Mountain cabaña in the forest near Ixtlán de Juárez.

Oaxaca Ecotourism: Cabañas Ecoturísticas

Ecotourism in Oaxaca is a unique experience thanks to communities hosting cabañas ecoturísticas, sanctuaries for visitors weary of the tourist rush who desire more contact with local people and Oaxaca’s unique mountain cultures.

Sunrise at Playa Zipolite on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state.

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca

Playa Zipolite, a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning. Aside from it’s great surf, Zipolite is famous for being Mexico’s only nudist beach.

A sign reads Thanks for Traveling By Bus in both spanish and english.

Traveling to Oaxaca by Bus

Bus travel rules in Mexico, with hundreds of sleek luxury- and first-class bus lines. Here’s what you need to know when traveling to Oaxaca by bus, including border crossing on foot, getting to major terminals, detailed route instructions and suggested itineraries, a brief overview of bus lines, and helpful vocabulary.

Sunset on the beach at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca.

San Agustinillo Accommodations, Oaxaca

A number of lodgings sprinkle the San Agustinillo beachfront and hillside above the road. Here, you can enjoy it all: charming Mexican beach village ambience; stores and small restaurants nearby; hammock-hung verandas with gorgeous views of the foaming San Agustinillo surf; and hundreds of yards of golden sand.

San José del Pacífico, Oaxaca is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view.

Visiting San José del Pacífico in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s San José del Pacífico is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view. The main local diversions are natural, such as basking in the sun and hiking mountain trails to panoramic viewpoints (and a partaking in a particular type of mushroom).

The arcade at Convent Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City.

Where to Go in Oaxaca

The best thing to do in Oaxaca is explore. The city of Oaxaca has a rich downtown area with plenty of architecture and handicrafts (a theme continued throughout the state) as well as galleries and museums. Outside the city, outdoor adventure and cultural immersion rule.

Dancers performing during the Guelaguetza Festival which brings together the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.

Planning Your Time in Oaxaca City

The city of Oaxaca is both the governmental capital of the Mexican state of the same name and the de facto capital of Mexico’s southern indigenous heartland. Learn about the city and its extraordinary diversity, along with helpful tips on planning your time while exploring.

Oaxaca's Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons midway between Pinotepa Nacional and Puerto Escondido.

Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua in Oaxaca, Mexico

The Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons. With so much ground to explore, it usually takes a full day and must be done by boat. Here are available excursions, highlights, and accommodations.

Shallow turquoise water of Hierve El Agua.

Hierve el Agua: Mexico’s Mineral Springs

Although the name of this place translates as boiling water, the springs that seep from the side of a limestone mountain less than an hour’s drive east of Mitla aren’t hot. Loaded with minerals, over time rock-hard deposits formed great algae-painted slabs in level spots and, on steep slopes, accumulated into what appear to be grand frozen waterfalls.