Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
From LAX and Dallas/Fort Worth, AeromĂ©xicoÂ operates flights via Mexico City to Oaxacaâ€™s XoxocotlĂˇn International Airport.
For 24 hours each year, deceased souls return to the land of the living to visit their loved onesâ€”or so itâ€™s said about DĂa de los Muertos, one of Mexicoâ€™s biggest holidays. The festivities in Oaxaca City are particularly exuberant, with costumed parades, markets, and candlelit altars bedecking its colonial framework for the week leading up to the Day of the Dead itself, November 1.
Nicknamed the â€śLand of the Seven Moles,â€ť the Oaxaca region is famous for its cuisine, and with an entire market dedicated to carnes asada and street stalls galore, its capital is a must-go destination for foodies.
Where to Stay
Housed in a 16th-century convent surrounded by gardened courtyards, Quinta Real Oaxaca (doubles from US$312) offers the cityâ€™s top accommodations, conveniently set in the UNESCO-listed city center. â€“Gabrielle Lipton
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/NovemberÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śMexico Magicoâ€ť)