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I thought we would spend more time at the zocalo, but we found ourselves mostly up town. The Zocalo does have a lot of entertainment with music of some sort most every day/night. There are many street vendors and others that come up to you...More
Most Mexican cities show their civic pride with a central plaza but Oaxaca has two, around the Cathedral. The colours are almost psychedelic and you can spend hours people watching---or people listening, there is often live music in the evenings.
This appears to be ground zero for the see and be seen. There are a lot of sidewalk restaurants that line the zocalo that are good vantage points to observe the action. You should really spend one evening checking out the scene, particularly on a...More
This is the center of Oaxaca where there is much to see. I can several days each week for different experiences, but mostly to observe Oaxacana life. I sat mostly undisturbed except for vendors of all ages and types of things to share. Expect to...More
We heard mariachi music playing and decided to take a look. Huge puppets of the bride and groom, dressed in their wedding finery, were bobbing up and down. The actual bride and groom were dancing too, surrounded by their fr, some dressed in traditional costumes....More
I had the chance to visit the Oaxaca Zocalo several times. It is a wonderfully-preserved square with lots of restaurant and bars to enjoy a great meal, as well as cafés to simply stop and look at the world go by.
Several places offer live...More
This was not as green or well manicured as some zocalos we have visited, but its definitely the center of activity. It is a must to see and we went here every day of our trip. There was always a large crowd and activities each...More
The true center of a Mexican town is the Zocalo. And so it is in Oaxaca. Churches and restaurants surround this main center plaza. Musicians perform and venture from restaurant to restaurant at lunch time, so bring some small bills and change as they circulate...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.