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The city and municipality of Oaxaca de Juárez, or simply Oaxaca, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of the same name. It is located in the Centro District in the Central Valleys region of the state, on the foothills of the Sierra Madre at the base of the Cerro del Fortín extending to the banks of the Atoyac River. The city relies heavily on tourism, which is based on its large number of colonial-era structures as well as the native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archeological sites. It, along with the archeological site of Monte Albán, were named a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is also the home of the month-long cultural festival called the "Guelaguetza", which features Oaxacan dance from the seven regions, music and a beauty pageant for indigenous women.

It is nicknamed "la Verde Antequera" (the green Antequera) due to its prior name (Nueva Antequera) and the variety of structures built from a native green stone. The name Oaxaca is derived from the Nahuatl name for the place, Huaxyacac, which was Hispanicized to Guajaca, later spelled Oaxaca. "de Juárez" was added in honor of Benito Juárez, who was a native of this state.

The coat of arms for the municipality bears the image of the decapitated Donaji, who was an indigenous princess in the years immediately after the Conquest.

Donaji

 

(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Schedule

 

Date Outbound Inbound
2nd March 2018 BA0243 ETD London Heathrow 12:55 hrs ETA Mexico City 18:45 hrs
  Interjet 4O2626 ETD Mexico City 21:45 hrs ETA Oaxaca 22:55 hrs
19th March 2018 Interjet 4O2625 ETD Oaxaca 14:30 hrs ETA Mexico City 15:45 hrs
  BA0242 ETD Mexico City 21:00 hrs ETA London Heathrow 13:05 hrs (+1)

Hotel - First Night

Hotel Maela,
Constitucion 206,
Oaxaca City 68000

 

 

 

 

The Lobby

Our room was Number 108 on the ground floor ... at the back of the hotel away from the noise of the road

 

Itinerary

 

Date / Day Itinerary
2nd March Friday * Arrive Oaxaca
* Hotel Maela
3rd March Saturday

* Lunch at La Olla Restaurant
* Dinner at La Vieja Lira Italian Restaurant

4th March Sunday * Breakfast at Tierra del Sol Restaurant
* Lunch at Casa Oaxaca Restaurant
5th March Monday * Tour of Monte Alban archelogical site
* Lunch at Azucena Zapoteca Restaurant, San Martin Tilcajete
* Dinner at Hotel Marques de Valle, Zocolo Square
6th March Tuesday * Tour of Botanical Gardens
* Lunch at Zandunga Restaurant
* Piano concert by Polina Fedotova
7th March Wednesday * Lunch at Los Danzantes Restaurant
* Dinner at El Olivo Restaurant
8th March Thursday * Ocotlan by Collectivo Bus
* Lunch at Casa Taviche
9th March Friday * "Hoofing It In Oaxaca" hike to Tlalixtac
* Lunch at Huayapam at Los Charalitos
* Dinner at La Biznaga
10th March Saturday * Rossini opera "Semirade" at Opera House
* Dinner at Tres Bistro, Zocola
11th March Sunday * Lunch at Hotel Casa de Sierra Azul
* Santo Domingo Museum
* Dinner at Vieja Lira Italian Restaurant
12th March Monday * Textile Museum
* Dinner at Tierra del Sol Restaurant
13th March Tuesday * Menu de Dia lunch at Hotel Maela
* Dinner at Azucena Zapoteca
14th March Wednesday * Rufino Tamayo Museum
* Museum of Contemporary Art
* The Olmecs presentation by John Harvey Williams
* Dinner at Casa Mayordomo
15th March Thursday * Cathedral and Zocola
* Dinner at La Olla
16th March Friday * Mirador El Pedimento hike with "Hoofing It In Oaxaca"
* San Miguel de Valle
* Tlacolula
17th March Saturday * Mitla and Herve del Aqua Tour
* Lunch at El Sabor del Antiquera
18th March Sunday * Marco Polo fish restaurant for lunch
* Quinta Real Hotel for drinks and snack
19th March Monday * Depart for airport 12-00 hrs