebla and Veracruz, in the south by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by Chiapas and on the west by Guerrero.
The state of Oaxaca is the most complete tourist destination in the country. In this vast area -more than 93,000 square kilometers-, you will find beaches, mountains, forest and valleys; precolombian arqueological sites, colonial arquitecture, all the conveniencies of the modern world, century old traditions and endless folklore.
The strong presence of indigenous people is manifested in 16 different groups that maintain languages and centuries old life styles; in the eight regions (Valles Centrales, Sierra Norte, Sierra Sur, Cañada, Costa, Mixteca, región del Papaloápam and Istmo de Tehuantepec) that divide the territory of the state are located the mixtec and the zapotec cultures, foundation of the most developed civilization of precolombian America.
The city of Oaxaca (from the zapotec word Huxyácac), is a small city in which you will be able to walk through the streets of the historical center without problems; furthermore the principal atractions are located in an area 15 blocks around the Zocalo. The city is famous for the particular style of colonial arquitecture characterized by the use of green stone in its large walls
Founded in the 1529 by the Spanish conquistadors it was built near Monte Albán, the prehispanic city that developed the zapotec culture in all of its splendor. Both centers are considerated Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and maintain active culture and social life where are joined together and mix with the history, the gastronomy, the cultural lives and one of the most interesting arquitectures of the country with avant garde displays of contemporary art.
Oaxaca, Mexico´s colonial city with the friendliest people is one of the best cities in the world for visitors. Here we can give you a glimpse of what is available, all you have to do is explore