Mexico/Oaxaca: Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City is the heart of the Oaxaca state and is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved colonial cities in Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage site. People lived here as far back as 6000 BC, and it was part of the sprawling Aztec empire until the Spanish arrived in 1521 and established the royal city of Oaxaca, a name derived from the original Aztec fortress. A grid of cobblestone streets with colorful building is a delight to explore. Major attractions include the Cathedral of Oaxaca on the main square, spectacular Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán founded in 1521 and standing in the middle of a large square plates with a agave plants, and the intricately carved Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad dating to 1682. Oaxaca is also famous for its artisans and the streets are full of markets and sellers. And lastly – it’s the famous Oaxaca cuisine and mezcal.