OAXACA, capital of the state, is one of Mexicos finest cities. Located about 6 h from Zipolite, it is in the middle of the trip from Mexico City to Zipolite and therefore makes a nice resting spot for spending the night.
Be sure to plan more than one nights, as Oaxaca offers a lovely pedestrian aera with lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, art galleries, museums, concerts, traditional events (e.g. the Gueleguletza in july) etc. We especially recommend the Santa Domingo church with its museum about Oaxaca and its botanical garden.