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Mexico: Murals & Street Art of Oaxaca – A Baker’s Dozen of Badass #04

Oaxaca City, Mexico—A Colorful Change Of Pace & Scenery Just A 5-6 Hour Bus Ride South Of The Concrete Jungle Of Mexico City

This is kind of a companion post to The Colors of Oaxaca, Mexico, which shows off the beautifully colored buildings and streetscapes in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico. At under 300,000 residents, Oaxaca has a much slower and more comfortable pace than the monster CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico)—Mexico City, Mexico’s capital.

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The budget bonus here? I stayed at Azul Cielo Hostel for less than $10/USD a night, and I averaged less than $30USD a day while kicking around Oaxaca for a week. And trust me, I ate like a king, drank like a champ, and never skimped. Hit me up in the comments if you have questions!

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Murals, Graffiti, And The Day Of The Dead In Oaxaca City, Mexico

Most cities have some amazing street art if you look hard enough, but the bonus anywhere in Mexico is the dominance of Di­a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) imagery mixed in with all of the murals and graffiti. Skulls are often front and center, but occasionally they’re designed in and beautifully hidden at first glance.

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oaxaca, mexico murals and graffiti
oaxaca, mexico murals and graffiti

The Colors, Murals & Graffiti Of Oaxaca

Beyond the difference just in size and breadth, the colors are the next thing that stand out. All of the colors of Oaxaca are simply stunning, and there’s a unique contrast from facade to facade, from crumbling and aged to pristine and manicured. You can see more on that here.

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oaxaca, mexico murals and graffiti
oaxaca, mexico murals and graffiti

Oaxaca is like that; one moment you’re feasting on pristine beauty, the next on crumbling distress, but there’s beauty in that breakdown, and you can truly appreciate both if you allow yourself to.

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Cheers!
— Jason

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