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The city of OAXACA sprawls across a grand expanse of deep-set valley, 1600m above sea level and some 500km southeast of Mexico City. Until recently, its colour, folklore, numerous fiestas, indigenous markets – which are known for being particularly diverse and traditional – and thoroughly colonial centre have combined to make it one of the country's most rewarding destinations. Even an increase in package tourism, an influx of American retirees and the pedestrianization of Macedonio Alcalá, the main thoroughfare from the zócalo to the cathedral, failed to dilute the …
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Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán

Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples -- Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs -- the terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial ...