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Photo Gallery: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca: Celebration and ceremony


Photo Gallery: Oaxaca, The Spirit of Mexico


Located in the southern part of Mexico, the state of Oaxaca is bordered to the north by the states of Puebla and Veracruz, to the east by Chiapas, to the west by Guerrero, and to the south by the Pacific Ocean. The state has fabulous beaches, rugged mountains and a broad central valley. The City of Oaxaca offers visitors splendid colonial architecture, and a richly varied cultural life. Near the city are some of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites, including Monte Alban and Mitla.

The state of Oaxaca is one of the most ethnically varied in the nation. Despite the conquest and colonization by the Spanish, the Mixtec and the Zapotec Indians maintained their language, their culture, and their social organization, as did many other Indian groups.

Oaxaca is considered one of the richest states in Mexico, for its expressions of culture and history and for its mix of prehispanic treasures and colonial patrimony, as well as for its music, dance, painting, traditions, and culinary arts. Oaxaca’s scenery is marked by nine spectacular bays along its Pacific coast, whose beach paradises contrast beautifully with the rivers, hillsides, and valleys inland. But more than anything, Oaxaca is enriched by its charming people.

About the State

Click map for detailed interactive map of Oaxaca state, Mexico

The Cuisine of Oaxaca

Oaxaca – its history

Getting There

General Information

Daughter Natalia, age 6
Daughter Natalia, age 6


Arts, Culture and Folklore

Natural substances used to dye wool include the cochineal insect
Natural substances used to dye wool include the cochineal insect
Natural substances used to dye wool include the cochineal insect.

Oaxaca – The City

Puerto Escondido

Bahias de Huatulco

Hotel Marlin
Hotel Marlin

Galleries – a pictorial visit

Posing on a burro
Posing on a burro

Published or Updated on: January 9, 2011 by MexConnect Staff © 2009

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