Introduction to Oaxaca City Tour

Learn about the rich traditions and historic origins of Oaxaca with an expert guide
From US$389 privately
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Tour Details
3 hours
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  • A comprehensive view into the evolution of Oaxaca City, its famous food and local traditions
  • Led by an expert guide to introduce you the highlights of the city
Tour Description
This introductory tour takes you to the heart of the charming, historic, and creative hubs of Oaxaca in the company of an expert guide. Perfect for first-time visitors, or travelers looking to reorient themselves in this magical city, our three-hour tour will familiarize you with Oaxaca City’s many fascinating layers with stops throughout its robust center and meandering alleys.

You'll begin the day with your expert guide from the Zocalo, the main square, where the modern city meets colonial history, and explore the historic cathedral and its surroundings.
After you'll pop into the lively Mercado 20 de Noviembre craft market before the crowds arrive, maybe even sampling local delicacies and gaining insights into chocolate-making and local produce you may not find elsewhere. Together you'll navigate the market's labyrinthine aisles, learning about the ingredients essential to Oaxacan cuisine and tasting authentic dishes such as tamales, mole, and chapulines (grasshoppers).

You'll explore the Santo Domingo Square, home to the exquisite Santo Domingo de Guzmán church, an architectural masterpiece that showcases intricate baroque design. As you explore this square, you'll discover the history and cultural significance of both the church and the adjacent cultural center, which houses a stunning collection of pre-Columbian art and artifacts. Our guide will provide insight into the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations that once thrived in this region, giving you a deeper understanding of Oaxaca's rich heritage. You’ll leave much more acquainted with central Oaxaca, with plenty of recommendations from your expert about how to best explore the city further.

  • It's your first encounter with Oaxaca, offering a comprehensive introduction to its vibrant life and traditions.
  • If you're returning, seeking to delve deeper into the bustling heart of the city's markets and landmarks.
  • Zocalo - the heart of Oaxaca, where modern life converges with colonial history in a vibrant plaza.
  • Mercado 20 Noviembre -  lively craft market showcasing a myriad of local wares and flavors, a hub of Oaxacan life and culture.
  • Santo Domingo Square - a celebrated square with an architectural gem, the Santo Domingo Church stands as a testament to Oaxaca's rich religious and cultural heritage.
  • The tour will take time for a few tastings at a local market, please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.
  • Nearly every street in Oaxaca’s historical center is cobblestone. The cobblestone is typically in the form of large, rectangular slabs - it’s far from smooth. While this may be manageable for wheelchair users, outside of the historical center you’ll come across some much larger hills. The markets are not really suitable for wheelchair users as they often have narrow aisles.
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Is this tour good for families?
Yes, this tour is a great choice for families with kids of all ages. 

What time of year is best for this tour?
Please take note of the rainy season between mid-September through the end of November. However, this does not affect the tour. Some clouds are actually very much appreciated when visiting the Oaxaca region.

What should I bring?
Bring comfortable shoes, a hat and sunglasses. Keep in mind that there aren't always ATM machines along the tour route so if you’d like to tip or buy any souvenirs it’s recommended to bring cash.
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