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The southern state of Oaxaca is best known for its capital city of the same name, which is packed with artists, galleries and museums that celebrate the culture and history of Mexico. Oaxaca is also home to a great many of Mexico’s indigenous peoples who retain and cherish their own languages and culture. But, there’s plenty more to Oaxaca – pronounced Wa-hah-kah – than history. You’ll find some of Mexico’s most dramatic scenery here in the Sierra Madre and Sierra Norte mountains that dominate the state, with the cities either nestled in valleys or on the coast. Some of the best experiences here can be found by combining nature and indigenous culture with treks and hikes through the mountains.
Oaxaca City — The state capital city of Oaxaca is famous for its artists and its indigenous population. In addition to the colonial history and independence-era architecture, you’ll see textiles, art museums and galleries and some fantastic street art. Nearby is the former capital of the Zapotec people who lived here 1,500 years ago.
Juchitan de Zaragoza — This southern ocean town is most famous for its spectacular market filled to the brim with traditional goods and food. Where else can you find iguana tamales or green plum water? A great many indigenous handicrafts can also be found.
Huautla de Jimenez — This fairly remote mountain town in the Sierra Norte was once famous as a hippie hangout due to stories about shamanic rituals practiced by the Mazateco people. These days the hippies have gone and but it is still possible to explore Mazatec culture and enjoy some spectacular views on the way.
Puerto Escondido — The surfing capital of is the best place to come to catch some waves or just watch the surfers as they battle the waves of the Pacific. With several beaches to pick from, Puerto Escondido has several excellent restaurants and activities.
In Oaxaca city, the zocalo is the place to start, from where you can explore the dozen or so museums that litter the city. The museums of Oaxacan culture and Oaxacan textiles are only the tip of the iceberg – there are a string of museums, galleries and exhibition centres that offer a chance to see the best of Oaxacan art, particularly its famous street art. Beyond the capital, head into the mountains or to the coast to see spectacular Oaxaca – the steep, majestic lines of the Sierra Norte peaks to the north or the rolling, ponderous slopes of the Sierra Madre de Sud in the south. The Hualtaco national park is also a joy, with nine charming bays to discover.
Discover indigenous Oaxaca with an organised trek through the mountains, meeting indigenous people and getting a glimpse of their culture. You can also do cycling tours and horse riding, with guides available in the state capital. You can also take bus and coach tours, which might be easier on the legs for older people or families. If you’ve ever fancied learning to surf, head to Puerto Escondido. In high season you can also try sky-diving near Zicatela beach, or try out an indigenous steam bath called a temazcal. On the coast you’ll plenty of sport fishing and boat trips to find turtles and dolphins. Oaxacan food is also tremendous – local specialities include quesillo string cheese, outsized tortillas known as tlayudas and spicy fried grasshoppers. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.