Oaxaca, a charming colonial city, sits on a mile-high plateau in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Gracious and friendly, it is a rich mixture of ancient indigenous and Spanish cultures. Escape the hot sun to the shady Zócalo and see villagers in colorful dress, vendors, University students, mariachi bands and orchestras. Or stop in and sample the fantastic food you'll find in any of the surrounding restaurants and cafes. Locate on the Oaxaca map Alameda de Léon and there you'll find not only friendly locals but stalls of beautiful arts and crafts. Oaxaca markets are a prime reason to visit this region. Be sure to ask at your hotel for village happenings and nightlife.
Just 180 miles south of Oaxaca is the newer and more exclusive Huatulco. Take in the sun at any of the 9 beautiful crystal clear bays along this 22 mile coastal area. Huatulco bay tours are available including swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Or play a round of golf at the 18-hole beautifully situated golf course. Just ask at your hotel for contact information. When it's time to get out of the sun find time to experience the fantastic restaurants and shops.
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