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Mexico: Oaxaca

If you like mountains and ruins, Oaxaca, Mexico is for you. 95% of the population are natives, so many handmade items can be purchasedincluded wool rugs.

Getting There
You can fly to and from Oaxaca to Acapulco and Mexico City. One way is about 500pesos. You can bus, the way we did. We flew from Canadato Acapulco and took a bus to Puerto Escondido, an 8hrs drive. We stayed there, on the ocean for 5 days, then took the bus again to Oaxaca, a 7 hrs drive through the mountains, at the cost of 67pesos.From the Bus Terminal,a taxi for 10 pesos, took us downtown.

The place to stay is as close to the Zacalo (the Constitution Park/Square)as possible, and the costis minimal; only 140 to 200 pesos a double per night. We stayed at the Hotel Real, 807 Hidalgo Ave., just off the Square. Because of the polution and the noice, we took a room which had no outside connectionIt was extremely quite.Most of the Hotels have their own Restaurant and ours did.. 1st Class Tourism buses have all the services including movies withyour luggages well taged.

Food and Service
You can get very good native food at most Restaurant at a very lowprice. You can also get a very large variety of international food.Some will serve better breakfast then others, and in general the service is good. Do not be afraid to experiment. We tried something new every day. If you do not speak Spanish, make sure to bring your dictionary.

Once in Oaxaca, most Hotels offers Tours to visit the 2 main ruins,the Monte Alban and the Mitla, also the oldest tree in the world.You can also travel by the city bus to visit the ruins. It is cheaperand you can take all your time. You have to be on the Square at night.It is crowded with people including the peasants who comes down fromthe mountain to sell theirs goods and handmade clothings. The best nights are the weekends... You also get bands and folklore dancers. Hotel Monte Alban, the oldest Hotel in town, offers also folkclore dancers. You have a large choice of Markets in town or surrounding villages.

WE did not have the time for any fitness and we did not see any Hotels that had a pool.

Having no need for baby-sitting, we did not inquire about it.


Hotel Real
807 Hidalgo Ave
Telephone: (951) 6-40-20

Hotel Meson del Rey
212 Trujano,
P.O, Box 68000
Col Centro
Oaxaca, Oax
Telephone: (951)6-01-81 and 6-01-99
Fax (951)6-14-34

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