Oaxaca City (Oaxaca)
Oaxaca de Juárez, aka Oaxaca City, is many travelers' favorite colonial city, and for good reason: it's got the spectacular Santo Domingo Church, great museums and galleries, a broad shady plaza, and outdoor cafés perfect for postcard-writing and people-watching. Oaxaca also has a prominent indigenous population; if you go in July, don't miss the Guelaguetza, a state-wide gathering of indigenous dance groups. Add to the mix a great climate, progressive attitudes, and housing for all budgets, and you can see why so many visitors find themselves extending their stay "just a few more days"...
Inside Tip: In the market, young girls sell basketfuls of an Oaxaca staple: chapulines, or grasshoppers. Typically fried with chili and salt, the small ones are crunchy, the larger ones chewy.
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