Tourist Routes in Oaxaca

Tour through the streets of Oaxaca, Historical Center, Tourist Walker (calle de M. Alcalá), Regional Museum, Temple of Sto. Domingo and his majestic ex-convent. Walking three blocks more we find on the left with the arches of Xochimilco where is also the POCHOTE, a place where you can admire the famous thorns of POCHOTE of which they make handicrafts, and inside this place there is a cinema to see films from countries such as France, England, Spain and various conferences. Continuing the tour, we can walk to the right and visit FONART, Oaxaca's most famous handicraft house, where we can observe various types of weaving and handicrafts such as alebrijes and clay pots. Later, one block to the center of the city, is the church of Carmen Alto, one of the most famous that belonged to the Discalced Carmelites who settled in the city of Oaxaca in 1696. Here the hermitage of Santa Cruz was established. I replace the great teocalli of Huaxyacac, where the indigenous city celebrated every July the great "Feast of the Lords" in which the sacrifice of a maiden was performed in honor of Centeotl, "Goddess of corn and agriculture."

The festival was Christianized and transformed into the current celebration of the Guelaguetza or "Lunes del Cerro", which coincides with the festivities in honor of the Virgen del Carmen.

From there, down the street from García Vigil towards the center, there is a handicraft shop on the corner of Matamoros where various artisans show their works; either embroidery, looms, rugs, ceramics, clay of various shapes and colors. On one side we invite you to visit the Plaza del Mezcal where you can taste a wide variety of mezcal creams such as coconut, coffee, passion fruit, mango and the traditional 100% agave mezcal.

From there, walking three more blocks, we can go through the Alameda de León esplanade and in front of it is the Cathedral where we can observe religious paintings and a baroque organ.

Leaving this route we can have a coffee or a beer and admire the zocalo of the city, the places to eat in the zócalo of the city most recommended are: La Casa De La Abuela, where you can suggest delicious Oaxacan dishes; Basque Restaurant, where you can savor its delicious meats.


Entering the road to Sn. Bartolo Coyotepec you can visit the market of that community and the different houses of artisans where you can see the way they make each of the pieces made by hand of black clay.

From there we can take the detour to Zaachila and visit the ruins and more if it is Thursday to visit its market which has snow and a delicious bread as well as empanadas to taste, you can also admire its majestic clock next to the church.

Recommended place to eat: Restaurant campestre La Capilla.

At the exit we can see a beautiful panorama of vegetation that connects with Cuilapan de Guerrero, in which we can visit his former convent and from there visit the place where the famous alebrijes are elaborated, which are colored figures painted by hand in wood. various shapes and sizes.

From there you can visit the ruins of Monte Alban, famous throughout the world and ancient capital of the Zapotec and one of the first cities in Mesoamerica. At the main entrance there is a museum where the visitor can have an approach with the sites you will visit within the archaeological zone.

From there we can take the detour to Sta. María Atzompa where we can buy some pieces of green clay and colors.

If you want to go further from the city, take the route to Ocotlán de Morelos.


In the town of Ocotlán, located 33 km from the capital of the state, we can see the various paintings of Rodolfo Morales, the government palace and its market which is very famous for its rich snow and food, as well as its traditional drink which is the "chocolate atole".

In this same place the Aguilar sisters are very famous for their famous crafts; in this place is also the Rodolfo Morales Foundation of the eminent Oaxacan painter who was the one who restored and recovered the former convent.

To San Martín Tilcajete, where we can find alebrijes, it is recommended to go in the morning; It is located 25 minutes from the center and this word means that it is a tangled, difficult and confusing or fantastic thing, made of copal tree wood.

Sto. Tomas Jalietza, which means under the church, is made up of jana-abajo and lieza-iglesia. It is located 25 km southeast of the city of Oaxaca on Highway 175 (Oaxaca-Puerto Angel) 28 minutes from the city of Oaxaca. They manufacture wool and cotton fabrics in waist loom. The designs are very varied.

From there we can return to the center of the city and rest from the walk.



SAN PEDRO AND SAN PABLO TEPOSCOLULA.- This town is located 23 km from the previous point due to the diversion to Tlaxiaco, on highway No. 190 in its Oaxaca-Mexico section.

The Dominicans settled in 1541, starting a religious group, with a magnificent open chapel that is one of the most important works of the sixteenth century in the new Spain. It should be noted that the chapel had two choirs, one for singers and another for musicians.

COIXTLAHUACA.- This is a temple, a cloister, an open chapel and an atrium, conforming one of the most peculiar examples of the art and the architecture novohispana of the XVIth century.

SANTIAGO APOALA (It is a place to be in contact with nature, there are cabins to rest and near there is a waterfall).

YANHUITLAN .- It is recommended to visit his church and exconvent of Santo Domingo, whose name means new people in Nahuatl, and that formerly was called Yosocahui, which in Mixteco means THE NEW PLAIN,

VILLA DE ETLA.- Famous for its market and its church

SAN JOSE EL MOGOTE.- Archaeological site that is located 12 km from the highway in its section Oaxaca-Mexico and by a deviation of 1.5 km. Among its main structures, are its famous shrines, the objects recovered during the excavations are exhibited in a small community museum located in the hull of an old hacienda.

HUITZO.- "Atalaya de Guerra" is located 32 km from the city of Oaxaca, along the federal highway; In the Rosario neighborhood, a large mound has been discovered, with remains dating back to a time well before the founding of Monte Albán, as well as a tomb built shortly before the conquest, with polychrome ceramics, amethyst beads and a set of Obsidian blades.


TULE.- Gigantic and singular sabino; It is 12 km from the city, on the road that leads to Tehuantepec, next to the temple of Santa María el Tule. This wonderful specimen is 40 meters high, with a diameter of 52.58 meters and a weight of 509 tons and approximately 2000 years of life.

GUELATAO DE JUAREZ.- At 55 km from the city of Oaxaca, on the federal road No. 175 in its Oaxaca-Tuxtepec section, this smiling mountain town is located, cradle of the Benemérito de las Américas, Don Benito Juárez. Its name means "Chiquita Lagoon" and on the banks of the Enchanted Lagoon stands a monument in stone and bronze, representing Juarez pastor, as well as his mother: Brígida García de Juárez.

IXTLAN DE JUAREZ.- Locality located 3 km away, from the previous point that we recommend to visit on Monday because it is the day of tianguis to which the inhabitants of the surrounding villages come to sell their products. Its main attraction is the Catholic temple dedicated to St. Thomas built in the seventeenth century in churrigueresque style with a beautiful portico of pink quarry, gate and altarpieces carved in precious woods and a baptismal font of carved quarry.

CALPULALPAM.- 10 km from Ixtlan is located this beautiful giron of Sierra Juarez where there is a sumptuous temple in honor of San Mateo, in the XVII century, which integrates the Baroque and neoclassical styles.

In this town textiles are manufactured in wool as jorongos and blankets, in addition to beautiful embroidered dresses.


MITLA.- It is located 46 km from the city of Oaxaca and is considered the main ceremonial center after Monte Albán, considered as the most beautiful in all of America; Hall of columns, frieze boards and tombs.

YAGUL.- Important military center composed of three parts: in the center, a huge artificial platform that gathers the main temples and palaces on stepped terraces; in the highest part is the acropolis, crowned by the fortress, with a granite and natural watchtower. In the area there are caves where arrowheads have been discovered, bones of carved animals and remains of primitive corn. See the courtyard of the triple tomb, the ball game that is the largest in the valley of Oaxaca, the palace of the six courtyards.

TLACOLULA.- At 27 km from the city of Oaxaca, the Dominicans began the construction of the Cristo de Tlacolula chapel in 1561; It is an exquisite expression of colonial art, similar in the ornamentation of the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. It has a fine forge forged in the sixteenth century, its plant is Latin cross and the vault with lunettes in the ribbed.

SANTA ANA DEL VALLE and TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE.- It is one of the most important artisan centers in the state, where the famous zarapes and wool rugs, curtains, ponchos and dresses made of cotton are produced, elaborated as in the ancient tradition: in looms of wood with hand-woven wool threads and mostly painted with cochineal scarlet and vegetable paint.

DAINZU.- These are ruins where three constructions of what appears to be a great city have been explored.

TLACOCHAHUAYA.- 18 km from the hotel, which was a Dominican meditation convent begun in 1586, it is majestic on the whole, its facade is popular baroque, ornaments of polychrome painting, beautiful altars and plateresque altarpieces. See the chorus.

EL TULE.- Fifteen minutes from the hotel, there is the 2000 year-old ahuehuete tree, the largest in the world.

CD. OF THE CANTERAS.- Park where you can enjoy the sunset.