Oaxaca – a Colonial Jewel in the South of Mexico

Today we present the city of Oaxaca, together with some unique tips from the Hacienda Los Laureles Boutique Hotel.

Oaxaca has been declared by UNESCO as part of the world’s cultural heritage. It is a city with 450 years of post-Columbian and Spanish history and more than 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history.

Interesting sites in the city of Oaxaca include the Government Palace, the Temple of Santo Domingo, the Macedonio Alcala Theater, the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Prehispanic Art and the House of Cortés.


Visit also the famous Hierve del Agua – which means “the water boils”. It is a set of natural rock formations that look like waterfalls. The site is located about 70 kilometers east from Oaxaca.

An abundance of fruits and vegetables are grown in the central valley. Tropical fruits are found in the north and fish and shellfish dominate the cuisine of the south of the region. Because of these genuine produce and the diversity of its population, Oaxaca is also a preferred spot for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

You can try local specialities as well as international food at the Restaurant Los Cipreses which overlooks the San Felipe Mountains.

Oaxaca‘s principal industry is tourism, with over 250 kilometers of sandy beaches, attractive colonial architecture, fascinating archaeological treasures, and plenty of crafts and folk art.

If you want to spend time in an active way, go hiking to the nearby San Felipe Mountain, beautiful views guaranteed.

Also, if you want to leave Oaxaca for a moment, the groups of pyramids and churches, along the route from Monte Albán to Mitla, deserve your attention because of their beautiful architecture.

Remember, no visit to Oaxaca is complete without spending some time by exploring a few of the region’s fascinating villages. Within a 50-kilometer (30 miles) radius of Oaxaca City are dozens of small towns, many of which specialize in a particular art tradition. In these villages you can meet artisans who merge together the richness of tradition and creativity, fantasy and practicality to create some of the most exciting popular art in Mexico.

If you visit the city of Oaxaca in December, do not miss the “Noche de Rábanos” (Radishes Night) on the 23th of December. This tradition dates back to colonial times, when missionaries taught natives how to grow radishes, which reached exceptional proportions. Radish Night is celebrated in the Oaxaca Historical Centre, in the Plaza de la Constitucion (Zócalo).

Traditional occurrences in the city are the famous festivals. July is the time of year of la Guelaguetza – one of the largest and most celebrated festivals in Mexico. During this festival, you can expect folkloric dancers, roving musicians and musical groups as well as artisans selling their products and much more…

About Hacienda Los Laureles Boutique Hotel

The Hacienda Los Laureles Oaxaca is a delightful refuge, nestling amidst aging cypresses and colourful gardens in the heart of this provincial district,close the ruins of San Felipe del Agua. The boutique hotel rooms, each has a distinct Mexican flavour. Cool whitewashed walls, terracotta floors and wrought-iron furniture lend a rustic authenticity, which is combined with warm woods and bold Mexican fabrics to create a welcoming atmosphere.

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The restaurant El Cipres features an exciting selection of cuisine – both traditional Mexican and modern international. The views from the pool are idyllic, looking way over the mountains, tempting guests to relax. The exercise conscious will enjoy the runner’s track and gym. The pre-Hispanic ritual of the adobe Temazcal or indigenous steam bath , is also practiced here and is a must for well-being and relaxation.

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The 5 star 4 diamond Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles-SPA location in San Felipe de Agua is a upscale residential area of Oaxaca City Oaxaca - View Location Map.

General Information:

Category: Epoque Classic Superior [learn more]
Address: Hidalgo 21, San Felipe del Agua, Oaxaca [view map]
Type: Boutique Hotel
Best Rate: 173 USD [View Calendar]
Total Rooms: 23
Languages Spoken by Staff: English, German, Spanish
Credit Cards Accepted: MASTERCARD, VISA, AMEX
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One Response to “Oaxaca – a Colonial Jewel in the South of Mexico”

  1. Robin Cooper says:

    Great post guys I am glad I visited this site I will be sure to recommend my colleges to visit as well keep the good work going and I’m sure I will be back thanks.

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