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Zocalo, Oaxaca

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Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
Formally named Plaza de la Constitucion, Zocalo dates back to the 16th century. Take a break from sightseeing and rest on the verdant tree-filled square, observe the lively atmosphere from a cafe, and people watch. Admire the grandiose colonial buildings that surround the square, paying special attention to the Baroque cathedral built of volcanic green stone, and the Gothic state government palace. Use our Oaxaca trip itinerary planning app to add Zocalo and other attractions to your Oaxaca vacation plans.
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  • Hang out and people watch. Buy from a vendor. Have a beer or coffee from one the cafes and restaurants that ring the square. And the cathedral adjoining the square is breathtaking. No trip to.....  more »
  • A very lively central square laid out like most Mexican central squares. There is a large church, a municipal building, and a park in between the two. The square is very lively with a large number of....  more »
  • A beautiful square in central Oaxaca. Lots of bars and market stall vendors around the edges, and interesting taco stalls hiding under the band stand. Lots of trees for shelter from the sun. There is a huge church and a nice pedestrianised street running up to the cathedral.
  • This Zocalo is the vibrant heart of Oaxaca. The restaurants and shops and crafts booths are amazing and the place is always teaming with locals and tourists. You're bound to run into someone you know at any time. You should plan to spend several hours checking everything out and you won't be disappointed
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