Oaxaca is among the oldest cities in North America, having been founded in 1521—though there were even earlier Zapotec and Mixtec settlements dating back thousands of years. Construction of Oaxaca's cathedral began just 14 years after the city was founded, in 1535, and it took almost 200 years to complete. It is a masterpiece of Mexican Baroque architecture, though some elements, like the cathedral's towers, are later additions. The building sits on Oaxaca's zócalo, or main square, a popular gathering spots for locals, with children playing and vendors selling balloons and snacks.
Katie Cadar of TravelStore, a member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council, has created an itinerary to Oaxaca that includes opportunities to explore the city's historic center. To read details of her trip and six other itineraries to Mexico created for AFAR readers, visit target=“_blank”>AFAR Journeys.
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Av. de la Independencia 700, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico