Magical Towns of Oaxaca

Written by Jessica Hernández

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The April holidays have already arrived and we are here to remind you and always recommend the best places in Oaxaca to visit. At this time of the year, many people opt for beach destinations such as Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, or the city. However, if you prefer a quieter and remote place from the hustle and bustle, let us tell you about the magical towns in our beautiful state. 

But, wait, you may be wondering what a magical town is, well, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico defines it as a place with symbols and legends, populated with a history that in many cases has been the scene of important events for our country, they are places that show the national identity in each of its corners, with a magic that emanates from its attractions; visiting them is an opportunity to discover the charm of Mexico (SECTUR, 2020). 

It is important to mention that this program was created by this government institution to contribute to the revaluation of these places that have a lot to share with locals and tourists.

At this moment, 5 towns of Oaxaca have obtained this title, they are: 

Huatla de Jimenez: 

It was incorporated into the Magical Towns Program in 2015. The word “Huautla” comes from the Nahuatl word and means “place of eagles”. 

The main attraction of this locality is the mysticism that surrounds it since it is known by the priestess Maria Sabina and its knowledge about fungi. In addition, this town offers gorgeous views, you can find there scenarios that invite you to meditation and exploration, likewise its mountains, waterfalls, and local food. 

Capulalpam de Mendez 

It is a magical town since 2007, you can find there everything from beautiful colonial temples to perfect places for climbing, taking quiet walks, and observing the coniferous forests of the Sierra de Juárez.​ In the artisan workshops of Capulálpam, you will witness the rich tradition of indigenous medicine: the attributes of medicinal plants, their preparation processes, and practical application.​ 

  San Pablo Villa de Mitla 

This town has the title of magical town since 2015. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word “Mictlan”, which means “resting place”.  It is known because of its archeological zone, which is considered the second most important ceremonial center of Oaxaca. Its indigenous roots and colonial heritage fuse together and create the unique culture of the place.


This gorgeous coastal town joined the category in 2015 too. Mazunte owes its name to a blue crab, very numerous in the area. Its beach belonging has an extension of one kilometer of golden sand, bathed by warm and crystalline waters, with beautiful green and blue tones. In this lovely sanctuary, you will find the Mexican Center of the Turtle, which is an aquarium and a research institution in charge of the preservation of the turtles that live in Mexico. This paradise is an ecologic destination by excellence. 


San Pedro and San Pablo Teposcolula

The most attractive site of this colonial town is the former convent of the same name as the town, its open chapel is considered the biggest one in Latin America. On the hill of Pueblo Viejo are the remains of one of the most important Mixtec chiefdoms of the Postclassic. Its cobbled streets and the kindness of the people will definitely make you fall in love with this place. Another must-see is the House of the Cacica, it is a palace that dates back to 1560 and served as the residence of the last Mixtec queen of the Teposcolula domain. The property stands out in the historical panorama of America for being one of the few buildings in the hemisphere in which a clear transition from indigenous construction traditions to techniques brought by Europeans can be seen. 

Whichever place you choose to visit these days, we hope you enjoy the amazing treasures Oaxaca has to show you. Either beach, city, or town, we assure you your stay will be unforgettable. Remember Oaxaca awaits you with delicious food, peerless scenes, and the sympathy and hospitality that characterize its people. 


By Jessica Hernández


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