Hotel Palacio Borghese

Allende Numero 208, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, 68000, Mexico
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Oaxaca this December

by Anjelas

Hi, I'm thinking of going to Oaxaca this December to practice my Spanish and to take photos.

I'm looking for tips on flights, buses etc. I checked flights from Vancouver to Oaxaca and it looks like it is around $900 - does anyone know of a more reasonable way to get there? I have about 10-14 days.

Also wondering - is this a good place to be fully immersed in Spanish or is this too touristy. If it's too touristy, can you suggest a small villiage nearby that would be safe for a single gal?

Thanks and happy travels!

Re: Oaxaca this December

by Singito

You can fly to Mexico City, and then take a bus to Oaxaca, maybe you can save $200 or more... Oaxaca is so beautiful, must do it.

Re: Oaxaca this December

by ArtMeg

Absolutly fly into Mexico City if you can, then catch a bus directly to Oaxaca. The UNO and ADO lines are comfortable for an overnight trip (I think about 5-6 hours?) and are not too expensive. If I remember correctly UNO (the more expensive of the two) is around $50US.

Also, in my experience, Oaxaca is a fine place to practice Spanish. I was there in January, and there were few tourists. No one spoke English with me!

Re: Oaxaca this December

by melosh

I do hope you are going to spend Christmas in Oaxaca.
What day you fly in December can make a big difference in the cost, but even though it will costs more to fly during the last two weeks it is well worth the money. (The frequent buses to Oaxaca from Mexico City leave from the TAPO bus station which is only about 5 minutes by Taxi from the airport.) My extended family (about 15 people covering three generations) gathered twice for unforgetable holidays in Oaxaca. The Radish Festival, the patron saint day of Oaxaca, The posadas, and the Christmas parade. (I hear New Years and Dia de los Reyes are also great but we never stayed for them.)
The during the holidays Oaxaca is full of visitors. Most of the tourists are from Mexico City or other parts of Mexico. So even if you are with tourists they will probably be speaking Spanish. This city is generally safe for a single gal. You will find the people friendly and the Indian culture seems to have eliminated the obnoxious machismo a single girl may encounter to the North. Have a great trip. bob

Re: Re: Oaxaca this December

by LeDragon

It may be less expensive to take an airplane from Seattle. I can't tell how convenient it would be to you. Usually, week days ( monday to thursday ) are less expensive, check for varied dates. Have a great trip, I am hoping to go there on february.

Re: Re: Oaxaca this December

by Anjelas

Thanks to everyone for all of the helpful advice! Hope I can return the favour some day.

Re: Oaxaca this December

by LesVan

When I did the research this past summer to book my December flight sto Mexico City and Oaxaca, you have to weigh time and $$. You can save a lot of money in airfare if you want to make two to three changes in flights and take 10-15 hours to get to Mexico City. Or you can spend the money and fly direct from Vancouver on Mexicana (5.5 hours). At this point in time, you must travel before December 15 and on a weekday to get any type of deal. December 15th on is considered high season.

Travel Tips for Oaxaca de Juárez

People watching

by shdw100

One of my favorite things to do in Oaxaca is people watch in the zocalo. You can sit down and see so many people doing things, like playing instruments, selling balloons, eating, conversing, carrying things from the store, everything you could think of. It's facinating to me to see the expressions on the local people's faces, the items they have, their jesters, etc. We sat for about 2 hours just taking in the culture and enjoying the surroundings. Sorry this picture isn't too good, but it was hard to take a night shot with her moving. I am always amazed at how people can carry things on their heads!


by IceBear7

Not in Belgium, not in Switzerland, no, it's Oaxaca where Chocolate is the most present.

In and around the market Mercado 20 de Noviembre there are plenty of chocolate shops, cafýs, and places where they produce chocolate. You can taste the sweetness just by walking by!

Most places let you taste the light and dark chocolate, to drink or to eat, for moles, with cinnamon, with almond and and and.
There is nothing better on a cold winter morning!

Meet Zapotec women in their homes, and help

by 2658nja

I have just gone on the En Via tour, and have to share the experience with people who want to do something really special and worthwhile during their stay in Oaxaca. En Via offers a socially responsible tour. This micro finance organization gives interest-free loans to indigenous women in Teotitlan del Valle to start or expand their business. You get to meet these women in their homes or at their businesses, and talk to them (with the help of the volunteer guides/translators) to learn what they do, and how they want to improve their lives and the lives of their families. In addition to having a wonderful, inspirational day, you get the satisfaction of knowing you have done something to really help them, because 100% of the tour money goes to the loans for these women. I highly recommend this special experience.

Cool off in a water park

by jmbredeck

Check out Balneario las Brisas (or one of the others - there are lots!) if you are looking for something fun to do with kids. In Semana Santa it isn´t unusual for afternoon temps to hit the low 90s, and cooling off in a water park may be the best way to satisfy restless kids who are less than impressed by the marvels at the Rufino Tamayo museum.
You´ll have to figure out transport (we took a taxi del sitio, destination Etla, costing 30 pesos to go, public bus, 6 pesos to return) but once you´re there they have food, towels, balls, music, changing rooms and plenty of pools to cool off in.
Price to get in was 45 pesos (adults) and 40 pesos (kids)
Location: San Sebastián Etla, 9 km. al norte de la capital de Oaxaca - on way out of town to MX City


by dila

Mitlan means place to rest. (sanatory) it is in the place San Pablo de la Mitla
Open 8-17 probably monday closed am not sure
Entrance 35 pesos
Video 35 pesos
The church outside is built on a temple
Mitla is build in 1080 by Zapothecos/Mixtecos?

they used cactus juice as glue on for shine
the guide says that 90% is orginal
in tomb 2 you have to crawl 2/3 meters. I am not thin but even i manage to go there.
tomb 3 column of life didnot go inside. story was if you put your arms around it you can see how long you life. not good if you have long arms i understand also it was not possible to do it heard it was behind a fence.
Mitla is much bigger but it is still covered.
Look at my travelogues on San Pablo Villa de Mitla page


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