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Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden

Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden: A Showcase for Diversity

The city of Oaxaca is bustling, colorful and festive. But one of its great charms is that it has many quiet spaces where you can retreat from the hub-bub and find yourself surrounded by tranquility and beauty, manifested in art, architecture, nature, or the local people. One such tranquil spot is the Ethnobotanical Garden, located […]

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Discover Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

  Día de los Muertos is a magical time in Oaxaca, when the living reunite with their loved ones who have passed on. Join us from October 28 to November 4, 2013 on our small group tour of the sights and attractions of Oaxaca and some of the celebrations particular to Day of the Dead. […]

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One Week in Oaxaca – An Itinerary

If you have one week to spend in Oaxaca, here is a possible itinerary which would allow you to see the best of what the city and surroundings has to offer. This itinerary runs from Saturday through Sunday, but if your trip runs different days, let us know: we’re happy to adapt an itinerary to […]

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Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca

While folks farther north are being bombarded with images of pumpkins, witches and ghosts, here in Oaxaca we are preparing for one of the most important celebrations of the year, the Days of the Dead. This holiday is a unique blend of the native custom of honoring deceased ancestors and the Christian celebrations of All […]

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Oaxaca mole

Oaxaca’s Festival of the Seven Moles

The 2012 edition of the Festival of the Seven Moles will be held in Oaxaca city from July 19 to 31. Over 50 Oaxaca restaurants will participate in this year’s festival, which will include tastings, conferences and lectures including: “Mi visión de los moles” (My view of mole) by Abigail Mendoza, “Los Chiles endémicos de […]

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Guelaguetza 2012

This year’s Guelaguetza festival will be held on July 23 and 30th. There are two shows each day, at 10 am and 5 pm. You can buy tickets online at Ticketmaster Mexico, or at the Oaxaca Secretary of Tourism office in Oaxaca at Avenida Juarez 703 (next to the Teatro Juarez, across from El Llano […]

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Posada procession

Christmas Posadas in Oaxaca

One of my favorite Mexican Christmas traditions is Las Posadas. In this tradition, the biblical passage in which Mary and Joseph search for shelter in Bethlehem is re-enacted each evening for the nine nights leading up to Christmas. In my neighborhood, a posada is held on a different street each night. One family will host […]

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Oaxacan Handicrafts and Folk Art

A piece by Angélica Vásquez of Santa Maria Atzompa, Oaxaca Oaxaca is known for the variety and beauty of its handicrafts. Oaxaca’s diversity is reflected in its popular art: pottery, woodcarving, weaving, basketry, candle making, embroidery, and many more crafts are practiced here. Collectors from all over the world come to Oaxaca to purchase the […]

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Monte Alban: Capital of Zapotec Civilization

Located on a mountaintop some 4 miles to the southwest of Oaxaca City, the archaeological site of Monte Alban, along with the historical center of Oaxaca City, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. This ancient place is less well known than some of Mexico’s other archaeological zones, such as Chichen Itzá and […]

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Ornate decoration of Santo Domingo church

Santo Domingo Church and Cultural Center in Oaxaca

Oaxaca is well known for its gastronomy, archaeological sites, fiestas, and handicrafts, but many visitors are surprised by Oaxaca’s impressive colonial architecture. Oaxaca’s cathedral, La Soledad church, and the Santo Domingo church and former convent are all excellent examples of Oaxacan religious architecture from the colonial period, but Santo Domingo is the most outstanding. Considered […]

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