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Oaxaca at a Glance

A day in Oaxaca brings new things almost every minute. Stand off to the side as dancers, marchers and guests take over the street for a traditional wedding festival. Let your eyes roam over the bright fabrics and carefully woven textiles at a local market. Sample new fruits and vegetables that you've never seen before. Walk down Calle Alcalá and admire the colonial era mansions. Duck into the textile museum to learn more about the cloths you saw at the market and to support indigenous handicrafts. Watch people buying edible insects at the market and maybe try a few. Head to a restaurant for fine dining or home cooking.

If you crave adventure, Oaxaca could be your launching place for trips deep into the tropical rainforest. Consider hiring a guide to get you through the rainforest without peril and to help you learn about Oaxaca's unique biodiversity. The loud croaking of frogs, the howls of monkeys and the whisper of the wind will accompany you to sleep for the next night.


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High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Xoxocotlán International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Summer and winter can be quite hot in Oaxaca. At higher elevations outside of the city, it can freeze once or twice a winter.

      Safety Concerns Oaxaca experiences crime like other large cities. Be on the lookout for pick-pockets. Never leave belongings unattended and keep valuables out of site.

      Health Concerns Drink bottled water while in Oaxaca.