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One of the main plazas in Oaxaca City, the Zocalo is a perfect spot for an evening stroll. It is surrounded by restaurants and local food and craft vendors. It seems as if something lively is always happening in the square.
Heart of town, safe and full of life day and night, endless things to see and or buy, street food, and cultureal things , one has to feel it see it and be there, hard to explain, people helpful, kind and service good in any...More
Lights still hung in the trees, left over from Independence Day celebrations, lit up the night at this festive square. There were street vendors, street performers (singer, Mariachi bands, even a clown) performing every night. The street vendors sold roasted corn, animal shaped balloons, pastries,...More
After many years of repression and suffering in Oaxaca City, I was very pleased this year to find the zocalo recovering nicely. Gone are the grim political protest tents permanently camped smack in the heart of Oaxaca's historical center, and the feel is much lighter...More
The heart of Oaxaca with activity and musicians all the time. Yes, the hawkers are there but just say no and smile. Get a shoeshine and feel like a new person or have an ice cream or drink in one of the portals surrounding the...More
The Zocalo in Oaxaca is a nice square, however when we visited it in July it was a bit crowded though. Almost covered in merchandise and merchants, it took some imagination to see the beauty of the ancient architecture.
This used to be a beautiful setting where one could sit and enjoy the shade of the huge trees and the families on weekends. Regrettably it is now nothing but stall after stall of exactly the same things you find in every other market! It...More
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I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt... More
I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt threatened or in danger. The presence of the protestors in the main square along with the remodeling of the Benito Juarez market was more of an inconvenience for me as a tourist. I did take one day tour to outlying villages and was warned that we might encounter roadblocks on our way back to Oaxaca, but this did not happen. I flew directly into and out of Oaxaca so did not encounter any transportation problems with buses.
There were very few tourists when I was there, and sometimes certain restaurants and businesses were closed. Again, more of an inconvenience than a problem for me and I just made the best of it. I thoroughly enjoyed Oaxaca and hope to return as soon as possible.
This was just my experience and it would be difficult to advise you as it seems this is a fluid and ever changing situation. If you don't make it to Oaxaca this year I would recommend a visit in the future as the city and its people have much to offer. I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Oaxaca is my favorite city.
We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many... More
We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many very good reviews for this excellent little accommodation.