Oaxaca City in a Day Tour

A full-day exploration of Oaxaca’s most essential locations, including an authentic lunch
From US$422 privately
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Tour Details
7 hours
Product Type
  • Zocalo
  • Mercado Benito Juarez
  • Mercado 20 Noviembre
  • Jardin Etno Botanico
  • Santo Domingo Church
  • Museo Textil de Oaxaca
Photos & Highlights
  • A comprehensive view into Oaxaca City with the most popular sites in the city
  • Led by an expert guide or scholar
Tour Description
Join us in this immersive journey that weaves together Oaxaca's vibrant culture, its masterful crafts, and its delectable culinary world, leaving you with a profound understanding of this captivating city. This full day tour offers an insider's perspective on Oaxaca's plazas, historic landmarks, local legends, and its renowned markets, ensuring you not only experience the essence of the city but also navigate its downtown with confidence.

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 Benito Juarez food market and the Mercado 20 de Noviembre craft market before the crowds arrive, sampling local delicacies and gaining insights into chocolate-making and local produce you may not find elsewhere. Together you'll experience the renowned 'pasillo de humo' and navigate the market layout with ease, passing textiles, leather goods, ceramics, and unique local crafts.

Your expert guide will be able to teach you invaluable tips and local insights in how to navigate a mexican market and order your goods, guiding you towards authentic dining experiences and souvenirs for you to shop around later during your trip. Then it's time to visit the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden to discover the incredibly diverse array of cacti and agave species, each aiding in the representation of the intricate tapestry of Oaxaca's botanical heritage. From the towering columnar cacti to the unique and hardy agave plants, this botanical garden provides a living testament to the region's rich natural diversity.

A pause for refreshments and a light lunch at a charming open-air haven showcasing local cuisines in a communal dining setting. After enjoying the jewel of Oaxaca's architectural heritage, the Santo Domingo church, you'll conclude your afternoon at the Textile Museum, a restored colonial mansion, where the intricate textiles of Oaxaca take center stage. You'll leave your full-day tour of Oaxaca City mesmerized by the rich culture and beauty of it's diversity as you part ways with your expert guide.

  • For 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.
  • Chocolatier - a sweet haven where the art of chocolate-making unfolds, offering delectable treats and insights into Oaxaca's rich cocoa tradition.
  • Mercado 20 Noviembre -  lively craft market showcasing a myriad of local wares and flavors, a hub of Oaxacan life and culture.
  • Mercado Benito Juarez - bustling food market where culinary aromas and colors intertwine, providing a sensory journey into Oaxaca's gastronomic scene.
  • Jardin Etno Botanico -  serene sanctuary of native cacti and agave species, the Ethnobotanical Garden unveils Oaxaca's biodiverse treasures.
  • Santo Domingo Church - a celebrated architectural gem, the Santo Domingo Church stands as a testament to Oaxaca's rich religious and cultural heritage.
  • Museo Textil de Oaxaca - restored colonial mansion housing the Textile Museum, where Oaxaca's intricate textile traditions come to life through a captivating collection
  • The tour will take time for a lunch break in an open air market, a delicious traditional Oaxacan meal is included in the tour price.
  • 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 botanical garden is wheelchair accessible, though the markets are not really suitable for wheelchair users as they often have narrow aisles.
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Is this day trip 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.
Book with confidence — see Context's flexible cancellation policy here.

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