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Nestled in the mountains of Southwest Mexico, Oaxaca's rocky landscape and crystalline skies create vistas and landscapes that are found nowhere else in the world. The unique blend of tropical forests and temperate zones allows for perhaps the most biologically diverse state in Mexico. With their extensive and expansive indigenous populations, Oaxaca offers rich cultural experiences and an opportunity to find unique handicrafts and weavings, as well as enriching visits to local ruins and historic churches. As a world-class producer of coffees, fincas throughout Oaxaca's hillsides generate some of the finest beans in Latin America.
The state's capital and largest city, which is both laid back and cosmopolitan, is lined with narrow streets and colonial buildings. The vibrant art and music scene add to the active nightlife and an abundance of restaurants. Containing what some claim are the best handicrafts in the country, Oaxaca boasts innumerable markets and specialty shops that offer unique creations and an astounding range of jewelry shops.
This collection of valleys contains a plethora of small villages and pre-Columbian ruins. While providing great opportunities for day trips, the countryside is in itself something of wonder! With the world's oldest living organism and numerous quaint villages along the way, Oaxaca's central valleys are indeed a must see anytime of year.
Best time to be there
October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.
Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
Nights: 11 | from £3,480pp
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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
To find out more about our Latin America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 701 or enquire online