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Oaxaca is one of my favourite new cities this year. The charming low-rise buildings and countless food markets are worth a visit, and I also fell hard for the Oaxaca street art.
Like the best urban murals around the world, the street art of Oaxaca is more than simply decorative. It
Street art cycling tour with Coyote Aventuras
I was lucky enough to be invited on Coyote Aventuras’ street art cycling tour. During this half-day tour, we explored more of Oaxaca than I’d have been able to on foot. Our guide, Shai, was really
Whether you choose to explore with Coyote Aventuras or solo, I would highly recommend fitting the Oaxaca street art into your sightseeing plans. Finding it is easily one of the best things to do in Oaxaca, plus street art is always a good idea!
Where to find street art in Oaxaca
It won’t take you long to find street art in Oaxaca; it’s on every corner. There’s not so much in the historic city
Oaxaca street art map
Now you know where to find street art in Oaxaca, let’s look at the locations above so you can decide which bits to see. I’ve included some history and background to the Oaxaca street art so you can learn as you go.
Memorial to the 43 missing students, Berriozabal Street
I was shocked to learn the history behind this piece of work by the Urtarte Collective on Berriozabal Street.
It tells the story of the 43 missing indigenous students who vanished en route to a peaceful protest in the state of Guerrero. They were protesting for better rights, for example the teaching of indigenous languages in schools rather than just Spanish.
Sadly, they never made it to the protest. They ran into
Indigenous rights remain an issue in Mexico. Pieces of Oaxaca street art like this communicate the issues and push for better rights and representation.
Jose Lopez Alavez
Some of the best street art in Oaxaca can be found on Jose Lopez Alavez. Enter Parallel gallery into Google Maps and you’ll find an array of
Don’t stop at the street art corner though – there’s loads more Oaxaca street art further down Jose Lopez.
I loved this
Shai told us the artist, Katalina Manzano, had painted it with more than aesthetics in mind. The whole piece is made of
Earthquake memorial on Aldama Street
Seeing these murals on Aldama Street was very fitting since I was visiting Oaxaca during Day of the Dead.
In Mexico, the way death is perceived is different because people don’t skirt around the issue. This image of a family lost to the 2017 earthquake is confronting and in-your-face, yet not sad or sombre.
You can find these images, including dancing skeletons at Aldama 303.
Magic mushroom art
Through the Oaxaca street art I
Shai explained to us the story of Maria Sabina, a Mexican woman known for her knowledge of magic mushrooms. She was from
Set your Google maps to Panadería Curtidiriaz where you’ll find these
Just along from the magic mushroom street art, you’ll find more Oaxaca street art. Shai explained this giant spaceman shows society’s dependency on technology.
I also liked this colourful octopus woman kissing a deep sea diver. I’m not sure the meaning of this image but it’s always fun to guess when it comes to street art.
So what are you waiting for? The street art is one of the best things about Oaxaca so I urge you to get exploring, preferably on the amazing street art bike tour with Coyote Aventuras.
I hope you have a better idea of where to find street art in Oaxaca after reading this blog. If you find more, let me know in the comments 🙂
Where to stay in Oaxaca?
Hostel – I stayed at Oaxaca Central Hostal. I’d recommend this colourful hostel with a leafy outdoor garden area and amazing home-cooked breakfasts that change each morning.
Budget hotel – check out Hotel Casona Oaxaca or an affordable option with period features and a sunny courtyard ($30)
Midrange hotel – Hotel NaNa Vida – this stylish hotel in a colonial blue building in the heart of Oaxaca boasts garden views, Mexican artwork and a sunny terrace ($60).
Packing list for Oaxaca
- Jeans, t-shirts, dresses – you don’t need to be too conservative
- Layers as it can get cold in the evenings
- Comfy shoes – there are lots of cobbles!
- The latest copy of Lonely Planet Mexico
- A Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
- A stainless steel reusable water bottle with straw lid to reduce the use of plastic bottles
- Alternatively, a filtering water bottle that allows you to safely drink tap water
- Metal straw kit with straw cleaner and cloth bag
- A handy bum bag with secure zip
- Travel luggage: Osprey Farpoint backpack (men’s) (women’s)
- Solo photography pick: Manfrotto tripod and Joby Gorillapod
- A GoPro if you’re making videos – I use the HERO8 Black
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Check out my other Mexico guides:
- Visiting Hierve el Agua from Oaxaca
- Oaxaca Day of the Dead guide
- How to spend 5 days in Mexico City
- Solo female travel in Mexico
- The ultimate Mexico bucket list
- 23 Mexico City travel tips
- The perfect 2 days in Puebla
- Things to do in Coyoacan, Mexico City
- Visiting Xochimilco, Mexico City
- Best food in Tepoztlan
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