If you’re visiting Mexico then make sure you have Oaxaca on your list of places to see. It’s often overlooked by travelers but I can tell you now, it’s NOT to be missed.
Furthermore, there are a number of Oaxaca Tours that I highly recommend doing to make the most out of your time during your visit and ensuring you get to see everything and experience everything in the little time you may have here.
Oaxaca is located in the Central Valleys Region of the state and this incredible city within Mexico is full of hidden gems, amazing architecture and beautiful cobbled streets.
In this post, I have put together the ultimate list of the 7 Awesome Oaxaca Tours including where to book, how much they cost and what to expect!
7 Awesome Oaxaca Tours
#1 Zapotec Empire: Monte Alban & Villages
This full-day tour in Oaxaca takes you to the archaeological zone of Monte Alban to learn about the great Zapotec Culture. You get to visit the most impressive archaeological zones and explore the artisan villages, absorbing the culture as you go.
Declared a UNESCO site in 1987, Monte Alban is constructed 1940 meters above sea level and is one of the most representative archaeological sites in Mexico. With pyramids, a court for the pre-Hispanic ball game and many other mystical constructions, there is no question as to why I have included it on this ‘Best Oaxaca Tours’ list.
This tour in Oaxaca includes transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, bilingual guide, travel insurance and entrance to the archaeological zone. It’s a 9-hour tour and it’s advised to wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and sunglasses as you’ll be out in the heat all day. It’s not suitable for pregnant women, wheelchair users or people suffering from their heart or back.
All this for less than $45 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → Zapotec Empire: Monte Alban and Villages
#2 Oaxaca, Mitla, Hierve el Agua & Mezcal Factory
Another full-day Oaxaca tour through the most popular cultural attractions of Oaxaca. Wander around the Mitla archaeological sites, then move onto the incredible petrified waterfalls before learning about the manufacturing process at the Mezcal factory.
There is nothing quite like the sight of these insane petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua. It’s something you just have to experience during your time here in Oaxaca and it’s like nothing you would’ve ever seen before.
During your tour of the Mezcal factory, you’ll also learn so much about the manufacturing process and learning the history behind this traditional drink and sampling a few of the different flavors. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel, with bi-lingual, professional guides and again, this Oaxaca tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility impairments.
All this for just $40 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → Oaxaca, Mitla, Hierve el Agua & Mezcal Factory
#3 Full Day Tour of Oaxaca
Embark on a day of adventure around the city of Oaxaca. Take in the sights, learn about the city and explore everything from historical monuments, traditional cultures and the natural wonders this incredible city has to offer.
If you’re short for time, this tour in Oaxaca is perfect for you. Cram absolutely everything Oaxaca has to offer, in just one day. A few of the highlights en route include the petrified waterfalls, the Mezcal factory and the archeological zone of Mitla.
Air-conditioned transportation is included as well as, bilingual tour guide, entrance fees, travel insurance and Mezcal tasting. During this Oaxaca tour, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, so it’s recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and water to avoid dehydration.
This Oaxaca tour costs around $56 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → Full Day Tour Of Oaxaca
#4 Guided City Walking Tour
One of the shorter Oaxaca tours but a more in-depth one is the Guided City Walking Tour. Taking around 4 hours to complete, you’ll be stopping by the Temple of Santo Domingo, you’ll walk over the tourist’s walkway as well as visiting markets to sample the local cuisine.
Take on the cobble walkways and explore the green quarry on this walking Oaxaca Tour. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore museums to learn about the history and marvel at the exhibits before arriving at the city center to enjoy bands and marimba music in the Constitution Garden.
It goes without saying, you’ll be doing a lot of walking so make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. It’s also important to wear sunscreen and sunglasses and bring water to stay hydrated. I’d also recommend bringing cash in case you want to purchase anything in the markets.
This tour in Oaxaca is $46 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → Guided City Walking Tour
#5 El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour
This awesome Oaxaca tour encapsulates three of the best and biggest things to see in Oaxaca. Start off by marveling at the largest, widest and one of the oldest trees in the world, The Tree Of Tule. Move onto the Teotitlan village and learn about the development of wool rugs, bags and scarves before heading to taste the typical Oaxacan beverage, Mezcal.
This tour in Oaxaca is a great way to pick out three of the most popular things to do in Oaxaca and learn about each one individually. This is again great if you’re short of time and only have time to check out the highlights of Oaxaca.
This tour lasts around 4.5 hours and is not recommended for anyone with mobility impairments. Pick-up is also included from the lobby of your hotel, with a bilingual guide and air-conditioned vehicle.
All this for just $52 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → El Tule, Teotitlan Village & Mezcal Tour
#6 City Centre Day Tour
Embark on this 4-hour tour in Oaxaca of the city center, taking in this Mexican city’s cultural charms including the cultural center of Santo Domingo as well as colonial architecture and vibrant markets.
Wander through the main streets of Oaxaca, learn about the history of the region, explore local markets and sample the delicacies then once you’re done, soak up the panoramic views of the city, from the bus.
This Oaxaca tour includes pick-up and drop-off, bilingual guide and entrance tickets. If you’re visiting between the months of May and October, be advised this is rainy season so it’s probably sensible to bring an umbrella or a raincoat.
The particular Oaxaca tour costs $54 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → City Centre Day Tour
#7 Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapan & Coyotepec
Last but not least on this ‘Oaxaca Tours’ list, is a visit to the most famous pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Central America. Discover the indigenous villages of Arrazola, Cuilapan and Coyotepec. Take on this 8-hour Oaxaca tour visiting this mountain-top wonder, learn about its heritage and then move on to the indigenous village of Arrazola, famous for its wood carving handicrafts known as ‘Alebrijes’.
This has to be one of the top Oaxaca tours, with incredible views, unbelievable architecture and a tour guide to teach you all about the woodcrafts and clay pottery, that this area is famous for.
This tour includes a qualified, bilingual tour guide, entrance tickets to all sites and private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles. Again, keep an eye out for the rainy season and if you do happen to be traveling between May and October, take a raincoat!
All this for just $53 USD.
Oaxaca Tours Booking → Monte Albán, Arrazola, Cuilapan & Coyotepec
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WHERE TO STAY IN OAXACA CITY
Oaxaca City has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Oaxaca to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: QUINTA REAL OAXACA
Mid Range: Hotel Casa De La Tia Tere
Budget: SELINA HOSTEL
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WHAT TO PACK FOR OAXACA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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