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Oaxaca is a state located in southern Mexico on the pacific coast just west of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This area is the traditional home of the Zapotec and Mixtec people making this state contain more speakers of indigenous languages then any other Mexican state. Before the arrivals of the Europeans the Zapotec people controlled the area until they were conquered by the Mixtecs in the 13th century. These cultures developed very complex societies and built several fascinating temples, such as Monte Albán, Mitla, Guiengola and Huijatzoo. During the mid-fifteenth century the area was conquered by the Aztecs and in 1496 the Aztecs built a garrison in the area naming it Huāxyacac, which was later changed to Oaxaca by a Spanish miss understanding of the name.
After Cortez conquered the Aztec Empire, Oaxaca was given to him to govern as his reward. He quickly changed the valley with the introduction of new crops such as sugar cane and silk worms. Also diseases brought in by new settlers killed many natives. After the 1821 revolution Oaxaca remained an agriculture based economy, with very little heavy or light industry.
One of the most famous people in Mexican history, President Benito Juarez, was born and raised in a small village in Oaxaca. When he was elected into office in 1858 he was first full blooded indigenous national to serve as a head of state in all of the Americas in more then 300 years. Also many famous artists and writers have come from Oaxaca.
Today tourism is Oaxaca's main source of income. With over 250 kilometres (155 miles) of beaches, amazing colonial architecture, ancient ruins, crafts and stunning folk art, there is plenty to do in Oaxaca. The best time to visit is to catch one of the amazing local festivals.
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Oaxaca is at the intersection of the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Sierra Madre Del Sur mountain ranges. This results in a rugged mountainous terrain, which created a large temperate central valley. The average altitude of the state is 1,500 m (5,085 ft).
With over 570 municipalities, more then any other state in Mexico, Oaxaca has a lot of cities and town.
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Oaxaca-Xoxocotlan Airport (OAX) is 10 km south of the city centre with the majority of flights to Mexico City. There are limited flights to other Mexican cities like Huatulco, Cancun, Tuxtla, Gutierrez and Tijuana. There are some international flights including one to Houston.
There are many busconnections to Oaxaca. From San Cristobal you can take a nightbus which takes about 12 hours. 1st class buses are usually operated by OCC. There are also many connections to Puebla, Mexico City and Veracruz
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Due to the mix of cultures there is some great food to be found in Oaxaca. The state is known as the "Land of Seven Moles'' because of its variety of food choices. A great variety of fruits and vegetables are frown in the central valley, while tropical fruits are found in the north and fish and shellfish dominate the cuisine along the coast. Oaxaca is also known for its amazing chocolate.
Oaxaca does not have the same nightlife as other areas of Mexico. Most of coastal areas are considered pretty tame when compared to the big party areas. The city of Oaxaca does have a pretty good nightlife.
Oaxaca is the place to drink Mezcal, a typical drink from this region. You will see the big Agave plants everywhere and from this plant they make the drink. In the Mezcal bottles you will find a worm on the bottom. Swallowing one of these worms is enough to get you really drunk.
|Aitana Hotel||Crespo, nº 313 Colonia Oaxaca Centro||hotel||89|
|Casa Angel Youth Hostel||Tinoco y Palacios 610, Centro, Oaxaca||Hostel||88|
|Casa Arnel||Aldama, no 404 Col. Jalatlaco||hotel||84|
|Casa de Don Pablo Hostel||Melchor Ocampo 412, Centro||Hostel||83|
|Casa Gigi||518 Colonia Reforma||Guesthouse||89|
|El Cortijo House Hostel||Camino a Rancho Sangre de Cristo No 818||hostel||-|
|El Quijote||Mina 511 Centro Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca.||Hostel||90|
|Hostal Casa del Sol||Constitucion 301||Hostel||84|
|Hostal del Mercado * Youth Hostel||Aldama 307 Col. Centro C.P. 68000 Oaxaca, Oax.||Guesthouse||77|
|Hostal Los Amigos Oaxaca||Av Hidalgo 1011 Centro Oaxaca||Hostel||81|
|Hostal Luz de Luna Nuyoo||Avenida Juárez No. 101 Zona centro||HOSTEL||82|
|Hostal Pochon||Callejon del Carmen #102||Hostel||81|
|Hostel Alcala||Valdivieso 120, Centro||Hostel||76|
|Hostel Don Nino||Pino Suarez 804||Hostel||90|
|Hostel Mezkalito||Xicotencatl # 121||hostel||77|
|Hotel Los Pilares Hostal||Curtidurias 721A Barrio de Jalatlaco||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Mision De Los Angeles||Calzada Porfirio Diaz No,.102-D Col. Reforma||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Posada Santa Rita||constancia 107 Barrio Espinal salina cruz||hotel||-|
|Hotel Principal||5 de Mayo 208||Hotel||86|
|Hotel Villa Oaxaca||Cerrada del Panteòn # 201 San Felipe del Agua||Hotel||-|
|La Villada Inn Hostel||Felipe Angeles 204 Ejido Guadalupe Victoria||Hostel||89|
|Nizadú Hostel||5a Privada de la Noria 316. Colonia Centro||Hostel||88|
|Parador San Andres||Hidalgo 405||Guesthouse||-|
|Paulina Youth Hostel||Trujano 321 col. centro||Hostel||87|
|Posada de los Angeles||Diaz Quintas 206||Guesthouse||79|
|Posada Don Mario||Cosijopi 219 Centro||Guesthouse||88|
|Santa Lucia Hotel||Marcos Perez 307||Hotel||-|
|Saturday Inn Guest house||Los Besos 109 San Felipe del agua||Guesthouse||-|
|La Unidad Women Hostel||Pajaritos 119 Barrio de Jalatlaco||HOSTEL||86|
|Azul Cielo Hostel||Arteaga Num: 608 Centro||HOSTEL||89|
|Hostal Don Miguel||Avenida Hidalgo #507-B||HOSTEL||-|
|Campestre Los Sue�os||Carretera Internacional km 167 Barrio el Peazco||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Hacienda El Encuentro||Privada Del Encuentro||HOTEL||-|
|Cielo Rojo Hostel||Xicotencatl 121, Centro||HOSTEL||88|
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