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How To Plan Your Trip To Oaxaca In Mexico

How To Plan Your Trip To Oaxaca In Mexico

Back to my Mexico trip! After exploring the state of Chiapas in Mexico, I explored the beautifully diverse and culturally vibrant state of Oaxaca. I traveled from Palenque to Villahermosa to Coatzacoalcos and finally to Oaxaca City in the state of Oaxaca. It was a long and tiring bus journey lasting for around 12 hours. I spend around 3 weeks staying in a small town near the city of Oaxaca. In this post, I will talk about how to plan your trip to Oaxaca and things to do. Oaxaca is a Southwestern state in Mexico and one of the most popular states for tourists. What I really liked about Oaxaca is you get to experience totally different weathers in the same month in the different parts of Oaxaca as it is blessed with high mountains and low beaches.

On the way to Oaxaca City
The small town where I lived!
Oaxaca City Centre

Templo de Santo Domingo

Chapulines (Spicy Grasshoppers)
Different types of mole
Abastos Market
Tejate (Made from Maize and Cocoa)
The famous meat lane in 20 de Noviembre Market
A street in Jalatlaco
Panoramic view of Oaxaca City from the Guelaguetza Auditorium


Much like San Cristobal de las Casas: Churches, Museums, Food, Markets are the highlights of Oaxaca City. The most famous church is Templo de Santo Domingo. Museo de las Culturas is the museum that shouldn’t be missed. However, the famous markets are 20 de Noviembre(Treat for non-vegetarians) and Mercado de Benito Juarez but I personally enjoyed exploring Mercado de Abastos more which many deem unsafe. Feast on the local cuisine i.e. Mole, Tlayudas, Chapulines, Tejate, Hot/Cold Chocolate, Local ice creams, Mezcals and many more. About Mole: It is a Mexican sauce made from fruits, nuts, chilli peppers, spices etc.  Explore the beautiful Zocalo(city centre) of Oaxaca City and make sure to drop in at the Botanical Garden at the centre. Hike to the Guelagutza Auditorium for a panoramic view of the city. Explore the colourful neighbourhood of Jalatlaco. Rent a bicycle and explore the city and neighbouring towns of Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Santo Domingo Tomaltepec, Santa Maria del Tule etc. There are many places/towns to explore near Oaxaca City given as below:

Main Park of Santa Maria del Tule
El Arbol del Tule


Monte Alban ruins

Mitla Town
Mitla Ruins
Mezcal (Alcoholic beverage made from Maguey)
Maguey (A Type of Cactus)
Distillation process in progress


Hierve El Agua


Black clay Pottery





Sunsets here are

Mushroom Handicrafts
Mushrooms in question
On the way to San Mateo Rio Honda town


My next stop was San Jose del Pacifico. It takes 3 hours to reach the town of San Jose del Pacifico from Oaxaca City. I used Colectivo as a mode of transportation. This small mountain town is located at an elevation of around 8000 ft. The town is famous for magic mushrooms. Many foreign tourists come to this town to try magic mushrooms. Apart from this, the Temazcal ceremony. It is an ancient low heat sweat lodge ceremony dating back to Mesoamerica era. What I loved about the town is its serenity, magical sunsets and my walk to the neighbouring town of San Mateo Rio Honda which lasted for a couple of hours(one way). A truly beautiful nature trail. Do not miss this trail if you are up for it. I stayed at “El Sueno Atrapado” hostel @ 120 pesos per night for a dorm bed.

Mazunte town
Mazunte Beach

Found Indian Connection!
San Agustin town
San Agustinillo beach

Found a cave nearby
Into the Jungle
Zipolite Town
Vamos a la playa!
Zipolite beach
To the Lighthouse i.e. Faro de Puerto Angel
View from the lighthouse
Time to descend
Descend to the Panteon beach
Much needed break after a loooong walk from Mazunte
Sunset at Puerto Angel town
Puerto Angel port
Next day: On the way to Punta Cometa
Mermejita beach
Had to reach to the tip of this stretch
Getting there!
Made it!
On the way back
Mazunte at night
My humble abode


From the cold weather of San Jose del Pacifico, I traveled to the hot and humid weather of the beach town of Mazunte via Colectivo. It is around 3 hours long time. I really enjoyed my time at this small hippy beach town. At Mazunte, you should visit Punta Cometa to see the sunset for a magical experience. There are three beachfront at Mazunte i.e. Mazunte beach, Mermejita, Rinconcito. You can also go for a dolphins & turtles watching tour @ 250-300 pesos per person. From the town of Mazunte, I walked all the way to the town of Puerto Angel while exploring the neighbouring Towns and beaches i.e. Playa San Agustinillo, Playa Aragon, Playa Zipolite(Nude beach), Playa del Amor, Playa Panteon. I really enjoyed riding waves at the Playa San Agustinillo by renting out a small board. I stayed at Posada el higo in Mazunte @ 150 pesos a night.

Beaches of Puerto Escondido
At Punta Colorado 
Sunsets on beaches is
Angelito Beach
Manzanillo beach nearby
Morning walk at Bacocho beach
Descend into Carrizalillo beach

Playa Zicatela: Longest beach in Puerto Escondido 

Catching the sun!
Zicatela cool cafes
Zicatela street market

Night Tour Of Bioluminescence
Spicy ice cream!
And spicy Cocktail!


An hour-long ride on Colectivo from Mazunte and I was in the coastal city of Puerto Escondido. The city is famous for Surfing at the Playa Zicatela beach. Apart from Playa Zicatela, there are many beaches to explore i.e. Playa Bacocho, Playa Coral, Playa Carrizalillo, Playa Manzanillo, Playa Angelito. I really enjoyed my early morning walk at Playa Bacocho. Playa Carrizalillo is my other favourite small and cosy beach. Punta Colorada is the place to see sunset in Puerto Escondido. Head to Manialtepec lagoon to experience the phenomenon of Bioluminescence. The lagoon becomes phosphorescent due to the type of algae that lives in the lagoon but make ensure to go around new moons when there will be no moonlight reflecting on the water. It is 18 Km from the city of Puerto Escondido.

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