Five Must Do’s in Oaxaca
Oaxaca is famous for its incredible architecture, remarkable cuisine, and fascinating history. Needless to say, there’s a lot you can get up to in this historic town. That being said, there are a few things you absolutely must do when you visit Oaxaca, and we’ve put together a list of just a few of them.
• Mezcal Tasting
Mezcal, a distilled liquor made from the agave plant, is a uniquely Oaxacan invention. The drink is handcrafted in villages across Oaxaca, and the wide variety of agave plants used in its production gives each batch a unique flavor. You’ll find mezcal at mezcalerias, or mezcal tasting rooms, as well as at restaurants and bars throughout the city.
• Hierve el Agua
From a distance, Hierve el Agua, or “the water boils” in English, looks like a large waterfall that descends down the side of a large cliff. Instead, Hierve el Agua is a natural rock formation created by the flow of spring water oversaturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals. Hike to the formation and take a dip in mineral-rich cliff-side pools, a truly unforgettable experience.
Oaxaca is an old city built in a place inhabited by humans for centuries. As such, there’s plenty of history and culture to experience here and you can do just that at one of Oaxaca’s many museums. The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca (Museum of Oaxacan Culture) and Museo Regional de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Regional Museum) are two of the best places to start your trip through history.
• Calle Macedonio Alcala
The Calle Macedonio Alcala is one of Oaxaca’s main downtown streets. Stroll along this pedestrian-only thoroughfare and you’ll find colorful arcade-style buildings that house restaurants, galleries, and craft shops, Oaxaca’s zocalo, or main square, and some of its most important cultural sites, such as the Templo de Santo Domingo and the Ex Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzman.
• Benito Juarez Market
Every Saturday the Benito Juarez Market comes to life. The monstrous market has more than 700 stalls, where you’ll find an almost overwhelming amount of goods, including fruits, vegetables, candies, spices, textiles, and pottery. Various Oaxacan delicacies, such as chapulines (grasshoppers), tlayudas, or tejate, a traditional Oaxacan maize and cacao beverage, are available at the market as well.
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