Famous for its splendid Colonial architecture, refined crafts, community of internationally recognized artists and extraordinary, traditional cuisine, the city of Oaxaca (which is the capital of the state of the same name) is home to one of Mexico's largest collections of Baroque art. Oaxaca is also a great place to hold small to medium-sized events for up to 750 people; thanks to the city's great climate and modest size, intimate city plan, the meeting venues of Oaxaca give groups proximity to a Zocalo (main plaza) that is within walking distance and is filled with lively vendors, cafes and music almost every night.
Oaxaca is accessible by land and by air. The Xoxocotlan International Airport (OAX) is located only 9 miles away from the city center, and has direct flights from 19 different U.S. and Canadian cities. Oaxaca is a 6-hour (340 miles) drive from Mexico City on the Highway 150, which passes through the Colonial city of Puebla. Oaxaca has three bus terminals, two of which offer first-class bus service from the ADO and UNO lines.
Among the largest venues in Oaxaca is the Monte Alban Convention Center. The center features various meeting spaces and an exposition hall, which have a combined event space of 26,638 square feet. The convention center can host up to 3,800 people.
Due to the city's popularity as a tourist destination, Oaxaca venues offer unique and plentiful setting for events, conferences, conventions and weddings. There are 117 hotels, accounting for 3,351 hotel rooms. Among the largest is the Hotel Mision Oaxaca, which offers 192 rooms and suites, as well as 10 event spaces that which can host anywhere between 10 and 1,000 participants. The Hotel also has a restaurant, a swimming pool, gardens and tourist guide services.
Granted the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the modern city of Oaxaca is located beside one of Mesoamerica's earliest – and most sublime – cities. Visitors can stroll through the famous Monte Alban ruins and take in the views out over the surrounding valley. The Monte Alban ruins are located 6,400 feet above sea level on a mountain plateau just six miles west of the city. Founded around 500 BCE, the site is characterized by a large central plaza flanked by temples, tombs and mysterious stone-carved figures called Danzantes (or dancers).