The Streets of Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

streets of oaxaca de juarez morning mural

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Oaxaca de Juárez (Oaxaca City) is the capital and largest city of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca de Juárez is well known for its food and mezcal. However, this town is also famous for its architecture, as well as its rich craft heritage from embroidered fabrics to earthenware.

Walking the streets of Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, I am delighted by the beautiful architecture and homes of the businesses that line its streets. Artists and lively food vendors go about their day as I roam aimlessly with my camera. Ducking into some of these businesses, I find interesting scenes of Artisans going about their work of creating textiles, earthenware, the traditional fermented drink Pulque, as well as chocolate.

The town also displays many murals by talented artists. The following are just a small sample of the beautiful art that can be found throughout Oaxaca City.

Like many other towns I have visited in Mexico, including San Miguel de Allende and Chapala, Oaxaca de Juarez has its share of beautiful churches. One of the most impressive is Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a beautifully restored church that was built in 1570-1608.

One thing has become very clear after eight months of touring through Mexico. The people of Mexico love to celebrate and they go all out. A great example is the wedding parades that occur regularly in Oaxaca.

These celebrations are matched by the festive colors and beautiful architecture of the homes and storefronts of the city.

Sophisticated, lively, gritty, and heartwarming. There is no shortage of photo opportunities in this town.

It’s been real Oaxaca, but I’ve got to go. I hear the pacific coast calling out to me.

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  1. As always, you make a city come to life with your photos! Thanks for sharing Skip. I’m loving that last one of the dog! ?

    1. Thanks Carrie. I knew you would like the dog photo. Sometimes, when I’m taking a dog photo I’m thinking, “Oh, Carrie is gonna like this one.”

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