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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
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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Great way to start or end the day

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

You can blame the teachers just as much as the government for the state of affairs in the Zocalo. You can also blame the church I suppose. After so much trouble here in 2006, the Ulyses Ruiz Ortega government tore up the original stonework and destroyed the original plants and cut down the oldest shade tree right in front of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Unfortunately the hole area of the zocalo was packed with protesting teachers during our visit. Locals told us the place would be very nice - normally. But now the only thing you could see was a huge number of small tents, people and protesting signs.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Great place to spend your evening and have dinner at the many restaurants in the area, the week we were there there was always music or some event going on , it was always filled with young couples, older couples or families, we always felt safe and enjoyed going there to relax after a busy day. when we went there... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Town center is magnificent with majestic trees. Unfortunately, it was marred by teachers that were protesting. Every local Oaxacan we spoke to was against the protest. Saying it did nothing positive for the city of Oaxaca.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

One of Mexico's most wonderful cities, full of colors and host of the country's most diverse and flavorful food, has had its zocalo infested by senseless political activists and as usual, teachers living on the Zocalo grounds, in protest. The Zocalo's cathedral is simple yet beautiful and elaborate in its facade. The Zocalo is surrounded by some very well known... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

The zocalo has been totally taken over by protestors and has just become a giant campground and vendor area. Even the beautiful gazebo was covered up. It used to be a nice park to sit in and enjoy the cafes around the zocalo, but now it's just really unsightly and there is no reason to go there. Really a shame.

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Address: Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 951 501 5000
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca

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