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Top Markets in Oaxaca

Top Markets in Oaxaca

With stalls heaped high with exotic fruits, an array of brightly colored handicrafts, and plenty of delicious street food, Oaxaca’s markets are among the best in Mexico. Here are a few of the top markets in Oaxaca.

Mercado 20 de Noviembre

The Mercado 20 de Noviembre is one of the best places in Oaxaca city to sample local specialties and street food. Right next door to Mercado Benito Juárez, its tightly packed fondas (food stalls) present grills of sizzling meats, pots of spicy mole negro (a sauce of chillies, spices, and chocolate), heaps of freshly baked bread and pastries, and steamy mugs of chocolate con leche (hot chocolate).

Mercado Benito Juárez

A popular indoor market located just off the Zocalo in the heart of Oaxaca city, Mercado Benito Juárez is a dimly lit labyrinth of stalls, selling everything from handicrafts to fresh seafood. It’s a great place to pick up authentic souvenirs, including traditional Oaxacan clothing, weavings, embroidery, and wrestling masks, as well as Mexican specialties like coffee, mole powder, chocolate, and mescal.

Mercado de Abasto

A sprawling flea market with a huge range of merchandise, Mercado de Abasto sells everything imaginable: fresh vegetables, used clothing, cane baskets, wooden molinillos (chocolate-stirrers), car parts, and the region’s famous black pottery. Held every Saturday, it’s a great place to bag a bargain, and haggling is expected.

Mercado de Zaachila

Just south of Oaxaca city, the villages of Ocotlán, San Bartolo Coyotepec, and Zaachila all host weekly food and handicrafts markets, but one of the best is in Zaachila. Held each Thursday, the lively open-air market is most renowned for its exquisite pottery, handmade by local artisans, but you’ll also find fresh produce, household goods, and even livestock.

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Monte Albán cradle of civilization in America/half day tour pick up 8:00am

Monte Albán cradle of civilization in America/half day tour pick up 8:00am

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Discover the pyramids of Oaxaca in Monte Alban, meaning ‘White Mountain,’ located on a vast mountaintop expanse with spectacular 360-degree views of Oaxaca Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Oaxaca City, the pre-Columbian archaeological site is considered the most magnificent of the region’s ancient ruins. On this guided tour by coach from Oaxaca, explore the complex filled with pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, a huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 hours
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Flavors of Oaxaca: Cooking Class with No Set Menu and Local Market Tour

Flavors of Oaxaca: Cooking Class with No Set Menu and Local Market Tour

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Casa Crespo is Oaxaca in its kitchen. Tradition lives there, where chef Oscar Carrizosa, (originally from the Mixteca region) mixes the ingredients of the 16 ethnicities of Oaxaca with the original seasoning that he inherited from his grandma. It´s the perfect place to get to know the flavors and aromas of Oaxacan food in the classes that Oscar gives. To taste a good cup of coffee or a hot chocolate at Casa Crespo while getting ready for your market tour is also a good start to approach Oaxacan cuisine. Oscar, who is very friendly, also shows how to smell and identify the aromas that come of the dishes. He presents menu options and the students decide what they would like to cook. There is no fixed menu. He teaches how to cook 3 types of tortillas, 3 types of salsa, an appetizer, soup, mole, dessert and drink. Dishes that strive to remain in the taste buds and memory of those who love good eating.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$76.93
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Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 8:00am

Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapam y San Bartolo Coyotepec. pick up 8:00am

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From the mountaintop pyramids of Monte Alban to the Cuilapam Convent on the valley floor, learn all about the rich history of Oaxaca Valley on this guided full-day trip by coach. Discover the Zapotec pyramids and excavated ruins of UNESCO-listed Monte Alban, admire the mystical woodcarvings of San Antonio Arrazola and meet resident artisans in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town known for its beautiful black pottery. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Oaxaca included.
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  • 8 hours
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$47.57
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Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan del Valle Tour from Oaxaca

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Visit Hierve el Agua, a mezcal producer, and the Zapotec town of Teotitlán del Valle on a full-day tour from Oaxaca. Head to Teotitlán del Valle to learn about Zapotec weaving traditions and explore the town. Next, enjoy plenty of time to walk down to the swimming area at Hierve el Agua and take a leisurely dip in the warm spring waters. Finally, visit a mezcal producer and sample several varieties of mezcal. Your tour includes guide, mezcal tasting, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Oaxaca.
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  • 8 hours
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Oaxaca Cooking Class pick up 9:30am

Oaxaca Cooking Class pick up 9:30am

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Learn how to create Oaxacan cuisine at a world-class restaurant in Oaxaca raved about in the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Bon Appétit.’ During this 3.5-hour cooking class led by an expert chef-instructor, your small group, limited to just 10 cooking enthusiasts, decides which dishes are on the menu. After picking up the necessary ingredients, all fresh, from a local market, prepare your dishes back in the kitchen. Whether it’s tortillas, salsas, soup, mole, or dessert, take home exciting recipes knowing you’ll be able to easily recreate the flavors of Oaxaca.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hierve el Agua, Mezcal Tasting, and Teotitlan del Valle Tour (Private Tour)

Hierve el Agua, Mezcal Tasting, and Teotitlan del Valle Tour (Private Tour)

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Enjoy this tour in private service, with what we can enjoy in a more personal way, the fantastic places that this route offers. The advantages of a private tour is that you traveled alone in the vehicle, can be added to the food or visit somewhere nearby, as long as it does not exceed the contracted time. We pass by you directly from the hotel, it is a door to door service, without more people. In case of requiring more time the extra hours have an additional cost.
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  • 8 hours
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$299.00
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Private and secure transfer from the airport to the hotel in Oaxaca

Private and secure transfer from the airport to the hotel in Oaxaca

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Your driver will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Once your luggage has been collected, you will leave the airport for the vehicle with your driver. Your driver will show you the vehicle in the airport parking lot You get: - Vehicles constantly disinfected - Drivers trained to provide information you need - New and modern vehicles with air conditioning. - Permission from the airport to do the tourist transport service. - Travel insurance with extensive coverage and damages to third parties. - Direct service without intermediaries. - Always available.
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  • 30 minutes
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$31.26
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Private transfer from Oaxaca city to Puerto Escondido

Private transfer from Oaxaca city to Puerto Escondido

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We have available a modern vehicle, with air conditioning, insurance, government permits, in good condition and a driver with driving experience. They are our own vehicles without intermediaries, we guarantee a fair rate.
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  • 6 hours
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$359.00
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Huatulco Bahías Tour

Huatulco Bahías Tour

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Enjoy an incredible adventure in the spectacular beaches of Huatulco aboard a boat, where we will visit 7 of the 9 Bays of Huatulco. We will make a stop in the Bay of Chachacual where we will visit one of the virgin beaches and practice snorkeling viewing the coral reefs and colorful fish within the Huatulco National Park Protected Natural area. You will make the second stop in the Bay of Maguey where we will have time of approximately 2 hours to swim, enjoy the beach and optional eat in a restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Oaxaca Cooking class

Oaxaca Cooking class

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hello every one! im chef Miguel Alvarez. After several years cooking fine dinning and living in scandinavia for some years my mind was changed.. so, I decided to go back to roots and create "The Real Oaxaca Cooking Experience" at Quinta Brava, this project tries to recover and pass the knowledge and the heritage from the real ancient Oaxaca cuisine and the magic with it, also, to show you the ancient methods and utensils that our older relatives used to use, we will cook a nice bunch of recipes form all over Oaxaca in a old fashioned wood stove called "Lorena" cause the way how is been constructed ( in Spanish "lodo y arena" in English "mud and sand") and you will be the main chef of this culinary experince, you will cook everything with your hands
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  • 5 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00

Oaxaca Conmigo Tours

Oaxaca Conmigo Tours

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Experience the culture, history, and traditions of Oaxaca on a private sightseeing tour of the area. Depart from your accommodation and visit several important landmarks including archeological sites, artisan workshops, the ancient Hierve el Agua, traditional markets, and even a mezcal distillery. There is a lot to see in Oaxaca and this tour covers a lot of ground, which lets you make the most of your time.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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Made in Oaxaca Food Tour

Made in Oaxaca Food Tour

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Walk and discover the side of Puerto that tourists rarely see: real food, real people, real passion. If you are planning to go to Puerto Escondido this tour is a must. Why? Firstly, because you will discover the most “local” part of Puerto, where the locals actually eat, shop and live (far from the touristic beach sector). Secondly, because it’s got all the basics you need to know about Oaxaca’s food culture, this tour is packed with Mexican specialties and unique experiences to make you feel like a true Puerto local by the end of it (and for sure know the difference between a normal local cheese and the “Oaxacan” cheese one). Thirdly, it’s simply delicious So, if you feel hungry for Oaxacan cuisine, thirsty for cultural knowledge, and adventurous for an exciting walk – this tour is for you
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán

Mitla, Tule, Tlacolula and Teotilán

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The tour will begin by visiting the majestic Tule Tree, an ahuehuete that is more than 2000 years old. From Thursday to Sunday don´t miss Mitla, a town and municipal seat in the state of Oaxaca, famous for being the site of the archaeological ruins of Mitla. The tour will continue to visit a Group of Caves with cave paintings and vestiges of past times in the Tlacolula Valley, its baroque chapel and the market. Later we will visit Teotitlán del Valle, a community where residents are dedicated to making handicrafts on a pedal loom, with wool rugs standing out. An artisan will demonstrate how they obtain the different colors with natural products such as cochineal, indigo, etc. On the route, a stop will be made at a mezcal factory to learn about its production in an artisanal way and it will be tasted.
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  • 8 hours
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Authentic Oaxaca Street Food Tour by locals

Authentic Oaxaca Street Food Tour by locals

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Try and taste the true traditional food of Oaxaca, not in restaurants! The food of Oaxaca is recognized nationally and internationally. The markets of Oaxaca are the most popular places to taste traditional Oaxacan cuisine. Explore the flavors and smells of Oaxacan cuisine from the most traditional places.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.00
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Mitla, El Tule and Mezcal Tasting Day Trip from Oaxaca

Mitla, El Tule and Mezcal Tasting Day Trip from Oaxaca

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Explore the highlights of Oaxaca’s Tlacolula Valley without getting lost on this day trip with special appeal for first-time visitors. Jump from the Zapotec weavers town of Teotitlan del Valle to the Mitla archaeological site, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned minivan. This leaves time to visit the Tule tree and the petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua. A mezcal tasting is also included.
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  • 8 hours
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Huatulco - Easy Airport Shuttle Service

Huatulco - Easy Airport Shuttle Service

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● Flexible and convenient pickup times and locations ● Roundtrip service is offered ● Shuttles run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ● Comfortable and air-conditioned shuttles ● More affordable than other options
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  • 25 minutes
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$15.00
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Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour

Monte Alban Guided Half Day Tour

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We have quality service, our guides are certified but above all we have a lot of charisma and spark in what we like to do, to pamper the traveler in order to know the wonders of our state.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$25.00
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Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca

Monte Alban - Full Day Guided Tour with or without Food - Oaxaca

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We are going to get to know Oaxaca, culture, history, art and gastronomy. We take a tour with a professional team, we will visit 5 special places in Oaxaca. The first is the wonderful archaeological zone of Monte Albán where we do a 2 hour walk with a certified guide. The second place to visit is the house - workshop of a wood carving craftsman or Alebrijes in San Antonio Arrazola. The third place is to eat at a buffet restaurant with traditional local food. The fourth place is the Ex Convent to Santiago Apóstol in Cuilapam de Guerrero. The fifth and last place to visit is the house - workshop of a master craftsman of black clay in San Bartolo Coyotepec.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Huatulco - Airport Private Transport Service

Huatulco - Airport Private Transport Service

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● Flexible and convenient pickup times and locations ● Roundtrip service is offered ● Cars run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ● Comfortable and air-conditioned shuttles ● Convenient pickup locations offered
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  • 25 minutes
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$40.00
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Paths of Mezcal

Paths of Mezcal

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They are small groups, exclusive of no more than 14 people per certified guide under NOM 08, our guides attend tourism with a great quality in the service of both information and friendliness.
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  • 9 hours
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$55.00
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Teotitlán rugs-Velas / Mezcal / Cuevas (Wednesday to Sunday Mitla) pick up 8:00 am

Teotitlán rugs-Velas / Mezcal / Cuevas (Wednesday to Sunday Mitla) pick up 8:00 am

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places to visit: Teotitlán del Valle, Beeswax candles, Caves, and Wednesday to Sunday we will visit Mitla We will start the tour in Teotitlán del Valle, a place where the famous wool rugs dyed with natural pigments such as cochineal pigments are made and made by hand by artisan families, In this same community shell candles made with beeswax are made. our tour to the prehistoric caves of Mitla which are more than 2,000 years old and you can see cave paintings on their walls. We continue our tour, visiting a Mezcal distillery, in which you will learn the process of making the most popular drink in Oaxaca and you will be able to taste its different varieties. from Thursday to Sunday we visit Mitla Recommendations: go to breakfast beforehand, wear a hat, sunglasses, comfortable non-slip shoes or tennis shoes, bottle with water, light sweater, sunscreen, camera
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  • 9 hours
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$47.57
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Paint your Alebrije

Paint your Alebrije

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This tour to Arrazola is a great way to experience Oaxaca outside of the city center as you will immerse yourself for a few hours in the life of a typical Oaxacan craft family! Armando and his family have been creating alebrijes for generations and can trace their artistic lineage from the beginning of the art form creation. Having the opportunity to sit, learn and be creative with them is truly unique! If you're interested in authentic Oaxacan culture and art, this tour is for you!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.00
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$53.00

Dolphin & Turtle Watching

Dolphin & Turtle Watching

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Live the adventure whith those animals and leanr abaut them You will enjoying watching and sometimes swiming whith them Dont think anymore. We providing the best customer service in Puerto Escondido! We will always do our best to try and give you guys an awesome experience full of happiness and excitement throughout the trip.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence

From Huatulco: Turtle Release & Bioluminescence

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Experience the natural wonders of the UNESCO-listed Huatulco National Park on an excursion that’s designed with wildlife lovers in mind. Departing from Santa Maria Huatulco, you’ll watch newborn turtles journey to the sea at a turtle sanctuary before witnessing the wonder of bioluminescent plankton in the Manialtepec Lagoon. This tour takes care of transport and tickets, so you want to have to spend time booking separate activities or hiring a car.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00