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The population of this city is 260,000.
Oaxaca is located 370 kilometres southeast of the national capital, Mexico City, and 9 kilometres north of San Juan Bautista Ánimas Trujano.
Spend a quiet day exploring the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden or the Jardín Etnobotánico, where you can get a glimpse of a wide variety of plant and flower species.
Remember those happy childhood days spent stretched out on the grass watching clouds float by? Relive that feeling at Tule Tree and El Llano Park. Alternatively, head outside and get active at Parque Comunal or Parque Juarez El Llano.
Keep your eyes open for birds along the lake's shore or just appreciate the calming hum of the gently undulating water at Huatulco Bay.
If you're on the lookout for somewhere glorious to watch the sunset, pull out a towel and sit back along the shoreline at Chachacual or Maguey Bay.
If your connection to nature has been feeling a little weak lately, organise a visit to Montosa Island.
Ask the friendly staff at the Museo Filatelia or the Oaxaca Textile Museum about group tours. With so many enthralling displays, you'll want to ensure you don't miss anything. Museum buffs also need to check out the House of Juarez Museum and the Belber Jimenez Museum.
Whichever genre of art you like, there's a good chance you'll find it in Oaxaca. Why not begin your day of gallery hopping at the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photography Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca? More bright canvases and stunning sculptures are waiting for you at the Rufino Tamayo Museum and the Quetzalli Gallery.
If you consider yourself a history fan, experience the absorbing exhibits that bring to life events and people of the past at the Oaxaca Regional Museum. Want to dig even deeper? Then put the Museum of Oaxacan Culture and the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca on your list too.
Eager to discover a few historically significant sights? An outing to Monte Alban or Atzompa Archaeological Site will leave you with a greater understanding of Oaxaca's heritage. Government Palace and the Fountain of the Seven Regions are also worth your while.
No matter your faith, Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman and Oaxaca Cathedral are great places to check in with your spiritual side. If you want to see even more, continue your pilgrimage at Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Basilica and the San Felipe Neri Temple.
Almost every city is home to public squares, and they are often a focal point of social and cultural events. Don't leave without dropping by Zocalo Square and Zócalo, particularly if there are any exciting events scheduled. Gran Plaza is another space where you can stop, admire your surrounds and feel a sense of community.
If you have a love of education, why not stop at the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, one of the area's leading tertiary learning institutions? Remember to look into open days before you head there.
Whatever you're searching for, there's a decent chance you'll find it at one of Oaxaca's multitude of shopping centres. Santo Domingo Square and Benito Juarez Market ought to be the first places you venture to. If you weren't able to find what you were looking for there, perhaps you'll have better luck at Pochote Organic Market or Food and Flea Market?
For a night of entertainment, purchase tickets to see a show at Macedonio Alcala Theater.
If you're the sort of traveller who likes uncovering lesser-known gems, the National Mexican Turtle Center will be right up your alley. Santa Catarina Juquila is another terrific attraction to look around.
There are about 90 Oaxaca hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such a fabulous range to choose from, locking in that ideal match will be easy!
If you'd rather spend money on adventures than on a hotel, the La Leyenda Hostel and the Hostal Del Barrio are two places you should take a look at. Or maybe you'd rather live it up like royalty at the Quinta Real Oaxaca? The Palacio Borghese is yet another popular choice for those who can't say no to life's luxuries.
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