NileGuide Expert Says:
This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the music and the view after a long day visiting musums and pyramids.
Portal del Palacio, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico
NileGuide Expert tip:
It's a tradition to sit on the Portales (the covered arched sidewalks) and enjoy a hot chocolate with some bread.
Plaza de la Constitución in Oaxaca is best known as Zocalo and is the heart of the city. This is where the balloons vendors are, where people sits down to enjoy a hot chocolate, where the music is and where the Grito de Independencia is shouted every year. There is not much to do here, except enjoy and admire the architecture surrounding it (including the Cathedral and the City Hall) and walk along the green plaza.
As it happened in every colonial Spanish city in America, the main plaza was the political, social and religious center of the city (still is) and was the most important open space. The Oaxaca Zocalo was stablished in 1529 and was used as reference point for the planning of the rest of the city.