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Zocalo

Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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Ranked #16 of 55 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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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

the Zocalo has nothing different from other cities in Mexico, the thing is that they have all the teachers from Oaxaca making camp there for their social movement...

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Creel, Mexico
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72 reviews 72 reviews
47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The Aztec capital Tenochitlan is there, right next to the Cathedral, which was built with stones from the Aztec temples. That sits also next to the Presidential palace and the seat of government, where you'll find plenty of works by Diego Rivera, Mexico's most famous muralist. Just a couple of blocks away, you will find an awesome selection of restaurants... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I stayed in the Hostal La Noria, which is two blocks away from the Zocalo. We unfortunately traveled to Oaxaca when there is this political manifestation on behave of the public teachers. You could see day in and day out camping tents, tons of posters of the unconformity of the people. Also there are A LOT of people selling stuff... More

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Houston, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The Zocalo in Mexico is the equivalent to Plaza or Main Square. Many activities take place here, including strikes. Colorful place full of food, arts and crafts and all sorts of vendors. During the Mexican Independence night hosted many activities, dance and music. There are restaurants around the Zocalo where you can seat, have a coffee and watch people pass... More

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Norman
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

An interesting gathering of people, crafts, food and political activity. We saw different things each time we visited.

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Loreto, Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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