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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the...
This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
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Zocola

Mixed feelings about the zocola - still the center of Oaxaca downtown, but with continuous groups striking and camped out the zocola has a feeling of NYC Times Square hawkers fare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Rocklin, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I adore the Zocalo- the center of Oaxaca where all native groups converge to share their art and cultures. Being in the Zocalo is like having a front seat to a Circe de Soleil performance. Things are happening in brilliant colors, sounds and sights at any time, day or night. If I miss my nightly walk through the Zocalo, then... More 

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Aesch, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Visit here and get the feeling for the city. Best is to sit in one of the restaurants and just enjoy what's happening on the zocalo.

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Benton, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

El Zocalo is always the place to go in Oaxaca. The center of the city and a place that, no matter how many times you have been there, lets you see something new. Every time I go to OAX over the last 20+ years I visit the Zocalo several times a day. Always go to people watch, talk to people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Mixed feelings about the zocola - still the center of Oaxaca downtown, but with continuous groups striking and camped out the zocola has a feeling of NYC Times Square hawkers fare while the unions are on strike. See the churches surrounding the zocola and get out.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Zocalo is quite a trendy spot in the city of Oaxaca. You find many of the locals congregating. The area is filled with numerous shops and restaurants and there is quite a good vibe there. Around the corner is the famous Santo Domingo Jesuit church. Do spend some time immersing yourself with the culture of Oaxaca

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I felt this place very local and filled with local people. Zocalos in other cities, I felt that I am mostly seeing tourists. But at this place, I get to see real Oaxaca and Oaxacan people. There were many tents setup under the shade of trees in Zocalo. There was some sort of protests and speech on few of the... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Everyday is a good day to pass through the plaza because of its central location relative to the markets, museums, churches and historical buildings. This is a plaza that has been built upon since the 1500's so it has an old world feel to it. There are several restaurants and cafes along the plaza where you can sit and enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We went to the Zocalo every day we were in Oaxaca. It was pleasant to walk around even if there were some teacher protests going on. My kids loved the atmosphere and walking down to the markets or back to our B & B, Las Bugambilias was quick enough. The atmosphere of Oaxaca is amazing and this is one of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

One could call it the "town square" and thereby engage in classic understatement. Much life resides here, as it's filled with music, color, restaurants, artisan wares, street food and, in sum, the life and people of this vibrant city. Lots of shopping and a beautiful cathedral as a constant reminder of the spirit of this place. Very easy walk from... More 

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The town square in a small town. Full of people, balloon vendors, general crap vendors, outdoor dining, and general bustle. You'll probably find yourself there at least once a day.

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