1 Oaxaca

Indigenous traditions fuse with colonial grandeur in one of Mexico’s most hypnotic cities.

2 Oaxacan food

The rich moles, potent mescals and aromatic dishes of this exquisite regional cuisine are best experienced in Oaxaca city.

3 Monte Albán

A potent symbol of Zapotec power, these ruins were once an astounding ancient city with a population of over twenty thousand.

4 Teotitlán del Valle

Experience the rich artisan traditions of Oaxaca’s Valles Centrales while shopping for iconic tapetes (rugs).

5 Mitla

The ancient Zapotec ceremonial centre with sublime greca stonework is considered to be without peer in Mexico.

6 Benito Juárez

Get away from it all in this quaint village named after Oaxaca’s most famous son, where you can hike in gorgeous mountain surroundings.

7 Puerto Escondido

Ride the Mexican pipeline – or just watch – at this world-famous surfing spot.

8 Mazunte

See the queens of the sea, female Golfina turtles, in this tranquil oceanside town, or take a trip to the local crocodile lagoon.

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