Oaxaca, pronounced Wa-HA-Ca, is one of the 31 Mexican states. The largest city in the state is also called Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is located in the southwestern part of the country, and is the fifth largest state. It has a population of over 3.5 million people, most of which follow the Catholic faith.
Tourism is the main industry in the state. There are hundreds of miles of beaches, colonial architecture, archaeological sites, and native art museums for visitors to enjoy. Oaxaca is also considered the food capital of Mexico, making culinary tourism a big business.
Text by Annie Leroux.
Image of Santo Domingo church in downtown Oaxaca by Jenny M Buccos.