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Transportation from Acapulco to Oaxaca

by amybbb

Is there any direct bus from Acapulco to Oaxaca?? preferably nite bus?? Thanks!

Re: Transportation from Acapulco to Oaxaca

by cassiovieggore

It's not cool a bus trip from Acapulco to Oaxaca. Here's saying a brazilian who never have been in Mexico. I'm just pasteing some Internet matter.
The better route is Acapulco--> Puerto Escondido--> Oaxaca. But, read what's written below pasted from Wikipedia and Wikitravel:

- Puerto Escondido was made more accessible with the paving of Federal Highways 175 and 131, connecting the area with the interior of the State of Oaxaca and its capitol, Oaxaca city.

- Buses serve Puerto Escondido from Oaxaca and Mexico City as well as some nearby cities on the Pacific coast of Mexico e.g. Acapulco, Huatulco, Puerto Angel. However, the ride from inland is not for the weak of heart (or stomach) - think of narrow mountain roads with hairpin turns that seem to come every 10 seconds. The bus ride from Mexico City is about 12 hours and goes through Acapulco. From Oaxaca, the bus ride is about 7 hours long.

If you have a weak heart better you have a night travel. Unfortunately I did not get the timetables...
Cassiovieggore

Re: Transportation from Acapulco to Oaxaca

by amybbb

may I know time from Acapulco to Puerto Escondido , and Puerto Escondido to Oaxaca?? thanks!

Travel Tips for Mexico City

See the Zocalo! The second...

by AMathTeacher

See the Zocalo! The second largest public square in the world. This is where the Cathedral is, as well as archaeological diggings (the Templo Mayor) and the Palacio Nacional (Diego Rivera murals cover the walls of the second floor). My fondest memory is touring the city with the man I would later marry as my tour guide! He'd lived in 'el D.F.' for 9 years and was an excellent guide.

Know at least some basic Spanish

by Arial_27

Knowing at least a little Spanish would be very helpful when traveling through Mexico City, as a lot of people do not know much English. Here are some basic words and phrases to help you get through your trip if you don't already speak the language:

Hola. Como estas? = Hi. How are you?
Muy bien, gracias. Y tu? = Very good, thanks. And you?
Por fa = Please (The correct way is "por favor" but many people just say "por fa")
Gracias = Thank you.
Mucho gusto = Nice to meet you.
Donde = Where
Porque = Why
Que = What
Cuanto = How much/many
Como = How

Me llamo... = My name is..
Tengo... = I have...
Quiero... = I want...
(No) me gusta... = I (don't) like...
Soy de... = I am from....
(No) puedo... = I can (not)

Los servicios = bathrooms
Banco = bank
Hotel = hotel
Playa = beach
Museo = museum

Foreign vs. national business

by Laura_Mexico

People in Mexico usually go crazy when a new & fashionable business opens - be it a shop, restaurant, etc. - especially if it comes from abroad. In the last years we have been invaded by businesses such as Starbucks Coffee, Krispy Kreme (donuts), Popeye's (seafood & chicken), Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, etc., which people flock to because they feel those are the places to be. Visiting a new foreign business makes people feel like they're "IN", even though the Mexican average economy cannot afford to pay the high prices of the products sold there. Just as an example: a small fancy donut sold at Krispy Kreme will cost you over $1.20 USD ($15 mexican pesos), while a bigger donut - perhaps not so fancy - will cost you less than half a dollar elsewhere ($5-6 MX pesos). Same happens with the coffee and many other goods sold in foreign businesses as opposed to national businesses.

This is due to a cultural feature many - if not most - Mexicans have: they prefer foreign stuff over national stuff. They think the quality of the foreign products is better, the locals/sites themselves are more fashionable if they belong to a foreign company, and buying something at an "international shop" gives them some kind of higher status. This is very sad because, as good as these places & products might be (and I do love Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts), the national companies also need support from the local customers and they also offer good - and quite cheaper - products in most cases, so there shouldn't be any reason for people to prefer the foreign companies and despise the national ones.

Please read next tip (part 2)!!

The most spectacular view...

by Anastasie

...is on the roof garden/restaurant of Best Western Majestic hotel! The view on the Zocalo Square including the Cathedral and the surrounding buildings and of course the big flagpole + flag is just superb! Whether you choose to dine or have a coffee this is a must for someone at Mexico City! Extra tip: because the Zocalo square is a location of many activities, try to pick a day that has no concert or festivals etc, unless of course you dont get annoyed by that type of things.

PS. Take a look at the pictures! (There is a hotel picture in the website too, so you can see what people from the square look at!)

Market

by Enzyme_X about Mercado Lagunilla

This large food market spredas over 3 large halls. People here are selling nearly everything that grows in Mexico and is eatable. Go there, if you just want some frsh fruits or want to prepaire meals or just to get an idea how many differnt chiles acctually exist. Ingredientes that are hard to find outside Mexico and you need for Mexican specialitys with which you want to impress your friends back at home.

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