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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2010
Lipitor availability  (1 Answer)

Is lipitor readily available in Oaxaca de Juarez and is there a Spanish name other than lipitor?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2009
Yoga by the beach in Oaxaca  (3 Answers)

Hola a todos!
Alguien sabe de alguna buena escuela en la costa de Oaxaca donde practicar yoga? Me gustaria que estuviese cerca del mar para poder practica surf tambien.

Hi everyone!
Does anyone know about a good yoga school in the Oaxaca coast? It would be great if it is near a surfing beach.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2008
Hautulco  (1 Answer)

Our family is going here for Christmas.
Any tips on things to see????
What is the deep - sea fishing like??
Any neat , out of the way towns to visit?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2008
BUS TRAVEL  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know which bus company is the one/best one to use between OAXACA and Mexico City, and also, if there are any interesting places to stop in between?? GRACIAS!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2007
transportation and travel in Dec  (1 Answer)

Hello all!

Does anyone know how long it takes to travel from Mexico City to Oaxaca on the good buses? Would it be an overnight trip?

Also, I'll be visiting with 3 other friends in late December. Is this a busy time and should we book hotel rooms ahead of time? We're not sure when we're arriving, that's all.

Thanks beforehand!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2007
Travel from Mexico City, great hotels, great nearby remote beaches?  (2 Answers)

We will be arriving in Mexico City on December 31 and staying until January 10. We hope to travel to Oaxaca for much of the vacation. Does anyone have tips on the best way (bus? which bus? etc.) to get from D.F. to Oaxaca City?

In the city of Oaxaca, where is the best place to stay? We are looking for some comfort, but most of all- excellent prices!

Finally, we'd like to travel FROM Oaxaca to some remote coastal beach area for a few days. The more private the beach front, the better. Any suggestions of great secluded beaches? And any suggestions how to get there from Oaxaca? Any suggestions on places to stay out near the ocean?

Thank you for any ideas you may have.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2007
Monarch Butterflies in November?  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know if there is any place in the sierras of Oaxaca State to see Monarch butterflies in mid-November?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2007
Surfing season ...  (1 Answer)

I`ve heard there`s gonna be another surfing championship... this time it`d be close to Puerto Escondido, in a smaller town named Sicatelas (or something like that)...

... does anybody know anything?

Either way... how`s this smaller town?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2006
Travel to Oaxaca * What is the current situation?  (5 Answers)

I'm hoping to head down to Oaxaca, Mexico. Can anyone inform me of the current situation there? I'd like an interesting trip, but not one which has the threat of violence. Thankyou for any and all help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2006
Any suggestions for a mountain excursion from Puerto Angel area

As I have posted in a couple of different topics will visitng Oaxaca and the Pacific coast next week. Unfortunately, we are only spending a couple of days in Oaxaca before flying to the coast to spend a week in Mazunte/Zipoite area. Although we love the beach, I kind of regret not having built in more time for Oaxaca and the Valles Central. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a mountain day trip from the Puerto Angel area should we want to take a break from the beach--visit to a coffee plantation or just hiring a driver to view some dramatic mountain scenery would work...any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2006
US Consulate Advice re: Oaxaca  (2 Answers)

As I've posted in a couple of threads, my wife and I are planning a trip to Oaxaca nexy week and had some concerns regarding the escalation of the protest activity. You all have been so helpful. On the advice of one responder to my posts I did contact the consular office in Oaxaca and here is the reply I received:

Sir: the teacher dispute with the state govt here is
ongoing and no solution
is in sight, at least not to public knowledge. you
will not see the
downtown of Oaxaca at its best, but I do not believe
that the teachers, or
the govt, represent any danger to tourists. The State
Dept. information re
this matter is to not participate in demonstrations
and to avoid getting
caught up in them , by going in an opposite direction,
should you encounter
one. I believe you will be safe here.
Mark Leyes
US Consular Agent
Oaxaca, Mexico

This tends to reinforce alot of the good infomation received on this board. While we did cancel our reservations at a hotel right near the zocalo we are very much looking forward to our trip next week...only problem now is I've expanded my search for accomodations beyond the immediate vicinity of the zocalo, I have found so many cool looking places both in town and the surrounding areas--the choice is going to be hard to make!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2006
Trip to Huatulco


I am planning a trip to Huatulco in October.

1) Given the protests situation going on right now, is it safe in Huatulco?
2) Are the protests affecting the beaches in Huatulco?
3) How long have the protests lasted in the past?
4) Would you still recommend going to Huatulco?

Thank you for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2006
Any advice for Jalatlaco or neighboring villages for Aug.2  (1 Answer)

As I wrote in an earlier thread, my wife and I are planning to visit Oaxaca August 2-4. Given the current circumstances we were thinking of cancelling this part of the trip, but it won't be feasible to do that. However, we did cancel the reservations we had at a hotel right off the zocalo based on some information we received on another travel forum that that particular area was blockaded at present. Thanks for everybody's advice to this point.

It was suggested that we look into accomodations in the Jalatlaco area of Oaxaca as this is a little bit removed from the main area of protests. Anybody have any suggestions for this area? Anybody on the ground there know if this area is relatively peaceful right now?

I know Oaxaca has a lot of hotels and due to recent events, probably a lot of vacancies at the moment. Do you think it would be wise to just show up in Oaxaca and find an area (I guess with the help of a taxi driver since we don't speak Spanish) that seems ok and take our chances of finding a place without reservations?

Also, if anybody has any information about accomodations maybe a little outside of the city or in one of the neighboring villages, I would be very grateful.

Despite these disturbances, we are still looking forward to our trip to Oaxaca--might not be what we originally planned, but interesting in its own way seeing a piece of history being made.
Any help, suggestions, advice is most appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2006
Alternate travel arrangements for Oaxaca? Travel advice please!!  (4 Answers)

About a month ago, my wife and I started planning a trip to Oaxaca for our 25th anniversary. Being beach people, we had originally planned to planned to spend our entire time on the coast, but decided to incorporate a few days in Oaxaca as we had heard what a beautiful city it was. At the time we were planning our trip, the teacher's strike was still going on, but things seemed to be calming down and so we went forward to finalizing our arrangements---found a hotel that met our needs a two blocks off the zocalo, where we would stay 2 nights, and booked airfare on AeroTucan for a flight to Huatulco.
From what I read in travel forums, and now in the US media, things appear to be deteriorating--disturbing articles in the New York Times and in the Chicago Tribune this morning. I checked this morning to see what it would cost to change our travel plans given the current situation. Though I had purchased travel insurance from Travelocity, it mainly covers things like health issues--not political unrest. Spoke with a Travelocity rep and was advised that to change the itinerary through them the cost would be about300 per person. I then talked directly to Mexicana and it looks like I can change the itinerary for about100 penalty per person, but we would probably have to eat the cost of the airfare from Oaxaca to Huatulco150 per person or300 on AeroTucan as the agreement pretty clearly states that the tickets are non-refundable. In addition we had booked the hotel just off the zocalo in Oaxaca at a cost of150 for 2 nights. We would also have to incur additional cost of150-200 for accomodations somewhere else either in Puerto Escondido or Huatulco to replace those in Oaxaca.
So in any event it looks like if we are going to try to change these plans it is going to cost us somewhere between750 and1000--a pretty steep penalty--especially since we were already stretching our travel budget by tacking on the Oaxaca leg of the trip.
Sorry for the long winded whining but my excitement of a couple of weeks ago sort of started to turn into a nightmare this morning. Looking for any advice anybody can give me regarding a possible plan B.
Are the disturbances concentrated in the city center? If so, would trying to make arrangements for accomodations in one of the outlying villages be a better option?
If this is a viable option, does anybody have any recommendations as to where to stay?
Any of you seasoned travelers have any advice as to ways to change/cancel travel plans with minimum penalities? I don't mind eating a couple of hundred dollars, but as I said earlier we were already stretching what we were planning to spend by adding on the Oaxaca trip. My wife says that if worse comes to worse we can hole up in our hotel for the couple of days we had planned to be in Oaxaca--but this, of course, isn't exactly what we had hoped for.
Maybe we are being too alarmist--let me know that too. We had hoped for a little adventure on this trip--but from what I read the situation doesn't look too good. Any and all advice will be gratefully appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2006
House rental in Oaxaca  (1 Answer)

Hello, I am looking for a three-bedroom house to rent in Oaxaca city for November and December, 2006. Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2006
Thanks the advice. Booked flight this a.m--Finalizing lodging!

Thanks for everybody"s advice! Booked our flight this morning, 8/2-8/11. So far we are thinking:
2 days Oaxaca (I would love to see if Casa Machaya has openings)--if not any other suggestions--looking to stay under100 usd per night.
2-3 days Puerto Escondido. Villas Carrizalillo looks great--other options Santa Fe? Any other suggestions? Hoping for lodging costs of100-120/night or less...
3-4 days Puerto Angel/Zipolite/Mazunte. I've received alot of advice, not necessarily advising against this move, but more questioning the necessity of it since PE is fairly close. Don't know, but for part of the trip I am looking for "the off the beaten path" kind of experience--kind of ultra laid back, sleepy, and funky. Found a place, Casa Pan de Miel in Mazunte, really nice--isolated but accessible to places that we want to see Zipolite, Puerto Angel, by a fairly short taxi ride. From what I understand, PE is still an hour away from here. Has any one heard, seen, or had experience with this place? It looks wonderful. Other choices we are thinking of are Villa de Luna or Casa de Huéspedes Gundi y Tomas", .El Alquimista, or La Posada Cañón Devata--anybody know anything about these places? Like to keep this leg under80 usd/night for lodging.
2 days in Huatulco. Sill unsure about this part. Although the area seems absolutely gorgeous, it also seems somewhat sanitized, lot's of development, little "real Mexico"...maybe just the feeling I get looking at websites. For here we are thinking private condo--seems to be a lot available.
You all have been great so far--any additional advice is greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2006
Travel advice Oaxaca and coast  (2 Answers)

My wife and I are planning a trip to Oaxaca for our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in August. This is our first trip to Mexico. Obviously, time is growing short so I need to make some plans here pretty quickly. Both of us are very much beach people so we want to spend as much time on the coast as possible...but from what I have read Oaxaca City appears to be something that we should not miss. Here's an itinerary I had in mind--for those of you in the know, does this make any sense?
1. Fly into Oaxaca, arrive in the morning, spend evening at a hotel.
2. Depart next day by air to Puerto Escondido.
3. Spend 3 days in Puerto Escondido {looking for a nice hotel/condo/bungalow--Santa Fe?)
4. Depart PE for Puerto Angel. Spend 3-4 days Puerto Angel. From what I can see accomodations seem a little rougher, more rustic, but the apparent laid back vibe is very attractive to us.
5. Depart Puerto Angel and either return to PE for 1-2 days before flight home or head south toward Huatulco--though the kind of artificial, all-inclusive type of thing is really of no interest to us.
Does this sound doable? Also a couple of specific questions that have probably been posted a million times-
How rainy is the rainy season in August, i.e., dependable strong, but brief shower, or good chance for being rained out the entire week?
Any good recommendations for accomodations in Oaxaca, PE, Puerto Angel, Zipolite, Mazunte?
Thanks for any help you can offer...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2006
Hotel in Oaxaca City for Day of the Dead in 2006  (10 Answers)

Can someone please recommend a hotel that is within walking distance to the main plaza for about50 -100 USD for 2 adults? The hotel doesn't have to be fancy as long as it is clean and have a private bathroom. I have checked several packages for Oct. 30 for 5 nights and the prices are outrageous. Would I be able to get a tour to the cemetery without booking it online?

I am also going to see Monte Alban, Mitla and if anyone can recommend any other places to see, it would be greatly appreciated.

I am leaving SFO on Oct. 27 and will have 8 nights in Oaxaca. The packages on the internet only has 5 nights. I don't have to go on a package.

I am flying from SFO and it looks like my best deal will be to fly into Mexico City and on to Oaxaca. I do not like to fly small planes and Mexicana looks like it's the same type of plane from SFO. Continental Airlines flies from Houston on a small plane.

Thank you for any information that you can provide.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2005
Traveling from Cancun to Puerto escondido  (4 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Mexico this spring - will be flying in to Cancun and will need to get down to Puerto Escondido.
Has anyone made this trip by bus or car?? Any info on this will be very helpful - Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2005
help planning trip to Oaxaca  (4 Answers)

HI all,
My boyfriend and I are in the midst of planning a trip to Oaxaca. We only have a this enough time? If so, where should we prioritize? I was thinking we should spend a few days in oaxaca city and then head to the coast. I need advice about every between areas, where to stay, what to see, what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2005
long term rental in Oaxaca city  (1 Answer)

My husband, daughter and I are moving to Oaxaca at the end of June. If we cannot find a house before then, does anyone know of any nice long-term rentals where we can stay while looking for a house?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2005
Lodging in Oaxaca

I am planning a trip to Oaxaca in September or October for two weeks to study Spanish and just enjoy myself. I have been to San Miguel de Allende several times and absolutely love it! But I would like to spend some time in southern Mexico. I have been reading about a little B&B called Las Mariposas that has very reasonable prices. Has anyone ever stayed there or can anyone give me any info on this B&B? My main concern is that it is near a night club and I am wondering if the music from that would be disruptive for guests at Las Pariposas. Thanks for any help you can give.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2005
Bus from Taxco to Oaxaca

I would be really grateful to anyone who can help me clear up this puzzle. I am in Taxco and want to go to Oaxaca by bus. What’s the best route to pursue? Looking at the map, it seems like the toll highways would lead me to Cuernavaca, then Puebla, then Oaxaca. This is not the most direct route, but I am wondering if the speed of the toll highways makes them faster than something more direct and obscure. Also, I don’t want a road that will make me sick. Can anyone help me plot a route of the fewest hours between these two cities?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2005
Spanish Language study in Oaxaca  (1 Answer)

Hi, I am considering a 3 month study in Guanajuato and then maybe three months in Oaxaca. I have never been to Mexico and don't know much about these 2 cities. I am just starting my research and wonder if these are safe places for a single 25yr girl traveling solo? Also, how would I travel between these two cities? What would be the best time of year to go? Can you suggest any particular language study schools? Would either of these locales be too touristy because I really want the immersion experience to improve my Spanish skills? Any info will be helpful. Thanks, Sonceree

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2004
Bus to Oaxaca from Jalapa  (5 Answers)

Hi, someone graciously sent me the website for the bus schedule in Mexico but alas I am having scads of trouble navigating it. Does anyone know if bus service is available from Jalapa or Morelia to Oaxaca? I realize I could take a hopper from Mexico City but I want to see the countryside so flying is not an option. Will I have to make a dozen transfers or is the route fairly simple? This will be my first time in either city--visiting Guanajuato, Queretaro, y Tasco, too. Thanks so much, Nancy Bell

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2004
political unrest in oaxaca  (1 Answer)

So what's the latest with the zapatistas and political unrest in Oaxaca and/or Chiapas? I see lots of info on the Internet, but it is all dated back to 1994. Is it still considered a risk (related to the political unrest) to travel in Oaxaca? What about chiapas? Or is that all old news?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2004

I've heard there are lots of spiders and scorpions in Oaxaca... how bad is it really and is it dangerous?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2004
Places to Sleep in Oaxaca

Is there a hostel or very cheap hotel near Puerta Escondido? Is camping on the beach advisable? Where is a cheap place in Oaxaca City? What should i see or do to in these places?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2004
seeing travel companion(s)

Q: Hello ! I am a female anthropology student looking for a travel companion who is interested in exploring the states of Puebla, Guerrero or Oaxaca this summer (any time in June or July). My itinerary is very flexible, please write if interested. Hola, Soy un estudiante de antropologia interesada en viajar a los estados de Pubela, Guerrero o Oaxaca desde el Yucatan este verano (en junio o julio). Estoy buscando companieros de viaje. Gracias.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2004
seeing travel companion(s)

Q: Hello ! I am a female anthropology student looking for a travel companion who is interested in exploring the states of Puebla, Guerrero or Oaxaca this summer (any time in June or July). My itinerary is very flexible, please write if interested. Hola, Soy un estudiante de antropologia interesada en viajar a los estados de Pubela, Guerrero o Oaxaca desde el Yucatan este verano (en junio o julio). Estoy buscando companieros de viaje. Gracias.

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