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Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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Ranked #8 of 57 attractions in Oaxaca
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I would walk through el zócalo every day, and though the same men shining shoes, selling newspapers or cold beverages would settle there, each time held something different. Some days a huge community of crafters, loomers and food stands would put themselves all around the plaza and sell their merchandise and services. Others, dancers and musicians would delight the people... More

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lafayette, CA
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A great place to be with the locals, shop for everything and anything, an array of restaurants, little booths selling handmade crafts, music - what more could you want at 11 pm at night?

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Riihimaki, Finland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Zogalo was vey noisy during our stay for 2 days. There were lot of bands playing with a very high volume. We were lucky that our hotel was faraway enough. Lot of interesting people hanging around.

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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The Zocolo was near our hotel so we passed through it at least once a day. Such an active vibrant place. Lots of music, both formal and informal. Most nights there is a program of music and and dancing near the Cathedral. From Glen Miller to Andian pan pipe, all of it was wonderful. The restaurants surrounding the Zocolo are,... More

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Missoula, Montana
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A fun place to people watch. Something different every day. Music tourists locals enjoying the weekend. Enthusiastic energy.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Oaxaca City has a lovely zocalo, very traditional, picturesque, and welcoming. You can sit under one of the portales for hours, sipping coffee, eating ice cream, or buying handicrafts from artisans as they stroll past your table. It is a friendly, safe place to visit day or night.

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lincs UK
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188 reviews 188 reviews
11 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is great place to sit & watch the local people going about their life from the comfort of a seat under a shady umbrella, whilst enjoying a relatively expensive cup of coffee etc at a local cafe/ restaurant. However do look more carefully & you will see the reality of Oaxaca to some of its residents - why are... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is the heart of Oaxaca, great for people watching, relaxing, have a drink, get you shoes shined... Street entertainers, full blown concerts around the corner, lots of restaurants. The choices are endless in the Zocalo

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Definitely a must see in Oaxaca simply because it is enjoyed by so many and has such a nice relaxing effect on you. We enjoyed resting in the shade and listening to the music. People watching is a fun activity here... especially on weekend evenings when there are tons of families out enjoying life in Mexico.

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135 reviews 135 reviews
48 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Lively, colorful and fun sums up the Zocalo. We were there on the March holiday weekend and there were throngs of people enjoying a fun evening which included a wedding at the cathedral with the guests happily mingling with the clowns, balloon sellers and musicians!

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