Oaxaca Travel Guide
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Where is Oaxaca Mexico?
Oaxaca State is located in south-central Mexico, with Chiapas State to the east. These two states are popular with those seeking culture travel in Mexico.
Q: How do you pronounce Oaxaca?!
A: You’re not alone in wondering, How do you say Oaxaca?, as its a very common question! Oaxaca is pronounced waa-HA-kah.
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Oaxaca City, Oaxaca Mexico
Known for its famous Day of the Dead holiday celebration, Oaxaca City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the state’s capital and cultural epicenter. When talking about the city, most will just say Oaxaca, though its official name is Oaxaca de Juarez.
Is Oaxaca worth visiting? Absolutely! Oaxaca, in a word, is magical. It’s hard not to fall in love with the friendly, humble people, colorful mercados (markets) and artisan towns, festive street parties, delicious Oaxaca food, and more.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca Mexico
The most popular Oaxaca beach town! One of the things that put Puerto Escondido, meaning hidden port, on the map are its surf waves. However, even non-surfers will enjoy all the beautiful Puerto Escondido beaches as well.
How do I get from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido? Though there’s only about 100 miles between Oaxaca City and the beaches of Oaxaca, this isn’t the easiest trip. Head to this article for detailed information on all options on how to get to Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca City.
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Is Oaxaca safe for travel?
Oaxaca consistently ranks among the safest states in Mexico. Oaxaca City, the most popular place for tourism in Oaxaca, is a medium-sized city that feels more like a small town. The beaches on the Oaxacan Coast are also known to be quite safe.
To venture off the beaten path in Oaxaca, head to San Jose del Pacifico, where many go to do magic mushrooms, and the Pueblos Mancomunados. This group of eight self-governing, indigenous Zapotec villages in the Sierra Norte, is popular with tourists seeking a unique experience.
As with traveling anywhere, you’ll want to follow general travel safety guidelines — like not walking home alone at night, watching your alcohol consumption and staying aware of yourself and surroundings. For an added safety measure, pack these travel safety items, dress in a way so your Mexico outfits blend in with the locals, and buy a Mexico SIM card.
Want to hear about Mexico travel safety from the experts? Check out my Is Mexico Safe for Travel? article.