[Mexico] Oaxaca must visit- Jalatlaco neighborhood
Wondering what to see in Mexico Oaxaca?
Jalatlaco– a tiny neighborhood in Oaxaca, Mexico, mentioned in the Time out magazine in 2019 among one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world. So let us see what Jalatlaco Oaxaca neighborhood has to offer!
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If you are looking for the best area to stay in Oaxaca, I would say Jalatlaco won’t go wrong.
Jalatlaco neighborhood is just around 20 mins walk from Zocalo Oaxaca, the whole neighborhood is filled with colorful murals, and there are no big busy streets so you can easily wander around these cobbled streets without being disturbed.
A little bit of Jalatlaco’s story
Researchers believed that the name Jalatlaco was derived from the Nahuatl language: Xalatlauhco; which means Sandbank.
Before the Spaniards arrived Aboriginal Mexicans already inhabited here. In 1521 the Spaniards came and Jalatlaco became a place for producing saddles.
There used to be a river running in the middle of this little “town” but depends on how much rain there was, some years the river would be there for the whole year, sometimes just a couple of months. The reason why Jalatlaco was once abandoned was because of the water shortage, which today you can’t find any sign of the river at all.
Why is Jalatlaco so Special?
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Oaxaca, with colorful murals on every corner. I believe if you are coming to Mexico, like me you might be searching for some authentic and colorful vibe that represents “Mexico”. In Jalatlaco Oaxaca, you get it!
Moreover, you get to enjoy it in tranquil, although there are pretty much stores, restaurants, hotels…but it’s just totally peaceful here.
What to do in Jalatlaco Oaxaca
Wander around the cobbled streets and capture colorful murals on every corner.
If you feel like sitting, just find any cafe/ restaurant with unbeatable graffiti that catches your attention.
Oaxaca- how many days to stay
I’m including this because we would be super grateful if we found this information before we booked our trip.
We stayed 6 nights in Oaxaca and that was a bit too much in our opinion.
We would recommend that if it is your first time in Oaxaca, 4 full days would be more than enough.
Since Oaxaca town itself is relatively small, you can literally visit most of the things in 1 day if you do it intensively.
2 days for Oaxaca town itself would be perfect for me, just to visit everything in tranquil and select your souvenirs without a rush.
The other 2 days would be one day for Mitla+Hierve el Agua+Tule tree, the other day for the archeology site: Monte Alban+San Bartolo Coyotepec (where they produce Black Potteries).
You could also add on either day👆🏻 a visit to the Mezcal factory which will show you how Mezcal was made.
(Just to let you know, both my bf and I drink quite often, and we went to one of the Mezcal factories which offer you mini shots for you to try. And by mini, I mean it’s really TINY. After 3 or 4 shots, my bf had a terrible headache when we got home which was not usual for him. Anyways, I drank more than he did but I’m fine😂)
Where to stay in Jalatlaco Oaxaca
City Centro Oaxaca is located right across the symbolic church of Jalatlaco. With a rooftop pool and even a gym! City Centro Oaxaca is relatively new in Oaxaca, but I mean look at those pink facades😍.
Situated between the the Jalatlaco Oaxaca neighbourhood and Oaxaca old town, if you are looking for a Mexican townhouse style accommodation in Oaxaca for a more authentic experience, Casa Grana Cochinilla will be for you!
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