Spending a week in Oaxaca will give you enough time to experience and explore this beautiful colonial city. The one week itinerary below will allow you better understand and appreciate the offerings of this historical and cultural city.
Start your day with a walk to the city’s cultural spots. Visit the Santo Domingo church and museum or have a walk down the Alcala street up to the Zocalo. You can also include touring on foot the Temple of San Felipe Neri, Temple of San Agustín, and the Basilica of the Soledad.
You can spend the next day with a day trip to the villages of Santa Maria el Tule and Teotitlan del Valle. You can also include in your itinerary the village of Mitla to give you a glimpse of the fascinating contrast between the once stunning city in ruins and the present day city that has never reclaimed the glory of the pre-Spanish period.
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. Your visit to Oaxaca will be incomplete without this attraction.
Also visit San Bartolo Coyotepec, the village where the city’s famous black pottery is made. Then head to the town of Ocotlan de Morelos, where you can find a marvelously restored church and ex-convent.
Spend some time visiting museums. Here are some of the more popular museums: Santo Domingo Cultural Center, House of Juárez Museum, Photographic Center Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Philately Museum, and Museum of Popular Art.
Also try traditional Oaxaca cuisine. The city has numerous flavors that will satisfy even the most sophisticated and fussy taste, so find restaurants that will delight your demanding palate. Recommended restaurants: Casa Oaxaca, Como Agua Pa’ Chocolate, El Naranjo, La Biznaga, La Toscana, and Marco Polo.
Spend the day doing somesports and other recreational activities. Oaxaca gives you the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of activities to keep you busy during your vacation. Oaxacans love to play fútbol or soccer, the most popular sport in the city.
But if you are not into soccer, do not worry. The city offers many other sports alternatives: water sports, golf, mountain biking, trekking or hiking, mountain climbing, canyoning, rappelling, surfing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, paragliding, hang gliding, balloon flights, horseback riding, bungee jumping, and many other.
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. Market day is Saturday. Also visit La Merced and Mercado de Artesañas.
Do some serious shopping. An authentic Oaxacan shopping experience does not mean hitting high-end establishments and spending a fortune. Instead, you are better off looking for rare treasures at small shops and boutiques. 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.
Preparing home time. Don’t forget to buy your souvenir items and other things you’d like to bring with you to remind you of the city.