Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco are among the high-calibre Mexican artists who contributed to the impressive murals within the city's grand Palace of Fine Arts. A mash-up of art deco, art nouveau and neo-classical, the building was originally scheduled to open in time for Mexico's centenary celebration of independence in 1910, but instead wasn't completed until 1934. The artistic hub of the city, its innovative design (its interiors are made of Carrara marble) and magnificent grandeur makes it a tourist hotspot.
Navigate your way through authentic Mexico via Oaxaca's bustling market stalls, traditional festival food and extraordinary Zapotec archaeological sites. Recently hit by Mexico's devastating earthquake, Oaxaca has a challenging future ahead of it. However, the state still remains open and travellers are encouraged to continue to visit the colourful state, particularly in such trying times.