Locations - Oaxaca Airport

Oaxaca International Airport

Oaxaca, Puerto Angel, Col. Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan

Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan S/N, 71230, México.


+52 (33) 4624 2114


Monday to Sunday 6:00 to 21:00


Rent a Car in Oaxaca: 10 things to do


Oaxaca de Juárez, often simply referred to as Oaxaca city, encapsulates the heart and soul of the country. Full of rich history, vibrant culture, and culinary delights, 

If you're arriving at the international airport, the best option of transportation is to rent a car in Oaxaca.

Here is a guide of 10 things you can enjoy in Oaxaca and around the city:


1. Zócalo and Historic Center: Cultural Delights

Begin your trip by driving to the city center, the Zócalo, a busy square with old buildings. Visit the Museo de las Culturas to learn more about Oaxaca and admire some object found in archaeological expeditions.

Explore the vibrant markets, visit the impressive Cathedral of Oaxaca, and admire the stunning Government Palace with its beautiful murals. 

The Historic Center is a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a glimpse into the city's storied past.


2. Mercado Benito Juárez: Culinary Exploration

Visit the Mercado Benito Juárez, a bustling market brimming with the flavors and aromas of Oaxacan food. 

Eat regional specialties such as tlayudas (crispy tortillas with toppings), mole (complex sauce), and chapulines (fried grasshoppers). It is a paradise for food enthusiasts seeking an authentic taste of Oaxaca.


3. Monte Albán: Ancient Wonders

Drive to Monte Albán, an archaeological site perched on a hilltop overlooking the city. 

This ancient Zapotec capital offers awe-inspiring pyramids, ball courts, and carvings that provide insight into pre-Columbian civilizations. The panoramic views of Oaxaca Valley from the site are truly breathtaking.


4. El Tule: Meeting an Ancient Giant

Santa María del Tule is a town located near Oaxaca. We recommend you to drive to this town and admire "El Árbol del Tule", one of the widest trees worldwide.

This 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress is a testament to the passage of time and the interconnection of nature and culture. Its massive trunk and intricate branches create an otherworldly atmosphere.


5. Day Trip to Mitla and Hierve el Agua

We recommend a day trip to Mitla, known for its well-preserved Zapotec ruins. The intricate stone mosaics that adorn the structures are a testament to the artisans of ancient times. 

Afterwards, continue to Hierve el Agua, where mineral springs have sculpted stunning petrified waterfalls. Relax admiring the mineral pools and natural beauty that you will find around this magical place.


6. Street Art and Galleries: Creative Expressions

Oaxaca is full of artistic expression, with its streets adorned in colorful murals and graffiti. 

Explore the vibrant street art scene by driving around the city's neighborhoods. Additionally, visit the numerous galleries and art spaces that showcase the works of both contemporary and traditional Mexican artists.


7. Cultural Workshops: Hands-On Learning

Immerse yourself in Oaxaca's rich culture by participating in workshops. Learn the art of traditional pottery, weaving, or even mezcal production. 

These hands-on experiences offer a deeper understanding of the region's heritage and the craftsmanship that defines it.


8. Night of the Radishes (Noche de Rábanos): Festive Tradition

If your visit aligns with December 23rd, you're in for a unique treat. Witness the Night of the Radishes, a beloved local tradition where artisans carve intricate scenes and figures out of radishes. 

The event is a testament to the creativity and community spirit of Oaxaca.


9. Teotitlán del Valle: Textile Haven

Drive to Teotitlán del Valle, a charming village known for its traditional textile production. 

Explore workshops where skilled artisans use unique techniques to create rugs and textiles. 

Learn about the natural dyes derived from local plants and witness the craftsmanship passed down through generations.


10. Culinary Workshops: Mastering Oaxacan Cuisine

Enhance your culinary skills by taking a cooking class that focuses on Oaxacan cuisine. 

Learn to prepare intricate moles, traditional tamales, and refreshing aguas frescas. These workshops provide not only cooking techniques but also insights into the cultural significance of Oaxacan ingredients and dishes.


MEX Rent a Car Oaxaca is the top choice for fully exploring the Mexican state and its surroundings. We have offices in Oaxaca airport and also un Puerto Escondido airport.

The state of Oaxaca has a variety of experiences to offer. These include history, art, food, and ancient places. You can fully enjoy your time there by exploring these options.

Oaxaca is a place where history, culture, and adventure come together, seen as you explore the streets and surroundings.


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, but if you have any doubt please contact us at +52 (33) 4624 2114


What are the requirements to rent a car in Oaxaca?

  • Official ID (Passport or INE)
  • Valid driving license with more than one year of use. (If your driver's license is not in roman alphabet, please bring a valid international driver's license)
  • Credit card (must be by the name of the card holder and with more than one year of use)


What are the method accepted for payment?

You can pay at the counter with Visa/Mastercard/American Express credit or debit card. We do not accept cash or travel checks.


What is the minimum age to drive a car?

  • The minimum age to drive a car in Mexico is 18 years old. There is an underage charge for drivers between 18 and 24 years.


What is the security deposit or pre-authorization?

  • It's a banking operation that temporarily freezes a part of your credit as guarantee for the use of the car. This guarantees payment for extra fees such as more days or fuel not provided.


How much deposit do I need to rent a car?

  • MEX Rent a Car has the lowest deposit in the market, only $1,500 pesos, adding Total Coverage (CT) to your reservation. We recommend checking out this blog to learn more about deposits, rental car insurance, and coverage.


Where are the offices in Oaxaca located?

We have 2 offices in Oaxaca:

  1. Oaxaca International Airport
  2. Puerto Escondido International Airport


If I rent in Oaxaca, can I drive in Mexico city?

  • You can drive outside Oaxaca if you book with MEX Rent a Car, because you reservation includes unlimited mileage.
  • It is necessary to inform our team before driving the vehicle in Mexico city. there are different driving regulations and we recommend you to learn more about them, before driving in the city.


Can I rent a car with a virtual driving license?

  • It is necessary to have a valid and physical driving license when you open your rental agreement.
  • It will not be possible to proceed with the rental if any of your documents is in virtual or digital format.


What is the price to rent a car in Oaxaca?

  • It depends on the type of vehicle and the coverage or insurance you add. In MEX with a partial coverage for an economic car, the average cost is $30 USD per day, including taxes.