Greet your guide at your hotel and venture downtown to La Crucecita in your air-conditioned minivan. Refresh with cold water and soft drinks before beginning your sightseeing tour at the zocalo (main square), where many of the city’s principal attractions reside. Gaze at the majestic cathedral and browse quaint artisan shops to truly absorb traditional Oaxacan culture.
Soak up the sunshine in the ambient square before visiting the sacred Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Within, marvel at the colossal 65-foot (20-meter) painting of the Mexican patron saint, said to be the largest depiction of the Virgin in the world. Next, indulge your creative side with a visit to a traditional weaver’s workshop in La Probadita; browse bespoke boutiques for unique gifts and learn about the complex processes of pre-Colombian weaving.
Satisfy an appetite for authenticity by exploring the numerous food and drink shops within La Probadita. Sample the local delicacy of mescal, a native Oaxacan alcohol made from the maguey plant, alongside tasty snacks such as quesillo (a distinct Oaxacan cheese) and chapulines (fried grasshoppers). For dessert, tantalize your taste buds with sublime cinnamon-laced chocolates.
After quelling your cravings for traditional fare, conclude your tour with a drop-off back at your hotel.