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Zocalo

Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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Ranked #15 of 58 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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Loreto, Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Flew in, checked in, and over to the fondly remembered zocola for a coffee and hot chocolate. Found a mob scene. Striking teachers from all over the state had tents pitched on almost every square inch of ground. We couldn't even walk thru. They were camped on side streets too with tarps strung over all, blocking car and foot traffic.... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I'm not sure if it was just because I was in Oaxaca during a festival week, but the Zocalo and surrounding streets had become a kind of tent city. Making it hard to navigate, frantic, and not as beautiful as it would otherwise have been. Good for generic products (most of the stalls sell the same thing), but there are... More

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Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I live in Oaxaca and like many residents I have long ago lost patience with the teachers union, not only because they take over the Zocalo too often, but because the kids here suffer from lack of their presence in the classroom! The Zocalo and surrounding blocks now smell like a bathroom, and it is so congested with tents, parked... More

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Washington, DC and environs
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Family friendly crowds. Great music. Wonderful costumes - suggest you get in one too. We found good food around the plaza. Aways felt safe.

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Gdynia, Poland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were there twice - at night, when it become one big market, with all kind of goods to purchase - handmade and food. A little bit crowded. Also some performace is usually possible to see - artists, street players... great atmosphere... During the day (morning) - there is not so much "market" activity, but still this place is nice... More

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The zocalo is now a tent city for striking teachers. Completely covered, spilling out into side streets. I'm agnostic about their cause. Lots of locals really tired of repeat strikes though. Guess it's a classic example of tourism in tension with real life.

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mequon, wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Zocolo, as is all of Oaxaca city, very clean and well maintained. There are many beautiful shade trees if it gets a little hot and so many good restaurants. If you are unsure, eat where the locals do, just sit and observe for a while. Late afternoons are usually quieter.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Vibrant life, at night and during the day. A lovely, graceful open area. I loved the music, laughter and lightness, spontaneous dancing of Mexicans and so much more. Plenty of places to eat, whatever the budget.

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Barrie, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Zocalo in Oazaca is my favorite in all of Mexico. It is chock full of interesting shops and dining options. The patios are fantastic because the streets are closed to traffic so you don’t have the noise and fumes that you find at some Zocalos. The only negative is the persistence of the people constantly trying to sell you... More

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Fairview, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There are several restaurants of varying prices. I was in town for 6 days and ate at least one meal a day there. You never know when a parade is going to happen or a band show up. There are a lot of locals here as well. Be prepared to have a lot of locals approach you to either buy... More

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