The City of Oaxaca
Founded in 1529 by Hernán Cortés, Oaxaca maintains most of its colonial setting and architecture. Most of the inhabitants of the villages that dot the valleys surrounding the city are descendants of the ancient Zapotec and Mixtec people, thus preserving an indigenous atmosphere and culture. In the heart of the city, the Zócalo is one of the most beautiful plazas in México. The city is also in close proximity to important archeological zones, numerous markets and 16th and 17th century buildings. Monte Albán, one of the most important archeological sites in México, is located only 10 kilometers (six miles) to the west of the city. Near the city of Oaxaca are other famous archeological sites such as a Mitla, Yagul and Dainzú. Oaxaca boasts yearlong sunny weather and blue skies.
Where in the World Is Oaxaca?
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