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    OAXACA • MEXICO
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    OAXACA • MEXICO

The state of Oaxaca is located in the southwest of the Mexican Pacific Ocean, bound to the north by Puebla and Veracruz, to the east with Chiapas and the west with Guerrero. The surface area of the entity is 95 000 364 square kilometers, representing 4.8% of the whole nation. For its size, Oaxaca is the fifth in the country after the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila and Durango. The entity has a nautical area of 11 000 351 square kilometers and it is located 1558 meters above sea level. Due to its political, economic and social conformation, Oaxaca has eight economic regions: Cañada, Costa, Istmo, Mixteca, Papaloapan, Sierra Norte, Sierra Sur and Valles Centrales.

The Central Valleys contain the most important historic tourist attractions in the state. The Central Valleys have archaeological sites, XVI Century convents, baroque temples, civil buildings from the colonial period and museums. There are also many important cultural expressions, such as religious celebrations with their typical parades (calendas) and holiday celebrations where they offer food, music and drinks (mayordomías). The state of Oaxaca is located in the southeastern part of the Mexican Republic , just five hours from Mexico City by the Mexico-Puebla-Oaxaca highway; and it is easily accessible by air too. Prehispanic civilizations flourished in Oaxaca . Ethnic groups, such as the Mixtec and Zapotec, which were conquered and colonized, yet, were able to maintain their form of government, language and culture. There are 16 ethnic groups that maintain their traditions, dances, languages and cuisine. In 1987, the UNESCO declared Oaxaca and Monte Albán historical landmarks.

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The state of Oaxaca is located in the southwest of the Mexican Pacific Ocean, bound to the north by Puebla and Veracruz, to the east with Chiapas and the west with Guerrero. The surface area of the entity is 95 000 364 square kilometers, representing 4.8% of the whole nation. For its size, Oaxaca is the fifth in the country after the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila and Durango. The entity has a nautical area of 11 000 351 square kilometers and it is located 1558 meters above sea level.

Map of Oaxaca

Oaxaca is rich in traditions and customs and has the largest ethnic population found in the Republic of Mexico. Due to its political, economic and social conformation, Oaxaca has eight economic regions: Cañada, Costa, Istmo, Mixteca, Papaloapan, Sierra Norte, Sierra Sur and Valles Centrales.. Located in this last region is the capital of the state, Ciudad Oaxaca de Juárez (Oaxaca City).
There are three principal beach/resort areas on the Pacific Coast ­ Surfer's paradise of Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel with its famous/infamous Zipolite Beach, Mazunte, and the new "planned" resort of Bahias de Huatulco. There are airports at Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, about 120 kilometers apart, with Puerto Angel slightly above the halfway point along the coastal highway (Fed. 200). There is bus service from Mexico City via Acapulco (a long ride of some 12 or more hours at a cost of or from the city of Oaxaca in tourist, first or second class buses( 6-7 hours depending on route and destination at a cost of , as well as air taxi service (20-30 minutes at a cost of around US$125 one way).

Isthmus of Tehuantepec

The port of Salina Cruz and the cities of Tehuantepec and Juchitan are accessible by bus from the city of Oaxaca (4-5 hours at aprox)

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MAGIC TOWNS

5 Magical Towns to discover in Oaxaca

The Magical Towns (Pueblos Mágicos) program recognizes and supports small towns in Mexico with symbolic or historical value. In the state of Oaxaca, five towns have been awarded with the title. You can travel through all of them in one trip, the best way to go about it is to base yourself in the capital city and make day trips to them. Here is what you need to know about Oaxaca’s Magical Towns and their main attractions to have an unforgettable trip to this area in southern Mexico.

Mitla

The golden era of the Mixtec and Zapotec resounds like echoes in San Pablo Villa de Mitla, a town that will take you back in time through its buildings and vibrant energy. Besides the impressive archaeological site, you’ll find beautiful churches, museums, a crafts market and delicious moles of all colors.

Huautla de Jiménez

Huautla de Jiménez, town among the clouds and home of the Mazatecs, who invite you to participate in their ancient traditions. Live the experience of knowing their language, songs, dances and traditional medicine inherited from the famous María Sabina, Priestess of the Magic Mushrooms, also know Mama Julia one of the 13 grandmothers of the world, heir to this ancestral knowledge.

Mazunte

Known for spectacular sunsets, unhindered nature, hippie vibe and laid back energy, this Magical Town of Oaxaca really needs no introduction. Spend an entire day taking in the sunlight, browsing for handmade crafts and liberating turtles. Above all, do not miss the sunset from Punta Cometa.

San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula

The colonial art and architecture of Teposcolula are a mix of indigenous and European concepts and techniques. The Mixtecos preserved their identity, their culture and their completely indigenous symbols, and they knew how to integrate them with the culture of the Spanish. The word Teposcolula derives from the Nahuatl tepoztli “copper, colotl” twist “and tla” together “or” between “, which means” next to the copper twist “.

Capulálpam de Méndez

Yellow quarry buildings, steep cobbled streets, huge green hills in the horizon: such is the landscape of Capulalpam. Besides visiting the fascinating Traditional Medicine Center, you can’t miss some outdoors fun at Los Molinos and enjoy scrumptious bean enchiladas with steak.

OAXACA

Oaxaca has two places declared by UNESCO as belonging to the Cultural Heritage of Mankind: the archaeological site of Monte Albán and the Centro Historico of Oaxaca City.

These prehispanic and colonial riches are without compare in Mesoamerica.

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