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Zocalo

Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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Ranked #17 of 49 Attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, the once beautiful Zocolo is being occupied by a teacher protest and (at least during the holiday season) is chock a block with commercial booths. I'm afraid the Oaxaquenos may be killing the goose that laid the golden egg. This once beautiful, open plaza is now an eye sore. I sympathize with the teachers and those who need to... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

bustling and crowded. full of stalls and pavement hawkers. nice vibe and friendly people. be careful of being ripped off. as with all local markets bargain hard. good street food too

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Have lunch or an afternoon beer served with salted roasted peanuts (with lime, of course!) and take in the local scene. This is the heart of Oaxaca. Don't miss the huge market two blocks south.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Used to be a great gathering spot; not so much anymore. Vendors have their tents set up so it's become a place to shop. Used to be nice to linger there with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Palo Alto
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Unfortunately, the Zocalo is covered with tents and tarps due to a teachers' strike which has subsequently encouraged local vendors to set up shop surrounding the square. All of this activity makes it impossible to appreciate the beauty of the Zocalo.

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YVR
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Having visited Oaxaca for the last 7 years, the Zocalo in Oaxaca is one of the best places to stroll and hang out. Get a drink at any of the bars on two sides, watch the people go by, listen to the music, get hustled by the myriad of vendors, it made Oaxaca what Oaxaca is. Now, we understand to... More 

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Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My girlfriend tells me it was a wonderful place some 40 years ago. Now it it has been occupied permanently for years by demonstrators - teachers who are supporting dissatisfied people of Oaxaca State. I am sure their grievances are worthy, but unfortunately it has altered the Zócalo - it is full of tents and stages for speeches of a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Zocolo is the town square in Oaxaca and everything leads there and happens there. Cafes outline the square and provide local fare which for the most part is good. One can spend an afternoon sipping coffee or something stronger watching the world go by or admiring the beautiful architecture within and around the square. In the evening there are... More 

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Wasaga Beach, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Oaxaca zocalo is almost unrecognizable from what it was in April of this year, 2014. The explanation we have been given is that it is now occupado/occupied. By whom, you may ask. I am not sure. Vendors, definitely, but I am not sure who the protesters are who live in the tents in the centre of the zocalo. The... More 

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The food smells make your mouth water as you walk around at night. Unless you have just eaten, you will definitely find something you like. Vendors had some bargains and it was fun to just see all of the things available.

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