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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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Beautiful town center marred by campers.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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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London
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is so sad. One can see underneath the very large number of tourist tacky stalls and the protestor's tents how beautiful this square must once have been. Alas it is currently not somwhere one would wish to linger for long or sit in a cafe and people watch. Compared to the fabulous vibrancy and beauty of the Zocalo our... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The Zocalo is just one vendor stall after another trying to get you to buy something from them, with a tent city in the center. Skip it unless you want to buy something.

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Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The plaza / zocalo was probably the most beautiful of all Mexico. It has been occupied by union strickers for years and has become a dump. It is so sad that the state government or local authorities have allowed this to go on for sooo long ! The food stands, lack of toilets and smells have ruined this great plaza.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

The zocalo I'd probably difficult to miss, but it's not a particularly picturesque place. When we visited the outskirts were packed with tourist vendors and protestors were camping in the center. It's worth a look at the booths and a quick stroll, but there are much more beautiful plazas in Oaxaca.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had read in more than a few places that oaxaca city had the most beautiful zocalo (central square) in southern mexico. It may be but it is full of market stalls covered by tarps and a mish mash of wires so you can't enjoy it. The many pillared restaurant patios surrounding the square have no views - only the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

And take in the local scene. Outdoor cafes, vendors selling local wares and artisan products, musicians, kids playing, just a great slice of life in Mexico. Very safe and accessible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A typical central square in Mexico, with trees and surrounded by buildings with arches. When we visited they had a very convenient tourist info kiosk in one of the corners.

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