Jalatlaco: a secret neighborhood in Oaxaca full of color and colonial tradition


Jalatlaco is a hidden neighborhood full of colorful buildings and a local atmosphere, perfect to enjoy a closer approach to Oaxaca de Juárez.

Oaxaca is one of the states known for its traditional charm, abundant in historic sites, pre-Hispanic richness, and delicious regional cuisine. Oaxaca de Juárez stands out as one of its most special destinations, with countless cultural corners that are worth knowing about; Jalatlaco is located on the outskirts of its Historic Center, a hidden neighborhood full of beautiful colorful buildings and a local atmosphere, perfect to enjoy a closer approach to the city. 

Jalatlaco, el colorido barrio zapoteca más bonito del planeta

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Jalatlaco is one of the secret jewels in Oaxaca de Juárez . It is a neighborhood of Zapotec origin whose name means ‘sand canyon’, founded during the 16th century and maintaining much of its colonial architecture, as well as countless colorful buildings that will allow each of its visitors to appreciate the local charm. and the traditional essence of the destination. 


Being on the outskirts of the Historic CenterJalatlaco offers a space of authentic Oaxacan heritage, but within an ideal area to momentarily escape from the tourist hustle and bustle of the city. Its atmosphere is romantic and youthful, perfectly combining its historical character with some more recent proposals, and resulting in an incredible area where you can enjoy the beautiful colorful constructions that maintain – almost – their architectural heritage intact.


The best way to get to know Jalatlaco is to get lost in its cobbled alleys, and thus marvel at the beautiful murals that adorn its walls; they share a bit of local and national talent through great artistic works. If you are looking for a visit of gastronomic and cultural enjoyment, we recommend you to stroll through its iconic Aldama street, with incredible local proposals that include cafes, restaurants, bars, and independent galleries. 


Among the most important buildings in Jalatlaco is its Temple of San Matías, built before the foundation of the neighborhood as a hermitage consecrated to Santa Catarina Mártir, to later change its dedication to San Matías Apóstol. It has a beautiful yellow quarry façade, and it is the perfect place to learn a little more about the ecclesiastical culture of the area. Like this one, there are quite a few historical constructions, so it is worth walking freely through its streets to be surprised by its fascinating colonial architecture.


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