Previously called the Green Verde Antequera, Oaxaca de Juarez finds its meaning in the Nahuatl Language as “On the nose of the huajes”.
Its Historic Center and the archaeological site of Monte Alban, were the reason for which it was named Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Why did it receive this distinction?
Since the sixteenth century, Oacaxa’s Historical Center preserves it original lay-out, perfectly designed, which, as can be seen, is identical to that of a chessboard.
The Monte Alban ceremonial center brings together a set of pre-Hispanic monuments bearing stelae (slabs or pedestals) with hieroglyphics that commemorate important events in the history of the city.
What to do?
Taste the so called tlayudas, large tortillas, prepared with cheese. The iconic and delicious tamales oaxaqueños await thousands of tourists to surprise them with their flavors.
Walk along the Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square), framed by elegant arches built since 1529, enjoying the tasty distinctive coffee of the place, a champurrado, a drink prepared from tortilla dough, a beer, or any drink typical of the city.
You must visit
The Monte Alban archaeological site, the Church of Santo Domingo, the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Loneliness, the Cathedral of the city, the Ethno-Botanical Garden and the Macedonio Alcala Pedestrian Street.