Photos to Inspire Your Oaxaca Trip in Mexico!
This is the first year, possibly in the last TEN, that I have not traveled internationally. Between buying a house & the pandemic: my travels have been completely curtailed this year. But as I’ve gathered the photos for this post, going through loads of shots from Mexico’s eternally-photogenic Oaxaca region ~ I’m reminded of why we travel: because it breathes new life into us. Gets us out of our daily routines. Reminds us how other cultures place more emphasis on connection & celebration ~ & in a year like this, when many of us are more physically isolated than ever: this takes on a striking significance. Soak in these “Photos to Inspire Your Trip to Oaxaca,” & let your mind & soul wander a bit…
Where is Oaxaca?
Oaxaca is both a region AND a city (Oaxaca City is its official name, & the capital of the region). Oaxaca is located in Southern Mexico, with its western border hugging the Pacific Ocean, & its southern flanking the Chiapas region. It’s about 280 miles southeast of Mexico City, or a one-hour flight from the nation’s capital.
Hierve el Agua
Puerto Escondido (Popular Beach Town in Oaxaca)
Photos to Inspire Your Trip to Oaxaca City!
Let’s start this photographic journey in the heart of the region: Oaxaca City. From the beautiful architecture of its churches to the handcrafted textiles that are so plentiful here, to its many tapas bars & mezcalerias: this is the ideal place for those seeking a taste of “Authentic Mexico.”
The agave plants in front of Templo de Santo Domingo provide the perfect foreground for photos of this stunning church, whose interior is made entirely of GOLD. It’s one of the few churches in Latin America that wasn’t plundered by Spanish conquistadores.
Photos of Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca
Hierve el Agua was my absolute, #1 MUST-SEE during my travels in Oaxaca!!! I hired a guide, he picked me up early the next morning, & we set off for the 90-minute journey from Oaxaca City to Hierve el Agua….which consists of two petrified waterfalls with greenish-blue swimming pools atop them ~ like a real life infinity pool.
For a complete guide to visiting Hierve el Agua, check out this article.
Photos of Oaxaca’s Beaches
Puerto Escondido & Santa Maria Huatulco are two of Oaxaca’s most popular beach towns. Surfers flock to Puerto Escondido for its world-famous pipeline at Zicatela Beach (& also its nightlife), while Huatulco offers a slightly slower pace with its Copalita Ruins & Huatulco National Park.
Mezcal & Beyond in Oaxaca
Aside from Hierve del Agua, other day trips from Oaxaca City include a visit to the ruins of Monte Alban (which I’ve written about here), a tasting of Oaxaca’s most popular libation ~ mezcal, or a visit to local towns like Teotitlan del Valle, where you can meet local artisans & learn about their unique techniques for dying fabrics & creating textiles.
Photos to Inspire Your Trip to Oaxaca in Mexico!
And if you want to know where I stayed, check out the Hotel Casa Ortiz ($62+/night) or the NaNa Vida ($82+/night). Both are centrally located boutique hotels with gorgeous, central courtyards.
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