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Oaxaca Travel Guide

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Plan Your Oaxaca Vacation

Oaxaca is in one of three adjacent valleys encircled by the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur. Mexico's fifth-largest state is bordered by Chiapas to the east, Veracruz and Puebla to the north, and Guerrero to the west. Southern Oaxaca State is blessed with 509 km (316 mi) of Pacific coastline. By the way, it's pronounced wah-hah-ka.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Sampling everything Oaxaca State is a best-of-Mexico sampler ruins, colonial cities, beaches, crafts, and gorgeous scenery.
  2. Eating Oaxacan food Think cheese, mole, empanadas, tamales, soups, and rich hot chocolates. Be sure to try Oaxaca's specialty spirit, mezcal, which is made from dozens of types of agave (unlike tequila, which is made exclusively from blue agave).
  3. Craft-shopping at the source The villages around Oaxaca City actually produce many of the crafts you see in markets all over Mexico.
  4. Experiencing a coastal frontier The Oaxaca coast is the most unexplored and undeveloped of Mexico's shorelines.
  5. Visiting a mountaintop city Monte Albán, built by the Zapotecs, is one of the country's most important ruins.



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