Oaxaca de Juárez, more commonly known as Oaxaca, is the culinary and cultural capital of southwestern Mexico. The best way to start your day here is to grab a cup of coffee at a sidewalk cafe in the Zócalo, the city’s main plaza. The streets here are lined with local artists and vendors, all seeking inspiration from the area’s historic architecture, local culture, and all around creative vibe. When you’re ready to explore, Oaxaca Regional Museum, Templo de Santo Domingo, and the Oaxacan Museum of Contemporary Art have enough history and culture to satisfy even the most discerning tourist. And when the evening rolls around, a native Guelaguetza dinner show is the perfect way to immerse yourself into ancient song and dance that makes up so much of this city’s history.