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Oaxaca City having a population of around half a million people is the largest city and the capital of Oaxaca state. Located in the Valley of Oaxaca in the Madre Sul Mountains and the area is surrounded by thick forests making it a truly beautiful place. The city was originally settled by the Spanish in 1522 by Hernan Cortes. Most of the older colonial buildings are located in the city centre.
The city is home to amazing churches, colonial buildings, ruins, arts and crafts. This area is well worth exploring for its amazing sights. Don't forget to taste some of the best food in the world!
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Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archeological site is one of the oldest cities in all of Mesoamerica, being founed in 500 BC. The city was abandoned by the 9th century although small scale re-habitation did happen over the next few centuries. Many of the later groups even used some of the tombs and temples again but for different purposes. The site is mainly on top of a hill and a good day trip from Oaxaca City. In 1987 Monte Albán was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The site itself is beautiful and the view from the top is amazing. From Oaxaca it is possible to book a bike trip to Monte Alban. You will be taken up by minibus and from the top you only have to go downhill. You will pass by some typical villages and you can enjoy the beatifull nature.
Andador Macedonio Alcalá is a pedestrian street in the city center of Oaxaca City. The street is home to several notable sights and and public places.
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Oaxaca has a moderate climate. Yearround temperature is about 20 °C. Most rainfall is during the summer (June to September).
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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.
You can take a nightbus from San Cristobal de las Casas which takes you to Oaxaca in about 12 hours. The 1st class busses are usually operated by OCC. There are also good connections to Puebla, Mexico City and Veracruz.
Within the centre it is best to everything by foot. There is a nice pedestrian area with many stores and a big shopping centre. Along the way you will pass some churches as well.
Within Oaxaca it is a bit dangerous but outside of Oaxaca there are many places where you can get around by bike. It is definitly worth it taking a bike tour to Monte Alban.
Grab some local street food at the Mercado 20 de Noviembre. You will find many good restaurants on the main square.
Oaxaca is the place to try the famous Mexican Dish called Mole. It contains many ingredients and however everyone has it's own recipe it always contains chocolate.
|Casa de Don Pablo Hostel||Melchor Ocampo 412, Centro||Hostel||83|
|Casa Gigi||518 Colonia Reforma||Guesthouse||88|
|El Quijote||Mina 511 Centro Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca.||Hostel||92|
|Hostal Alebrije||Carretera Int No 14 Sans Sebastian||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal del Mercado * Youth Hostel||Aldama 307 Col. Centro C.P. 68000 Oaxaca, Oax.||Guesthouse||80|
|Hostal Pochon||Callejon del Carmen #102||Hostel||83|
|Hotel La Provincia||Porfirio Diaz No. 108 Centro Historico||Hotel||-|
|La Villada Inn Hostel||Felipe Angeles 204 Ejido Guadalupe Victoria||Hotel||83|
|Mezkalito Hostel||Xicotencatl 121||Hostel||-|
|Nizadú Hostel||5a Privada de la Noria 316. Colonia Centro||Hostel||78|
|Parador San Andres||Hidalgo 405||Guesthouse||-|
|Paulina Youth Hostel||Trujano 321 col. centro||Hostel||85|
|Posada de los Angeles||Diaz Quintas 206||Guesthouse||82|
|Santa Lucia Hotel||Marcos Perez 307||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Alcala||Valdivieso 120, Centro||Hostel||72|
|Hotel Principal||5 de Mayo 208||Hotel||88|
|Hostel Don Nino||Pino Suarez 804||Hostel||86|
|Casa Angel Youth Hostel||Tinoco y Palacios 610, Centro, Oaxaca||Hostel||90|
|Aitana Hotel||Crespo, nº 313 Colonia Oaxaca Centro||Hotel||91|
|Casa Arnel||Aldama, no 404 Col. Jalatlaco||Hotel||85|
Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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