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A place you will no doubt visit and pass through a number of times whilst in Oaxaco. Packed with restaurants, street vendors, market stalls and entertainers with the cathedral on one corner, there is always something going on day and evening. Great place for some...More
You cannot help but have a great time on the Zócalo. Although there are lots of tourists the Zócalo is for the people of Oaxaca. From clowns to bands to dancing something is always happening. There are vendors and restaurants in abundance but get a...More
Time spent in the Zocalo is never wasted. This seems to be the center of all Oaxcan culture and a place to meet old and new friends. Crowds of locals and visitors, mariachi bands, orchestras and choirs, street vendors, colourful native costumes, good food and...More
It's a good spot for people watching. Many restaurants around to sit down and have a drink and snack while taking it all in. You will pay more for meals and drinks here than in other parts of town. But I think it's worth the...More
Can't really say you've seen Oaxaca if you haven't whiled away a sunny afternoon in the shade of the zocalo. Ambulantes (walking vendors), shoeshine stands, gazebo habitues, shady nooks, wrought-iron benches, coffee shops and restaurants .... perfect spot for people watching. If it all gets...More
There is so much going on in and around the zocalo and it changes depending on time of day. Restaurants line two sides and in between there are numerous vendors with small stalls set up. Musicians show up all over the place, do a few...More
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I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt... More
I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt threatened or in danger. The presence of the protestors in the main square along with the remodeling of the Benito Juarez market was more of an inconvenience for me as a tourist. I did take one day tour to outlying villages and was warned that we might encounter roadblocks on our way back to Oaxaca, but this did not happen. I flew directly into and out of Oaxaca so did not encounter any transportation problems with buses.
There were very few tourists when I was there, and sometimes certain restaurants and businesses were closed. Again, more of an inconvenience than a problem for me and I just made the best of it. I thoroughly enjoyed Oaxaca and hope to return as soon as possible.
This was just my experience and it would be difficult to advise you as it seems this is a fluid and ever changing situation. If you don't make it to Oaxaca this year I would recommend a visit in the future as the city and its people have much to offer. I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Oaxaca is my favorite city.
We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many... More
We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many very good reviews for this excellent little accommodation.