Spending a three days or four days in Oaxaca will give you time to explore this colonial city. The long weekend itinerary below will allow you to appreciate the historical and cultural significance of this beautiful city. If you decide to stay longer, simply add a few days in your Oaxaca itinerary.
Start your day with a walking tour of Oaxaca’s historical center. Visit the Santo Domingo church and museum and then walk down Alcala street to the Zocalo. Visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban , located at the intersection of three wide valleys on top of a mountain which the Zapotec people leveled off and established great city that once ruled the region.
Make sure that you visit Mercado de Abastos, Mexico’s largest outdoor market. It is also perhaps the most vibrant and colorful markets in the country. Wander around to feel the vitality of the Oaxacan marketplace. You must also visit the 20 de Noviembre and the Benito Juarez markets as well as the Mayordomo chocolate factory to stimulate all your senses.
Spend some time visiting museums. Here are some of the more popular museums: Santo Domingo Cultural Center, House of Juárez Museum, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Popular Art.
Prepare yourself for an exciting nightlife. Oaxaca offers an exiting and pulsating night activities. It has almost everything for people with varied taste. Jazz, salsa music, blues, and even folkloric shows are as popular as disco or rock, which makes a huge part of Oaxaca nightlife.
Spend the day doing some sports and other recreational activities: Football, water sports, golf, mountain biking, trekking or hiking, rappelling, paragliding, hang gliding, horseback riding, bungee jumping, and many other. Also try traditional Oaxaca cuisine. Recommended restaurants: Casa Oaxaca, Como Agua Pa’ Chocolate, El Naranjo, La Biznaga, La Toscana, and Marco Polo.
Do some serious shopping. Here are some of the top shops you should visit: Blackbox, Jarcieria El Arte Oaxaqueño, La Mano Magica, Mujeres Artesanas de las Regiones de Oaxaca, and Plaza Comercial de las Etnias.
Everything on this final day largely depends on what time your check-out time or flight. Most hotels in Oaxaca expect their guests to check out by 12:00 noon. They usually store your baggage in the main lobby or in a room next to reception if your flight is in the evening. You are still allowed to use all facilities including the restaurants.