Oaxaca de Juárez is the capital of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and the largest city in the state with a population of over a quarter of a million. The area was populated by various nations in precolonial times, with the Spanish eventually founding the current city at the site of an Aztec military post. The city is a tourist destination with a multiplicity of historical architecture, and is best known for its extravagant summer festival dedicated to indigenous culture, Guelaguetza.
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Best time to book a flight to Oaxaca Airport
Temperatures average in the 80s throughout the year, with it being hottest in the spring months. The most precipitation occurs in the summer, with it being much drier the rest of the year. The city sees the most visitors during New Year, Holy Week, and the summer months.
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Airlines that fly to Oaxaca Airport
There are direct flights to Oaxaca Airport from a handful of major Mexican cities on airlines such as Aeromar, Interjet and Aerotucán. Travelers from the United States can reach the airport from Houston on United Express and from Los Angeles on Volaris.
What to expect when arriving at Oaxaca Airport
Upon arrival at Oaxaca Airport, you can reach downtown Oaxaca by car in 30 minutes, a 6-mile drive. Unmetered taxis are available at the airport; visitors should be aware that you must negotiate the fare beforehand. Car rentals are an excellent alternative for those seeking more control over their transportation during their stay in the city.
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Facilities at Oaxaca Airport
Oaxaca International Airport, also known as Xoxocotlán International Airport, is a small airport with one terminal and just three gates. There is a restaurant, snack bar and deli, giving you a variety of options for refueling for the last leg of your journey.
What to see and do in Oaxaca
There are many historical destinations that visitors to Oaxaca should be sure to check out, such as the Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo located in a former monastery, and the grand Macedonio Alcalá Tourist Corridor which passes a number of architectural sites.
There are also many festivals that draw crowds of local visitors and international tourists throughout the year. Guelaguetza occurs in July and features dance, parades and craft exhibitions that highlight the rich and varied indigenous traditions of the area. Noche de Rábano, or Night of the Radishes, is an event in late December featuring radishes carved into beautiful designs, with a competition judging the best of the lot.
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