Oaxaca at a Glance
The city and region of Oaxaca can be found in Mexico’s central region, south of Mexico City, where it borders the Pacific Ocean. Travel and Leisure Magazine voted it the third best city in Central and South America so a stop here will not disappoint!
History and Culture
The Spanish conquest arrived in Oaxaca shortly after the fall of Tenontichtlan (modern-day Mexico City). Colonization drastically reduced the indigenous population from approximately 1.5 million down to 150,000 and the region was exploited for gold and minerals.
During the Mexican War of Independence, the government of this region remained loyal to the Spanish Crown. After the war ended it became an official Mexican state in 1824.
Where to stay in Oaxaca
When is the best time to visit Oaxaca
April/May is the hottest time of the year when temperatures average 23C/73F but can reach 30.5C/87F.January is the coolest month but temperatures still average 17.5C/63F.
The rainy season falls between June and September. We recommend visiting between February and March when precipitation is low and temperatures are comfortable.
Oaxaca Tours: What to Do?
This region is blessed with some incredible hiking routes including:
– Hike through beautiful pine and oak forests and discover the canyon caves along this route in the North Sierra mountains. This route also passes by the Cuajimoloyas community where you can enjoy a traditional breakfast and lunch before and after your hiking tour with a local guide!
– One of the most biodiverse areas in Mexico! This mountainous area will see you trek from 3000m (10,170 ft) absl, through pine and oak forests and past traditional Mexican communities.
If you’re after an active adventure, look no further than an Oaxaca bike tour
. This ten-day trip is a truly immerse experience in this beautiful part of the world; discover the villages, mountains, beaches, valleys and pre-Columbian archaeological site which make up this fascinating destination!
This resort town can be found on Oaxaca’s Pacific coastline. It warrants a visit to enjoy the surf and nightlife!
Noche de Rábanos (Night of Radishes)
If you’re in the region during December, don’t miss the Night of Radishes – an annual event held on December 23! As part of the festival, locals carve sculptures of oversized radishes which compete in various categories.
The Keteka difference
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
How to get to Oaxaca
From Mexico City, there are several daily buses operated by ADO
to Oaxaca. The journey takes 6 hours and 50 minutes and costs between $20 – $35 USD.
all operate flights from Mexico City to Oaxaca which takes approximately 1 hour. The cost is between $37 and $165 USD one-way.