Spending a weekend in Oaxaca will give you some time (although not enough) to explore every bit of this beautiful colonial city. The three-day itinerary below will allow you to appreciate the historical and cultural significance of this beautiful city.
A good way to start your Oaxaca itinerary is with a walking tour of the historical center in Oaxaca. You can visit the Santo Domingo church (which is also a museum) and go have a walk down Alcala street and the Zocalo. Make sure that you visit Mercado de Abastos, Mexico’s largest outdoor market. to stimulate all your senses. Also visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban.
Do some fast 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.
After the day, start preparing 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 some time visiting the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Popular Art. Also spend the day doing sports and other recreational activities: Football, water sports, golf, mountain biking, trekking or hiking, paragliding, hang gliding, 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.
Your activities on this day really depends on what time you are bound to leave the city. However, be sure to ask beforehand the check out time in your hotel. If you are leaving a bit late, you can maximise your time dining in at one of the city’s restaurants or do a last-minute shopping for souvenir items, including food you’d like to bring home with you.
You may not have too much time to spend in Oaxaca, but with proper planning of activities, you’ll see that it would still be worth all your time.