Oaxaca is one of the most well-preserved cities in Mexico. From the winding cobblestone streets to the beautiful colonial buildings, the city offers a new vista at every turn. With Orbitz.com, you can use the travel planner tools to book cheap flights to Oaxaca and find budget-friendly hotels.
The Xoxocotlan International Airport serves Oaxaca. It is located about 7 miles south of the city's center on the Carretera Federal 175. The easiest and most comfortable way to get into the city is by taxi. Most taxis in Oaxaca are not metered, so you will need to arrange a price with the driver in advance. The typical taxi rate can vary dramatically based on fuel prices and transportation strikes; ask at the airport information desk for the approximate current rate into the city. The drive into downtown Oaxaca takes about 15 minutes. If you are staying at a hotel in Oaxaca, check with the front desk before your flight to find out about free hotel transportation.
Oaxaca is located in the center of one of Mexico's major artistic centers. If you are interested in shopping, Oaxaca is home to some of the best artisan craft stores in the country. Check out the Mercado de Abastos for the widest selection of crafts, and visit the Gallery Walk for the city's best art. The city is also known for its colonial architecture, and you can spend many hours exploring the buildings around El Zócalo. If you're interested in local culture, check out the Guelaguetza, which features traditional dancing from around the Oaxaca region. The weather in Oaxaca is warm and pleasant year-round, and most days average 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can reach above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what time you are visiting, bring sunscreen and warm-weather clothing to deal with the heat.
Whether you are visiting Oaxaca for a weekend or a week, you'll find no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Orbitz.com can help you manage all of the trip details, from booking cheap flights to Oaxaca to finding local hotels.
Oaxaca doesn’t have traditional high, shoulder, and low seasons like many other Mexican vacation destinations. For one thing, it’s not a resort area. But the main reason is because it sits in a valley at 5,000 feet elevation, which brings mild weather almost all year, with days comfortably warm and evenings so pleasantly cool that all you might need is a light sweater or jacket.
That said, peak season runs from October through March, when those from more northerly climes flee their cold winters for warm sun. Average temps linger in the high 70s. April and May are the hottest and driest months, while July, August, and September are considered the rainy months. But even during this rainy period, you won't find long, gloomy days: Mornings are typically sunny, followed by afternoon clouds and showers, with some rain at night and occasional thunderstorms.
Oaxaca’s many festivals reflect deep-rooted traditions that often blend indigenous and Roman Catholic practices. The annual Guelaguetza folk dance festival, which falls on two Mondays in late July, draws delegations of Indian tribes to Oaxaca. They perform traditional dances in native costumes at venues spread throughout the city. Expect hotels to fill quickly during this time.
Another peak visitor period is during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which draws thousands for one of Mexico’s most colorful religious holidays. Beginning on October 31, residents decorate home altars for deceased family members and later visit local cemeteries with flowers, candles, food, and drink.
The Christmas season starts December 16, the first of nine nights of neighborhood processions called posadas. Locals walk from house to house, singing hymns and re-creating the journey of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. On Christmas Eve, they carry big baskets of flowers from church to church to honor the Virgin Mary.
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