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Zocalo

Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
+52 951 501 5000
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This plaza, ringed with stores and an 18th-century cathedral, is the center of social activity in Oaxaca.
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  • Average12%
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Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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+52 951 501 5000

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"central square"
in 17 reviews
"shoe shine"
in 13 reviews
"great place to people watch"
in 11 reviews
"street performers"
in 9 reviews
"restaurants surrounding"
in 7 reviews
"heart of the city"
in 9 reviews
"vendors selling"
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"mexican cities"
in 7 reviews
"oaxacan life"
in 8 reviews
"walk around"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful cathedral"
in 7 reviews
"balloons"
in 53 reviews
"protest"
in 41 reviews
"plaza"
in 51 reviews
"activity"
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"bandstand"
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"mexico"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of Sunday noons there with friends, meeting and greeting other friends, some of whom were vendors, listening to the band concert, and having hot Oaxacan chocolate. During the week, it didn’t have the same ambience. It is worth the visit any day.

Thank dabellsj
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Zócalo, the central town square in Mexican towns, is a wonderful place for dining, strolling, sitting to watch the world go by and, most days, hearing music. In Oaxaca, the Zócalo is large and has all these features. But it is also full of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice place to visit as there's always people there during the day and early evening so always something to watch. There are restaurants and bars on two sides as well as other shops and the obligatory church as well. Then there's the usual...More

Thank Alek C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was always told the zocalo is the "living room" of the town. This is where people go to hang out, eat, have a drink, people watch. It is truly the heart of Oaxaca.

Thank Christina H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Balloons, plastic toys, vendors, gazebo, restaurants, churches, street food! All you need to feel alive in the vibrant and colorful Oaxacan city. You can’t visit Mexico without visiting center squares.

Thank Jessyca505
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love Mexican zocalos and this is a good example. Yes there are tourists but majority are locals. Please do visit at different both daytime and evening because the experiences are vastly different. By day you see the hustle and bustle but in the evening...More

Thank Timothy B
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Zocolos are usually one of my favorite parts of Mexican cities and this was no exception. We loved just walking around it. At every time of day the mood feels different but there are always people and it is always fun to people watch. You...More

Thank KatieHink
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Disappointing compared to other zocalos in other towns. Very noisy with crowded protesters every day, often setting up tents for overnight stays. Thought the area was dirty and laden with trash. Just didn't see the pride as in Puebla for example.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Our guide picked a restaurant for our group to eat that was upstairs and the front was open to the zocalo. We were able to see all the excitement and family celebrations from where we ate. Sundays are special in Mexico and the zocalo is...More

Thank jcle5
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

As is the case with most historic Mexican towns, the Zocalo is the central square that tends to be the gathering place of the poorest. This Zocalo is generally quite pretty with a beautiful but beat up 19th century band shell, large trees but no...More

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Mercedes R
6 November 2017|
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Response from Lawren M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any that looked directly upon the Zócalo but there are probably a few directly surrounding it!
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brian c
4 July 2016|
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Response from fiorentina | Reviewed this property |
I was in beautiful Oaxaca the first two weeks of June 2016. At the time the protestors were mainly in the zocalo area, although there were a couple of very large protest marches one block from my hotel. I never felt... More
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Gordon L
5 November 2015|
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We finally stayed at Trébol, just two blocks south of the Zocalo, and directly across from the big Benito Jaurez Market; we love it and it was unbelievably inexpensive. See my review posted 2 March 2016 -- the first of many... More
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