Oaxaca

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  • 1. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    Centro Historico | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With a 17th-century facade framed by two domed bell towers and an interior that's an energetic profusion of white and real gold leaf (typical...Read More

  • 2. Laguna de Manialtepec

    Las Negras | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    One of the most leisurely day trips from Puerto Escondido is a journey to this tranquil lagoon surrounded by mangroves and lush wetlands just...Read More

  • 3. Mitla

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Mitla, 46 km (27 miles) southeast of Oaxaca, expanded and grew in influence as Monte Albán declined. Like its predecessor, Mitla is a complex...Read More

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    4. Monte Albán

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The massive temples of Monte Albán, perched atop a mesa, make this one of the country's most spectacular archaeological sites. This vast city...Read More

    Monte Albán
  • 5. Museo de las Culturas

    Centro Historico | Museum/Gallery

    This gorgeous museum is laid out in a series of galleries around the cloister of the labyrinthine Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo. On the ground...Read More

  • 6. Playa Carrizalillo

    Carrizalillo | Beach–Sight

    In a region full of beautiful beaches, Playa Carrizalillo can still take your breath away. The high cliffs that surround it ensure that it's...Read More

  • 7. Playa Manzanillo

    Beach–Sight

    Of Puerto Escondido's seven beaches, Playa Manzanillo, which rings Puerto Angelito, is one of the safest for swimming. It's also one of the...Read More

  • 8. Playa San Agustinillo

    Beach–Sight

    This divine stretch of sand between Zipolite and Playa Mazunte is fringed by elegant coconut palms. It's somewhat safe for swimming, although...Read More

  • 9. Zona Arqueológica Bocana del Rio Copalita

    Copalita | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The recently excavated Copalita archeological site is just 10 minutes from Huatulco's sleek hotel zone (a MX$70 taxi ride from La Crucecita...Read More

  • 10. Alameda de León

    Centro Historico | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This shady square, a bit smaller than the zócalo, is bordered by the massive cathedral on one side and the post office on the other. Locals...Read More

  • 11. Alfarería Doña Rosa

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Keep an eye out for the Alfarería Doña Rosa, a workshop named for the woman who invented the technique for giving the pottery its distinctive...Read More

  • 12. Arquitos de Xochimilco

    Centro Historico | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    These stone arches were part of the 18th-century aqueducts that carried water into the city. Through many of the arches you'll find twisting...Read More

  • 13. Bahía Chahué

    Bahía Chahué | Beach–Sight

    Although several hotels, shops, and restaurants (serving mostly lunch and dinner) are near the main road, Boulevard Benito Juárez, the area...Read More

  • 14. Bahía Santa Cruz

    Bahía Santa Cruz | Beach–Sight

    The aquamarine, calm waters of this bay are a nice spot for swimming, although the area can be busy with tourists, vendors, and touts when cruise...Read More

  • 15. Bahía Tangolunda

    Bahía Tangolunda | Beach–Sight

    One of the largest and most impressive bays in the Huatulco area, Tangolunda is also the most developed, with a string of luxury hotels, a golf...Read More

  • 16. Barra de Navidad Colotepec

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Just 15 minutes east of Puerto Escondido, the Colotepec River meets the Pacific in a mighty estuary that ebbs and flows with the tides. Here...Read More

  • 17. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

    Centro Historico | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This baroque basilica houses the statue of the Virgin of Solitude, Oaxaca's patron saint. According to legend, a mule that had mysteriously...Read More

  • 18. Catedral Metropolitana de Oaxaca

    Centro Historico | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun in 1544, the cathedral was destroyed by earthquakes and fire and not finished until 1733. It honors the Virgin of the Assumption, whose...Read More

  • 19. Centro Academico y Cultural San Pablo

    Centro Historico | Educational Institution

    The Ex-Convento San Pablo has been turned from dereliction into a stunning new cultural and academic center for the city of Oaxaca. Visitors...Read More

  • 20. Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo

    Centro Historico | Museum/Gallery

    This small gallery and study center is named for the self-taught Mexico City photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (he won his first photographic...Read More

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