Oaxaca, Mexico Travel Photo Essay

Though I had planned to bunk down in Oaxaca, Mexico for a couple of months, life had other plans for me. I ended up being in Oaxaca for three short weeks, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, wandering through the sienna-shaded streets, snapping photos, and soaking up the arty vibe of the city.

These are some of my favorite spots and photos in Oaxaca.


Lion sculptures perch on the four corners of El Llano Park. Check out those muscles!

Oaxaca City

This park was halfway between my apartments and the center of town, where I used to sit and people watch for a while before heading home. Oaxaca neighborhood park

On the Street

Even though most of Oaxaca’s buildings are perfectly restored, I have a thing for the old, crumbling ones.

Oaxaca City building

The owner of this car caught me taking photos, and was nice enough to offer to take a photo of me in it.

buggy in Oaxaca

If I ever came back to Oaxaca long term, I would live here.

Oaxaca Mexico street



The church at the end of El Llano park:

El Llano church Oaxaca

This is the famous Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a Baroque-style church and monastery and that was founded in the 1500s. It’s a popular hangout on Sundays and for students after school.

Santo Domingo Oaxaca

Santo Domingo Oaxaca

What are your favorite spots in Oaxaca? Share your suggestions here.

  • Amer @TendToTravel
    October 9, 2011

    Beautiful photo essay of Oaxaca. Would love to see more of this photo essays in your website

  • Philip Johnson
    October 11, 2011

    Great great photos, but what about all the food! I can’t really picture Oaxaca without picture steaming plates of awesomeness. And grasshoppers. And tejate…

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    October 11, 2011

    Well my apartment in Oaxaca was the first place I had my own kitchen in years, so I hardly ate out. It was all home cooking for me, except a sample of mole I had, which was interesting but I went without my camera.

  • Samantha
    March 25, 2014

    I’m looking to travel to Oaxaca this summer for a couple months. Any advice come to mind for a girl traveling on her own?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    April 4, 2014

    Oaxaca is a cool and pretty safe town, so just practice common sense and you should be alright :)

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