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Oaxaca

Oaxaca is the capital of the state of Oaxaca. Located in the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, the city has some of the world's deepest caverns, peaks about 10,000 feet high, hidden jungles and virgin beaches. It also has luminous valleys that house populations where different cultures come together. Declared Humanity's Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO, Oaxaca owes its popularity to the harmony and beauty of its architecture, the wide variety of traditional foods, the richness of cultural traditions, and its nice temperate climate, which is spring-like throughout the year.
The city's historic center is laid out in usual Spanish colonial style, featuring a rectangular grid of streets that surround the central square of zócalo. Many of the city's important buildings are concentrated within this area. The city is also a paradise to ecotourists, with many nice places to stay and tours catering to environment-friendly entertainment and accommodation.
Oaxaca is a food capital and one of the most interesting treasures of the culinary world. It has all the best of traditional Mexican cuisine mixed with the best in the world in terms of ingredients and talent. The creativity and inspiration seen in the food traditions is also infused in a lively entertainment life.
There are constant cultural celebrations that are full of music and dance, which will keep your soul stirred and your feet moving. Artist and sculptors offer insight, lessons, as well as works for sale.  But it is not all cuisine, history, and archaeology. If you are fan of the outdoors, you will find plenty of things to do here. Zipline rides, mountain biking, hiking and other activities are available in the nice Oaxacan climate. We will help you discover and appreciate this gorgeous city. You will find here some of the oldest and magnificent churches and other architecture, incredible cafes and restaurants, delectable food, vibrant nightlife, the friendliest and most welcoming people, among many other wonders!

Highlights 
Declared Humanity's Cultural Patrimony by UNESCO.
Many typical festivals to enjoy take place here practically every week.
Great culinary diversity.
It contains a startlingly diverse range of indigenous cultures with roots that reach back many centuries.
Transport 
Moving around the city is really easy. You can use buses or taxis at a pretty accesible price. Another way you can go around the city is using a bicycle. It's a healthy habit that will allow you to really see the city. There are some full-service shops that rent out nice bikes.
The best of the city 

San Bartolo Coyotepec: Prehispanic settlement where there are many ruins to admire. You can find there a very special church from the sixteenth century.

San Martin Tilcajete: Small and simple town that homes a big production center of Alebrijes. These are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures and are created at small workshops and in the artists houses.

Teotitlan: small village and municipality known for its textiles, especially rugs, which are woven on hand-operated looms, from wool obtained from local sheep and dyed mainly with local, natural pigments.

Tlacolula market: Hectic market with a diverse crowd of buyers and sellers, and the equally great amount of products.

Monte Albán: a huge pre-Columbian archaeological site filled with a large number of carved stone monuments throughout the plaza.

Hierve el agua: the boiling water (Hierve el Agua) of this small town outside Oaxaca is formed by escaping air rather than heat (Hierve el Agua is actually a warm spring rather than a hot spring), but that doesn’t make this idyllic setting any less worth a visit.

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Climate

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Climate 
The areas is warm and dry, with most rain falling between June and September. On the coast and in low-lying areas it’s hotter and a bit wetter. The average high in Oaxaca city ranges from 25°C in December and January (when lows average about 8°) to about 30° in March through May.
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