Ask María

This forum is for those who would like to know more about Oaxaca in all its aspects. We invite participation from everyone, with questions, answers and comments, but ask that you do not post commercial messages. Please make your questions clear and precise so that they can be answered correctly and completely.

If you need research sources or assistance with specific, legitimate study projects, Ask María.

We can not seem to find a solution to the porn and other vandals, as even the "most secure" systems are being invaded.

So - we are going to try something different. I have set up an email address at askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com to receive and reply to your questions. Periodically I will put up questions and answers here, making general information available as straight read only text without interactive access. MAYBE this will work; we will try it for a while. Please give me your feedback.

We have been doing it this way for a while now and it SEEMS to be acceptable but I wonder if we are losing spontaneity. If you wish to respond or comment on any of the posts - or in general - feel free to email your comments and I will post them in the appropriate space on the page. Please be respectful - no porno, profanity or inappropriate remarks. Muchas gracias.

HERE ARE TWO LINKS which may be helpful:  to a list of the Suburban type VAN SERVICES operating from the city of Oaxaca to various points withn the state and an updated list of SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS in the city.       María

--- On Thu, 2/26/09, john benetti <opentune@gmail.com> wrote:

Ten years ago i met 2 weavers named Jose Luis Vicente Mendoza & Joaquin Vicente Mendoza , they were from Oaxaca but I net them at their shop in Huatulco. Can you help me locate them ??? John Benetti

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:13 PM
Re: weavers

Their family home addresses are in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca C.P. 70420 and are:

Jose Luis - Jose Ma<ria Pino Suarez No. 8 - Tel. (951) 524-4300

Joaquin - Claveles No. 9 - Tel. (951) 524-4350


--- On Sun, 2/22/09, Alex Ozuna <acoz13@comcast.net> wrote:


Do you know what the closest commercial airport is to Huajuapan, Oaxaca?

Thank you,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 1:04 PM
Re: Closest Airport

The international airport in the city of Oaxaca is closest, Puebla is not much farther. Which to choose depends on exact destination, how you prefer to travel on land, etc.


--- On Wed, 2/25/09, Gloria Arredondo <gloria@craigmossbackhoe.com> wrote:

Hello Maria,

I am looking for information on catholic churches in this area, could you help me?



From: maria diaz [mailto:askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: Santa Maria Zacatepec, Oax

I don't know what information you are looking for. Following is a list of the catholic churches in the major towns in the area, along Federal Highway 125 and in Pinotepa Nacional and Jamiltepec.

Parroquia de La Inmaculada Concepción de María en Zacatepec Putla Oax.
Av. Insurgentes. Esq. Calle Oaxaca
Col. Centro
C.P. 71050
Tel. 01 958 58 55 5 92 62

Parroquia de San Isidro Labrador, La Reforma, Putla de Guerrero Oax.
Av. 5 de mayo s/n
Col. Centro.
C.P. 71080
Tel. 01 954 53 9 80 48 Fax. 01954 53 9 80 23

Parroquia de Santa. Maria de la Natividad, Putla de Guerrero Oax
Calle Querétaro Esq. Con Coahuila
Col Centro
C.P. 71000 Putla de Guerrero
Tel. y Fax. 01 953 55 3 00 98

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista en Cacahuatepec Jam. Oax.
Calle Principal Poniente
C.P. 71610 Cacahuatepec, Oax.
Te. 01 954 55 3 40 06 / 55 3 40 13 Fax. 55 3 40 31

Parroquia de San Pedro Apóstol en Amuzgos, Putla Oax.
Carretera Pérez Gazga s/n
Col. Centro
C.P. 71070 Putla Oax.
Tel. 01 954 58 2 86 07

Parroquia de San Sebastián Mártir en Pinotepa de Don Luis, Jam. Oax.
Domicilio Conocido
C.P. 71750
Tel. 01954 54 2 02 20

Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol Jamiltepec Oax.
Av. Hidalgo s/n
Colonia Centro
C.P. 71700
Tel. y fax. 01 954 58 2 80 33

Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol Pinotepa Nal. Jam. Oax.
Plaza Principal s/n
Col. Centro.
C.P. 71600 Pinotepa Nacional Oax.
Tel y Fax.. 01954 54 3 22 61


--- On Thu, 2/26/09, Gloria Arredondo <gloria@craigmossbackhoe.com> wrote:


Sorry to bother you again, but I am actually hoping to find out some information on this Catholic Church.
Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción de María Located in Santa Maria Zacatepec.

Please if you can provide me with any information such as address and phone #, I would truly appreciate your help.


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:55 PM
RE: Santa Maria Zacatepec, Oax

This church is the first on the list I sent you. The correct name is La Inmaculada Concepción and the address in Santa Maria Zacatepec Putla Oaxaca is

Av. Insurgentes. Esq. Calle Oaxaca
Col. Centro
C.P. 71050
Tel. 01 958 58 55 5 92 62

Some pictures of the church are attached.


--- On Sun, 2/22/09, kathryn w hobson <kwhobson@juno.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,
Do you know of any place in Oaxaca where one can swim laps for exercise (which requires a somewhat large pool)?
Thank you,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 3:16 PM
Re: swimming in Oaxaca
The swimming schools that participate in competitions have adequate pools and some offer open swim times. Check Acuarela and Robles Rios under "Natación, Buceo y Clavados, Enseñanza de" in the yellow pages of the directory or on line at http://seccionamarilla.com.mx/


--- On Sun, 2/22/09, Christy Brandt <christybrandt2@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria -

I am planning to come to Oaxaca for 3 months or more with my children to live and for them to go to school. I have a son 7 years old and a daughter who is 9 years old. We plan to move there beginning of April this year.

My question is what school and area you recommend. We are currently thinking we like Colegio Teizcali (from what we have read) because it seems to be a more nurturing type school and I thought all spanish program, as opposed to a bilingual program, would result in more language learning for them.

However, I am a little concerned about how well they would adjust since they only have a little spanish currently. I would work with them and potentially hire a tutor to help them outside of school, but would love to talk/e-mail to other parents who have gone through this to hear about their experience and what they suggest in terms of bilingual verses full immersion. My daughter did go to an all spanish kindergarten and loved it, but they were set up to take english kids who spoke no spanish and help them to adjust.

I plan to come to Oaxaca on March 12th for 10 days to finalize the school and find a place to live. Any advice on an inexpensive place to stay for those 10 days is also welcome. Also if you have suggestions on how to make that 10 days most productive, would be great. I will need to make sure I have registered at a school and secured a place for us to return to on April 3rd.

I have read much of your site and really appreciate the way you share information and connect individuals. It is the most helpful site on Oaxaca I have found!
Thank you,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:22 AM
Re: coming to oaxaca with our children

Unfortunately, I rarely get feedback about school (or other) experiences after the fact. All I can recommend is that you visit ALL the likely schools before making a final decision. Teizcali seems to be well thought of by parents, as do the others mentioned from time to time on Ask Maria, so the most important thing will be your opinion after visiting it and talking to teachers and directors.

One place you might find helpful contacts is the Oaxaca Lending Library - a center for many of the foreign, especially English speaking, population. They have a website at http://www.oaxlibrary.com/ and some of their members have school age children or contacts who do.

Teizcali is on the fringes of San Felipe del Agua, easily accessible by city bus and you should be able to find a reasonably priced place to live in the general vicinity, giving you quiet home living plus easy accessibility to "downtown" and other areas, whether you have a vehicle or not. If you will give me an idea of your budget considerations, both for your March visit and for your longer stay, I will see what may be available.


--- On Sun, 2/22/09, Christy Brandt <christybrandt2@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria -

Thank you for the information. I will check out the Oaxaca lending library.

The budget I was thinking of is as follows:

March 12 – March 21 (9-10 days) I need a modest place for me and my husband to stay. Budget we were thinking of is about $30/night or less, ideally with breakfast and possibly with someone who we could talk to in order to help us understand ads or respond to calls. (That is just a nice to have of course!)

March 25th – June 28th we need a 3 bedroom place that has high speed internet connection. Budget is ideally around $500/month. We can stay at a hotel until the place is ready if renting before April 1st is not an option.

Thank you for any help or guidance you can give! I love Oaxaca the 2 times I have come with my children were wonderful. We came last summer for a wedding (our nanny of 10 years got married to someone from Oaxaca and moved there from the US). During this time the kids were in a spanish summer school for 1 week and loved it. I have dreamed of doing this for 3 years now and am finally at a place in my life when I can make it happen.

Thank you!

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 3:11 PM
RE: coming to oaxaca with our children Add sender to Contacts

I think you may have some budget problems. Look at the hotels on http://www.hotelesdeoaxaca.com to get an idea of prices and locations. La NUEVA Casa de Maria is not an option with your numbers but you might look at http://www.lasmariposas.com.mx/ which is slightly more than you specify but has several positive points: it is right next door to the Library, offers a 10% discount for "friends of the library" (see library website) and the owner, Teresa, is very helpful.

As for finding a three bedroom house for US$500 per month - you could get lucky but I think you may be dreaming here. More realistically you should expect to pay US$1000-1500, possibly less if you are outside the city in a nearby village. Some library members may know of rentals available.

The economic crisis may work in your favor here, as the peso has dropped drastically in value, giving you a better exchange rate - UNLESS hotels and owners decide to raise peso price to current equivalent of dollar.

Mucha suerte.


--- On Wed, 2/18/09, brianwaldo@aol.com <brianwaldo@aol.com> wrote:

Hi Maria:

I am planning a trip to Oaxaca in April, and will be visiting the Pueblos Mancomunados north of Oaxaca City. I've heard that Thursday is market day in Zoogocho, (or is it Solaga?) and would like to go there for the day, spend the night there (is there a hotel? guesthouse?), then return to Oaxaca on Friday morning. I won't have a car, and will need to do all of this on public transport. I haven't found any information about travel to Zoogocho in guide books or online--do you know how easy/difficult it would be to get there from Santa Maria Yavesia, Capulalpam or Ixtlan? And how long would the return trip take, from Zoogocho back to Oaxaca?

Any information you could provide would be very welcome.

mil gracias,


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 11:08 AM
Re: getting to Zoogocho or Solaga

Two bus lines offer service to some of the pueblos mancomunados, easiest to Zoogocho with either Flecha de Zempoaltepetl or línea Benito Juárez. Both are in the Central Camionera in the city of Oaxaca ("second class" bus terminal) and Flecha serves more pueblos.

As each village has a population of around 700, you should not expect to find tourist hotels. Some of the villages along the bus route (Llano Grande, Cuajimoloyas, Benito Juárez on one side, Capulalpan, and others in the districto of Ixtlan) have community ecotourism accommodations llocted about two hours from the city of Oaxaca, or you may prefer to return direct - assuming there is a bus connection. They do not run very often during the day.


--- On Fri, 2/20/09, brianwaldo@aol.com <brianwaldo@aol.com> wrote:

Hi Maria:

Thank you so much for your response. In my diggings online, I did find that línea Benito Juarez has 2 busses daily to Zoogocho, one leaving at 7am, and the other at 2pm.

You mention that the towns are small, and we should not expect to find tourist hotels. But will there be SOME form of hotel? I don't need TV or telephone (electricity, heat, and running water would be nice, though not necessary). Would you have any contact information? I'd hate to get there only to find there's no room at the inn.

Thanks once again for your invaluable help!


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:17 PM
Re: getting to Zoogocho or Solaga

I would not expect much of anything right in Zoogocho or Solaga but you might communicate with Allen who was in that area last year (driving) and has some contacts who may be able to help. Below is his reply:

"Hi Maria,

Good to hear from you. Unfortunately, I never stayed overnight, just took very long day trips. I can confirm that it takes roughly 3+ hours to get to Zoogocho from the road out of Oaxaca, taking 175 through Ixtlan, and about another 45 minutes to get to Solaga from Zoogocho. I have a friend in Solaga now that might be able to help with a place to stay though if you want me to try to get in touch with him.

As far as an email, feel free to share my other email for my Mexico stuff: oaxbow@gmail.com.



--- On Fri, 2/6/09, darrel williams <darrell3456@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria
congratulations on a great site.
I am coming to Oaxaca for a boxing match feb 28th at the auditorio Guelaguetza. Could you please tell me how far it is from the airport and what transportation I would take. Could you also recommend me a low price hotel in the vicinity of the auditorio, as I am on a budget.
Kindest regards

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, February 6, 2009 2:57 PM
Re: travel info
You do not say what time you will arrive in Oaxaca but, if possible, it would be better to arrive in time to go to your hotel, then to the Auditorio Guelaguetza. There are hotels near the Auditorio but you may prefer to be more central and go there only for the boxing match. Saturday is market day in the city and there are lots of things to see/do then and on Sunday. From the airport take the shuttle (Transportes Terrestres).

A good source of information for hotels is at:

Obviously, this is not all the hotels in the city nor all the "best" ones but will give you an idea of price and location, especially as there is a map showing location of each hotel listed. There is also a sort by location feature.

If you want to see more choices, just search for hotels+oaxaca or hostels.com for Oaxaca and use the large scale city map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm plus these individual ones to orient yourself.


--- On Mon, 2/2/09, finn gunderson <finn_gunderson@hotmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I found your webstie on the internet and hope you can help us. My wife and I are planning a visit to Oaxaca soon and would like to find and hopefully visit the two towns of Soyaltepec and Macinesso. We have been unable to locate them exactly on internet maps or our maps of Mexico. In 1911 our grandfather agreed to purchase land in both of these towns from the Jantha Plantation Company through the Alvarado Construction Company. We have a document that lists the addresses and provisions. WE do not think there is any valid claim here, we are just curious to see where he was interested in owning property.

Is it possible to visit these towns on a day trip with a guide from Oaxaca city? Any information you can give us would be appreciated. Also we are interested in your recomendations for English speaking guides with transportation.

Thank you. Finn and Pat Gunderson

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, February 2, 2009 7:19 PM
Re: Soyaltepec and Macinesso

Soyaltepec and Macieniso were located in the area which was flooded in 1949 and early 1950's to create the Presa Miguel Aleman. Part of the original Soyaltepec is now the Island of Soyalepec or Viejo Soyaltepec and there is the larger town of San Miguel Soyaltepec and also Nuevo Soyaltepec. Macieniso disappeared.

I am attaching part of a map showing the respective locations. It is not perfectly pieced together but nearly (-: and is in pdf format so that you can enlarge it and it can still be transmitted. You can relate the map section to the entire state using the map Sectio n2 of 16 at:


There is a mention of the land schemes in the area in the book "Empire and Revolution" by John Mason Hart at:


--- On Sun, 2/1/09, thebalfours <thebalfours@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

Hi Maria

I want to combine a trip to visit friends near San Antonio in Texas in early April with a trip to Oaxaca. Are there are any budget airlines which I can use for all of this journey, or for part of it combined with bus travel? I don’t want bus travel for more than 2 or 3 hours and none overnight. Can I make reservations online from England?

Many thanks


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 1, 2009 6:36 PM
Re: Travel San Antonio to Oaxaca

Continental flies from San Antonio to Houston to Oaxaca for around US$450 round trip but you should reserve promptly, as early April is Holy Week. Mexicana is presently showing a fare of just under US$500, San Antonio to Mexico City to Oaxaca.

You can reserve on line direct with Continental or Mexicana, or using despegar.com, kayak.com or other services.

You could take a bus (around US$100) from San Antonio to Monterrey to connect with Viva Aerobus (http://vivaaerobus.com) who has flights from Monterrey to Oaxaca (around US$170) but it would be a 6-7 hour bus trip, as would any portion of the route and with no advantage.


--- On Tue, 2/3/09, thebalfours <thebalfours@tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

Many thanks for your reply. I have booked Continental.

We will have only 5 full days in Oaxaca (visiting our son who is teaching English there). It would be nice to visit the Pacific coast and Mazunte sounds particularly attractive. To travel there, would you recommend hiring a car, and how many hours driving is it to Mazunte?

Thanks for your help,


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
From: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:26 PM
RE: Travel San Antonio to Oaxaca

Renting a car is not especially expensive, as long as you will be returning to the city where you rent it. Drop off fees can be very expensive. There are several rental companies. You should allow six hours driving time each way, as you must go up out of the central valley and back down all the way to the coast - lots of curves.

There is air taxi service daily - fairly expensive - by AEROVEGA 516-4982,
Aerotucan - Emilio Carranza 303 esq.. Eucaliptos in Oaxaca 502-0840, 502-0842 132-8454

OR you can take one of the Suburban type van services see the list link on the Ask Maria page.


--- On Fri, 1/9/09, David Werning <dwerning@adwparish.org> wrote:

Is there a website specifically for Santo Domingo that I may look at? How do I get information like address, names of the priests, Mass times?

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, January 9, 2009 1:57 PM
Re: Santo Domingo


Templo Santo Domingo de Guzman Padres Dominicos
Constiticuón 101 - 516-3720


--- On Sun, 12/28/08, Dennis & Marcia Henderson <dmhenderson@mchsi.com> wrote:

We will be in Oaxaca January 16 – 21 and then in Huatulco from the 21st through the 25th of January. I’ve read conflicting information on what is considered as appropriate attire for the two areas and would appreciate any advice you could give my wife and I. We are in our mid fifties and plan to visit various sites in and around Oaxaca plus do some shopping while there in addition to finding and enjoying the local cuisine. We will be staying at the Hacienda los Laureles in Oaxaca and the Quinta Real in Huatulco. Any suggestions for shopping and restaurants would be appreciated too. Thank you for your help.

Dennis and Marcia Henderson
Clive, Iowa USA

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 2:09 PM
Re: appropriate attire

Huatulco is a beach area, while Oaxaca is a capital city, so that there are differences in what may be considered appropriate in each place.

For the beach, boating, etc., swimsuits, shorts, etc. are fine but take along something to cover up from the sun, especially on the water - including a hat. For shopping, dining out, etc. around La Crucesita, Santa Cruz, Tangolunda, casual resort wear is better - dress, skirt and blouse, slacks and sport shirt, e.g.

In Oaxaca, casual wear is the norm but please not shorts and beach wear, even though you will see others dressed thus. For visiting archeological sites, villages, and for walking around town, wear comfortable shoes and take a hat. You will need a hat at Monte Alban and other sites and possibly other open areas. Also, dress in layers. The inner layer lightweight for middle of the day warmth/heat, and a sweater/jacket for early morning and evening which MAY be quite cold on your dates.

Both the hotels you mention are "upscale", maybe a little dressier than some others, but for walking around town casual and comfortable townwear is best.


--- On Sun, 12/28/08, Sharon Messbarger <smessbarger@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I am trying to find bus schedule information between Puerto Vallarta and Oaxaca. I cannot find any direct connections. Could you suggest a connecting city and link me to some bus company websites?

Love the website!



From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 1:59 PM
Re: Bus transportation to Oaxaca

From Puerto Vallarta you must go to Mexico City, then to Oaxaca. Both Estrella Blanca's Futura line and ETN have service from PV to TERMINAL NORTE in Mexico City. See http://www.etn.com.mx/ and
http://www.estrellablanca.com.mx/ (sometimes site doesn't work well but buses do)

From there there are several departures daily to Oaxaca. See http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, fares, etc. Here you must select origin DF Norte (type in DF and it will give you a choice of terminales, select Norte). For destination type in oaxaca and choose Oaxaca, Oax. Sometimes you will need to click on "single" more than once for the one way information or it will keep asking for return dates, etc...


--- On Fri, 12/19/08, rojaspcc@comcast.net <rojaspcc@comcast.net> wrote:

maria mi nombre es vicente me gustaria saber el horario de los autobuses ADO para la ciudad de huajuapan de leon saliendo de la tapo muchas gracias por tu ayuda

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 11:26 AM
Re: informacion

Puede ver horarios, tarifas y mas a http://www.ticketbus.com.mx/


--- On Sun, 12/14/08, gcolodner@aol.com <gcolodner@aol.com> wrote:

Hi Maria, thanks for your great advice. I have a holiday already scheduled for Huatulco and Oaxaca in February. We were planning to fly from Huatulco to Oaxaca, but aero tucan's website is saying they are not taking reservations. Have they shut down? What are the other options for travel, including private ground transport? Thank you so much for your response. Greg Colodner

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sunday, December 14, 2008 10:56 AM
Re: Transport question

Aerotucan has been having some internal problems, so I can not be sure what their situation will be in February. Aerovega also flies between Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido regularly but not always to Huatulco, depending on demand.

For both, it is always safer to plan on making reservations when you are here or by phone. They are very good air taxi services but not big international airlines (although Aerotucan has plans to permit on line reservations in the future - assuming they resolve their problems).

AEROVEGA office is in the Hotel Monte Alban building across from the cathedral, 516-4982.

AEROTUCAN is at Emilio Carranza 303 esq.. Eucaliptos (Col. Reforma) in Oaxaca 502-0840, 502-0842 132-8454 - 01-800-640-4148.

As for ground transportation, there is "first class" bus service - schedules, fares and more information at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx - and "second class" bus service - http://www.oaxaca-mio.com/autobus.htm

There are also several van services - see attached information.


--- On Mon, 12/8/08, Danielle Harrington <danielleharrington2@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,
Thank you for having such a great, informative blog. I have a question regarding busing from Oaxaca City to Puerto Angel/Pochutla. We arrive the eve of this December 13th and want to leave for the coast the next morning. I haven't been able to reserve tickets on Ticket Bus (it appears to be down). How should we go about making reservations? Is it best for me to call a bus line directly (my Spanish is intermediate)? From the few bus schedules I could find, it appears that most busses leave in the evening. Is this the case? We are also interested in possibly taking a van. Thanks in advance for yourself. We come back to Oaxaca City on December 21st, and we very much look forward to our stay!

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 6:01 PM
re: bus question

First, TicketBus only lists so-called first class lines. I just checked and it is working. They have changed the format so that you must type in your origin and destination, then click on the correct terminal for each. Also, you must indicate whether one way or round trip. If one way, you may need to check that button a second time after selecting your travel date, so that only a departure date shows.

The next screen shows the departures available, time of departure, cost and travel time. It also shows number of seats available. There are four categories for departure times - dawn, morning, afternoon and night - but currently only dawn and morning are showing, even though departures cover the entire day. Thus, there are five departures shown for Pochutla, for example.

You can continue to see what seats are available - then either exit or continue to purchase your tickets. Be sure to read all the terms for purchasing tickets. If you exit, no seat is reserved but you have an idea of availability.

The "second class" line schedule, fares and reservation information can be found at

I am attaching contact information on the van services.


--- On Sat, 12/6/08, MARGARITA LEON LOPEZ <mifam_slopez@verizon.net> wrote:

From: MARGARITA LEON LOPEZ <mifam_slopez@verizon.net>
Subject: transportation
To: askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 3:34 PM

We were wondering the schedule for suburbans that go from Oaxaca to Tlaxiaco, the cost, and approximate time. Please give us a respond as soon as possible. ITS AN EMERGENCY!!!

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2008 5:04 PM
Re: transportation

There are several companies that offer this service. Contact information is attached.


--- On Tue, 12/2/08, Christian, Seth (Catapult Capital) <Seth.Christian@catapult-llc.com> wrote:


My wife and I will be in Oaxaca in early January and we are interested in finding a guide to take us through the local markets.

Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 8:21 AM
Re: Guides

If you are looking for a registered guide, you will find a list at:


If you want a tours service that offers transportation - set tours, car and driver with or without registered guide, your hotel will be able to recommend one or more of the many operating.


--- On Sun, 11/30/08, Lillian Bertz <orangehula@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Lillian Bertz <orangehula@yahoo.com>
Subject: rotary club in oaxaca city?
To: askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008, 1:24 PM

Hi Maria,

I am a young woman working on a photography project with local youth in Oaxaca City. www.ojosdeoaxaca.blogspot.com

I want to present a slideshow to the local rotary club. Do you know where the Rotary International office is located in Oaxaca City? Phone number?

I cannot find their contact info.

Thanks so much,

Lillian Bertz

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, December 1, 2008 2:43 PM
Re: rotary club in oaxaca city?

There are now three Rotary Clubs in the city:



2008 - Club Rotario Guelaguetza
Curtidurías No. 321

Angel Miguel Aguilar Luis, presidente del Club Rotario Oaxaca;
Gladis Castellanos Hernández, presidenta del Club Rotario Guelaguetza,
Marcos López Gutiérrez, presidente del Club Rotario Oaxaca-Antequera
Santiago Ancona, Gobernador electo del Club Rotario periodo 2009-2010.


--- On Mon, 11/24/08, Hector giron <gironhe@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,
I need to get in contact with a notary public in Teozatlan de Segura Y Luna. Close to Hujuapan de Leon. Could you please help? I was told that there is one in Teozatlan, at the government building but I have had no luck getting in contact with them. Thank you


Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:48 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Tezoatlan

There is a telephone caseta in Tezoatlan - numbers (953)518-2896,, 518-2197 and 518-2198 - so you can call. Or send a telegram or mail care of Presidente Municipal (Codigo Postal is 69208).

You can also try to communicate via the website http://tezoatlan.spaces.live.com/

For general information about Tezoatlan, see http://www.e-local.gob.mx/work/templates/enciclo/oaxaca/municipios/20549a.htm


--- On Fri, 11/14/08, Wendy Burton <burtonwl@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi, Maria! My friend and I are going to Oaxaca for Christmas (19-26 Dec). I already know about the Rabanos and Nochebuena, but I am wondering what we should plan to do on December 25. Will restaurants be open? Would buses be running to some of the outlying towns, and would the people there welcome our visits on this day? I don't want to intrude in anyone's holiday but I would love to see something of how Oaxacan families celebrate Christmas. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:55 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Christmas in Oaxaca

Christmas is one of the very few days in the year when "everything" is not open. But, neither is "everything" closed. Some restaurants will be open, the archeological sites will open, buses and taxis will operate.

December 25 is basically a family oriented day. You might plan to visit a village of artisans (such as Teotitlan del Valle) where people work in their homes. Walk around town and you will see which doors are open, but what you see will be the more public side in most cases, as family celebrations tend to not open the doors to the public. You will probably see more celebration a few days before December 25, with the Posadas and other observances, so maybe this is a good day to visit Monte Alban, Mitla or one of the other sites instead.

See http://oaxacalive.com/diciembre.htm for more ideas.


--- On Sun, 11/9/08, ron coppola <roncopp@comcast.net> wrote:

Hola Maria,
What a wonderful website you have. I stumbled across your site as I am looking for current information about health care, health practices, and general information about family life in Oaxaca. I am a nursing student and we are learning about different cultures and how different cultures deal with illness and what type of access to health care is available. If you have a moment, I would love to hear your perspective on how someone in Oaxaca today, if they are ill, how and where they cah obtain medical care. What type of health care is available? Is health insurance available to all? Is it expensive to go see a doctor in Oaxaca. Do many still rely on folk healers? Is education available to all in Oaxaca? Is education provided free for primary grades? I would appreciate any input you can provide.

Thank you Maria

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:15 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Information on Oaxaca today

Health care is available in a number of forms: the official Seguro Social is provided through employer channels, for federal government employees (which includes teachers) through ISSSTE (Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado) and other employees through IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social). It is possible to obtain it other than through your work but not prevalent.

A recently added program is Seguro Popular which anyone can join for very little moneywith no relationship to employment. It does not have the more extensive hospital and advanced care infrastructure that Seguro Social has. Both provide prescribed medicines free of charge.

It is possible to purchase health insurance, including major medical coverage, through commercial insurance companies but quite expensive for most people.

There are many private clinic/hospitals and doctors of all kinds and specialties - both alopathic and homeopathic. Additionally, many rely on some traditional medicine and healers. The federal health authorities have some programs combining traditional medicine practices with the alopathic. Once such clinic is in Capulalpam in Oaxaca.

Some doctors charge according to the patient's ability to pay, most fees are reasonable, and some specialists are quite expensive.

Education is available to all, in the sense that there are many schools, of all levels, both public and private. By law, primary education in public schools is free but in practice can be quite expensive for a low/no income family, because of uniforms, notebooks and other supplies, etc. Textbooks are free at that level.


-- On Tue, 11/4/08, MadridLawFirm@aol.com <MadridLawFirm@aol.com> wrote:


I am interested in the Reto-De-Muerte, which I understand is practiced by the Zapotecs. Where can I learn more about it?

Ed Madrid

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:43 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Anthropology of Zapotecs

No one I have consulted (anthropologists, zapotec and otherwise, as well as zapotec historians) has ever heard of Reto-de-Muerte. Do you have more information about what it is and why you think it has some relation to the zapotec culture?


--- On Sat, 11/1/08, Joe Grant <jgrant1@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

My wife and I will be in Oaxaca during the Christmas Holiday. Are most of the shops and attractions closed on 12/25?

I am looking for things to do on that day.



Saturday, November 1, 2008 2:40 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Christmas in Oaxaca

Most all tourist oriented business will be open, as will the archeological sites. Things will be quiet in general, but it is a good idea to visit nearby villages, natural beauty spots, take a drive/hike up into the Sierra to enjoy the scenery, eat at a trout farm or Del Monte restaurante, go a little farther for horseback, hiking and other physical activities. Search for "sierra norte oaxaca" for many ideas and information.


--- On Wed, 10/15/08, ilene o'malley <valentina70@hotmail.com> wrote:

I want to go from Mexico City or Puebla to Juxtlahuaca and back again by bus during daytime hours. Ok to stay over one night en route if necessary to avoid night travel. I've looked at bus websites, but the only busses I have found seem to travel between 11pm and 3am, which I am simply not willing to do.

What do you recommend?

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 5:57 PM
Re: Juxtlahuaca

To get to Sanatiago Juxtlahuaca, the best way is definitely to fly into the city of Oaxaca - Volaris, Aviacsa, Mexicana and Aeromexico all have regular service. Volaris is supposed to be very cheap, Aviacsa also but check with them for actual prices and promotions.

From here there is no direct bus service but there is transportation in Suburban type vehicle (14-15 passengers) leaving Oaxaca every hour between 04:00 and 20:00, return trips depart Juxtlahuaca every hour from 04:00 to 18:00 and at 22:00. The one way cost is $120 MN per person and the trip takes about 4 hours.

The company is Autotransportes Tierra del Sol at Trujano No. 420, Centro Historico and their telephone in Oaxaca is 501-2195.

Note: even if you decided to fly into Puebla, the cost is 2-3 times more than to Oaxaca and the driving time (there is no bus service) about 5-6 hours. Veracruz is totally out of the question.

If you prefer to start from Mexico City, go to the TAPO Terminal where you have a choice of many departures to Huajuapan (See http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, fares, etc.).

From Huajuapan there is service to Juxtlahuaca with
Tel. 953 5305204


--- On Wed, 10/15/08, Keith Theriot <ktheriot34@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hello. My name is Elizabeth and we have had a handmade knife in our family for over 40 years. It was found by our grandfather on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain near the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which allows for the overflow from the Mississippi River, in Louisiana. The knife is engraved that it was made in Oaxaca. It is 13 1/4 inches long. The blade is 8 1/4 inches long. It is tarnished but otherwise in excellent condition. It appears to be a bone handle and at the end of the handle is a metal Falcon or some other type of bird. One side is engraved with a forest scene which has a tiger chasing a deer,some smaller plants and grass, a tree, a cactus, and some clouds.The other side is engraved with "Chiquito se me hace el mar Para hacer un buncho de agua". Any information on this object or any information on someone who knows about antique Oaxacan Weapons would be appreciated. Please contact me by email. Thank you.

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 5:55 PM
Re: Oaxacan Knifes

The saying is "Se me hace chiquito el mar para echarme (or hacer) un buche de agua" and is used by or to refer to pretentious people to point out their self-sufficiency and excess of confidence. Perhaps there is an error on your knife or the engraving is worn?

I would not expect this to be antique in any true sense of the word or a weapon but rather a hunting or working knife, because of the size of the blade. This kind of excellent quality hand forged steel knife, with the engraved saying and the decoration, is one of the things Oaxaca is famous for for some five hundred years and a favorite souvenir for some tourists.

The knives are made in several areas of the state but perhaps the most famous of the families doing this work is the Aragon family. Attached are some pictures of this kind of knife and of one of the current generation of the Aragon family.


--- On Mon, 10/13/08, donrhogue@aol.com <donrhogue@aol.com> wrote:

Hola Maria!

You mention the Tribus Mixes as creating wooden figuras for sell? Can you tell me where to find them? Are they in Oaxaca City? We are going the end of November and are interested in seeing their work. Thank you.

Don Hogue

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 11:21 AM
Re: Tribus Mixes

The group of artesanos known as Tribus Mixes live and work in the village of Trinidad de Viguera, adjacent to the city of Oaxaca, at Libramiento Norte No. 98.  Their cellular phone numbers are 044-951-103-4776 and 044-951-547-9321 - Noel Martinez and Neftalí Martinez.  Their email address is artesaniasfinasdemadera@yahoo.com


--- On Sun, 10/12/08, Vicki Kessler <hectorvee@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I found your website, and wanted to ask a couple questions.

My two girlfriends and I are planning to come to Oaxaca City on Sunday, November 2nd.  We would like to take the bus from Mexico DF. Do you have a link to departure times, and do we need to make a reservation?

Also, should we have acommodations reserved in Oaxaca City. We had thought about arriving and seeing what was available, but perhaps this is not a good idea.  We will be staying through Friday, and enjoy staying in local hotels rather than big chains.

Any help you could give us would be very appreciated.

Thank You.
Vicki Kessler

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 4:44 PM
Re: a visit

For information on bus schedules, fares, etc., see http://www.ticketbus.com.mx  There are departures from TAPO every hour or so to Oaxaca, so a reservation is not really necessary.

As for hotels, you plan to arrive November 2 when Day of the Dead visitors are still in town, so it would be a good idea to reserve for at least the first night - especially if you will be arriving at night (the bus takes six hours from Mexico to Oaxaca,so count at least eight hours from your plane's arrival time to arrival at a hotel).  Then, if you wish, you can explore other possibilities at leisure.

You will find many hotels, B&B's, hostels searching on line.  You might also consider la NUEVA Casa de Maria Bed & Breakfast (http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm)


--- On Mon, 10/6/08, SJW <SJW@MacDialUp.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,

I would like to visit Oaxaca late Oct. - early November, but I know that is a very busy time there, so I may come a bit later - say mid-November. I will be travelling alone, and want to spend some time in Oaxaca as well as Chiapas. I'm interested in current culture as well as ancient ruins.

I've often done homestays with language schools and it's a great way to feel part of things. Do you know anyone who offers this. (I'm a mature gringa)

How are the land routes from Oaxaca to Chiapas? I'm interested especially in San Cristobal.

Desculpa que escribo en engles. Hablo espanol, pero no escribo ni leo muy bien.


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2008 6:00 PM

The homestays are arranged by the language schools, so unless you plan to enroll you should probably look at small bed and breakfasts, hostels, etc.

Bus service takes about 11 hours and is very comfortable.  Schedule and other information is at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx BUT TicketBus is presently showing schedules for only one month at a time and you will have to check November departures closer to the date.  Not to worry - schedules change very little from month to month.  With fuel cost increases, the cost may change slightly more often than in the past.


--- On Mon, 10/6/08, Bushley, R. Alan <RBushley@rwbeck.com> wrote:

My wife and I are planning to visit Oaxaca at the end of November and are trying to plan our trip.

We will be flying into Mexico City on November 22 and want to either take the train or bus to Oaxaca that evening. I am having difficulty finding information on the train and bus schedules. Could you provide us with this information and any recommendations. If you know a web site(s) either in Spanish ( my Spanish is quite good) or English where I can obtain the information, that would be helpful.   

Also, if you have suggestions for a bed and breakfast or small hotel in Oaxaca, we would appreciate the information. We are looking for modest, but clean and quiet accomodations within walking distance of the zocalo.

Gracias por su ayuda,
R. Alan Bushley

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2008 5:45 PM

There is no longer train service to Oaxaca - indeed, to most of the country.  Progress!?

You can find bus schedule information at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx  It is now in English, French and German, as well as Spanish.  To choose origin and destination points, the most convenient terminal is Mexico TAPO (Take the "Official" transporte terrestre taxi from the airport to TAPO - see http://aicm.com.mx for this and other useful information about the Mexico City airport).  Your arrival terminal is simply Oaxaca.  Be sure the date is complete and correct so that the system can work.

You might consider la NUEVA Casa de Maria Bed & Brreakfast - just a few steps from the Tourist Walk, Santo Domingo and the zocalo.  http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm


--- On Mon, 10/6/08, Lauren Doyle <ldoyle2@towson.edu> wrote:


I came across your website while researching good times of the year to fly into Oaxaca.  My fiance's father is from Oaxaca, and I am interested in starting to plan our wedding there, but I am running into some problems with flights.  I was wondering if you knew of any times of the year that are better to travel than others.  I live in New Jersey, and currently I have found flights for $800-1000, which  will turn out to be too expensive.  Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks so much!

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2008 9:32 AM
Re: flying into Oaxaca

I find that the best way is to check frequently with the on line companies like orbitz.com, expedia.com, etc. You can also register with them so that they advise you when there are promotions.

I prefer kayak.com and despegar.com, as they show (nearly) every possible flight, with taxes included, at a glance, then connect you to the company you choose that is offering the best price.

You might also check flights to Mexico City, which are often proportionately cheaper than all the way to Oaxaca, then look for one of the airlines that many US airlines do not offer a connecting rate. One possibility is volaris.com who have just started flights from Toluca airport (just outside Mexico City) to Oaxaca that, until December 10 cost just $500 pesos one way - less than US$50.  There is bus service from Mexico City airport to Toluca for about US$10.  Others are Aviacsa, Mexicana national promotions, etc.  Northwest and US Air have had good offers in recent months.


--- On Tue, 9/30/08, Clare Pointer <lmn271181@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:


My name is Clare, I am from England. I live in Oaxaca with my partner who is from Oaxaca. At the moment we are having problems gaining him a visa to come to England to work and I would love to know please if anyone has any experiences of getting married here to a person from Oaxaca???? From the Immigration office they told me that if we plan on getting married here first, my partner would have to be earning 15,000 pesos every month--- which as im sure MOST people who live here understands, That is a lot more than the average wage here, what have other couples done in this situation???

I don’t like the idea of getting married simply for a visa, BUT are plan is to get married anyway in England, so we think that if it will help our chances, we should get married first!!!

Any ideas, gratefully received as we have been denied 1 visa, for an unmarried partner—simply because I am English and the papers state that I can not invite or sponsor a person to come to England as I am English—I know, RIDICULOUS—NO???


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2008 6:10 PM
Re: advice please......

I can not give you advice about UK requirements.  You can check those at:


As for marrying here, check with the Registro Civil to see if it is possible in your case.  Attached is general information about requirements, cost, etc.


     --- On Fri, 9/26/08, jodi wirth <jodiwirth@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Maria, I am traveling to tuxtepec, oaxaca to visit  family. What is the closest airport? Veracruz, or Oaxaca. Also, what is the best and safest way to then get to tuxtepec. Thanks Jodi

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 6:52 PM

The Veracruz airport is closer, both in distance and time and also avoids the mountains you would have to cross if arriving from Oaxaca.  You could rent a car at the airport and drive in about two hours (see Traza tu Ruta at http://sct.gob.mx for route and driving information) - or take a bus from the ADO first class terminal - about three hours (see http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedule and other information).


--- On Wed, 9/24/08, Rumin Jehangir <ruminj@gmail.com> wrote:

HI Maria,

Do you know if Aero Tucan  and Aero Vega still have flights from Oaxaca to Huatulco? I went to Aero Tucan's website and they are not taking reservations.

We  want to leave Oaxaca on October 15th for Huatulco - will it be difficult to get a flight? and do you know how much a one way ticket costs in USD?

Thanks Much for you help,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 12:37 PM
Re: travel from Oaxaca to Huatulco

Aerotucan has flights daily at 9:00 (10:00 Sundays) at $1334.54 OW $2678.63 RT net. (Today's rate of exchange is 10.52-1 - don't know what it will be at time of your travel.)

Aerovega is not presently flying to Huatulco but may add flights in October, according to demand.

For both, it is always safer to plan on making reservations when you are here or by phone.  They are very good air taxi services but not big international airlines (although Aerotucan has plans to permit on line reservations in the future).

AEROVEGA office is in the Hotel Monte Alban building across from the cathedral, 516-4982.

AEROTUCAN is at Emilio Carranza 303 esq.. Eucaliptos (Col. Reforma) in Oaxaca 502-0840, 502-0842  132-8454 - 01-800-640-4148.


--- On Thu, 9/25/08, Rumin Jehangir <ruminj@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks Maria! Very helpful.

I get motion sickness very easily and the bus option does not sound like it would be a good idea for me.

Does the price you mention below include taxes?

One last question, is Monday October, 13th a holiday in Oaxaca for columbus day -- we will be there only 3 days from the 11-15th and want to make sure its sufficient time.

thank you again :-)

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:46 PM

The airfares mentioned are net - that includes taxes.

October 12 is el Dia de la Raza and any celebration on the Monday 13 will not affect tourist destinations, restaurants, businesses, etc.


--- On Mon, 9/22/08, Karla Santana | Pepe & Elmer Media <ksantana@pepeandelmer.com> wrote:


I will be traveling to Oaxaca in a couple of days and am looking for a martial arts school

I heard there is one on Colonia Reforma my friend took a class with Alfredo Garcia do you know how to contact his school?


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 12:11 PM

There are a number of businesses offering classes in Tae Kwon Do and others but very few are listed in the yellow pages.  I think the one on H. Colegio Militar may be the one your friend attended.


--- On Sat, 9/20/08, Marlene LeGates <mlegates@capilanou.ca> wrote:

H Maria,
I sent in a question awhile ago but haven't seen it addressed in your forum.  Specifically, we would like to travel from Haultuco to Tapachula and into Guatemala by bus.  I've tried looking up bus schedules but I'm always told my search is invalid.  I know Cristobal Colon has two departures daily to Tapachula but from where?  and how long?  I'd really like to know how long it might take us to take that route.
Thanks for your help,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2008 5:54 PM
Re: southern route

We have not received this specific question recently but are happy to reply.

According to the schedule for September and October 2008, there is one departure daily from Huatulco to Tapachula at 19:50 via Cristobal Colon.  The trip is 12 hours 40 minutes so should arrive around 8:30 AM following day.  

Since Ticketbus updated their page to offer round trip and other information, I find that often it will not accept a one way request unless you select or reselect One Way AFTER completing the other information.  Keeping at it, it does work.  If you are looking for information more than about sixty days in advance, you may get an invalid search comment, as they only provide "current" schedule information - about sixty days.  As there are few changes from month to month, you can check current dates and still have a good idea of future schedules.

You can find Guatemala schedule information at http://www.transgalgosinter.com.gt/


--- On Thu, 9/11/08, Martha Gamboa <magh10@yahoo.com> wrote:

Subject: Going from Oaxaca to Huatulco


We are planning a last minute trip to Oaxaca for the Day of the Dead celebrations. When does everything begin? So far we are planning on getting there on October 30th. I am just having a difficult time finding hotels, but I have found a few.

We are then planning to head to Huatulco. What is the best way to get to Huatulco? The only airline that I have found in Aerotucan. If we go by bus is it difficult to find tickets at this time? Can you purshase ahead of time? Would we be Ok if we purchase the tickets once we get to Oaxaca? I have not found any websites where I can purchase them from. I live in the United States.

Thanks in advance

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 12:00 PM

Arriving on October 30 will let you see most of the larger events. For more information about the history and traditions, see http://oaxacalive.com/muertos.htm

Both Aerotucan (502-0840, 502-0842, 01-800-640-4148) and Aerovega ( 951-516-4982) offer air taxi service to and from Huatulco and Puerto Escondido but neither is very good about replying to email. It is better to call them once you are in Oaxaca.

As for bus service, you can purchase first class line tickets on line (https://www.ticketbus.com.mx), at the ADO terminal or at any of the TicketBus offices around the city. The so-called second class lines depart from the terminal across from the Mercado de Abastos and have numerous departures daily but you can only purchase tickets at the terminal, not sooner than 24 hours prior to departure. See the large scale map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm for locations of terminals.

In all cases, you should have no problem getting tickets for your choice of departure dates with one or other of the transport options once you arrive here.


--- On Tue, 9/9/08, Vee Ainars <maize2008@rocketmail.com> wrote:

Subject: ecotours

I will be in Oaxaca for about a month in October and want to see a little beyond Oaxaca City. I am especially interested in a trip to the Sierra Norte.. Do you have any recommendations, especially with groups that benefit the local economy? Do I need to pack anything beyond good walking shoes and a warm jacket? Also, what about a trip to Tehuantepec? Thank you!

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 8:09 PM

One such organization is Pueblos Mancomunados Proyecto Exoturistico de la Sierra Norte de Oaxaca - http://www.sierranorte.org.mx/

Another is:
Expediciones Sierra Norte
García Vigil No. 406, Centro
Oaxaca, Oax. 68000
Tel. (951) 5 14 82 71
Fax (951) 5 16 77 45

Basic necessities:
Comfortable Shoes Suitable for hiking
A Sweater or jacket for cooler night time temperatures
Hat and Sunglasses
Sunscreen and bug repellent if you use these
Water bottle

Note: It can be quite hot midday, so you should dress in layers that you can take off or put on as needed.

It is very easy to take a bus to Tehuantepec (about four hours) and from there visit other parts of the Isthmus.


--- On Thu, 9/4/08, yvette <yvettevanreekum@hotmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria

I am coming to Oaxaca in January to study spanish. Yeeeeha!! Can't wait!! I will be finishing a tour in Antigua, Guatemala, and from what I have found online flights and buses seem to be really expensive.

Can you please advise me on the best way to get to Oaxaca from Guatemala. Also how long this trip would take, 12hrs? And what is a price estimate for the buses. Will I be okay buying a ticket on the day, or should i try to buy it before-hand?

Your help is much appreciated

Regards Joke

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2008 5:00 PM
Re: travel

There are no direct flights from Guatemala to Oaxaca, all go first to Mexico City. So, you will need to take a Guatemalan bus to the border at Tapachula, Oax.(about 5-7 hours depending on stops, etc.), then change to a Mexican line for the journey to Oaxaca (aprox 11-12 hours).

See http://www.transgalgosinter.com.gt/ and http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, fares and other information.  Schedules, etc. are only posted about sixty days ahead but there is little change from month to month, so you can get a general idea now and refine/confirm closer to your travel date.

It would appear you can not buy tickets on line with Galgos but with TicketBus, yes.  However, I would not expect any problem purchasing your ticket in Guatemala a day or so ahead and on arrival in Tapachula.


--- On Fri, 8/22/08, Brian Bloom <bdbloom@aol.com> wrote:

Dear Maria:

Maybe you could help me out.  I'm living in Oaxaca this year (7/08 to 7/09).  I play guitar and mandolin in different styles and am enchanted with Son Jarocho music and very interested in learning how to play jarana and requinto jarocho.  I realize that the state of Veracruz is the place to be for this style of music but I'm hoping to find folks in Oaxaca who play Son Jarocho.  I've already poked around all the local music stores and the Casa de Cultura but  haven't turned up anything yet.   Any suggestions?

Thanks and thanks for your excellent website,


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2008 5:00 PM

I am trying to locate possible teacher(s) but have not been able to connect with them yet.  Will let you know.


--- On Thu, 8/14/08, naomi sharp wrote:

Hi Maria
Your site is wonderful and so helpful.
We will be living in Oaxaca for 5 months and as I am learning Flamenco dance here I would like to continue learning and was wondering if you know anyone who teaches this in Oaxaca? I have looked on the internet but can’t find anything besides traditional Mexican dance and salsa.
Thank you
Best wishes

Friday, August 15, 2008 12:37 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Flamenco dance classes

You do not say when you plan to be in Oaxaca. Presently, there are no flamenco classes offered but should there be sufficient demand that could change. You might check with the dance academies (under Academias de Baile and Escuelas de Enseñanza Artistica in the yellow pages) and the Centro Español de Oaxaca (515-3433) when you are here.


--- On Wed, 8/13/08, Alma Lizarraga <lilianaruelas@gmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,

Mi esposo y yo estamos pensando en visitar Oaxaca en unos dias. Viajaremos en carro del DF y queremos ir a las playas, pero tambien me gustaria visitar lugares donde pueda contactar artesanos Oaxaquenos, pues trabajo en una ONG que quiere empezar un projecto de promocion de artesanias mexicanas. Nos podrias recomendar lugares que podamos visitar y cual seria la ruta mas conveniente para manejar para alla?

Mil gracias!

Friday, August 15, 2008 12:53 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Re: Preguntas de Oaxaca

Primero, en cuanto a las artesanias, usted no menciona el tipo de artesanias que le interesa - hay cientos de miles de artesanos quienes trabajan en decenas de medios. Muchos de estos se encuentran alrededor de la capital del estado pero hay otros muchos en lugares distintos en todo el estado. Esta pagina


puede ser util para orientarse y el mapa a http://oaxacalive.com/Itinerary.htm le dara informacion sobre rutas y distancias relativas.

Para informacion sobre rutas del DF y a las playas, puede ver Traza Tu Ruta en la pagina de la SCT - http://www.sct.gob.mx/


--- On Tue, 8/12/08, Montsserrat Hernandez <monsyhernandez@gmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,
espero y me puedas ayudar. Tengo planeado ir a Oaxaca para dia de muertos este año. Llegariamos el 31 de Octubre. Me interesa saber si hay alguna clase de competencia de ofrendas o algo por el estilo. Tienes alguna recomendacion de que artesanos visitar que trabajen con piesas de de dia de muertos? Te agradesco mucho de antemano cualquier ayuda que me puedas dar.
Saludos desde Chicago,

Friday, August 15, 2008 1:02 PM
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>

Suele haber una competencia patrocinada por el Municipio entre tiendas y negocios del Centro Historico por "el mejor altar", asi como otras particulares a veces en escuelas u otras organizaciones. - algunas bien publicitadas y otras no tanto. Tambien hay comparsas y otros tipos de eventos alusivos a los muertos.

En cuanto a los artesanos que se dedican a hacer piezas especiales para muertos, hay varios. Tal vez los mejor conocidos serian las familias de Doña Elpidia Chacon y de las hermanas Aguilar en Ocotlan pero hay muchos otros cuyos trabajos se encontraran en las tiendas y puestos de la ciudad.


On Thu, 8/7/08, "Eilon" <eilon@uol.com.br> wrote:

Dear Maria,

My name is Eilon and I?m a Brazilian looking a bus from Mexico City to Lazaro Cardenas City in Michoacan. My final destination is Nexpa River. I would appreciate very much if you can give me some information.

How about renting a car and drive to destination? Is it save? How about driving during the night?

Thank you in advance,


From: maria diaz [mailto:askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com]
Sent: quinta-feira, 7 de agosto de 2008 14:51
Subject: Re: FW: bus info

Omnibus de Mexico http://www.odm.com.mx/ and Estrella de Oro http://www.autobus.com.mx/edo/ have service from Mexico City to Lazaro Cardenas.  From there you will find local transport to Caleta de Campos and on to Rio Nexpa.

As for driving, it is about seven hours from Mexico City to Lazaro Cardenas via mostly toll roads.  You can see maps at http://sct.gob.mx/  Go to Atlas Carretero (under conoce la infraestructura scrolling down the page) where you can click on maps of Guerrero and Michoacan.  These are in restricted pdf format, so you can't print but you can copy to have on your computer. For driving distances, routes, toll costs, etc., select Traza tu ruta on the same sct page.

This should be a good safe route but remember that you are in mountains most of the way, so you should NEVER drive at night and you should always be alert for people and animals on the road, even on the limited access toll roads, as well as possible rock slides or small washouts during the rainy season.

The route from Lazaro Cardenas to Nexpa is not included but is on Federal Highway 200, about 70 km of mostly flat, straight good highway.

You can check the car rental web pages for their rates, vehicles available, etc.


On Thu, 8/7/08, "Eilon" <eilon@uol.com.br> wrote:

Dear Maria,

Thank you very much for your fast reply and kindness. I`m impressed with your local knowledge. Congratulations! If you need something from Brazil, please don`t exitate to let me know.

All the best,

Eilon (your Brazilian friend)

--- On Tue, 7/29/08, Alfredo Herrero <alhero@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Subject: Artist Joaquin Chiñas

I'm looking for information on a Mexican Artist: Joaquin Chiñas.  I have a large original drawing done in 1962.  The piece is named Lucia.  I searched the WEB but did not find much information on Mr Chiñas.  I thing he was originally from Oaxaca.
Thanks in advance for your help

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 11:27 AM
Re: Artist Joaquin Chiñas

You are correct that the late Joaquin Chiñas was born in Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.  I have not been able to find much information about him, either, but will do some checking with artistic and/or Istmeño sources when I have an opportunity.

Meanwhile, some of his work will be included in Entijuanarte in October 2008 (see http://www.entijuanarte.com/artistas.html) and you might also inquire with Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies  (http://aztlanjournal.metapress.com/) who have published some of his work.


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, Timothy Van Belle <timothy.vanbelle@telenet.be> wrote:

Subject: Dias de los muertos

Hello Maria,

we were looking for information about the 'Dias de los Muertos' in Oaxaca, Mexico and read your article on the internet. We would like to stay there from 28th. of october till 2nd of november 2008.

We were wondering if you know a nice & clean hostel in the neighbourhood of the most important cemetery 'Panteon General' (San Miguel)? Is the cemetery located in the city center?

Timothy y Barbara (Belgica)

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:48 PM
Re: FW: Dias de los muertos

If you are looking specifically for hostels, check

There are also some hotels of various categorie$ marked on the attached map and you can find more by searching for "hotels+oaxaca".

You will note that the Panteon General (San Miguel) is located just to the east of the Historic Center - on the far right of the map - in easy walking distance of many, many accommodations.


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, Annette Glanckopf <Annette_G@att.net> wrote:

Subject: Question about Oaxaca

Hello Maria

A group of us are considering coming to Oaxaca in early 2009 for a Rotary project and a few days recreation.
Our president seems to recall a great visit to a factory that made mescal...He said it was very authentic and the tour was very interesting. I can't seem to find anything like this in the guidebooks. Is there such a place in Oaxaca City?

Many thanks for any advice

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:39 PM
Re: Question about Oaxaca

There are a number of mezcal factories that offer tours - and tastes. Most are located outside the city along the highway to Mitla and Matatlan - some old established traditional attractions and other newer ones - all with someting of interest.

I have visited one fabrica several times - el Mitleño located at the entrance to Mitla.  As well as the manufacturing and fermenting process and the tasting room, they also have a small restaurant offering traditional lunch menus.

Should your group hire a vehicle and driver by the hour or day, you would have the freedom to plan your itineraries with flexibility and spontaneity, including a stop at any of the factories that may catch your eye along the road.  Alternatively, many of the set tours include a tour of a mezcal factory and your hotel can help you with all this planning.


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, Annette Glanckopf <Annette_G@att.net> wrote:

Subject: Re: Question about Oaxaca

Hello Maria

Thanks for the speedy feedback!!  We probably won't have an official tour, but just hire a bus. We will be under the care of the local Rotarians.

In any case, our president remembers a wonderful experience touring a mezcal factory in the city of Oaxaca. He is so frustrated that he can't remember more. He described it as very authentic, a dusty facility, an older gentleman with a serape and mules grinding the cactus...something like this. I couldn't find anything like this ....So perhaps it has disappeared.  Does this sound familiar?

We probably won't have time for 2 ruins and most likely will go to Monte Alban. Mitla sounds very interesting... but time is limited.

Thanks so much for your note

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:26 PM
Re: Question about Oaxaca

I can't think of anywhere inside the city such as you describe and don't know how long ago your president visited! Still, the cactus is still ground the same way in the authentic factories you would want to visit (there are now some modern high tech production ones, too, but not as picturesque - and personally I still prefer the taste of mezcal made the old traditional ways, of different varieties of agave and using local methods).

If at all possible, you should try to see some of the many things on the road to Mitla, even if you don't go to the archeological site there.  On that "route" are el Tule tree, Teotitlan del Valle weavers, Tlacolula indigenous market on Sunday mornings, the mezcal factories, archeological sites at Yagul, Lambityeco, Dainzu, the Yaguar zoo, 16th century temple at Tlacochahuaya, etc., etc.

On the Monte Alban "route" are Arrazola, Atzompa, Cuilapam, Zaachila, while on the "Ocotlan route" are San Bartolo Coyotepec, Tilcajete, Jalaietza, San Antonino, Friday market in Ocotlan, etc., etc.

Plus many, many more "don't miss" destinations.  See http://oaxacalive.com/oaxinfo.htm for more information and enjoy as much as you can, then come back for more another time!


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, marlene mcgrath <virgo8marlen@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Subject: Hospedaje

Hola Maria!

Me podrias orientar que hospedajes se encuentran cerca del zocalo, seguros, limpios y con precio moderado, mi marido y yo lo necesitamos para tres noches.   Tengo dificultades para subir escaleras, asi que lo que necesitamos es en la planta baja.
Te agradecere si me das ideas.

Fraternos saludos,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:26 PM
Re: Hospedaje

Hay muchos hoteles, de varias categorias, ubicados en el Centro Historico.  Puede ver algunos listados a http://www.cronica.com.mx/zt/hoteles-oaxaca.php, http://www.hotelesdeoaxaca.com/oaxaca.html y muchos sitios mas, buscando hoteles+oaxaca+centro.  Hay que recordar que muchos de los hoteles estan en estos listados porque pagaron por estar incluidos, no necesariamente por recomendacion imparcial.  Igualmente, hay otros no incluidos que son muy buenos pero optaron por no pagar.

Sugiero que vea algunos de estos y si tenga preguntas especificas tal vez le podemos orientar mejor.

Otra sugerencia:  por que no considerar nuestra NUEVA Casa de Maria Bed & Breakfast - a unos pasos del Andador Turistico en el Centro Historico, pequeña, exclusiva, muy acogedora y en una sola planta rodeada por jardines.  Puede ver fotos y mas informacion a http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, marlene mcgrath <virgo8marlen@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Gracias Maria por tu mensaje,
Me interesa la Nueva Casa de Maria, visite la  direccion que me enviastes y no me da mayor informacion ni de habitaciones, mapa o precios. Si me puedes decir si para tres noches llegando el 31 de Agosto y saliendo el 3 de Septiembre, hay disponibilidad de habitacion para dos personas con bano privado en planta baja, se que llegamos en temporada baja. Tambien me gustaria saber a que distancia estamos del Zocalo caminando, o si hay que tomar buses.

Gracias Maria, enviame precios por favor.
Fraternalmente esta Nicaraguense llegando a Oaxaca,


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:09 PM
Re: Hospedaje
Si va a http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm, entonces hay que escoger Español o English para entrar a la informacion detallada. (O puede ir directamente a http://oaxacalive.com/mariaesp.htm o a http://oaxacalive.com/mariaing.htm)

Si, tenemos disponibilidad para las tres noches que menciona y le enviamos por separado la informacion especifica.

La NUEVA Casa de Maria esta a unos pasos del Andador Turistico con todas sus iglesias, tiendas, museos, galerias, etc. -  una cuadra al norte de Santo Domingo y cuatro de alli al zocalo - todas cuadras cortas llenas de muchos atractivos.  Puede ver nuestra ubicacion en las coordenadas C-4 del mapa de gran escala a http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm  El zocalo se encuentra en las C-5. (No hay buses en el corazon del Centro Historico - todos pasan a unas 2 - 3 cuadras en el perimetro.  Es una bella ciudad para caminar.)

Esperamos el placer de recibir aqui una vecina nicaraguense.


--- On Tue, 7/22/08, whalehouse@gmail.com <whalehouse@gmail.com> wrote:

Subject: Inquiry, re: language schools in Oaxaca

Hola, Maria,

I have been to Oaxaca twice before, and am looking for a language school, to improve my intermediate Spanish, that I use daily in  my work in NYC as a therapist with children and families from Mexico. I want private lessons in the morning, about three hours daily. I am considering Vinigulaza  because it's website appealed to me, as did it' s flexibility. Becari and also Amigos del Sol are other options, both sound good also.

Do you have any advice on schools?

Thanks so much.

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:40 AM
Re: Inquiry, re: language schools in Oaxaca

All the schools you mention, as well as the others listed on Ask Maria, are good schools and should be able to offer a program for your needs.  However, you should study each carefully to ensure that it is the best for you personally.  What may be wonderful for one person is not necessarily so for another.


--- On Mon, 7/21/08, emckaysf <emckaysf@comcast.net> wrote:

Subject: Cat Travel to Oaxaca

I cannot find an airline which services Oaxaca that will accept my cat--after Houston (Continental) or Mexico City (other American airlines) it seems the planes are too small and cannot safely accommodate a cat in cargo or even elsewhere.  I will begin my journey in Albuquerque, NM.  Any suggestions?

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:53 AM
Re: Cat Travel to Oaxaca

Mexicana will accept cats on board, in the cabin but NOT in the cargo hold, when they comply with all the requirements and subject to decision of the captain based on the plane's load, passengers.

Aeromexico and Aviacsa will accept cats as baggage only, in the cargo hold and if together with your luggage they exceed weight limit, they will be charged as excess baggage.


--- On Mon, 7/21/08, David Chavez <dchavez.email@gmail.com> wrote:

Subject: Oaxacan Artisans

Hello Maria,

I've found you online by coincidence, seems like you know quite a bit about your state.  I was wondering if you could point me to where I could get in contact with some artisans who would like to export some of their crafts to the United States.  Me and my wife started importing artesanias de Guatemala and we thought of doing the same with Oaxaca, any info would be much appreciated. 


David Chavez
Multi Cultural Music Programming
Office: 773.661.4103
skype: d.chavez1
Chicago IL

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:06 AM
Re: FW: Oaxacan Artisans

Many of our gifted artisans would like to export their products.  As there are literally hundreds of thousands artists working in dozens of different media, I suggest you plan a visit to the area to determine what products are of interest for you, meet and arrange directly with the artisans what items you wish to purchase, whether on a one-time or a continuing basis, production rates, prices, payment, shipment and all other details.

In that way both parties will have a clear idea of what to expect and can establish a successful working relation.


--- On Mon, 7/7/08, Bobbie Juhler <rbjuhler@att.net> wrote:

Subject: Train / Bus transportation

Hi Maria,

Is the Oaxaqueno Train services still available and do you know the schedule and/or phone number.  A friend of mine is traveling by bus and/or train if available from Sacramento, California.

How safe is it for a white male to travel alone to Oaxaca?

What buses do you recommend and and time of year.  I have heard Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb are nice months to travel there?

Mrs. Juhler

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: Train / Bus transportation

There is presently NO train service to Oaxaca nor to most of the country.

Bus service is safe, comfortable and reasonable.  You can find schedules, fares and other information for service in the south and southeast at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx You can check Greyhound.com for bus information from Sacramento to Mexico City (about two to two and one half days travel time + six hours to Oaxaca).

Any time is good to travel to Oaxaca.  If weather is a consideration, see Oaxaca's Wonderful Weather at http://oaxacalive.com/weather.htm  For regularly scheduled fiestas, etc., see http://oaxacalive.com/calendar.htm


--- On Sat, 7/5/08, Pat Parsons <PCParsons@comcast.net> wrote:

Dear Maria,  We would like to take the bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca.  We will fly into the city.  Will we find the bus at the airport?  I have tried to get information online but never seem to connect.  Thank you.  Pat

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 5, 2008 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: bus information

There is not presently a bus for Oaxaca leaving from the Mexico City airport. You should take the "official" zonal fare taxi http://www.aicm.com.mx/servicioausuarios/transportacion.php?Grupo=4&Publicacion=161 

from the airport to the TAPO terminal where there are departures for Oaxaca about 30 times per day.  You can find schedules, fares, etc. at http://ticketbus.com.mx

As I have mentioned here before, you MUST make sure the date is correct. When I choose July 12 from the calendar, for instance, the date comes up 12/Jul/200- You MUST correct this to 12/Jul/2008 or the system will not work. Same for any other date - choose the date from the calendar then correct it manually if necessary.

Once you choose origin, destination and date, the information should come up in the middle of the page.  Travel time is aprox. six hours.

There is an alternative which will let you take the Estrella Roja Expreso Aeropuerto from the airport terminal to the CAPU terminal in Puebla where you can then take a bus to Oaxaca.  You can see the schedule of departures at  http://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/servicio.asp?id=5  where you will note that the 09:00, 13:00, 17:00 and 22:00 are coordinated to connect with ADO from Puebla to Oaxaca.


--- On Wed, 6/18/08, Art Cassanos <artrierites@comcast.net> wrote:

Dear Maria;

I have been trying o find a train schedule for passenger service from Mexico City to Oaxaca.  We were going to come in October, but I have been unable to find on the internet what if any  train service there is.  Is the bus preferred?

Art Cassanos

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 12:44 PM
Subject: Re: train service

There is no longer train service to Oaxaca or in most of the country.  Progress!?!

Bus service is efficient, reasonable and very comfortable.  You will find schedules, prices and other information at


"Mexico TAPO" is the terminal with the most frequent service to and from "Oaxaca" terminal.


--- On Mon, 6/16/08, Ken Lertzman <lertzman@sfu.ca> wrote:

Dear Maria -

Please pardon my writing in English, my Spanish is not good enough to make my questions clear (though it will hopefully be getting better soon).

My family (my wife and I and two children, 15 and 11 years old) will be spending the fall driving through Mexico.  We have friends and family in various places and we hope to spend November based in Oaxaca.  We would like to rent an apartment or house in Oaxaca for the month of November.  We can find many interesting and beautiful looking places on the internet that may be appropriate.  The problem is that we don't know the city well enough to judge the neighborhoods.  We'll have our car with us, but we would like to be able to walk from where we are staying to food shopping, restaurants, and other areas of interest such as markets or the Zocalo.  Do you have advice about what neighborhoods or parts of town would be the best to consider?  If you have suggestions for places to contact, that would be great, but just suggestions for neighborhoods would be very helpful.

For instance, one very nice place is in Colonia La Cascada, which they say is a 20 minute walk to the Zocalo. A couple of others are described as being in the Centro Historico.  Yet others look like they are on hilltops more outside of town - with beautiful views, but probably not within walking distance of town.

Muchimas gracias por todo,

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008, 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: our stay in Oaxaca

This is not easy to answer, as many areas are very good neighborhoods but do not necessarily have all the other conveniences you mention.  The Historic Center, of course, does but you may not find parking and vehicle access as in other areas.  From whatever other area, you may prefer to walk or take the bus to the center because of this.

Basically, the largest shopping centers are to be found in Colonia Reforma around map coordinates E-1 on the large scale city map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm and the huge gringo-style Plaza del Valle coordinates F-7 (basically under the legend).

Perhaps you should rethink all the things you want to do and base decisions on that.  For example, in San Felipe del Agua you will have lovely homes, parking, the Benito Juarez National Park and village life with regular bus service to city center BUT no supermarkets only small convenience stores, thrice weekly tianguis (street market) limited restaurants, etc.  In Colonia Reforma you have nice homes, parking, all the services, many restaurants, with some parts easily walkable to zocalo while others you may be able to take a bus (it is a very large colonia). All neighborhoods have some small miscelaneas (convenience stores) but may not have the other features you are looking for.


--- On Sat, 6/14/08, Paula McDermott <mcscog@swbell.net> wrote:

Do you know the most cost effective and efficient way to get from Monterrey to Oaxaca. We can get a flight out with viva aerobus but not in (at the end of the month)?

Also, do you know if there are any ngos that run montessori-based schools in the region?


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008, 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: monterrey to oaxaca

Vivaerobus will begin twice weekly flights on July 17 (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  Otherwise, there is no direct flight, all connect through Mexico City.

Other options are:

bus to Terminal Norte in Mexico City (about 10-11 hours) and connect to bus to Oaxaca (6 hours).  See http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for DF-OAX schedules, fares, etc.

Drive - aprox. 13 hours driving time and $728 in tolls each way.

There are a very few private schools that use Montessori system but none that are in the official Montessori directory and none that I am aware of run by ngo's.


--- On Sat, 6/14/08, candy juarez <lil_moma_5248@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hello my name is Candy Juarez and my husband and I have an old knife and it has some writing on it that says on one side Con Los Filos de mi Acero se Rompe el mas duro Cuero, it has a picture of a man and a dog and on the other side it says Recuerdo de Oaxaca.

We have translated it but don't know what period it is from. It doesn't say why to remember Oaxaca. If there is any way possible you could find out where it is from please let me know. This knife was a blessing to my husband because it is a part of his heritage . He is a descendant of Benito Juarez and would like to know if it has any significance to him. Thank you for your time .


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008, 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: can you help

What you have is a traditional knife made in Oaxaca for hundreds of years, with a saying or refran engraved on the blade.  Yours is probably quite modern, as it says that it is a souvenir (recuerdo) of Oaxaca.  The Oaxacan knives are famous, as much for the sayings as for the fine metal workmanship.  The Aragon family is the most famous of the knife makers but they are made by others as well.  I attach some photos for your information.

It may be possible to find more history on your knife by showing it to the makers.  The man and dog carving could mean it was made for a specific client but it is very likely that it is one of many ordinary pieces.


--- On Wed, 6/11/08, Cox, Jeff <Jeff.Cox@ipscorp.com> wrote:


My wife and I stopped in Huatulco last year on a cruise. We stopped in a jewelry store near the waterfront and saw some of the most beautiful ceramics we have ever seen. One artist we particularly liked made ceramic bowls in cobalt blue that had silver accents of the moon and stars. There were other ceramic items that also had the silver inlay of different scenes. The silver inlays were small (about 3-5 mm) and all around the inside of the bowl.

Have you seen any of this ceramic, and if so, do you have a contact for the artist or the gallery in Huatulco.

Thank you,
Jeff Cox

From: maria diaz [mailto:askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: Art Question

This is not a "standard" traditional type of ceramic.  Do you have any idea of the name of the artist or the store so that I can check further? Silver work sounds like it may have some connection with Taxco?


--- On Thu, 6/12/08, Cox, Jeff <Jeff.Cox@ipscorp.com> wrote:


I don't remember the artist or the gallery name. We docked in Huatulco and saw the ceramic at a gallery near the small boat harbor. I attached a image I got off of Google Maps and indicated the location of the gallery, that I am hopeful you will know from the image. If you can help with the gallery name and contact information, I can ask them if they still have the artist's works.

Thanks for your help,

From: maria diaz [mailto:askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: Art Question

You said it was a jewelry store and on the map you show it
as right next to the darsena, so - could this be the store?

Tel. 958 5871119,


--- On Tue, 6/17/08, Cox, Jeff <Jeff.Cox@ipscorp.com> wrote:


Thank you very much for your help. I contacted Bonita Futudiando, and they are the gallery we stopped at last year. They still represent the artist who made the ceramic pieces, and are going to send me pictures of available works. You have been a great resource.


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:49 PM
Subject: RE: Art Question

I am happy we could help.


--- On Sat, 6/7/08, Murray Kimber <mkimber@shaw.ca> wrote:

Hi Maria,

First off, I´ll echo the comments that many others have made about how helpful your forum is and how much I appreciate you sharing all of your knowledge about Oaxaca.

My wife, seven year old daughter and I are moving to Oaxaca in August and I have been in Oaxaca the past week looking at schools and finding a house to rent. By the way, we chose Instituto Federico Froebel after looking at others.

One question I have is the kind of visas we should have during our one year stay in Oaxaca. Our daughter was born in Puebla, but is a Candian citizen as are my wife and I. When we arrive in Oaxaca as a family we will have tourist visas that may be up to 180 days, but then I dont really want to have to leave the country´in order to get a new tourist visa. Also we may not receive 180 days.

Since our daughter has a Mexican birth certificate and will be enrolled in school would she qualify for a student visa, and then would we be able to get FM3 visas or something similar? When we lived in Mexico in the past my wife and I got FM3 visas becasue she was working at an American school. And we got those from within Mexico with the help of her employer.

What do you think would work best in our case now?

Many thanks
Murray Kimber

From: maria diaz <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Visas for a year in Oaxaca
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008, 11:59 AM

This is one of those cases where I believe you should go direct to the authority, not rely on others' interpretations of the rules.  If you are still in Oaxaca, you can try to set things up in advance of your arrival by going to the office of Instituto Nacional de Migracion:

Delegado Regional de Oaxaca
Av. Independencia 709 Palacio Federal Col. Centro, C.P. 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax.
01(951) 502 00 04 ext. 203 y 213
01(951) 502 00 04 ext. 214 y 215

If you are in Mexico City you can try to talk with the Commissioner:

Cecilia Romero Castillo
Homero 1832; Col. Los Morales Polanco; Delegación Miguel Hidalgo; C.P. 11510, México, D.F.;
Tel. 53 87 24 98
53 87 24 00, Ext. 18022, 18023 y 18024

or at least her office for a referral to the person who can help you (possibly the Coordinador de Regulacion Migratoria but that is only a guess).

If you are not in the country, your best option is to visit the Mexican Consul in your area and try to establish communication through them with INAMI (The consular office can not resolve the problem themselves).

If none of this advance works or is not feasible for whatever reason, then you will need to do it at the delegation office here when you arrive.  You will need to go to that office anyway if you are not given 180 days on your tourist permit, to extend it.

In the worst case, if you end up only with a 180 day tourist permit, you can leave the country at the Guatemalan border and come back in on a new tourist permit.  It is only an eight hour drive to Tapachula or 11-12 hours by bus and very interesting countryside through the Isthmus and part of Chiapas. 

As an alternative, you could combine necessity with a visit to San Cristobal de las Casas and las Lagunas de Montebello (either going or coming back - 8 hours by car, 11-12 by bus to SC) and from there to the border at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, about 2-1/2 hours driving, 3 by bus from San Cristobal.


--- On Sat, 6/7/08, Murray Kimber <mkimber@shaw.ca> wrote:

Many thanks, Maria. I will follow these leads up.

--- On Thu, 6/5/08, Lily Faust <plumrainbow@yahoo.com> wrote:

i will be in oaxaca in the next couple weeks but i have to get from there to belize.  i prefer to take a bus or colectivo if there is one. i think that most likely it will be more than one bus.  i know there are buses from cancun and chetumal and other places in guatemala, but what is the best way to get to belize from oaxaca?

muchas gracias

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Thursday, June 5, 2008 2:40 PM
Re: oaxaca to belize

The best route is probably from Oaxaca to Villahermosa (11-12 hours) and from there to Chetumal (about 8 hours) where you can cross the border into Belice.

See http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, fares and more information.


--- On Thu, 6/5/08, Maksym Kidruk <kidruk@kth.se> wrote:


I'm going to travel trough Mexico this summer and I'd like to know how could I book an Aerovega plane to Huatulco or Puerto
Escondido from Oaxaca. I wrote to aerovega@prodigy.net.mx but still haven't got any response.

I already contacted AeroTucan company but they have problems with payment receiving. I'm looking forward to your answer.


From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:10 PM
Re: Aerovega flight

Aerovega is not always very good about replying to email and neither of the two lines is set up for international financial transactions.  It is always easier to call them (Aerovega - 951-516-4982, Aerotucan - 951-501-0530, 501-1161, 501-1159).

If you plan to be in Oaxaca for a few days before leaving for Huatulco or PE, I suggest you make the flight arrangements once you are here.  They fly daily - maybe more than once a day if you are here during a busy season - so you should have no problem getting space on or near your first preferred date and then you can make payment, pick up tickets, etc. all at one time.

Remember, they are air taxi services, not big international airlines but they work very well.


--- On Sun, 6/1/08, Michael Skoler<michaelskoler@comcast.net> wrote:


Your site is astounding and we appreciate it very much.  We are a family of four, kids aged 9 and 11, and want to rent a home in Oaxaca in a neighborhood with many local children.  We have heard of two rental homes in Jalatlaco.  Do you know of any English-speaking resident of Oaxaca who might be willing to look at the houses for us and advise us?

I know this is an unusual request.  We hesitate to rent a house without seeing it and there are few photos on the Web.

Thank you,
Michael Skoler

From: maria diaz [mailto:askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: Moving to Oaxaca for a family year off

Most real estate agents have someone who speaks English and most owners seeking to rent to foreigners have enough English for the purpose.


--- On Wed, 6/4/08, Michael Skoler <michaelskoler@comcast.net> wrote:

Thank you, Maria.  We're actually trying to find someone who lives in Oaxaca who might be willing to look at the Jalatlaco rental home of a local family and tell us if it is fully-furnished and has enough water.

We understand that fully-furnished may not mean the same in Mexico as it does in the U.S. We have many family members and friends who may visit us throughout our stay and we'd like the home to be comfortable for them as well. Would you know of anyone (an English speaker) who might be willing to take a quick look at the house, on our behalf?  Or a website I could go to to contact a Oaxacan resident for our request?

Thanks so much,
Michael Skoler

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:26 PM
RE: Moving to Oaxaca for a family year off

If I understand you, you want someone completely unknown to you whose only requisite is that he/she live in Oaxaca and be English speaking, to inspect third party rental properties on your behalf and make a decision as to whether it is rent-worthy in your opinion?  I think that, no matter how much you would plan to pay such a person, it would be unfair for everyone concerned - the property owner, the prospective tenant and the English speaking person in the middle. 

First of all, there is no way of knowing if your criteria and that of the intermediary would coincide.  If it should not, then neither you nor the intermediary would be happy.

Secondly, it indicates a very insulting attitude toward the property owner, to think that you can not communicate honestly and openly, directly from one person to the other but that you trust the word of a complete unknown just because he/she speaks English.

At least a professional real estate agent has a vested interest in achieving optimum communication between the parties, no matter the language they speak.

I strongly suggest that, if you are considering renting directly from the owner that you communicate with that person with your list of very specific points that you wish to clarify and that you request photos of the property that satisfy your doubts.  If the parties can not arrive at a satisfactory understanding in this way, with good will on both sides, then it is more than likely that any arrangements would be flawed from the beginning.  Hablando se entiende.


--- On Tue, 6/3/08, strawser family <antjer@neo.rr.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I was wondering if you know how far santiago juxtlahuaca is from huatulco and if there is a good route?

Thank you

From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:43 PM
Re: huatulco

From Santiago, Juxtlahuaca it is 30 km of paved road to intersect with federal highway 125.  From that point it is 123 km to intersect with the federal coast highway 200 and from there 253 km to Huatulco.  Conservative driving time should be about 6-1/2 to 7 hours.


--- Elba Hernandez <elba.e@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Hi Maria:

Just found your amazing website. I was wondering if you could help me.

My husband, my son and myself will be visiting oaxaca in august. we already have reservations in Huatulco for 5 nights.

My question is if it safe and how long that is take to drive from oaxaca to Huatulco. We will be renting a car in Oaxaca. please help. I am very anxious about the drive. My husband is from oaxaca, but hasn't drive to Huatulco in over 16 year. Any help will be greatly appreciated....Elba

Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 14:16:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: trip to huatulco from oaxaca

There are several routes you can take from Oaxaca to Huatulco. All of them are through the mountains and should be taken in daylight with care for conditions - lots of curves, possibilities of washouts, fallen rocks, people/animals on the road - but are good paved roads.

The most direct is via Highway 175 over the mountains and through Pochutla - about 287 km and about six to 6-1/2 hours driving time. This is a lovely route but very curvy and not appreciated by everyone.

You can also go via 190 to Tehuantepec and back up highway 200 to Huatulco - 412 km and six hours easier driving time - some curves but much more gradual descent.

You can see a good map at http://www.sct.gob.mx/ Scroll down under Infraestructura and click on Atlas Carretero. There scroll down to click on Oaxaca to see the map. It is in restricted pdf format, so you will not be able to print or copy it but you can see it on screen.

You can also check mileage and routes at http://www.sct.gob.mx/ by clicking on Traza Tu Ruta. The preferred SCT route is via the Istmo, so if you want to see details via 175, you can check from Oaxaca to Pochutla and then from Pochutla to Huatulco, and so on with any other route, e.g., 131 via Puerto Escondido.


- damian maldonado <dmnmaldonado@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi! Maria, How are you? My name is Damian Maldonado and I'm from Oaxaca the most beautiful state from Mexican Republic and I saw your web site is the only way that I have to remind  my town, I am living in the north of California USA (Modesto), well, let me tell you some thing about me.
I'm graduated as Dr. Veterinarian  from UABJO.
I'm 27 years old and  I am  married too. I have two childrens, one baby girl and one boy, but they live in   Santo Domingo Tomaltepec,Tule Oaxaca. Well, I came to this country 3 years ago as the most of the countrymen do it. emigrate!  to get a better life for us families furthermore because I would lik to improve myself day after day.
I am studying English in Modesto Junior College, study English is one of my dreams I ever had because in Mexico is too expensive at least for me it is, and here is cost free! Well lot of words, the regarding is: I saw your  web site and I see many peoples send to you E Mails asking about accomodation, "cottage" to stay for a few days for cheap and see that you provide  them information from aparments, houses or  any other hotel, an thats good for you, that talks right of you, thats why I dare to ask you help about it. My family could providesome of those services for cheap as they want, You know qhat I mean? - for example Maria and her husband case, their just ar looking for something cool! not very nice and I know your place is very, very nice thats why is little bit more expensive! for them. Ok just had this idea  because  I see many peoples looking for something confortable and and they go with you because you alredy have prestige and thats very important for the customers be certain. Ok I did qhat my mind  tell me. I appreciate you attention  Thanks! Maria
May be! I'll be back ending this year
Espero no haberle molestado  por el atrevimiento con mis palabras y que me haya entendido, solamente estoy buscando una alternativa de vida para mi y mi familia ya que me gustaria regresar a vivir a Oaxaca con mi familia y servir a los que ahorita me estan sirviendo a mi y de alguna manera regresar un poco de lo mucho que me ha dado este pais aunque la entrada se dificil para muchos de nosotros, todo se puede en esta vida mientras lo busquemos, espero algun comentario de parte suya  ya sea para bien o para mal  es bienvenido muchas, muchas gracias ya que si uno no tiene suenos  e ilusiones estamos muertos en vida  felicidades por su Negocio 
 Atte. MVZ. Damian Maldonado Victorio 
Modesto California USA

Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 14:36:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Geeting countrywomen from Modesto California

Hola, Damian!

Muchas gracias por escribirnos y mucha suerte con tus estudios y tu vida alli en el norte.

I am posting your email complete here and hope that if anyone is interested in perhaps visiting or staying with your family they will get in touch with you direct. Santo Domingo Tomaltepec is a very lovely small village of maybe 2500 inhabitants just about 20 km or less from downtown Oaxaca - just past the famous Tule tree.

Ojala puedas regresar pronto con la familia. Muchos saludos de tu paisana y amiga


- damian maldonado <dmnmaldonado@yahoo.com> wrote:
Thanks a lot-Maria!Friday, May 30, 2008 2:23 AM

Hi! Maria One more time thanks for your answer end words. Thats good!

Low Cost!

If some body wants to visit oaxaca for a few dayas at any season, I might help yuo to get acomodattion or rather a cottage in Santo Domingo Tomaltepec, el Tule Oaxaca. Preferably marriage or women _serious deal!

My name is Damian Maldonado Victorio and I live in Modesto California. If you have any question you can contact me through my Email dmnmaldonado@yahoo.com

Santo Domingo Tomaltepec is a an small town located among downtown oaxaca, el Tule tree, Mitla Ruins and Tlacolula to name a few . Those are places more visited around Oaxaca.

ATTENTION! We are talking of an alternative to peoples who want's something cheap $


100% safe place
You might have Direct contact with craftsman of de zone
To Know how they make de famous Halloween Bred (pan de Muertos), the best around Oaxaca. Walk Trip around Santo domingo Town y el Tule Tree by yourself .
If you prefer chaperone to make your first trip you can get it.
All this and More!

We can pick up you at the airport if you want!

The best: we don't make any deal until you be there (Talking about Money)

Gracias Maria por este espacio! Pense que no lograria su respuesta pero ya veo que si. Esto lo hago porque me gustaria relacionarme con personas del extrangero ya que su unico objetivo es disfrutar de sus vacaciones conocionedo la cultura y tradiciones de un pueblo como lo es Oaxaca de Juarez. Saludos Cuidece Mucho
Que dios la Bendiga aun mas en su Negocio. Bye!

---patricia Munoz <patyartu@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria!

Estoy buscando un abogado en Huatulco que me pueda ayudar con el problema de una casa que estoy comprando. He tratado de buscar en la web pero no he tenido exito, mi papa se encuentra alla en Huatulco y me dice que solo vio uno en las paginas amarillas. Tu conoces alguno que pueda ayudarnos con un problema de Real State?
Muchas Gracias

Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 09:57:23 -0700
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 
Subject: Re: Hola Maria!

Normalmente un notario publico es el experto indicado en cuestiones de bienes raices pero solo hay uno o dos en Huatulco. Asi que si tenga problemas tal vez deban consultar un notario de buena reputacion fuera del area - en la ciudad de Oaxaca, por ejemplo, donde hay muchos de donde escoger y sin nexos locales. Tambien hay unos cuantos abogados en la ciudad que podrian ayudarlos.


--- patricia Munoz <patyartu@hotmail.com> wrote:

Muchas gracias Maria!

Me preguntaba si sabras el telefono, pagina web, o correo electronico de alguno de esos abogados en Oaxaca?

No se como localizarlos desde aqui. Las paginas amarillas no me llevan a ningun lado.

Muchas gracias

Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 14:45:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 
Subject: RE: Hola Maria!

En la http://seccionamarilla.com.mx/ bajo notarios y bajo abogados aparecen las direcciones y telefonos y, en algunos casos, la direccion electronica y la pagina web. Tambien se indican sus especialidades.

Hay que buscar "notarios" y "abogados" en el estado de Oaxaca y despues filtrar los resultados para solo la ciudad de Oaxaca y Oaxaca de Juarez.


--- Candi Hill <candihill@hawaii.rr.com> wrote:

Aloha Maria,

We are 4 girls. My mother, 79 years young, me 61, my daughter 42 and my granddaughter 2 1/2. We are going to Huatulco on a cruise ship. We will be in Huatulco on October 31st, Halloween day. What would you suggest we do in our short stay 9 AM to 4 PM?

Thank you. Much Aloha, (we live in Hawaii)

Candi V Hill

Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 15:01:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Huatulco

As you will be arriving on a cruise, you may not want to take the boat trip around the bays but it is a very nice way to spend a few hours. You can also spend time in Santa Cruz, la Crucecita, Tangolunda, etc. or perhaps take one of the short tours to nearby points. Check these pages for possibilities and you can also search for "huatulco" and find a lot of general information.



--- Claire Scott <bblessings@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I wish to add my name to the list of grateful readers who so appreciate all your wonderful info. It's like having a good friend right in the area!

My husband and I are considering coming to visit Oaxaca City for the first time. Ideally, we would be there for six weeks from early January/09 to mid-February. We are looking for accomodation for that period of time ~ cottage, apartment, casita, etc. (We are not early risers so B&B likely not an option.) Our preference is something basic with 2 beds and kitchenette. We love to walk, explore, enjoy coffee in the zocalo, meet local people, visit handicraft villages, study Spanish, eat Mexican food ~ and enjoy your legendary sunshine in the middle of our Canadian winter! Is it possible to find a little place for $250 USD/week?

We're flying from western Canada. Best to fly into Mexico City or Guadalajara then take bus to Oaxaca City?

Thanks for all you do!


Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 14:52:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: 6 weeks in Oaxaca

It is good that you are beginning to look now for January, as it is a busy time and if you wait too long you may not find what you are looking for.

You should find a number of possibilities in your price range. I suggest you check the classifieds at


Also, there is now a lot of information available on the internet; just search for "apartment rent oaxaca", "rental property oaxaca" and similar search topics.

Definitely do NOT fly to Guadalajara - it is more than 15 hours by bus, not counting connection time in Mexico City. Fly to Mexico City and from there go to the TAPO bus terminal where there is a departure every hour or so for Oaxaca. It is a six hour trip and
buses are very comfortable. You can see schedules, fares, etc. at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx NOTE: make sure the travel date you choose is correct and complete. Very often when one clicks on the calendar and chooses a date it comes up distorted - e.g., 20/May/200- Manually change it to read correctly 20/May/2008 or the system will not work.

It is also possible to take an all-night flight from Vancouver to Houston to connect with Continental direct to Oaxaca but, as Continental does not fly here every day (currently MWF) you will have to coordinate your dates very carefully.


--- holaoaxaca@peoplepc.com wrote:

Hi Maria,

Could you tell me approximately how much it costs to fly from Oaxaca to Puerto and where I can purchase tickets? I took a collectivo van there and it took about 8 hours. Is that faster than a regular bus? I have long legs and the van was very tight. Any information you can provide would be most appreciated!


Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 09:49:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

There are two air services to Puerto Escondido - Aerovega (516-4982, aerovega@prodigy.net.m) and Aerotucan (http://www.aerotucan.com.mx) - flights and costs as follows:

Aerovega: lv OAX 7:00 (flight aprox 30 min) $1000 OW $2000 RT
Aerotucan: lv OAX 9:00 (flight aprox 30 min) $1208.40 OW $2394.78 RT

I am surprised at the time you say the van took, as normal travel time via that method is about 6 1/2 to 7 hours. The buses that leave from the second class bus station take 7 hours to Puerto Escondido, while first class Cristobal Colon takes 9 1/2 to 11 hours, as it
goes all the way around the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and then up the coast.


--- Katrina Lappin <katrinarh@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

Thank you for your forum, it has been very helpful.

I am leaving tomorrow(!) for Oaxaca where I will be traveling with my father. We will be in the city of Oaxaca for 10 days and then will spend 4 days on the coast. During my time in Oaxaca city, I will be taking classes at ICO.

I am interested in experiencing a temazcal and wondered if there are many in the city? I have only found the one at Casa de las Bugambillas (are you familiar with this one?) and Camino Real (which looks a little fancy) in my internet research.

Thank you!

Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 10:10:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Temazcal

There are a number of other places in Oaxaca that offer temazcal, among them the Casa Oaxaca Hotel and Hacienda Los Laureles, as well as that advertised by the Carrizosa family (www.go-oaxaca.com/services/temazcal.html) and Gloria Verastegui (www.hakubai.com/temazcal/)

Or you might prefer to go just a few kilometers outside the city to Huayapam (http://hotelhuayapamoax.com.mx/temazcal.htm) or even to Teotitlan del Valle (http://www.casasagrada.com/more_info/healing.shtml)

There is also Temazcalli in Puerto Escondido http://www.temazcalli.com/welcome.htm, as well as others in the Sierra Norte and around the area.


To our many friends around the world:

It is time to announce that an exciting new stage is beginning in the life of María and family. We have decided to turn the family home over to our youngest son and his family now and move into our own little Garden of Eden for this new adventure. The Bed & Breakfast known as la Casa de María will operate through July 31, 2008 but La NUEVA Casa de María is now open for those who would like to stay with us during a visit to our beautiful Oaxaca.

La NUEVA Casa de María - located just forty meters from the Tourist Walk one block from Santo Domingo - is smaller, very exclusive, all on one floor and surrounded by gardens, including an enormous macuili tree blazing against the sky. We will offer only three rooms/suites but with many luxurious features. Check our new page http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm for photos and all details and come visit us very soon.


P.S. Don't forget to Ask María - we are still here to answer your questions when possible.

TO those who have questions about the Mexico City airport, you should find this site very helpful:



--- Kimberly Simpson <kimberlys@frontier.net> wrote:

Maria, How can I purchase online Oaxacan Dresses and tops? Thanks,


Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 15:23:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Oaxacan Dresses

I do not know of anyone locally who sells on line but can possibly put you in touch with makers of the items, if you tell me what kind of "Oaxacan dress" you are looking for.


--- "Lara, Joyce" <Joyce.Lara@garmin.com> wrote:


We are going to be in Oaxaca July 25th through August 9th. We want to go to Puerto Angel July 30th through August 2nd. Can you recommend transportation from the Aeroport for a group of 5?

Also we were told we could find a "Collectivo" that would take us from Oaxaca to Puerto Angel, do you know who to contact?

Joyce K Lara

Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 15:21:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

From the airport into the city proper, take the Transporte Terrestre, purchasing tickets at the window in the arrivals area. The fare is zonal, currently $35 pesos for zone 1 (roughly, from airport to northern edge of Historic Center) and $70 for zone 2 north from there. For a group of five, you should request a "viaje especial", $148 and $280 respectively.

Usually the term colectivo refers to more local transport but I presume you refer to what is often called transporte en suburban, as they use that type of vehicle. I am not sure that a service from Oaxaca goes all the way to Puerto Angel but several go to Pochutla, just 13 km away and there is plenty of local transport there,including colectivos that just go back and forth between Pochutla and PA on a regular schedule.

Transporte en Suburban: these two have frequent departures daily.

La Noria 101

Eclipse 70-Armenta+Lopez 504
sin teléfono - Pochutla diario


--- Louise <lamind@verizon.net> wrote:

Hi Maria;

You have a wonderful site. What an informative and wonderful service you provide. I am an older student who has the chance to visit Oaxaca. I have been looking for information on the History and Culture of the original Mexicans with pottery and how its has evolved preserving the identity of the indigenous people, the process, design, and the finishing of the product even through Spain's arrival and influence.. I have read about black and red pottery, hoping this would give my project an edge by narrowing the wide field. I have been searching the internet and only finding clips and short repeated stories. We will be in Mexico between May 19th to June 2nd taking two to three days in various parts of the country including Mexico City and Oaxaca. I am hoping to visit and experience pottery making first hand. I have found many articles from 1900, but would appreciate more from the 1400 on.

Also in visiting, we were told not to carry money and to use a bank card. What is the most preferred form of exchange?

How cold does it get in the nights? I would like to buy from some of the open markets and experience not a touristy level, but more personal to learn and meet the people.

Thank you for your time and input.
Louise Mindler

Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 15:11:03 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Cultural and History of Pottery dating from earliest days

I am not an expert in the academic history of pottery. I did a brief search of the internet and found a few possible sources under "history of mexican pottery", "ceramica mexico" and other combinations. Also, Amazon lists more than 500 books on mexican pottery -a few of them might be of interest to you. You can check with some of the museums and bookstores when you are here; if I can find more information I will let you know. You MAY find something in English at the Amate bookstore on the Tourist Walk but most of the printed information here will be in Spanish.

As for purchasing pottery, you should visit the villages where it is made - among them Atzompa, Coyotepec, both just a few kilometers form the city - where you can meet the potters and see their operations. It is possible to go farther afield but you might look at the many types on display at the Instituto Oaxaqueño de las Artesanias (ex Aripo) to see what interests you before making daylong or longer journeys.

Many of the places where you buy items will require payment in cash. It is very convenient to use ATM machines to withdraw, in pesos, what you need as you need it. Often the rate of exchange is a little better than changing dollars in cash but, as the rate is set via satellite several times per day, you won't know exactly what it will be until you are at the machine. Make sure you know if your local bank will charge your account for these withdrawals. Some don't but many do or else require you to use only certain banks here.

For climate information, see Oaxaca's Wonderful Weather at http://oaxacalive.com/weather.htm


--- allison De Board <ardeboard@hotmail.com> wrote:


I'm going to be spending a few months studying in Oaxaca City this coming fall, and was wondering if there are any movie theaters in the area? I'm interested especially in main stream films, like the ones you would see at the United States Academy Awards. If there are none I'm open to any other type of film house too. Thanks for the help!


Date: Sun, 04 May 2008 11:18:24 -0700

Maria, sorry for another email, I realized I had some more questions.

I'm a vegetarian, and was wondering if it was going to be difficult to keep up in Oaxaca? Is it in anyway disrespectful to their culture?

Also, is there wireless internet in Oaxaca City? I'm astudent, and I don't really need it, I was just wondering if there's any point in taking my laptop.

Thanks again!

Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 11:49:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

There are no longer neighborhood movie theaters - only the large multicinema Cinemax and Cinepolis with something like 25 different salas between them. There are also specialty films - documentaries, shorts, international film festivals, regularly at the Pochote and a number of other places around the city.

There are several vegetarian only restaurants, as well as vegetarian specialties served at most restaurants. There are many meatless dishes but, if you are very strict, you may want to ask if meat products (chicken broth, etc.) are used in the preparation of a particular dish.

There are many public internet businesses all over the city, as well as wireless connections available at some of them, in some restaurants, schools, airport and other places. So unless you need access at non-business hours, you would not need to bring your computer.


--- Riccardo Bonechi <r.bonechi@earthlink.net> wrote:

hi Maria,

i am going to Mexico City on the 12th of may and want to take a bus to Jalapa-Veracruz to visit a friend. I went on ADO GL bus-site but could not find the schedule!

I am arriving at the international airport with Delta flight from New York City at 2 PM in the afternoon. I would need to know where the bus terminal is, how to get there from delta arrival terminal and the schedule round-trip for Jalapa-Veracruz. can you help, please? if not do you know of a better way to get to my destination?

thank you very much,

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:35:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

There is a bus terminal referred to as "Aerop. DF llegadas nacionales" which is located in front of the Camino Real Hotel. Go out of the airport terminal and cross over to this terminal. From there the bus line V@B departs for Jalapa four times per day at the very low cost of $260 pesos. This information is shown on the www.ticketbus.com.mx site. If for any reason you can not make any of those departures, ADO-GL leaves six times per day to CORDOBA from the "Aerop. DF llegadas internacionales" terminal just outside the international arrivals area. From there you can get any one of many departures for Jalapa but of course this will be much more expensive - nearly $500.

Otherwise, you can take a taxi to the TAPO terminal where there many departures, first class and others, at varying prices. For the return trip, just reverse your origin and destination points and enter the correct date on the ticketbus page. Be sure the date is complete and correct, as sometimes it comes up distorted; just type it in as required.

You may find the information at http://www.aicm.com.mx/home.php very helpful.


--- Riccardo Bonechi <r.bonechi@earthlink.net> wrote:

dear Maria,

how helpful you are! I wish the sites you gave were as helpful!!

at "ticketbus.com.mx" i cannot get informations!!! i enter departure " Aerop. DF llegadas nationales" to destin. Jalapa Ver. and date (date in strange to enter i think calendar is off!!) anyway i am not able to get a schedule!!

could you try for me? going the 12th of may coming back on the 20th? is it possible?

very thankful and will keep you in my address book.


Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:10:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

As I mentioned before, you MUST make sure the date is correct. When I choose May 12 from the calendar, for instance, the date comes up 12/May/200- You MUST correct this to 12/May/2008 or the system will not work. Same for any other date - choose the date from the calendar then correct it manually if necessary.

Once you choose origin, destination and date, the information should come up in the middle of the page. From Aerop. DF llegadas nacionales to Jalapa Ver. on May 12, there are four departures: 00.30, 12:30, 17:00 and 19:30, with travel times of 4:55 for first and third, 5:45 for second and fourth departures. All have cost of $260.

Return on May 20 from Jalapa to Aerop. DF llegadas nacionales, departures are at 02:00, 05:00, 11:00 and 23:00, travel times 5:08 for first and fourth, 5:45 for second and third departures. All have cost of $260.

If you pay attention to the idiosyncrasies of the page, you should be able to get a great deal of information very easily. It seems that many pages like this have some little detail to be overcome but once you figure them out, they can be very helpful.


--- karani2000 <karani2000@prodigy.net.mx> wrote:
I would apréciate very much if you could give me an English translation for “camino revestido” – “revestido” is the problem word.

Thank you for your help.
Rae Kaplan

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 11:39:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

Camino revestido refers to a road that has received some kind of surface. The quality of the surfacing may vary significantly and it may or not be graded, but it is NOT a paved road. In Mexico, it usually means a gravel road.


--- karani2000 <karani2000@prodigy.net.mx> wrote:

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:45:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 

No hay de que.


--- Jim Thomson <jthomson@huntenterprises.net> wrote:

My wife and I are planning a short trip to Oaxaca in July and would like to attend a Spanish language school to practice our conversation. We are well-grounded in Spanish language grammar (I am at advanced level and my wife is at intermediate level) but we need to practice speaking and listening.

Do you know anything about Oaxaca Spanish Magic or Oaxaca International language schools?

Jim Thomson

Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:54:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Spanish language schools in Oaxaca, specifically 1) Oaxaca Spanish Magic and 2) Oaxaca International

Well, I thought I had at least heard of all the Spanish language schools in the city but you have unearthed one that is new to me! Oaxaca International has an impressive website and claim to have been operating for four years but I had never heard of them. I do not like that they list no names of director, teachers or responsible parties but this may be simply an oversight, with so much else so ambitiously presented. I will try to find out something about them.

Spanish Magic is a small school owned and operated by a young woman who has always seemed to me to have a real vocation for teaching. There are a number of other very good schools, which are listed on the Ask Maria page, near the bottom. I need to update information on two of the schools, as follows:

Instituto Cultural Oaxaca
Apartado Postal 340
Avenida Juarez 909
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Phone: (951) 515-3404, 515-1323 and 515-3728
Contact: Lucero Topete
e-mail: info@icomexico.com
(change in website and email addresses)


Instituto Amigos del Sol Language School
Pino Suárez #802
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Contact: Rogelio Ballesteros
Phone: (951) 133-6052, Celular: 044 951 196 80 39
Web: http://www.oaxacanews.com/amigosdelsol.htm
e-mail: 1.-amisol@oaxacanews.com
2.- institutoamigosdelsol@yahoo.com
(change in street address, phone numbers and email

I will publish the complete list again shortly, after I have investigated the "new" one(s). Of course, only you can decide which is best for you, so you should do your own investigation of the programs, policies, etc. before enrolling.


--- holaoaxaca@peoplepc.com wrote:

Hi Maria,

I am coming to Oaxaca soon. I collect old post cards of Oaxaca and Monte Alban. Can you recommend some stores that might sell them in beautiful Oaxaca?


Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 12:51:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Tarjetas de postales

Two places come to mind for old postcard photos - the store on 5 de mayo between Abasolo and Constitucion, on the east side of the street and, of course, Fotos Rivas on Avenida Juarez across from the Paseo Juarez, el LLano park. They have many wonderful old photos and some in postcard form.

There are probably other places, but none specifically that come to mind just now.


--- Juan Lomeli <jlomeli48@yahoo.com> wrote:

Maria, busco alguna persona que fabrique, estatuas de la Virgen de Juquila.. si me pudiera ayudar con nombres, y numeros de telefono, que sean personas de confiar, para que me agan una o una docena de estatuas, ya sea de caoba o de cualquier material, mi nombre es Juan Lomeli con domicilio en Sanger California, mi correo electronico jlomeli48@yahoo.com se lo agradesco y que pase un feliz fin de semana.

Juan Lomeli
Sanger, Ca.

Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 13:00:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Virgen de Juquila

Puede encontrar estatuas de la Virgen de Juquila en la Niña de las Posadas, Independencia No. 405, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Tel: (951) 516-2674, email: laninadelasposadas@hotmail.com


--- Monique Ford <homeontheroad@live.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I'm trying to find some information on campsites in Huatulco.. any information?


Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:32:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 
Subject: Re: Oaxaca beaches

Check the information at: http://tomzap.com/HUATULCOtrailerpark.html

or consider camping on some of the other bays which form Bahias of Huatulco see http://tomzap.com for more information


--- Dan Jerman <djerman@vermontel.net> wrote:

Hola Maria,

One of the very few negative things we have heard about Oaxaca is the air quality. We are planning on an extended visit next winter and we wonder what the "trade offs" might be be in terms of convenience if we try to get a place out of the downtown area.

We've heard that Arquitos and San Felipe are nice. My wife is taking (advanced) Spanish courses. Are there any schools located in that part of town? If not, would daily transportation into downtown be a problem. Thanks for any thoughts you could give us on this.


Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:16:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject Re: air quality

First, I don't think you will find air quality a problem except perhaps right along heavily traveled bus/truck routes, which is not a great part of the city. The area around the arquitos and Xochimilco has limited vehicle access, while only a short walk to the central area where you will find most of the language schools. From San Felipe there is excellent bus service between 6:00 and 21:00. Check the list of Spanish language schools farther down on the Ask Maria page to see their addresses.


--- Kristin Johnson <kissable_krissy829@yahoo.com> wrote:

hi maria, my name is kristin and i'm doing a project for my high school spanish class. i need to know how to go from guatemala to oaxaca and then from oaxaca to tijuana. my teacher said he wanted me to include how much each trip will cost and the time of travel. i hope you can help me because i've been having a hard time finding the information i need. thank you very much and have a wonderful day!

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:10:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

If you want to go to Oaxaca first from Guatemala, there are no direct flights, all go first to Mexico City. So, you will need to take a Guatemalan bus to the border (Tapachula, Oax.), then change to a Mexican line for the journey to Oaxaca.

See http://www.transgalgosinter.com.gt/ and
http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules and other information.

From Oaxaca to Tijuana, you can fly direct with a number of airlines (Aviacsa, Volaris,, Aviacsa, etc.) or you can take a bus to Mexico City to either the Terminal Norte or Terminal Sur - Taxqueña (http://www.ticketbus.com.mx) and from either of those terminals to Tijuana on one of the Estrella Blanca lines (http://www.estrellablanca.com.mx/ - Futura and Elite lines)

You will find schedules, fares and other information at the sites noted.


--- Brenda Barcelo <bbarcelo@ucsc.edu> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I'm doing research about natural and traditional healing in Oaxaca, Mexico, and would like to interview a few curanderos, visit regular hospitals as well as mixed traditional/occidental medical centers. Even though I'm Latina myself and speak Spanish natively, I'm afraid I won't be able to reach the real curanderos without some kind of contact person to introduce me. What do you recommend? Also, where in the Oaxaca area do you suggest I start my reseach? Thanks so much!

Brenda Barceló

Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 14:54:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

Following is some information on centers where you can connect with serious traditional medicine practicioners.

The Traditional Medicine Center in Calpulalpam operates in conjunction with the Secretaria de Salud, combining alopathic and traditional medicine.

Oaxaca: Clínica de Medicina Tradicional en Calpulalpan de Méndez (En coordinación con la Secretaria de Salud).
Centro de Desarrollo de la Medicina Tradicional Indígena
Av. 16 de Septiembre s/n
Calpulalpam de Méndez, Ixtlán, Oaxaca
Tel. (951) 5 39 20 60

(Esta comunidad está ubicada en la Sierra Norte del estado de Oaxaca, a una altitud de 2,100 msnm, y a una distancia de 69 kilómetros de la ciudad de Oaxaca. Pertenece al Distrito de Ixtlán de Juárez y actualmente cuenta con 2,450 habitantes.
Para llegar a Calpulalpam desde Oaxaca se recomienda salir por la ruta del Tule y en el Momumento a Benito Juárez abordar taxi colectivo o autobús con destino a Calpulalpam; o bien, dirigirse en autobus a Ixtlán y de ahí transbordar hacia Calpulalpam. El servicio de taxis colectivos es de las 06:00 a las 18:00 hrs.)

Centro de Desarrollo de la Medicina Tradicional
Tlaxiaco, Oax. ( A un costado del Mesón de la CDI ).
Informes en la Cd. de Oaxaca
Tel. (951) 5 15 72 99

Check this website for some information: http://www.conadepi.gob.mx/index30.php?id_seccion=720

I have also attached three articles which may be of interest.


--- Katherine Mendez <kmendez99@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I am trying to get information about secondary or preparatory schools for my high school age son in Hualulco. Could you please send me the names and links, if they have any?

Thank you,

Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 11:24:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: secondary schools in Santa Cruz Huatulco

Here is the available data on some preparatory and secondary schools in Huatulco. Only one has a web page.

Preparatoria Bahias de Huatulco
Escuela Particular
Imparte: Medio superior
Sierra de Zempoaltepec Nø 103 Sector H2
Santa Cruz
Santa Maria Huatulco
Teléfono: +52 (958) 587-1980

Instituto México de Huatulco
(Bachillerato Champagnat)
Escuela Particular
Imparte: Medio superior
Boulevard Chahue Nø 66
Santa Cruz
Santa Maria Huatulco
Teléfono: +52 (958) 587-1727, 587-1766

Colegio Chahue
Escuela Particular
Imparte: Secundaria
Sierra de Zempoaltepetl 115
Santa Cruz
Santa Maria Huatulco
Teléfono: +52 (958) 587-0485

Colegio de la Santa Cruz
Escuela Particular
Imparte: Secundaria
Sierra Zempoaltepetl N§ 103 Sector H 2
Santa Cruz
Santa Maria Huatulco
Teléfono: +52 (958) 587-0411
Tel. (958) 587-1982, 958 587-1983

Tel. (958) 583-4218


--- "Richard V. Jessop" <richardvj@btinternet.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

My girlfriend and I were considering Oaxaca City, amongst a number of other alternative locations in S. America, to rent an apartment and live for at least several weeks.

Although the architecture and creative arts attract us, we are nervous about how ‘touristy’ it might be.

Could you give me any idea of whether or not, or to what extent, the city is flooded with tourists? (We might be staying in the May – June period).

Thanks in advance for your kind help.

Best wishes,
Richard Jessop

Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 11:36:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: How 'touristy' is Oaxaca City?

Oaxaca, although definitely NOT a "resort location", is a very popular destination for national and international tourists, most especially during the holiday periods in July (Guelaguetza), Muertos (October-November), Christmas-New Year and Holy Week.

Outside these times, there are many fewer tourists at any one time and May-June are perhaps the months with the least number.

Even when full of tourists, Oaxaca is still our wonderful Oaxaca and you should not miss visiting it - at any time of the year.


--- Murray Kimber <mkimber@shaw.ca> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I was looking at bilingual elementary schools and wondered if the prices on the websites would be in Mexican Pesos or US dollars? Do you have any idea.

Also, my family would like to purchase a car for the year we are in Oaxaca. Is it easy for foreigners to buy cars? Is it possible to find something fairly inexpensive? Is it generally easy to sell when we leave?

Kari Kroker

Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:08:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: schools prices

Any legitimate business in Mexico will, of course, quote prices in Mexican pesos. If it is a foreign tourist-oriented enterprise, they may quote both pesos and US dollars or euros. Any Mexican business not primarily foreign trade oriented that quotes you any price or service cost in foreign currency only should be looked askance and you should request the quote in the currency of the country, which is the peso.

As for purchasing a car, so long as all your documents are in order and appropriate, you should have no problem. I do not know what you would consider inexpensive, whether you are talking a new or a used car, what quality range, etc. Many factors would enter into the resale of the car - market in general, market for that particular car, price, condition, etc. You might discuss the possibility of selling it back to the agency you purchase it from or advertise it for sale through word of mouth, bulletin boards, etc.


--- claudetted@optonline.net wrote:

Dear Maria:

My husband and I are planning a trip to Putla, Oaxaca. My husband is a Mexican citizen and this will be his first trip home in 16 years and he is very excited. We are looking for a fairly modern hotel in Putla for May 9-12th. Can you give us any suggestions?

Claudette D'Arrigo and Fausto Lopez

Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:58:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: hotel in Oaxaca

It has been several years since I have had the good fortune to stay overnight in Putla, so I am not sure what, if any new "modern" hotels there may be now. Where I stayed would not have been called modern but it was comfortable.

These are the data I have and are probably the same places that Fausto remembers:



Tel. (953) 5530016


--- claudetted@optonline.net wrote:

Hi Maria:

Thank you for your response..my husband is so excited, he finally has his permanent residence card in the US so we can travel abroad and we are surprising his family for Mother's Day!

Can you also advise if there is a service that we could use to take us from Oaxaca airport to the hotel in Putla and whether it is safe for us to rent a car and drive it ourselves? We are pretty "americanized" although my husband speaks fluent spanish and I speak some spanish. We will look into the hotels you suggested and let you know!


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:48:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

There is no service from the airport to anywhere except into the city proper. The "first class" bus takes 5-1/2 hours departing at 9 PM and the second class has more departures but takes a little longer. I recommend you rent a car and drive there, enjoying the wonderful scenery. No problem with driving IN DAYLIGHT, watching for people and animals on the road.

If you arrive by noon you could go directly from the airport, bypassing the city center for now, and be in Putla before dark - 258 km, aprox a 4-5 hour drive. This is VERY IMPORTANT, as the aprox 60 km from Tlaxiaco to el Entronque Tierra Blanca is over very curvy road, even scary in the dark or fog. The rest of the route is fine, especially if you take the supercarretera to Nochixtlan. See Traza tu Ruta at http://www.sct.gob.mx/ for a breakdown of mileage and driving times.

Also on the SCT page, scroll down and look for atlas carreteros, click on that then go to Atlas por Entidad where you choose Oaxaca. IF you are able to read it, it is a good road map but it is in a non-editable PDF format which you can not print or copy and may not be able to read. Worth a try. I was able to enlarge it a bit by repeatedly using the "make text bigger" function of the computer.

If you arrive in the afternoon, or have had a long, difficult travel day, then I recommend you spend that night in the city and get plenty of rest, then drive to Putla very early the next morning. Or you could drive part of the way and continue in the morning but this is not so easy, as hotels are few and far between and I am sure that Fausto will be too excited to stop, the closer he gets to Putla.

Muy buena suerte y bienvenidos a casa.


--- Marcin Kusiak <marcin.kusiak@ingbank.pl> wrote:

Hi Maria,

in one of your answers from 12 Nov 2007 you wrote that: "Aviacsa flies daily from Oaxaca to Acapulco (9:10 AM, arriving 10:00 AM)". But unfortunetly when i`m trying to book this flight on Aviacsa.com the system doesn`t show any non stop flights from Oaxaca to Acapulco.

Could you help me with this reservation???


Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 07:00:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Aviacsa flight from Oaxaca to Acapulco

Unfortunately, Aviacsa has stopped flying non-stop to Acapulco - for now, at least. If demand increases, they may start again.

Meanwhile, the best available is still Aviacsa who goes to Mexico City for connection, leaving Oaxaca at 8:15 and arriving Acapulco 11:25 AM.


--- Allen Searls <asearls@gmail.com> wrote:

Subject: Question about San Andres Yaa

Hi Maria,

Thanks for your wonderful website at Oaxaca Live.

My wife and I will be in Oaxaca in late April and will be trying to reach the town of San Andres Yaa deep in the Sierra Norte. All the maps that I have appear to be outdated, so I'm not sure what the best route to take is for the trip. I hear there is a paved road from 175 through Ixtlan de Juarez and all the way to Zoogocho now, and then an easily-washed-out dirt or gravel road from there over the river to San Andres Yaa by way of Villa Alta. On the other hand, this site
http://www.mexicantextiles.com/grouppages/groups/zapotecsierra/betaza/index.htm says that the route by way of highway 190 is newer, nicer and more picturesque if you take 190 to Tlacolula, then toward Tontontepec, finally taking a high mountain road (paved?) Northwest to San Melchor Betaza (a few miles south of San Andres Yaa on a presumably dirt road). Would you recommend trying to reach San Andres Yaa by way of the highway from Tlacolula or via the highway to Zoogocho? Do you recommend any driver / guides for that area? Anyway, any advice you have would be greatly appreciated on making that drive ourselves-- the best route, approximate driving times, whether a 4-wheel drive is needed, any places for an overnight stay in the deep Sierra Norte, things to watch out for, etc.

Thanks so much for any help you can provide.

Best regards,

Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:07:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

It has been a few years since I have had the pleasure of driving all of the area in question - in a normal pickup truck, no double traction or special equipment - so can not comment on up to date firsthand experience.

There has been quite a lot of road work in the area but perhaps not all of it is top grade highway. I am attaching a copy of a map I have from September 2003 where you can see that, even though the road is paved from Ixtlan to Zoogocho it is still a long, convoluted way to San Andres Yaa. You could also take the road from just at the Tlacolula limits past Santa Ana del Valle, Cuajimoloyas and the Cajonos, through Yalalag and Betaza - again pretty roundabout.

As you say, it may be much easier to take 190 to the turnoff, bypassing Mitla to Ayutla, Tamazulapam and on toward Totontepec. I remember the road from that turnoff to Villa Alta and Betaza as being very good terracería. It is certainly more straight-forward than the others.

Personally, I would take one route and return by another. Either way, the scenery is wonderful and in late April you shouldn't have washout problems. Any of the three routes is between aprox 150 and 170 km, each with the first 60-100 km on "real" highway, with varying conditions after that which account for most of the driving time. Remember, it is all mountains.

Driving time can be extremely variable if there should be rain (not expected so early but one never knows, especially in the Mixe region) or other problems.

As always, don't drive in the dark or unfavorable conditions such as rain, fog, etc. and watch for people or animals on the road, washouts, rivers to be forded, etc. Barring any problems and considering you are not familiar with the roads, I would ESTIMATE an average of at least four to five hours by any of the routes and hope that it may be less but be prepared for the worst. (-:

As for places to stay in the "deep" Sierra Norte, I don't have any specific recommendations. Most of the Tourist Yu´u and community tourist development is along the Ixtlan roads (Calpulalpam, Ixtlan, Jaltianguis) or around Cuajimoloyas and Cajonos - within 60-90 minutes of Oaxaca. Other accommodations you might find would definitely NOT be tourist oriented.

I believe there is an updated version of my map and am checking on that. If there is any significant change in roads, etc., I will send you a copy.


--- Allen Searls <asearls@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

Thank you so much for all of this great information. It's a tremendous help. This is the most detailed map I've seen of that region. Of course, if you find a more up to date that would be enormously helpful as well. We will do our best to follow all of your recommendations on the drive.

By the way, if you know anyone that lives in the area of Zoogocho or San Andres Yaa (especially anyone that speaks English) it would be wonderful to have a contact in that remote area. I realize that's a long shot...

In any case, thank you for being such a tremendous help!


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:37:26 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

Offhand, I can't think of anyone who is living in the region who might speak English. Nearly everyone there will speak Spanish, however.

An idea - there are a number of You Tube videos of the bands in the region. One link is:


You might try communicating with the posters listed for these videos, some of whom live in the US or in other parts of Mexico but obviously have close ties.

Haven't had time yet to check on the map but will let you know in a few days.


--- Allen Searls <asearls@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks Maria!

That was a good idea, I was able to find someone who speaks English in San Andres Yaa at YouTube.

Thanks again for all your help with maps and everything.


Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 07:29:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: maria diaz <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>

I am glad it worked and that you found someone. I have discovered that the map was reissued in 2005 but don't know if it was updated significantly or ONLY reissued. Also, am checking to learn what improvements, if any, may exist in the roads. Will let you know this week.


Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 13:05:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

I checked the 2005 issue of the map and found that the road via los Cajonos is now paved all the way to Betaza - only about 12 km from San Andres Yaa. So that may be the best route for you. I am attaching a copy of the principal part of the map, in pdf format.

Have a great trip.


--- Sharon <sharon@woodscreeknursery.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I just stumbled on your wonderful website. How generous you are with your knowledge, time and energy!

I have been to Oaxaca many times over the last 30 years, the last time being in 2003. Much to my disappointment, I have lost the phone number to Mondedas (antiquidades) de Oaxaca. I wanted to speak with the owner, Mr. Vidal. Do you happen to know if he is still there and what his telephone number might be??

I will be going down this year for Day of the Dead. Do you have any recommendations as to where I can find old huipiles or religious statues, or old masks? I am willing to travel outside of the city, but probably within a 4 hour car ride.

Thanks again for your generosity,

Sharon Ronsse
Monroe, WA

Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 13:03:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Oaxaca question

The store you refer to - Monedas (Antiguedades) - is located at Abasolo No. 107, alongside the Camino Real Hotel. The telephone number is (951) 516-3935. I have not had an opportunity to visit, to see who is in charge now, but everyone there is always very helpful.

As for finding "old" things, this is the only store. Offhand, I can not think of anywhere else, in town or outside, but if anything occurs to me I will let you know.


Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:03:49 -0700

You are the best!!!! Thank you!

Sharon Ronsse

--- Anthony Zavala <anthony63@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

hi maria,zocalos is mentioned quite a bit.what is that place.and what is there to do there?thank you.tony

Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:06:38 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: zócalo

The word zócalo comes from the Spanish meaning the plinth or base of a building or monument and was applied to the Aztec architecture they found in Tenochtitlan. As this kind of construction most often was built around an important open area, it became the name most often applied to the principal plaza or square of many Mexican towns and cities.

The zócalo in Mexico City is probably the largest main square in the world and the one in Oaxaca is considered by many as the most beautiful. It is certainly the heart, as well as the soul, of the city, with a number of sidewalk restaurants around it under the colonial stone arcades, gardens, band kiosk with frequent cultural presentations and happenings. It is THE PLACE to sit a while and enjoy the beauty and rhythm of the land and to watch the people from all over the state and the world. It is also the symbolic center of the universe for social statements and activism.

You can search Google images for "oaxaca zocalo" and see thousands of its different faces and personalities.


--- Briones-Panzar <w.panzar@comcast.net> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I'm on the Ticket Bus website dropping down 'Origen' and 'Destino' but not finding Acapulco, nor Ejido, nor Papagayo (which some website was describing as terminals for a certain bus line). Help. I'm planning on bussing from Acapulco to Pinotepa Nacional, later from Pinotepa to Puerto Angel with maybe a stop in Puerto Escondido. Thanks for your attention and greetings from Oakland


Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:55:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Bus from Acapulco to Costa Chica

The Ticketbus site lists only ADO and their associates with service to the east and southeast, with very limited service to the coast of Oaxaca. For the Pacific coast in general and the points you list, you should check information with the Estrella Blanca group at



---Tori Desper <chandlerarizona@cox.net> wrote:

We are considering moving to Oaxaca This fall and we have three children. Can you tell us anything about schools. The children are 12, 14, and 16. Anything you can tell us would be greatly appreciated. None of these children speak Spanish..

Thank you, Phil Sargent

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 17:33:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Private High Schools in Oaxaca

There are a number of good private secondary and preparatory schools in Oaxaca, among them:

Instituto Federico Froebel - http://federicofroebel.org/ (prepa and secondary)
Preparatoria univas - http://prepaunivas.edu.mx (prepa)
Instituto Luis Sarmiento - http://www.inlusa.edu.mx (prepa and secondary)
Instituto Blaise Pascale - http://www.ibp.edu.mx/ (prepa and secondary)
Instituto Carlos gracida - http://www.icagra.net (prepa and secondary)

As the children have no Spanish at all, the best choice may well be Federico Froebel, which is biingual.


--- Jimm Budd <jimm@jimmbudd.com> wrote:

Is there any scheduled air service between Oaxaca City and Huatulco? Oaxaca City and Puerto Escondido?

Jimm Budd

Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:51:02 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Huatulco, Escondido flights

Both Aerovega and Aerotucan have daily flights to and from both Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.



--- Don and Lanore Johnson <donlan40@hotmail.com>

Dear Maria,

What a nice service! We will be taking our 2 teenage grandchildren to Oaxaca in March. We want to visit Oaxaca City, Monte Alban, Sierra Norte, and the beaches. We have 11 days. Because of such a limited time we would like to use night buses to and from Mexico City and from Oaxaca City to and from the beaches. Is this safe? We would travel first class to make it a safer trip.

Thank you for your help.


Lanore Johnson
Montana, USA

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 17:17:56 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

What a nice opportunity for your family! Yes, the night buses are safe. you can see schedules and other information at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx The origin and destination terminals between Mexico and Oaxaca are Mexico TAPO and Oaxaca, Oax. For the coast, it would be Oaxaca, Oax. and either Huatulco, Puerto Escondido and Pochutla (for Puerto Angel and Mazunte), depending on where you want to go. You could take local transport around the area, thus maybe arriving one terminal and leaving from another, to see more.

You might also make good use of your time by arranging for a car with knowledgeable driver (bilingual guides also available) for the archeological sites and villages, so you can go where and when you want, for as long as you want each place - rather than fixed itineraries with the "set" tours.

For Monte Alban, Autobuses Turisticos leaves from Mina No. 518 (near the Benito Juarez Market downtown) every hour from 08:00 to 14:00 or 14:00. This is a three hour trip - thirty minutes travel each way and two hours at the site, for a very reasonable round trip cost of 38 pesos per person. Even better - if two hours is not enough time at the site for you, you can take a later bus back for only an additional 19 pesos. If you know ahead of time, you can arrange it at the office. If you only decide you need more time once you are there, Autobuses Turisticos has a representative in the parking area at Monte Alban who can make the arrangements.

Have a wonderful time!


From: "Don and Lanore Johnson" <donlan40@hotmail.com>


Thank you for the thoughtful, complete answer. You've been a great help.

Lanore Johnson

--- melody marks <hshmelody@att.net> wrote:

Dear Maria

I will be arriving in Guatemala City and then would like to take a bus to Oaxaca and back to Guatemala City. Do you know of a bus line(s) that make this trip, how long it would take and how much it would cost?

many thanks

Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 18:49:12 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: buses from guatemala city to oaxaca

You will need to take a Guatemalan bus to the border (Tapachula, Oax.), then change to a Mexican line for the journey to Oaxaca.

See http://www.transgalgosinter.com.gt/ and http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules and other information.


--- melody marks wrote:

Hi Maria...I wasn't able to get much information from these sites..any other ideas? many thanks...melody

maria diaz <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> wrote:

These are the sites to find bus schedules, fares and other information about the respective routes and services. They should provide all the information you may need.


--- melody marks <hshmelody@att.net> wrote:

Dear Maria,

Do you have any information about buses from mexico to oaxaca round trip. I tried the web sites below and could not get any information..thankyou again..Melody

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 14:57:08 -0800 (PST)

CHECK SCHEDULES, PRICES, SEE PHOTOS OF BUSES, ETC. AT http://www.ticketbus.com.mx You MUST write the www. and also the .mx at the end or the correct page will not open.

The Ticket Bus site is in Spanish, English, French and German. On the far left side of the page, in the field for Origen (origin, point of departure) select from the pull down menu "Mexico TAPO". In the field for Destino (destination) select from the pull down menu "Oaxaca". In the field for "Lineas" (Lines) leave it showing "TODOS" (ALL) and in the Fecha del viaje (Date of travel) field, click on the calendar to find the month and day you want to travel, then click on that date.

Sometimes the date you choose does not appear correctly (example year 200-). If that happens you must correct it to show the year 2008. Also, schedules are only published about 60 days in advance. However, times do not vary a lot, so information for an earlier date will give you a very good idea of departures, fares, etc. that will apply on your preferred travel dates.

Once the four fields show, respectively: "Mexico TAPO", "Oaxaca", "Todos/All" and the date you choose, all the buses operating that day will show in the square to the right on your screen. The six columns, from left to right, are COMPRE/BUY: you can choose $ to purchase on line; HORAS/TIME: Departure time; RECORRIDO/JOURNEY: the ruta (route) whether directo (non stop) or Local with X escalas (stops); TARIFA/FARE: price in pesos; LINEA/LINE (name of Bus line); TIEMPO DE RECORRIDO/ Journey Time.

This is the most comprehensive information published about bus service to and from Oaxaca and it functions very well. Otherwise, you can go to the bus terminal or Ticket Bus offices in many cities or call Ticket Bus at 51-33-24-24 in Mexico City or toll free from anywhere in Mexico at 01-800-702-8000. There is also a Ticket Bus office in San Diego, California with telephones (619) 429-6635 and 277-3930.

For round trip information, you will need to check each way separately. i.e. Mexico-Oaxaca and then Oaxaca-Mexico.


--- Richard Ross <rossri@email.chop.edu> wrote:


I will in Oaxaca on March 10,11, and 12, 2008(Mon afternoon, Tues, and Wed) and want to experience one of your colorful markets. Are there any in or around Oaxaca on these days that you can recommend.

Thanks. What a great service you are providing!


Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 16:19:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Oaxaca markets

"Nearby" Monday market is in Miahuatlan - about 100 km from the city via Federal Highway 175. Tuesday in Yalalag in the Sierra Norte - nearly 200 km via Federal highway 175, secondary and lesser roads.

Best option is Wednesday in Etla - about 20 km via Federal Highway 190 or Zimatlan - about 30 km via Federal Highways 175 and 131.

You may find the map at http://oaxacalive.com/Itinerary.htm helpful. (Yalalg is aprox halfway between and about 8 mm north of Sta. Maria Totontepec and San Bartolome Zoogocho, in the darker green area of the map.)


--- Dick Earley <dickearley@hotmail.com> wrote:


I am leaving Guad on 13 February sometime in the afternoon and would like to arrive in Oaxaca in the early morning of the 14th.

Could you suggest a bus route that is the easiest and safest? Money is not a big consideration.


Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 09:33:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Guad to Oaxaca

If your point of origin is GUADALAJARA Jalisco, you will need to take the bus first to Mexico City then change for Oaxaca. Be sure that the bus goes into Terminal NORTE, where there are a limited number of departures for Oaxaca, and NOT Poniente where you would have to change to another terminal.

The trip from Guadalajara to Mexico is about seven hours and that from Mexico to Oaxaca is aprox six hours. To this you need to add the connection time. If connection through Terminal Norte means a very long wait, you can always take a taxi to TAPO Terminal where there is a departure every hour to Oaxaca.

Some of the bus lines serving GDL-MEX are Senda (http://www.gruposenda.com/) ETN (www.etn.com.mx/) and the Primera Plus line of Grupo Flecha Amarilla (http://www.flecha-amarilla.com.mx/) For schedules and other information for MEX-OAX, see http://www.ticketbus.com.mx

Total cost will be around 800 pesos (400+ GDL-MEX and around 400 MEX-OAX) and total time will be at least fifteen hours.

As you say money is not a big consideration, you may be interested in flying. Alma de Mexico has two flights daily - one direct GDL-OAX (90 minutes) in the morning and one via Tuxtla Gutierrez (5 hours) in the afternoon - with total one way cost of aprox. 1800-2000 pesos, taxes included. See alma.com.mx/


--- Astarte Sands <astartesands@shaw.ca> wrote:

Hola Maria,

I am planning a two week trip to Mexico. I will be arriving in Mexico City and going straight to Puebla for the first night. Then I have 4 unplanned days before spending 10 days in Oaxaca City, I am not keen to revisit Puebla and am looking for a likely destination between Puebla and Oaxaca. Any suggestions? I will be travelling by bus and enjoy cultural activities, dancing, cooking, markets, day trips and 'slow travel'
Your suggestions are most welcome

muchas gracias,

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:32:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Destinations

There are two destinations/routes that will be easy to cover by (mostly) first class bus from Puebla, ending up in Oaxaca, that I think you will find interesting.

First, Puebla - Tuxtepec - Ixtlan/Guelatao - Oaxaca. Beautiful scenery, lots of interesting things to see/do.

Second, Puebla -Orizaba/Fortin de las Flores - Jalapa. Good bus connections, lots of interesting things to see/do. You can continue to Oaxaca by a number of routes, among them back to Puebla, or even continue from Jalapa to Tuxtepec, then Ixtlan/Gualatao and Oaxaca. Depends on if you want to spend the four days mostly in one area or cover more territory and make a roundabout.


--- Katharine Fellman <windsand@verizon.net> wrote:

Hello Maria. I am interested in living in Oaxaca for a year with my 2 children ages 7 and 5. I would like to know if there are some schools you could recommend that are bilingual or even all in spanish. I do not want a well to do school where all the rich people send their kids, I really just want a middle class school.

Thanks for your time!

Katie Fellman

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 09:41:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: primary schools

You will find a list of the "bilingual" primary schools by scrolling down the Ask Maria page to the May 24, 2007 reply to Alicia Mase. As all of this type school are private, you will have to check the cost of each, as well as its program, to see if they meet your expectations.


--- DF <desktop@telus.net> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I found the Oaxaca Live site and I am not sure if you can answer my question ... We will be staying in Puerto Escondido from February 5 to February 12. We have never been to this part of Mexico before and are very excited about this trip. We try to avoid the major newer tourist centres and so far everything we have seen on the web looks great. We would like to take a day trip to the city of Oaxaca and I understand that there is an air taxi between the airport in Puerto Escondido and Oaxaca. Is it possible to fly to Oaxaca early in the morning and return the same day in the evening or does it have to be an overnight trip? Where would we be able to find more information about this travel and schedules etc.

Thanks so much,

Susan and George
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:28:57 -0800 (PST)

There are two air taxi services offering daily flights between Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido (and Oaxaca - Huatulco). Their regularly scheduled flights are in the mornings or at noon, so you should probably plan to stay overnight or take a late afternoon or overnight bus back from Oaxaca. You can find more information at:


For general tourist information about the coast of Oaxaca, visit http://www.tomzap.com/oaxaca.html


--- Michael Black <professionalmeb@yahoo.com> wrote:

I am taking a sociology class and I have a couple of questions. What types of food do your people eat? what is a mole? what language does the Oaxaca people speak? What is the traditional clothing there? What types of people make up your population? Do your have scuba diving there? I mean if I was to visit I would like to scuba dive.

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 16:46:49 -0800 (PST)

I believe you want me to do all your homework for you. I will not do that but will give you some tips and places to begin your research.

We eat all kinds of food but traditional Oaxacan cuisine is world famous. Put "oaxacan food" in any search engine and you will find thousands of references, images, etc.

Mole is a kind of sauce made from a great number of ingredients and its Oaxacan varieties are delicious and famous. Look for "oaxacan mole".

The official language of all Mexico is Spanish. In addition, Oaxaca has sixteen ethnic groups, each with its own language and dialects which are spoken in the relevant parts of the state.

Everyday clothing is the same as anywhere in the world - traditional or "typical" clothing varies according to the region and the ethnic heritage.
Start your search with "oaxacan indigenous languages".

You can scuba dive, snorkel, swim, fish, surf, etc. all along the more than 500 km of Pacific coast beaches in Oaxaca.

A very little work will return hundreds of thousands of references, articles and images.


--- Michael Black <professionalmeb@yahoo.com> wrote:

I am shocked you replied and so quickly. Thank you! I know it seemed like I wanted you to do my homework but I have been researching these questions myself, and I thought you could help and you did! I have e-mailed so many people over time and hardly ever do people respond as you did. Anyways, thanks again Maria

Bye Bye

--- Judith Labrozzi <teddysamyfrida@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Maria - great website! We live in Ajijic, Jalisco and are planning a trip to Oaxaca in the near future, in a 36' motor home. We would like to locate an in-town rv park as well as a language school that would be easy to get to from the rv park.


Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 17:41:00 -0800 (PST)

The only "in-town" trailer park is the Oaxaca Trailer Park located on Violetas at the corner of H. Escuela Naval Militar (coordinates E-1 on the large scale map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm )The caretaker, Eucario, is "always" on site. His celular number is 044-951-198-8765. If you need to contact the owner, he is Arq. Luis Sarmiento J. and his home numbers are (951) 515-0376 and 513-7656. His celular is 044-951-569-5518.

If you scroll down almost to the bottom on the Ask Maria page you will find a list of the Spanish language schools. All are easily accessible.


--- Lolita szabo <lolitaszabo@yahoo.fr> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I read with interest your very helpful website on Oaxaca & surraoundings. I've also consulted the forum topics before writing you but I'm afraid haven't found appropriate info to my qestions below. Here they are and I thank you in advance for any posssible help...

We'll be travelling from the Chiapas to Oaxaca on 28/29 April. We plan taking the BUS from Tuxla but might also leave from Villahermosa or Palenque (no matter the departure city but would be great to travel the shorter route). I cannot get hold of any ticket nor schedule on these bus lines (tried ticketbus.com and ADO's website too...) :(( I wonder wether you or any Oaxaca tourist office could give me schedules for these lines.

Also, in case we couldn't make it on bus we could take the plane but as far as I can see, there is no direct flight connecting teh Chiapas to Oaxaca... am I right?

Thanks in advance, best regards

Lolita Szabo

Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 14:45:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: BUS info to get to Oaxaca

For information on bus schedules, fares, etc. the site is http://www.ticketbus.com.mx You MUST use the www at the beginning and the .mx at the end of the url. You should then be automatically connected (or you can go direct) to their secure site at https://www.ticketbus.com.mx/ticketbus/inicio.jsp where you will find several departures from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Villahermosa and Palenque to Oaxaca.

You must choose the Origen and Destino, as well as the date (fecha del viaje). When you choose the date be sure that it is complete and correct; often the year is distorted (example 200-1), so be sure to change it if necessary (to 2008). You will notice that schedules are not available more than about 60 days in advance of your travel date, so will need to check closer to that date.

If you choose to fly, Alma de Mexico (http://www.alma.com.mx/) has regular flights from Tuxtla Gutierrez non-stop to Oaxaca.


--- Casa Lucia <info@casalucia.ca> wrote:

Hello Maria,

I have been trying to contact the Mckinley school (mentioned in your forum) by email and telephone with no sucess, as we'd like to enroll our daughter. I'm dialing 011 52 951 513 51 79 from Canada without sucess. The operator says that the number does not exist. Am I doing something wrong?

Also , when I try their Email from their business card ,promo_mckinley@hotmail.com it is returned as undeliverable. We visited the school last year and were very impressed. Can you help? Enjoy reading your column very much.

Regards, June Johnston

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:10:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Mckinley school

McKinley moved to a larger more modern campus at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. They are now located on Calle Sabinos S/N esquina con la Rivera de Atoyac in Colonia Reforma Agraria. This is just about five blocks off Calzada Simbolos Patrios (Highway 175) near the Plaza del Valle commercial centers. Their telephone/fax numbers are 011-52-951-144-8187, 144-8337, 144-8338 and 144-8339. These are switchboard numbers so if you want to send a fax, just ask the person who answers for a "tono para fax". They do not currently have an email address.

Everyone I have talked to is very happy with the new campus.


--- Lisa Ford <lisaford1@earthlink.net> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I would like to drive up 175 and stay in Tuxtepec for a night and then go on to San Pedro Ixcatlan and go to Isla Soyaltepec. I speak conversational Spanish but wonder if it still would be more enjoyable with a guide from Oaxaca City. Also would it be safe alone? I am a single female. What is the condition of 175 these days?

Thanks for your help.

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 05:25:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: oaxaca city to to san pedro ixcatlan

Highway 175 is in about its usual condition - lots of curves and a few rough spots but basically good. I see no reason why the trip would not be safe but you should, of course, be prudent. Unless you want the company for the four hours Oaxaca to Tuxtepec (and the same back again), it would be much less expensive to arrange for a guide in Tuxtepec.


--- ernest tricomi <battric@msn.com> wrote:

estima Maria: will I need an adapter to run my electrical gadgets in oaxaca?

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 11:15:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: electric service in oaxaca

Most electrical connections in the city of Oaxaca are 110-120 v 60 Hz 1 phase, unless referring to larger
appliances, etc. which may require 220 v or industrial three phase applications.


--- Gayla Groom <gayla@gaylagroom.com> wrote:

Hello Maria,

What a great service! I hope you can answer my questions.

I'm a book editor, planning to spend more than a month in Oaxaca on a working vacation. I'll be arriving at Mexico City airport on January 6 at 1 p.m.

I understand that buses for Oaxaca leave TAPO frequently, so I'm sure I could get one into Oaxaca leaving sometime in the afternoon, but that would mean I would arrive at maybe 10 at night, plus miss all the scenery. (Could I arrive late without a hotel reservation and still find a hotel easily?)

Would it make sense for me to take a bus directly from the airport to Puebla and spend the night, and continue on to Oaxaca the next day? Or would it be better to stay in Mexico City? Or would it make sense to fly rather than dallying around in places that aren't really where I want to be? Could I get a flight once I arrive in Mexico City?

What would you do?

Also, I'm looking for a quiet, clean, private, safe, light and airy, furnished apartment or house to rent, with high-speed internet, and with some kind of outside space -- a patio or balcony. It doesn't have to be located near the zócalo, as long as it's a reasonable walk to get there.

I'd appreciate hearing of any rentals that might work.

Thanks very much.
Gayla Groom

Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 00:47:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Transportation & rental questions

First, the transportation question. I think in your place I would leisurely take the Estrella Roja Expreso Aeropuerto bus to Puebla's CUATRO PONIENTE terminal. There are a number of departures between 13:30 and 15:30 and until midnight- see schedule at http://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/servicio.asp?id=5

Cuatro Poniente is a small "user friendly" terminal downtown near many hotels and other attractions. See http://www.puebla.ws/ for hotel information.

Then you can take the bus from Puebla to Oaxaca the following day and enjoy the scenery. See schedules, etc. at www.ticketbus.com.mx/

While we do not have a bungalow available for the entire time of your planned stay, Maria's Room is available and we can give you the very special monthly rate. We have written separately with pertinent information.


--- Nzingha Clarke <zwerver@earthlink.net> wrote:


I’ve been reading through your postings and I haven’t seen an answer to my one particular question. I will be flying into the airport in Ciudad Oaxaca en route to Pochutla. From Pochutla, I have taken a white (unmarked) van (seating 10 people at most) to Oaxaca and while I’m sure I could find the van depot in Pochutla again, I didn’t write down the address of the depot in Oaxaca the one time I arrived there. I know it was within walking distance of the Zocalo (or, at least I think I know that).

Do you know the van company I’m talking about? I remember being let out in a small courtyard on a non-descript street and I’m worried I won’t be able to find it easily with my luggage and jetlag.

And if you know what time the vans leave for Pochutla, that would be even better.

Thanks for your help,
NM Clarke

Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 13:12:45 -0800 (PST)

Unfortunately, most of the van services have similar depots, so it is hard to know which you used. Here is information on two of the longest established services. Both will be easy to find and you can, if you wish, take the airport shuttle (colectivo) directly there. It is in zone 1, currently 35 pesos from the airport.

Transporte en Suburban Atlantida
Calle de La Noria esq. Armenta y Lopez
Tel: 514-7077
to Pochutla 4:30, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:30 , 20:30 + 23:30
return =4:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:30, 19:30 + 22:45
$120 one way

This information is not updated but was good a year or so ago:
Eclipse 70-Armenta y Lopez 504
sin teléfono - Pochutla diario 5:00 y 15:00
PE sobre pedido, min. 5 PAX, $150 c/u


--- Nzingha Clarke <zwerver@earthlink.net> wrote:

Thank you so very much. You¹ve just removed my only logistical worry. I really appreciate it.

NM Clarke

--- "apgarjim@juno.com" <apgarjim@juno.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I will visit Oaxaca for the second time in January and would like to travel to Puerto Angel via Rt. 125 through TLAXIACO. I did the other two routes on the last trip. I would like to know if it is a safe and interesting route. I am fluent in Spanish.

Any information would be helpful. Puedes responder en ingles o espanol.

Muchas Gracias
Jim Apgar

Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:39:16 -0800 (PST)

Route 125 is a very lovely road (270 km from the intersection with Highway 190 to the intersection with Highway 200 just before Pinotepa nacional). You will notice a different type of vegetation compared to highways 131 and 175.

About 60 km of mostly flat, straight road from 190 to Tlaxiaco, passing through Teposcolula with its magnificent 16th century temple. Tlaxiaco also has a wonderful temple, Saturday market important for the entire area, and some very cold nights. Very good hotel if you should want to stay over a few days.

There is only a short stretch of "bad driving" (sharp curves, etc.) for the aprox 30 km from just past Tlaxiaco to the intersection at Carrizal with the state road to Juxtlahuaca and around to Huajuapam (sometimes referred to as the Entronque Tierra Blanca).

From that point you start gradually down to the coast, passing through Putla, Santa Maria Zacatepec, San Pedro Amusgos and San Juan Cacahuatepec (birthplace of famed musician Alvaro Carillo) - going from the cold nights in Tlaxiaco to the tropical coastal areas.

Turning left onto highway 200 you come to Pinotepa Nacional in just about 7 km. The area around here - both up and slightly down the coast is known as the Costa Chica and is one of the most important areas in the country settled by "ex-slaves" brought from Africa by the Spanish. There is significant cultural impact on the indigenous customs.

From Pinotepa to Puerto Escondido is about 133 km, passing a number of interesting places, including Jamiltepec, Rio Grande, the Laguna de Chacahua National Park and Laguna Manialtepec.

From there you obviously know the road to Puerto Angel and its attractions.

I envy you the chance to travel this route, as I have not had the opportunity to do it lately.(-:


--- patricia Munoz <patyartu@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria!

Me gustaria saber si hay aerolineas que van directamente de Vancouver Canada a Huatulco? Vivo en Vancouver y tengo amigos Canadienses que quieren visitar Huatulco pero les da miedo ir a la ciudad de Mexico. Tu sabes si hay aerolineas que vallan directamente de Vancovuer a Huatulco sin tener que ir primero a la ciudad de Mexico?



Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:30:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Airlines from Vancouver to Huatulco

Antes que nada, no entiendo porque tendria miedo de ir al aeropuerto de Mexico. Es un aeropuerto muy moderno y seguro, con las mejores conexiones con vuelos internacionales para los destinos nacionales dentro del pais y con los mejores tarifas. Tambien hay muchos restaurantes, tiendas, etc. para pasar el tiempo de espera.

Si de plano no quiere ir por Mexico, la unica linea que sirve a Huatulco sin pasar por Mexico es Continental via Houston. Para hacer la conexion tendria que salir de Vancouver en la noche, llegando la siguente mañana a Houston para alcanzar el vuelo de Continental a las 11.35 AM. De momento, el vuelo de Continental NO es diario, asi que hay que planear las fechas con cuidado.


--- Kil Yul Chung <kilyul@yahoo.ca> wrote:

Un saludo, Maria:

Hage el favor informar me hay algunas aguas termales cerca de Huatulco. En caso que haya aguas termales, ?como se llama este lugar? ?A que distancia se encuentra del hotel en Huatulco? ?Cuantos cuesta ida y vuelta en taxi?


Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:44:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Aguas termales

Hay dos lugares con preciosas aguas termales en el area de la costa/istmo: Atotonilco (San Jose Manialtepec) y Nizanda. El primero es el mas cercano a Huatulco - aprox. 120 km costa arriba, pasando Puerto Escondido rumbo a la Laguna de Manialtepec.

Atotonilco / Aguas termales (San Jose Manialtepec)
Una aventura remontando a caballo el río Manialtepec por las laderas de montañas de selva baja hasta el brote natural de aguas sulfurosas donde se puede tomar un baño relajante y medicinal, para después seguir la corriente del río. Un lugar totalmente alejado de la civilización.

Puede leer mas informacion a:


El segundo lugar encantador queda mas lejos - aprox. 250 km por la carretera 200 a Juchitan, entonces por la 185 pasando Ciudad Ixtepec aprox. 13 km hasta llegar a Nizanda. Puede ver mas informacion a:


Se puede visitar a Atotonilco y regresar el mismo dia, utilizando el servicio frecuente de autobus, colectivos o taxis hasta Puerto Escondido y transporte local hasta las aguas. Tambien podria arreglar el viaje redondo con una agencia en Huatulco.

Ya que Nizanda se encuentra mas lejos y menos comunicado, tal vez le gustaria planear un viaje al Istmo por uno o dos dias e incluye una visita a las aguas.

Para costos actuales, debe consultar las agencias/transportistas en Huatulco una vez que llegue alli.


--- Kil Yul Chung <kilyul@yahoo.ca> wrote:

Un saludo a Maria:

Muchas gracias su informaciones. Haga el favor informarme hay aguas termales cerca de Acapulco, Ixtapa y Manzanilo, tambien. Si hay, cuantos kilometros hasta las aguas termales.


Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 06:54:27 -0800 (PST)

Hay muchas zonas de aguas termales en todo Mexico, incluyendo a lo largo de la costa del Pacifico

Ya que no tengo informacion detallada de otros estados, sugiero que empiece con las paginas de los estados en cuestion:



Ritchie Thompson <rthompson@abcauto.com> wrote:...
Subject: Sticker for entering Mexico

We have a sticker that we had gotten when we went to Mexico last year, we want to go again this year but found that we couldn't because we have a sticker on the car that is from last year, and we would not be able to get another sticker for this car.

I just learned that we can now apply for the stickers online. Is there any way possible for us to cancel the sticker online as well and apply to get another sticker? Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you, Gloria Rubio

Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 12:58:59 -0800 (PST)

First of all, did you turn in the paperwork on the car, along with your tourist cards, when you left the country last time? If so and have your receipt, then you can scrape off the obsolete sticker and will have nothing to worry about. You should have received a receipt proving that the vehicle was removed from the country and your deposit returned. KEEP THIS.

"El retorno de un vehículo en todos los casos se debe realizar presentando su vehículo ante el personal de
Banjército que opera los módulos CIITEV en las aduanas de salida, en el cual le darán su comprobante de
retorno, el cual deberá conservar."

If you did not turn in all the paperwork, you will have to sort that out before you will be issued new tourist visas and a temporary importation permit for the car. You can consult the page http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2007/A_Body_Vehiculos.htm

"Si no realizó este trámite, al momento de su regreso la Administración General de Aduanas no podrá realizar
la cancelación de su permiso. Solamente en las temporadas de alta afluencia podrá autorizar que la cancelación del permiso se realice en alguno de los módulos CIITEV en consulados, dando a conocer mediante esta página las fechas y los consulados en que se podrá llevar a cabo."

Once the past has been cleared up, you can arrange for a new permit any of three ways:

1. In person at the Customs and Immigration station where you enter the country

2. At the Mexican Consulate in one of the following cities in USA:
a) Chicago , Illinois
b) Austin, Dallas, Dallas Fort Worth y Houston, Texas
c) Los Ángeles, San Bernardino y Sacramento, California
d) Albuquerque, Nuevo México
e) Denver, Colorado
f) Phoenix, Arizona

3. On line at http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/imagenes/iitv/instruccionesIITV.html
(Unfortunately it will only work with Internet Explorer – you can check the requirements from other browsers and, if necessary, do the procedure from another computer which meets the requirements.)

You should first read the regulations governing the temporary importation of vehicles to be found at
and then follow the instructions at http://www.banjercito.com.mx/site/imagenes/iitv/instruccionesIITV.html
to obtain the temporary importation permit.


Betty and Ken <kenbettyramblers@hughes.net> wrote:---

Hola Maria;

We are Canadans travelling down the east coast of Mexico this winter in our Motorhome which is 13 metres long. Our plan is to go to Oaxaca from around Veracruz and are wondering what highway would be the best to travel.

Also we are wondering about the Oaxaca RV Resort and if it requires reservations?

Thank you for your assistance
Betty and Ken

Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:49:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Roads to Oaxaca

You have several choices of road. My personal favorite is highway 175 from just past Alvarado on the Gulf, through Tuxtepec all the way to Oaxaca - total of about 350 km. This may not be your first choice, as there are a lot of curves as you first go up the mountain and then down into the central valley of Oaxaca.

My personal second choice would be highway 150 to La Tinaja (about 90 km), 145 to Tuxtepec (about 90 km),then 175 to Oaxaca (215 km downhill) - total aprox 400 km.

Both these routes are very scenic but the route you may prefer, although more km (about 475), is 150D to the turnoff onto 135D to Oaxaca. These are toll road autopista all the way to just outside the city limits of Oaxaca.

The Oaxaca Trailer Park is still operating, though on a smaller scale. You should call the caretaker, Eucario who is "always" on site. His celular number is 044-951-198-8765. If you need to contact the owner, he is Arq. Luis Sarmiento J. and his home numbers are (951) 515-0376 and 513-7656. His celular is 044-951-569-5518.

Bon voyage!

Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 15:28:34 -0800 (PST)

There is another route that you can take - autopista 180D (toll) from La Tinaja to Cosamaloapan, then take the aprox. 90 km on highway 175 to Tuxtepec and on to Oaxaca - sort of a combination of autopista and curvy road.

You can see a good map of Veracruz at http://dgp.sct.gob.mx/fileadmin/Atlas/veracruz.pdf


--- Frank Martin <frankamartin@gmail.com> wrote:


I am unable to find the bus terminal called Oaxaca (AU) which has about 9 buses per day coming from TAPO in Mexico City. I know where there are four different terminals: (a) 1st class bus terminal, (b) the 2nd class terminal, (c) the Pereferico terminal, (d) and the Centro Abastos. Is the Centro Abastos another name for AU terminal? The ADO website does not give locations for bus terminals.

Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 08:05:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: AU bus terminal

The AU bus terminal is a "private" terminal just for that line and is located in the colonia of Santa Rosa Panzacola very near the Pepsi plant. A very nice modern terminal but not quite as well served by taxis as the others.

I think there may be an error in your identification of (b) and (d), as the "second class" terminal is located directly across from the Mercado de Abastos and is the only terminal there. On the streets surrounding the Mercado de Abastos you will find the colectivo taxis to various nearby villages. Some of the smaller bus lines also have "terminals" (basically their parking lots) in different parts of the historic Center.


--- Frank Martin <frankamartin@gmail.com> wrote:

Thank you for your information. The ticketbus.com.mx which is run by Grupo ADO identifies three destinations that they serve in Oaxaca. (1) Oaxaca [which is the main station] on Pan-American highway, (2) Perferico, and (3) Oaxaca (AU). I walked down to Abastos and I found a tiny terminal with room for only 2 buses. The sign says "*Terminal Perferico*" and they have ticket booth. There were less than 40 buses per day.

A few blocks later I saw another parking lot that says "Terminal Centro de Abastos" with some prices. I may have been mistaken about that one. It may have just been a parking lot for the large fifties era "second class" terminal.

I couldn't find the AU station. I must have given up too early. I assume that the Pepsi plant is beyond the old train station. Is it further than ITO ?

-- A lot of the guide books are out of date. Some of the smaller cities like "Huatla de Jiminez" are no longer served from the main first class ADO terminal.

Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 17:02:28 -0800 (PST)

Yes, it is farther than the old train station, on the road to Mexico City, just across Blvd. Tecnologico and the railroad tracks from ITO and COR-TV radio/TV and the Alvaro Carillo Theater.

Terminal Periferico is the base in Oaxaca for the second class line "Sur". With the new superhighway 135D many places in the Mixteca along highway 190 and the Cañada along 131 which were formerly served by the first class lines on the DF-Oaxaca route are now served by the second class lines Sur, AU, etc. and some areas by first class Cristobal Colon, all of which depart from TAPO but may arrive at distinct terminals in the destination cities.

You can see all the lines of the varying classifications on the Ticketbus site, under Lineas/Marcas.


--- Beamans <joban11@comcast.net> wrote:


We will be arriving to Mexico City on December 19 at 10:09pm and wish to take a bus to Oaxaca. How much time would you allow for the customs process?

Would it be reasonable to think we can catch a 12:30am bus to Oaxaca, or should we stay overnight and leave in the morning?

How safe are the taxis to the bus station or to a hotel?

What is the approximate length of the bus ride between Mexico City and Oaxaca?

Who would you recommend renting a car from in Oaxaca? We can't wait to come visit your city!
John and Jan Beaman

Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 20:04:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Oaxaca travel questions

It is impossible to predict how long customs and immigration procedures may take but, barring something rather drastic, you should be able to make that last bus at 00:30. You can now buy the bus ticket in the airport, so I suggest that you may split up and one buy bus tickets while other buys taxi tickets for Transporte Terrestre - the "official" zonal fare taxis with the airplane on the side. See http://www.taxisdelaeropuerto.com.mx/ With all the changes in the airport I am not sure exactly where their ticket office is now but it should be somewhere in the international arrivals area - just ask.

If you should be so delayed that you can not make the bus (23:30 or later), then take the same taxi service to the hotel where you will stay - UNLESS the hotel has pickup service. There are hotels in or near the airport terminal (walking across bridge) but they are quite expensive. One nearby that is more reasonable than most is the Hotel JR at around $800 pesos with free shuttle service (I haven't stayed lately, so I hope this rate information is up to date).

The bus ride from TAPO terminal to Oaxaca is about six hours. There are a number of car rental agencies in the city, so you can shop for best buy according to your needs. Alamo and Europcar are in the Oaxaca airport, Hertz and several others are in the Historic Center, near the Camino Real Hotel.


--- Beamans <joban11@comcast.net> wrote:


Thank you for your helpful information. I am still trying to get the bus schedule information. It does not appear that the
ADO website is working, at least from the US. Do you know if the bus runs all day and night or does it stop at 00:30? Do you know when it starts up again in the morning? We were hoping to learn what the schedule is to know what our options are and possibly make a reservation ahead of time.

You are wonderful! Jan

Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:26:27 -0800 (PST)

The address for the bus information is http://www.ticketbus.com.mx You do need to use the www or it will not work. Also, don't forget the .mx

The last departure is the one at 00:30 and the first is at 07:00, with a departure aprox every hour. If you can get into the page you can purchase tickets on line but not just reserve.

I believe you should make the 00:30 departure without problems. The 23:30 decision deadline I suggested is just to be on the safe side in case there are unexpected delays in Customs/Immigration. Even leaving the airport at 23:30 gives you a full hour to make the trip to TAPO and catch the bus and hopefully at that hour traffic will not be so heavy as earlier. TAPO is really very close to the airport, the problem is the heavy traffic that makes the transit time variable.


--- Asulin Family <asulinfamily@cox.net> wrote:

Hola Maria, what a helpful website you have!

My husband and I are considering a trip of two weeks duration to Oaxaca in June. Wanted to know if:

-two weeks is a good amount of time - or too much or too little - to see Oaxaca and the surrounding towns.

-there is a worthwhile town to see in the mountains not too far from Oaxaca, I had heard of a very pretty town but cannot now remember where I read about it

-you have space at Casa de Maria from June 11 to June 20.


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 08:54:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Preguntas por favor

First, there is no such thing as too much time in Oaxaca!!!!!! Seriously, two weeks is a good time period to allow you to see the city, archeological sites, villages and some of the natural beauty.

We are surrounded by mountains and beautiful, worthwhile towns and breathtaking natural beauty. You might look at
http://www.sierranorte.org.mx/en/routes.htm for some information about the mountains to the north and look at
for some information and photos of all the regions of the state.

We have replied separately about availability at la Casa de Maria Bed & Breakfast.


--- Jerry M <jamlearn@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I am traveling to Oaxaca after Christmas and I have never driven a car in Mexico. I have years of driving experience and I have driven throughout 12 USA states. Would you consider driving in Oaxaca to be dangerous/difficult and should I consider taking taxis?


Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 08:29:50 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Driving in Oaxaca

Much will depend on where you want to go and what you want to do. If your plan is to stay in the city and visit nearby archeologiical sites and villages, you do not really need a car. In the city, especially in the Historic Center, parking is often a problem, besides which everything is in walking distance and public transportation (buses, colectivos and taxis) is efficient and reasonable. There are many companies that provide tours to all the nearby attractions - whether with a set itinerary or vehicle with driver (guide optional) by the hour. Bilingual drivers/guides are available.

It is not a question of danger or difficulty but of convenience and enjoyment. You can appreciate much more walking around town and with someone to do the work of driving and able to explain what you are seeing. Unless you plan to arrive by car or need to drive for some reason, I suggest you relax as the complete tourist (-;


--- Jose Andres Martinez <bordowisteria70@att.net> wrote:

Hello Maria, I will be in Oaxaca City in about 15 days. Can you recommend seafood restaurant? and what can be expected to pay for dinner for two people (No Wine).

What are the average price for lunch/dinner in Oaxaca City.

Thank You

Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 05:52:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Food in Oaxaca

There are a number of excellent restaurants in and near the city that specialize in seafood, some of which may be open for "dinner". The majority, as are most of the restaurants offering whatever speciality, are open for the main meal of the day, "comida" (some for breakfast also) until about 6:00 PM. A few good restaurants do stay open till about 10-11 PM. Two excellent seafood restaurants are Marco Polo on the Llano and Neptuno just outside the city in Yatareni, both extremely popular with locals and visitors alike for comida and desayuno. For the most expensive meals (shrimp or lobster, for example) you can expect to pay around 170 to 200 pesos per person plus any extras like soup, salad, appetizer. 500 pesos should cover all but the most extravagant gala meal for two.

You can have a wonderful breakfast or comida corrida, tacos, tamales or tortas for around 40-50 pesos, with an a la carte comida running up from there as high as 200 for the most expensive/expansive choice at upscale restaurants.


--- Jose Andres Martinez <bordowisteria70@att.net> wrote:

Thank you for the information. This is the most user friendly web site i have ever used. I will recommend the web site. Once again, thank you very much.

Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 14:41:37 -0800 (PST)

You are very welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful city.


--- Penny n Bob <bobpenn3@comcast.net> wrote:


I just wanted to thank you for giving us a very nice, secure and friendly place to stay. We really enjoyed staying at your home and I felt it was the friendliest place we stayed at on this trip. We met lots of nice guests and got good tips from them.

Penny and Bob Thomas

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 07:17:10 -0800 (PST)
Subject: La Casa de Maria Bed & Breakfast

I am so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us in our beautiful city. It was a pleasure having you with us and I hope you will come back soon!


--- sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Buenos dias,

A friend and I are coming to Oaxaca City during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. We have reservations in town, but are now thinking we'd like to spend about 4 or 5 nights at a nice beach also, if it's possible. I know it's very late to be planning this, but another friend said Puerto Angel would be the best place, a bit less touristy than other places and probably the closest. Where do you recommend to stay that might have a room? We had wanted to go to Bahia de la Luna, but of course they're booked. And do we need to buy bus tickets in advance?

Muchas graçias.

Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 07:34:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: oaxaca

While Puerto Angel may be considered "less touristy" to some, in terms of distance from the city, there is very little difference in travel time, whether by air to Puerto Escondido or Huatulco (30 minutes) and surface from there, or by bus (6-7 hours via Pochutla or 7-9 via Salina Cruz). I suggest you consult http://tomzap.com/oaxaca.html for hotel suggestions and contact information.

As for bus tickets, if you decide to go via Pochutla (Estrella del Valle/OaxacaPacifico), they do not sell tickets more than a day in advance, so you should do that when you are here. If you go via Salina Cruz, you can buy in advance on line, at the ADO terminal or at any TicketBus location in the city.


--- sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net write...

Sorry, another question. Isn't it also much more expensive to fly rather than take a bus?
Thanks again.

Thank you so much for your information. Is there anywhere in fact that is "less touristy," near the water? And if we wait to buy via Pochutla, will we have a problem getting tickets?
Thanks again.

Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 16:22:14 -0800 (PST)

Take a look at the Tomzap information to see places of possible interest to you.

As Estrella del Valle/Oaxaca Pacifico bus tickets are not sold until the day before departure, you would purchase as soon as they are available and so be sure of getting a place. There are departures very frequently during the day. Alternatively, you can take the Cristobal Colon or ADOGL buses using http://www.ticketbus.com.mx on line or i the terminal or any TicketBus office.

Of course, flying is considerably more expensive than the bus - perhaps five times more - but it is a viable option when time is a factor.


--- Sheila Balter <sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Hi Maria,

Thanks for all your info. I think going out to the coast will be too complicated, difficult (since we have no reservations)
and expensive for us during the holidays. So we're wondering if there are other inland water opportunities; places to hike and or get a ride to where we can swim in the mountains or a lake or reservoir or...?

Graçias y hasta la proxima vez.
Sheila Balter

Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 08:49:59 -0800 (PST)

In December you will not find much emphasis on swimming in the mountains because of the cold but there is wonderful hiking and cycling in the Sierra Norte. There are a number of tour companies offering many options, one day or several days; see for general information:


Another idea, since you want to swim, is one that does not have organized tours and is basically "unheard of" by tourists: to go to Tuxtepec - crossing the Sierra Norte to the HOT area around Tuxtepec, just on the border with the state of Veracruz. See weather reports at http://clima.msn.com/local.aspx?wealocations=wc:34236

Located 215 km from the city of Oaxaca, driving time is about four hours via highway 175 (lots of curves) or there is frequent bus service - about six hours at 144 pesos - from the ADO first class bus terminal.

So, you could take in some mountain hiking on the way there or back and once there you will find the Miguel Aleman and Cerro de Oro dams with many lovely places to swim, hike and see things no tourist knows about. (If you are beer drinkers, Tuxtepec is home to one of the largest breweries of Corona and other brands at Cia Cervecera del Tropico S.A. de C.V.)

Here you will find a "translated" version of the Wikipedia entry for Tuxtepec:

See http://www.tuxtepec.gob.mx/ and select turismo for information about the area and http://www.tuxtepec.gob.mx/balnearios.php specifically for some lovely swimming places. There are a number of hotels of different categories. You can see a list under hospedaje, as well as at http://www.zonaturistica.com/oaxaca/tuxtepec/ and http://www.hotelgrantuxtepecplaza.com.mx/

A good combination of city and central valleys, mountains and the "inland beach".


From: "Sheila Balter" <sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net>  

Fantastic! I will definitely check out all this out. We tend toward the unknown...muchas, muchas graçias!


--- sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Buenos dias Maria,

Well the time is getting closer and we're almost in Oaxaca...I'm very fascinated with the idea of going to Tuxtepec and am wondering; is driving the best way to go? I spent many months in Mexico a long time ago and never wanted to drive due to the danger and responsibility of it...How is it now to do so? Is it the only way we'd be able to get to some of the swimming spots around there?

Muchas gracias otra vez!

Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 10:44:39 -0800 (PST)

Personally, I enjoy this drive but know that many do not agree with me. Since you obviously do not feel comfortable with driving (it is not dangerous but there are a lot of curves), I would suggest you take a bus to Tuxtepec and arrange local transportation to the swimming and other places of interest.

It is about six hours by bus and the scenery is beautiful, so you might want to take one way in daylight and maybe one way overnight to maximize time (and save one night hotel cost). See http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, rates, travel time, etc. If you decide to do some hiking in the Sierra Norte, you might do it on the way back to the city in stages to know various sites.


--- Sheila Balter <sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Thank you again. Do you think we need to reserve a hotel/hostel in Tuxtepec in advance?


Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 07:30:11 -0800 (PST)

I don't know how crowded Tuxtepec is during the holidays but it is probably a good idea to, at least, call from here to see what the hotel situation is for the dates you plan to be there (I don't see email addresses for most of them). If there are several to choose from, you might take the overnight bus, arriving around 7 AM and spend the early morning checking out the possibilities. Air conditioning MAY be a desirable factor there.

Or you may prefer to play safe and reserve ahead of time.


--- sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Buenos dias Maria,

What would you recommend as the best way to get from Oaxaca airport to downtown?

Muchas gracias.

Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 05:56:42 -0800 (PST)

You should take the Transporte Terrestre colectivo (shuttle). Purchase your tickets in the arrival area of the Oaxaca airport and give them the complete address where you wish to go.

Tariff presently is:

Zone 1 (Historic Center, downtown) - 35 pesos/pax, 148 pesos "viaje especial" in a large vehicle for one to eight pax or fewer pax with a lot of luggage - what fits in the vehicle.

Zone 2 (includes Colonia Reforma, San Felipe) - 70 pesos, 280 pesos "viaje especial"

A word of caution: if you are the last/only passenger for the shuttle they will likely charge you the full cost for a "special" trip. To avoid this, try to purchase your ticket immediately, even though you may not board the shuttle right away. You might send one of your party out to get tickets while another takes charge of luggage, etc. Transporte Terrestre will supposedly then honor your ticket even though you may be the only passenger(s) left by the time you are ready to board. Try not to be last, just in case (-:


You are the best!


--- sheilabalter@sbcglobal.net wrote:

Prospero año nuevo! I am back in the US, had a great trip. Thanks again for your help.

Sheila Balter

Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 14:45:53 -0800 (PST)

I am pleased you enjoyed it and that you took the time to let me know.

Feliz 2008.

--- Jason Burdge <jasonmburdge@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Maria

I love your site and the kindness of your forum. My wife and I are also interested in renting a car toexperience the surrounding villages around Oaxaca.

We definitely want to visit some of the local artists. Is it difficult to find their shops when you arrive in the towns or is it easier to go by a tour?

Thanks for your help!

Take care,

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:49:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Finding local artisans

Renting a car versus taking tours depends on what you want to accomplish. You might consider hiring a car and driver for guidance and flexibility, as the "set tours" are just that - they have a set itinerary that may or not coincide with your preferences as places to visit and time spent there. You do not really need a car in the city and parking can be a problem in the Historic Center.

You will find that the artisans work in their homes,for the most part, and that serves also as the shop. Part of the enjoyment is walking around the village,looking into the different open doors. Some villages also have an artisans' market where you can see work of various artists, buy it there or look specifically for that person to see more.


--- Kathleen Caldwell <kmaha@mchsi.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,

Just found your site; I have been trying to put together a 2 wk. trip from San Francisco, CA to Oaxaca and then from Oaxaca to Ixtapa/Zih for Feb/Mar 08. Originally wanted to spend a couple of days in Cuernavaca but seems like too much to cram into 2 short weeks. We are now rethinking and wondering if we could fly from Oaxaca to Ixtapa. Here again it seems like we would be spending 2 days on a bus to accomplish this; 7 hrs + from Oaxaca and then whatever it takes to get from Mex D.F. (I could not find the actual driving time from Mex D.F. to Ixtapa) and understand it is not a good idea to travel at night in Guererro, true?

Question #1. What airlines serve Oaxcaca City?

2. Do any airlines fly direct from Oaxaca City to Ixtapa/Zih? Or from Oaxaca to Acapulco. We could take a bus north from there. Approx. cost?

3. If we need to fly back to Mex in order to get to Ixt/Zih will we have to change planes?

3. How do you make a reservation? My spanish is minimal.

Muchas gracias, Maria for any assistance/advice you can give us.


Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:06:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: travel from Oaxaca City to Ixpapa

A number of airlines serve Oaxaca, among them Mexicana, Aeromexico, Aviacsa, Continental, Azteca, etc.

Aviacsa flies daily to Acapulco (9:10 AM, arriving 10:00 AM) and there are several buses daily from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo, taking around 4 hours at a cost of 113 to 129 pesos.

A quick look at some of the on line reservation services with arbitrary dates shows a good price and good connections
SFO-OAX-ACA-land to ZIH-SFO Here is the Orbitz info and you can check others for more possibilities. I prefer ones like kayak.com or despegar.com, as they show many options at once, instead of going to each individually. All of these offer on line reservations with e fares.



--- Kathleen Caldwell <kmaha@mchsi.com> wrote:

Hello again Maria,

And thank you for your previous response. Our plans are coming together and hoping you can help with finalizing things. We arrive in Mexico City @ 4pm and want to take the bus directly to Oaxaca. If the web online schedule is up to date we should leave Mexico TAPO via UNO @20.30 arriving Oaxaca @ 2:30am. Is it still about a 6 hr. ride and is it safe for 2 older women to arrive that late? Will there be taxis available at that hour from the bus terminal? Many thanks for your much appreciated help.

Best regards,

Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:29:42 -0800 (PSTS

The Ticketbus schedules are kept up to date but not so far in advance (you say you plan to travel in February/March). Still, the times vary very little year round, so you can count on times similar to those shown for now.

There are taxis at the new greatly improved terminal (same location)24 hours a day and safety is not a problem. 2:30 AM is, however, an awkward time to arrive. Check with your hotel that you can arrive at that time. You might consider taking an earlier bus that will get you in by midnight or before, even if not UNO. ADO and ADO GL are both very comfortable and all take around 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a later bus that will put you in Oaxaca around 6 AM. UNO has departures at 23:15 and 23:45, with should arrive around 5:30-6 AM, in plain daylight.


--- maryanne wilson <maryanne_wilson@msn.com> wrote:

Hello Maria,

Do you know if the Centro De Esperanza and its sister organization, Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, are still in operation. Their center was located on Crespo not far from the zocalo. I have been trying to find out if this group is still around....their website has been shut down. Thanks for your help.


Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 14:08:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 

I contacted the Centro de Esperanza Infantil by telephone (951-501-1069) and learned that they are still functioning as before, at the same address at Crespo 308 and with the following personnel:

Lic. Alejandro Leyva, Director
Lucia Tenorio, Accountant
Mary Alarcon, Trabajo Social

They had problems with the website and it is no longer operating. They do not currently have a page on the internet and their email address is now oaxacastreetchildren@prodigy.net.mx


--- Will Walters <will@walters-consulting.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

My wife Glory and I are very much looking forward to arriving in Oaxaca this Saturday evening (following an overnight stay in Mexico City Friday) for a 7 night vacation. We are renting a car since it is surprisingly inexpensive (under $100 for a week) and because we want to travel around and see the countryside, some smaller villages and markets, El Tule, and also to Puerto Escondido to the ocean. We speak only a little Spanish (I took Spanish courses 20 years ago, but it is mostly forgotten, and the audio lessons I am taking now will only refresh the basics). A few questions:

With our very limited Spanish, do you think it is a bad idea to venture into the rural areas?

Are you associated with La Casa de Maria? We are interested in possibly renting a room there, but we are on a slim budget.

Where (else) is it possible to enjoy a Temazcal?

Where is the best place to find Animales Fantasticos and artisans who create them?

Is there a good source of information on the web about local events that will be occurring during our stay? The calendar at Oaxaca Live only has the most significant regular events.

Who is a good contact for information about traditional earth-based indigenous spirituality? Are traditional(pre-Colombian) religious practices still observed in their pre-Colombian form?

How safe is the water in the city and state of Oaxaca for drinking?

How availabile is cellular phone service in the rural areas of Oaxaca?

Is it reasonable to expect to be able to drive to Puerto Escondido at that time in a small car, and/or to Huatulco?

Thank you very much in advance for any information you can provide.

Will & Glory Walters
Fort Collins, Colorado

Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 17:19:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

Several questions to answer! I will try to take them in order.

1. Visiting rural areas is part of the charm of Oaxaca but you should not stray from paved, traveled roads unless accompanied by a reliable, knowledgeable LOCAL guide. This for your security but also so you can get the most enjoyment and learning from the visit.

2. Yes, I am that Maria. We presently have a standard room available for any or all of the seven nights beginning October 13. ----

3. There are a couple of places that have a temazcal - for example the "boutique hotel$" who offer a package to their guests. You might try ours and maybe also the one which is much more upscale in Puerto Escondido (http://www.temazcalli.com/), as you plan to visit there.

4. You can visit the artisans who make the alebrijes (animalitos fantasticos) in their workshops in Arrazola and Tilcajete, each just a few kilometers from the city on the "routes" to Monte Alban and Ocotlan respectively.

5. There is no really comprehensive source for all the many events, as there are so many - some quite spontaneous - and the sponsoring organizations do not coordinate announcements. On Friday October 13 there is an event called Noche de Luces (Night of Lights) with many activities all around the city. You can see the listing at aoxaca.com by clicking on the calendar for the date. It is all in Spanish but should be fairly easy to decipher. October 15 will be the celebration for the Tule tree - see a tourist article at http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/mexico/oaxaca/tule.html There are many other goings-on but you will need to watch for them as you walk around town and ask us and the Tourism office for more information when you arrive.

6. I am not sure I understand exactly what you are asking about the indigenous religious practices. You will be here just a few days too early to experience all the traditional Days of the Dead observances.

7. We drink only boiled or purified water, available in 20 liter garafones and in various size plastic bottles.

8. In the more "metropolitan" rural areas, reception is reliable but farther out - for example driving through the mountains to the coast - I would not expect your cell phone to function.

9. It is quite reasonable though you should be very careful to watch for road damage in the mountains due to the heavy rains we have had this season. Both highway 175 and 190 are completely passable but there could be some washouts or rocks/mud on the pavement that you will have to manoeuvre around carefully. Plan on six to seven hours driving time to Huatulco or Puerto Escondido via 175, seven to eight via 190.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have further questions. If you wish to reserve with la Casa de Maria, please write directly to maria@oaxacalive.com


--- "Tracy, Sandi" <STracy@usequities.com> wrote:

I have read many restaurants offer cooking schools. We are traveling to Oaxaca 12/26 - Jan 1 2008. Can you give me a list of contacts so that we can schedule a few days of cooking.


Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 15:14:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

The week between Christmas and New Year does not offer many cooking classes, even in the expensive hotels and restaurants who offer classes to captive clients. Let me check some of the more down-to-earth possibilities and I will let you know in a few days.


--- Jen Perkins <jencperkins@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi, Maria. A quick question: do you know if Hierve el Agua is currently open to visitors? If so, what's the least expensive mode of transportation for getting there? I'd like to spend maybe just a couple of hours at the site.

Thanks so much,

Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 15:48:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  A

Hierve el Agua, unfortunately, is presently "oficially closed". There are a few agencies offering tours there but they are 8 hour "routes" to el Tule, Hierve el Agua, mezcal factory, etc., etc. with a cost of $300 per person. The bus companies are not offering service there now. You might get to Mitla or Albarradas and arrange local transport there, or rent a car but I am not sure it is worth it for just a couple of hours. Maybe for your next visit??


Penny n Bob <bobpenn3@comcast.net> wrote:


My husband and my parents will be visiting Oaxaca the week of 10/27 and plan to stay about a week. We have booked our flight back to Mexico city from Puerto Escondido on 11/10.

During our visit to Oaxaca city we are interested in: visiting archeological sites, observing Dia de los Muertos, Caves/plants/herbs, getting to know the local cultures.

Unfortunately, my husband and I smoke, my parents do not. We would like separate rooms. Do you have a room that allows smoking available during that time frame?

We would like to travel to Puerto Escondido by either a rental car that we can leave at the airport there or other transportation that would allow us to stop and visit cities, sites along the way. Do you have any suggestions of how we can do this, and where we might like to stay once we get there?

Thank you for any help you might give us,
Penny and Bob Thomas, Vicky and Sid Wyrick

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 09:01:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Our Visit

Dear Messrs. & Mmes. Thomas and Wyrick ,

There are a number of car rental businesses in Oaxaca but very few offer drop-off service anywhere. Hertz has an office in Huatulco so you can drop off the car there. They offer a weekly rate with drop-off included. See

Alamo does have an office in Puerto Escondido but offers only daily rates and their drop-off fee is $1500 pesos. Europcar also has an office in Huatulco but I am not sure about their fees.

It is very simple to deliver the car in Huatulco and take local transportation to Puerto Escondido when you are ready to leave. It is only a very easy, mostly straight stretch of coastal plain road of aprox 100 km and there are buses, local taxis and other hire cars that make the trip - SANELY - in 1-1/2 to 2 hours (there are locos who do it in less time - not recommended). Or, of course, you could fly from Huatulco to Mexico.

With respect to rooms, we have available AT THIS MOMENT one bungalow and a standard room adjacent (not connecting) for the dates you require. While the rooms are non-smoking, you can smoke just outside the room on the balcony, on the roof terrace one flight up or in the garden one flight down. The rates include breakfast and taxes (15% + 3%). Breakfast is not normally included for the bungalow, as it has its own kitchenette but we are happy to include it so that both couples can breakfast together.

For more information about places to stay, things to do etc. on the coast, see http://tomzap.com


--- LJCN@aol.com wrote:

Maria, I am a very healthy, physically fit 67 year old woman. I have promised myself that I will learn Spanish so that I can begin to travel in Spanish speaking countries and enjoy myself. Could you please give me some advice about the best school(s) to study the language and not feel like I am the only older person in the school?

Thank you,
Laura Nurse
New York, NY

Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 21:35:17 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Request for information

People of all ages study at the language schools in Oaxaca, so you would not be the only older person, by far. You can see a list of schools on the
Ask Maria page, about half way down. You should investigate them personally, as what is good for one person may not be so for another.


--- Susan Wexler <jonsu2@msn.com> wrote:

Hi, Maria.

I could use an answer to my question. My father is 90 and is traveling to Oaxaca this January and of course I am a little worried about him. He is staying near the Zocolo. The address of the place he is staying is 304 Av Independencia, He wants to find out exactly how far from the Zocolo the apartment is and what the cross streets are for that address. Can you help?

Susan Wexler

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 07:53:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Oaxaca Question

Independencia No. 304 is on the south side of the street, diagonally across from Jardin Socrates and la Basilica de la Soledad, between Mier y Teran and Diaz Ordaz. (Diaz Ordaz becomes Crespo street north of Independencia which is the dividing line where most north-south streets in the Historic Center change names - lots of heroes to name them after!! (-: )

You can locate that block at coordinates B-6 on the large scale map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm

It is three and one-half short Historic Center blocks along Independencia to the Alameda which adjoins the zocalo and the Cathedral.


--- David Weed <dweed@acsalaska.net> wrote:

My wife and I are traveling from Mexico DF (Zona Rosa) to Oaxaca in a couple of weeks. We want to travel by bus. I have had a difficult time finding information on line. Can you help me find the information on terminals and bus lines?

Thanks, David Weed

Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2007 17:01:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Bus travel to Oaxaca from Mexico DF

You will find schedules, fares, travel time, etc. For all major lines serving the southeast at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx


--- David Weed <dweed@acsalaska.net> wrote:

Thank you. I had found that web site, but I cannot get it to give me any schedules from Mexico DF.

W. David Weed, Attorney at Law
907.276.6420, 907.278.6488 fax

Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 08:56:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Bus travel to Oaxaca from Mexico DF

The schedules for DF are under names of the different bus terminals, e.g. TAPO, Taxqueña, Norte, etc. The best terminal for Oaxaca is TAPO, with a departure for Oaxaca aprox. every 45 minutes between 7:00 AM and 00:45 AM. Your destination is simply “Oaxaca” which is the so called first class bus terminal which you can see at coordinates E-3 on the large scale city map at http://oaxacalive.com/citymap.htm. The following information may be of help.


The Ticket Bus site is of course in Spanish but there is very little to read except numbers - dates, times and prices. On the far left side of the page, in the field for Origen (origin, point of departure) select from the pull down menu "Mexico TAPO". In the field for Destino (destination) select from the pull down menu "Oaxaca". In the field for "Lineas" (bus lines) leave it showing "TODOS" (ALL lines) and in the Fecha del viaje (Date of trip) field, click on the calendar to find the month and day you want to travel, then click on that date.

Once the four fields show, respectively: "Mexico TAPO", "Oaxaca", "Todos" and the date you choose, all the buses operating that day will show in the square to the right on your screen. The six columns, from left to right, are COMPRE: you can choose $ to purchase on line; HORAS: Departure time; RECORRIDO: the ruta (route) whether directo (non stop) or with X escalas (stops); TARIFA: price in pesos; LINEA (name of line); TIEMPO DE RECORRIDO: Travel Time.

Note that you may have to correct the date manually so that it shows complete (15/Sep/2007 for example) as sometimes the calendar option does not show the year correctly.


---"Duncan, Debra, BHCS" <DDuncan@acbhcs.org> wrote:

Hello Maria,

I am interested in the history of Mexico, and in particular, Oaxaca. I need to know if the introduction of disease was brought in by African slaves via Cortez or what. I have read that the origin was the ?Europe? but what does this mean. I have heard individuals give their own version of this, and some seem to have a motive of prejudice in telling their story. Please inform me and give references. What ever the facts, I want to know as soon as possible.

Thank you, Maria

Ms. Duncan

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:11:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: FW: Disease in Mexico or Oaxaca

Any and all reputable histories will report that the Spanish and other "Europeans" who arrived in Mesoamerica in the sixteenth century AD brought many
diseases, such as smallpox, syphillis, measles and many others. As the native peoples had no natural immunity to these diseases and there was no treatment,
millions died. It is possible that some of the incomers from Africa also carried diseases to which there was no natural immunity or treatment, but the
importance of this "contribution" is minor compared to the "Europeans" who were more in number and whose "sanitary conditions" were those imposed on all sectors.


--- franky alvarado <franky619@yahoo.com> wrote:

Maria, is the Mixtec culture involve depictions of the four directions, and what does it mean? Can i find images of the four directions in any of the codices?

Thank you

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:32:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

The Mixtecs, as well as many other Mesoamerican groups, recognized the importance of the four cardinal directions, assigning
to each 13 years of the ritual calendar of 52. The four directions are clearly designated on the Mixtec calendars and I am sure you
can find some depictions in the various codices.

There is a considerable collection of writings on the Mixtec in the Welte Institute (www.welte.org), including
several of the codices - which you can consult if you should be in Oaxaca.


--- John Puccetti <affordabletravel@mchsi.com> wrote:

I am bringing a group of 14 people in October for 5nts in Oaxaca i need a ground transportation from the airport to the hotel

And also one day trip to Mitla and a one day trip to Monte Alban Do you know any companies you can recommend and contact numbers


Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:43:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 

Between airport and hotel you can use the services of Transporte Terrestre (shuttle service) - probably will
need three vehicles for PAX and luggage. Or you can arrange for transportation with one of the many tour
operators, who can also handle your trips to Mitla, Monte Alban, etc.

Any good hotel can recommend several companies that they work with (there are hundreds to choose from). You can also look at the lists at http://aoaxaca.com, click on services, then on agencias and/or transportadoras to see listings. These companies offer "set tours" and also custom tours or vehicle with driver (guide optional) by the hour/day.


-Ronald Miller <mrdivot@hawaii.rr.com> wrote:


I am visiting Oaxaca in Sept. the 7th. I will be attending school for six months,what will the weather be like and what kind of clothing is proper, I am very conservitive, but not a prude.

I am so looking forward to learning spanish in a true spanish inviorment. I have my passport, but where do I pick up my visa for the time I am in Mexico?

thank you for your time

Ron Miller

Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 12:15:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

For detailed information about the weather, see Oaxaca's Wonderful Weather at http://oaxacalive.com/weather.htm

As to dress, Oaxaca is basically a casual, somewhat conservative city (NOT the beach) but with significant differences in temperature during a 24 hour period. It is wise to dress in layers, so that you can put on or take off a sweater, jacket, etc., as needed. At least you should carry a sweater or jacket if you will be out early morning or from sunset on. Be prepared for rain still in September and October afternoons but the season ends by November so that rain will be scarce or non-existent.

It is not clear if you will enter Mexico on a student visa, which must be obtained at your nearest Mexican Consulate or if you will enter with a "tourist card".
The Consulate will give you all the requisite information regarding to a student visa.

As you are apparently a US citizen and if you use a "tourist card" , this will be issued to you by the airline when you leave the United States. This must
be filled out, signed and presented to Migracion when you land in Mexico. They will fill in the time limit, stamp it and return the portion that you MUST KEEP WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES AND MUST RETURN TO MIGRACION IN ORDER TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. (To avoid loss of the
document, you should have a copy of it and your passport made to carry with you and keep the originals, along with any other valuables, in a SAFE
place. You MAY need to show the originals to exchange money or cash traveler's checks or for "official purposes" but it is not advisable to carry them except when specifically needed.)

As you plan to be in the country for six months, you should request the maximum authorization of 180 days on your tourist card. That time is at the discretion of the immigration official who stamps your card, so if you are given less time you MUST renew the card on the expiration date. This is a simple process that can be done at the offices of Migracion in Oaxaca but there is a cost (around 200-250 pesos right now and subject to change).

Enjoy your time in our beautiful city.


"K. T. Maclay" <ktmaclay@gmail.com> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I've just retired to Oaxaca and live in the shadow of the Galeguetza Stadium. Two questions:
1. Is there a pool nearby where I might be able to swim daily?

2. Is there a Pilates studio nearby? I don't have a car, so, the closer to Crespo and the Escaleras del Fortin, the better.

Thanks for your help.

Krissel Maclay

Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2007 07:14:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 

There are several swimming schools who offer "nado libre" periods, some of the hotels have pools that are available to non-guests for a fee, you can join one of the sports clubs, such as Brenamiel or DeportivoOaxaca, or you can swim at any of the balnearios.

There are several good gymnasiums, some of which likely offer Pilates. Most of these options are easily accessible walking or by bus from your area. If you have a vehicle, they are all easy to reach and costs are reasonable.


jim van matre <jimvanmatre@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria, Wow your site is the best. I am luck enough to be headed to Oaxaca on Aug. 1. I want to travel most of the state. I have two questions; I want to rent a car in Mexico city and drive down. Thats safe right? Also, what do you know about the Tehuantepec culture that cherishes their gay children? Do you know any places to go to learn about this great culture? I guess one more question. What one thing that is not on every tourist guide book should we not miss?

Thank you so much, Jim

Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 17:32:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

You should not have problems in driving most anywhere in Mexico. There are some things to be aware of, such as not driving at night, watching for animals on the highway (they wander in daytime as well as at night), knowing how to drive on lesser roads as well as superhighways, in the mountains and valleys, and respecting practices as well as laws.

You will find a great deal of information about the muxe - MUCH OF IT FRIVOLOUS OR MISINFORMED - but some of the more responsible anthropologists/historians treat the subject seriously and correctly. Following is a more or less correct article.

In Zapotec cultures of Oaxaca (southern Mexico), a muxe (or muxhe) is a physically male individual who dresses and behaves in a 'feminine' manner; they may be seen as a third gender. Some marry women and have children while others choose men as sexual or romantic partners. One study estimates that 6 percent of males in an Isthmus Zapotec community in the early 1970s were muxe (Rymph, 1974). Other Zapotec communities have similar "third gender" roles, such as the biza’ah of Teotitlán. The word muxe is thought to derive from the 16th century Spanish word for "woman".

In contrast to Mexico's dominant mestizo culture (where machismo prevails), Oaxaca has a predominantly Zapotec population, and it is widely reported that there is less hostility toward muxe in the region than homosexual, effeminate males and transwomen face elsewhere in the strongly Catholic country. In an article published in 1995, anthropologist Beverly Chiñas explains that in the Zapotec culture, "the idea of choosing gender or of sexual orientation is as ludicrous as suggesting that one can choose one's skin color." Most people traditionally view their gender as something God has given them (whether man, woman, or muxe), and few muxes desire genital surgery. The men they have sexual relations with, known as mayate, are not necessarily considered homosexual. Muxes may be vestidas (transvestites) or pintadas (wearing male clothes and make-up). It has been suggested that while the three gender system predates Spanish colonization, the phenomenon of muxes dressing as women is fairly recent, beginning in the 1950s and gaining popularity until nearly all of the younger generation of muxes today are vestidas (Gómez Regalado 2005).

Muxes generally belong to the poorer classes of society. Gender variance and same-sex desire in wealthier communities of the region are more likely to follow a more western taxonomy of gay, bisexual and transgender. Such individuals are also more likely to remain in "the closet".

In 2003, 25-year-old muxe Amaranta Gómez Regalado from Juchitán de Zaragoza gained international prominence as a congressional candidate for the Mexico Possible party in the Oaxaca state elections. Her broad platform included calls for the decriminalization of marijuana and abortion.

In 2005, Alejandra Islas directed a documentary about muxes in Juchitán de Zaragoza entitled Muxes: Auténticas, intrépidas y buscadoras de peligro.


Chiñas, Beverly (1995). Isthmus Zapotec attitudes toward sex and gender anomalies, pp. 293-302 in Stephen O. Murray (ed.), "Latin American Male Homosexualities" Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Gómez Regalado, Amaranta (2005). Transcending. Article onlinePDF (50.0 KiB)

Roscoe,Will (1998). Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Rymph, David (1974). Cross-sex behavior in an Isthmus Zapotec village. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Mexico City.

Stephen, Lynn (2002), Sexualities and Genders in Zapotec Oaxaca. Article onlinePDF (98.6 KiB)

What one thing? Depends a lot on your interests but I would say enjoying the "off the highway" roads with their magnificent scenery, the varied vegetation (more than 30,000 species CATALOGUED) AND THE PEOPLE. By "off the highway" I do not mean off road - just the local paved roads with perhaps a short stretch of "revestido" here and there and not far from major highways. Do not try to explore into dirt roads and brechas unless accompanied by a local guide with an adequate vehicle.

Have a great visit to our beautiful state.


larry abellera <larryabellera@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hello Maria

I saw your website, my name is Larry Abellera and I live in Montebello, California. I am a volunteer photgrapher for El Peublo in downtown Los Angeles. I have documented various community events for the people. I have always tried to help in whatever way I can to share those MOMENTS to those that might have missed it, the joy of them just enjoying each image and moment is rewarding enough.

For the past few years my health has taken a toll on my photography. I can not get around as much as I once did, and my freinds donate their time to the community as I once did.

I have heard so much about the different types of celebration of the day of the dead (house to house, visiting the cemetary and of course the special bread.

I would like to plan a trip to document Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca, if you would be so kind as inform me ot the best time and places I would be most thankful. Where they might make the breaed or put the Art pieces together?

Thank You

Larry Abellera

Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 08:00:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Dia de Los Muertos

The days of the Dead are observed in Oaxaca at the end of October and beginning of November each year. There is a detailed article at
http://oaxacalive.com/muertos.htm with general information.

The pan de muerto is made in many places - village bakeries, home bakeries, even modern industrial bakeries who sell it in the supermarkets.

The different art expressions are made throughout the year and exhibited/sold during this season in markets, stores and galleries. They can also be seen in museums in and around the city, especially in the Museo de Arte Popular in San Bartolo Coyotepec, home of the world famous black pottery.

The state tourism office maintains a list of licensed guides on their website at http.://aoaxaca.com, under servicios.

In order to organize a tour to achieve your purpose, you must first decide what you want to see and where to see it. From there a good guide with personal contacts in the area is essential.


Kim Adams <kimberlysdesign2003@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi Maria,

I absolutely love the Oaxacan dresses, and would like to sell them here in the U.S., so I was just wondering if you had contacts of people that make these dresses? I would like to purchase them in lots of about 10 at a time.

I thank you for your time.

Kim Adams

Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 08:02:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Fwd: FW: Oaxacan dresses

Exactly what do you mean by "Oaxacan dresses"? Assuming you mean what is loosely referred to as ropa tipica, from which of the sixteen distinct ethnic groups and which of the more than 450 variations of those traditional dresses?


Kim Adams <kimberlysdesign2003@yahoo.com> wrote:

I've attached a couple of photos of the style of oaxacan dresses I'm referring to. Thanks!

Kim Adams

Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 17:13:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

The style in the pictures you sent is made in San Antonino de Castillo Velasco (and a few other nearby villages who do excellent embroidery in the same style). It is referred to as a San Antonino dress, although there are copies and similar styles that, while not "authentic" historically and traditionally, are as attractive and sometimes less expensive.

The dress in your pictures is very simple. Are you interested in variations of this, perhaps on colored cloth or with deshilado work?
(deshilado: a rare and ancient type of openwork embroidery. To do it, the embroiderer pulls horizontal threads from fabric, and embroiders special stitches on the vertical threads. I am attaching a picture of a rather gaudy sample; the work in San Antonino is exquisite. Can you imagine the work that went into that? And the eyesight??? For these reasons, and, of course, the modernization of lifestyles, deshilado is a disappearing art form.)

I have several contacts but will have to check to see which can handle your requirements. You may be interested in some of the more elegant versions or those with deshilado, as well as some of the simpler, more economical ones. In that case I would suggest at least two different sources to get the best of each.

If you can give me a little more information, I will talk with some of the women and let you know.


Kim Adams <kimberlysdesign2003@yahoo.com> wrote:

Yes, I would be interested in variations. Probably not the more elegant dresses though. I prefer cotton over the silk as I know it's less expensive. What beautiful and detailed work in the attachment you sent me, I can't imagine how long that would take! Thank you for all of your time and help.


Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 18:03:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

I will be back to you in a week or so with contact information. Most of the dresses now are made of cotton poplin.


Cecilia Brothers <ceciliabrothers@yahoo.com> wrote:


Can you please tell me how my 3 friends and I can get from Oaxaca to Palenque? We want to travel there safely, in transportation
that is reliable and that does not take too long. We do not want to rent a car. Thank you!


If you do not want to drive, that leaves the bus which is reasonable and comfortable but takes about ten hours, or more. The first class ADO bus leaves Oaxaca daily at 5:00 PM or you could take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas or Villahermosa - a slightly longer total travel time but with the option of breaking the journey in an interesting place. Check http://www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules, fares, etc.

Alternatively, you could fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez and take the bus from there (about six hours) but that is much more expensive.


Roy Gordon <royg@semantic.com> wrote:

My wife and I will be in Oaxaca for about 5 weeks,starting 6/26 (!)in Puerto Escondido, then to Oaxaca City.

We'd like to visit at least one coffee plantation/farm (I'm into coffee: roast my own!). We'd like to avoid,if possible,"canned" tourist experiences/packages. You know what I mean. We've always been pretty much "off the beaten path" travelers. But, whatever.

Any recommendations, contact #s, references, etc., most appreciated.

I speak a very, very modest amount of Spanish and would be happy to try to make arrangements myself.



Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 16:45:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: coffee plantations/farms in Oaxaca

Check this page:


Also, tomzap.com has a lot of good tourist information about the Pacific coast and this article:


Lauren Capriotti <capriottilauren@gmail.com> wrote:


My name is Lauren Capriotti. I will be traveling to Oaxaca in the beginning of August and unfortunately, I am completely unfamiliar with the area. I stumbled onto your website and it looks like you could really help me out. Its been impossible contacting someone who is familiar with the area. My first question is, what are the distanced between Mexico City Airport and Oaxaca? Also, what is the distance (in time) from
Oaxaca to Huatulco? We are trying to get to Huatulco as cheap and easy as possible! Any info you can give me will help. And if you know where I can contact about bus schedules, that would be great. I have heard that it is dangerous to rent a car and drive from Mexico City so I guess we wont be doing that. What would your advice be as far as going from Mexico City Airport to Huatulco? I appreciate anything you can give me!

Thank you,

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 05:32:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Traveling to Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca is located aprox. 500 km from the city of Mexico and Huatulco about 289 km from Oaxaca. You can take one of the many flights from Mexico City to the Oaxaca or Huatulco airports or one of the first class or luxury buses. There is also regular daily
airline and bus service from Oaxaca to Huatulco.

Flying time from Mexico to Oaxaca is one hour, from Oaxaca to Huatulco 30 minutes. The bus takes about six hours Mexico-Oaxaca, six hours Oaxaca to Huatulco. Driving time is about four - five hours to Oaxaca via the super highway, perhaps a little longer to Huatulco
via either Federal Highways 175 and 200 or 190 and 200.

You will find bus schedules at http://www.ticketbus.com.mx. Any search engine will give you hundreds of thousands of references for
"oaxaca" and we suggest you explore the information at the various links from Information in the left hand index column at http://oaxacalive.com/


"Carlos Hernandez Topete" <chtopete@icomexico.com> wrote:

Hello Maria,

There is a reference to our language school (Instituto Cultural Oaxaca) in your website, and I would like to update that information
because our web and email address have changed.

Our new url address is: www.icomexico.com and our new email address is: info@icomexico.com

Thanks so much for your help.

Carlos Hernandez Topete
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca

Thank you for the information, Carlos. We have changed our records accordingly.


alicia mase <masealicia@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hola Maria , gracias por responderme anteriormente. tengo algunas preguntas que me gustaria ver si nos pueden ayudar porfavor. Yo soy Mexicana viviendo en USA por casi 18 anos, y mi esposo es de este pais, queremos ir a vivir en Oaxaca , y ver la forma de comprar, un terreno con casa o sin casa, y ver la probabilidad de invertir alla, con quien podemos, comunicarme, o recurrir, y las opciones que puede haber.


Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 13:36:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: Fwd: Unas cuantas preguntas mas .

Aunque ahora hay un numero de compañias de bienes raices, compra/venta de casas y terrenos, etc. - muchas mas que hace poco tiempo - no recomendamos que finalicen ningun trato hasta ver todo "en persona".

Muchos de este tipo de tratos todavia son mas personales que comerciales, con unas excepciones.

Sugiero que entables comunicacion con las empresas que se encuentran en www.seccionamarilla.com.mx para el estado de Oaxaca, en las categorias de "bienes raices", "casas y terrenos". Una vez que tengas unas ideas al respecto, planea una visita para investigar e
inspeccionar estas posibilidades, asi como las otgras que surgiran estando aqui.


--- arturo rodriguez <arturo_estrategia@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hola Maria:

En verdad si que es bueno encontrar una pagina como esta y una persona que da respuestas tan confiables.

Mi nombre es Arturo Rodriguez y estoy recien llegado a Oaxaca para laborar en el Hotel Victoria como gerente de alimentos y bebidas. Un gran reto despues de la crisis que Oaxaca vivir.

Somos una familia de cuatro miembros - mi esposa, mi hija Rebeca de 7 años y Renata de 7 meses.

Estamos en la busqueda de escuela bilingue (laica) para Rebeca. Ella ahora esta en una en Ciudad de Mexico de muy buen nivel y no queremos que lo pierda.

Y tambien una recomendacion para localizar una casa de 3 recamaras en la zona de San Felipe. Mi familia estaria llegando a oaxaca a principios de julio.

Saludos y gracias de antemano por tu ayuda

P.D. recomienda el Hotel Victoria y gracias por eso

Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 11:35:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  

¡Hola, Arturo y Bienvenidos a ti y a tu familia!

Sugiero que investigues las escuelas de primaria que aparecen en la pagina http://oaxacalive.com/askmaria como parte de la respuesta dirigida a Alicia. Si piensas vivir en el area de San Felipe, puede ser de mayor interes las de Froebel, Teizcali, Mexico-Britanico y tal vez el Instituto San Felipe - todas muy acesibles a pesar de que tecnicamente unas estan en las colonias de Volcanes, Olimpica, asi como dentro del pueblo de San Felipe.

En cuanto a la casa ¿te interesa comprar o quizas rentar por un tiempo para darles tiempo para conocer mejor las posibilidades? Dejame saber tus preferencias para poderte ayudar mejor.


alicia mase <masealicia@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hola mi nombre es Alicia , nosotros somos residentes de California , estamos pensando residir en Oaxaca Mexico, tengo un nino de 6 anos de edad, y mi pregunta es que posibilidades hay de que encuentre comida , que no contenga wheat y gluten (trigo procesado y conservador) y tambien nos gustaria que siguiera bilingue, es facil de conseguir acceso ala escuela , para el .


Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 07:41:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: <maria<askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com> 
Subject: Re: Hola Maria

Alicia -

Considerando que la comida aqui se basa mas en el maiz que en el trigo, y tomando en cuenta que ahora contamos con muchos de los productos de tipo estadounidense, no debe tener problema con el dieta.

En cuanto a las escuelas, hay varias a todos los niveles desde maternal hasta la prepa, que, aunque tal vez no completamente bilingues, tienen programas con mucho enfasis en el ingles. Algunas de las de primaria son:

Federico Froebel
Ajusco 100
Colonia Volcanes
(951) 520-0675

Instituto Mexico Britanico
Mexico 68 No. 324
Col. Olimpica
(951) 518-7415

Colegio Teizcali
Eucaliptos 104
San Felilpe del Agua
(951) 520-0545

Colegio Vista del Valle
Camino al Sabino No. 110
Col. Ampliacion Indeco
Sta. Cruz Xoxocotlan(951) 549-5649, 549-55645

Instituto McKinley
Sabinos S/N esq. Riveras del Atoyac
Colonia Reforma Agraria
Tel/Fax: (951) 144-8187, 144-8337, 144-8338 and 144- 8339

Sage MacCormack <sagealetheia@hotmail.com> wrote:


My name is Sage MacCormack. My boyfriend and I have recently accepted teaching positions at the Federico Froebel Institute. My question to you is: how much money will I need to live comfortably in Oaxaca (per month)? I have no idea about average rent, food costs, etc.

Could you estimate, for example $100 for rent and $100 for food, and $100 for other things... Or at least $300 per month? You can quote me in dollars or pesos.

The main issue that I have is my American student loans. I need to make enough money to send $300 per month home to the US, to pay my student loan bills.

Thanks so much for your time and expertise.

Sincerely, Sage A. MacCormack


Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 15:49:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: AskMaria.com Question about Cost of Living

I have no idea how much you will be earning - legally, I hope - or where or on what scale you plan to live while here. Rental costs vary enormously depending on location, quality of property, and other factors. Not even in your dreams can you expect to pay US$100 per
month for anything furnished with bath and kitchen. More realistic rents start - with VERY great luck - at around US$200-250 and can go as high as US$1000 per month. Food, transportation and other costs can be comfortably but modestly covered with about US$350-400 for two persons, but without extravagant expenditures for entertainment, liquor, cigarettes, pricey purchases or trips, etc.

I would suggest you ask for Froebel's assistance in finding affordable housing. With that major expense under control, it will be much easier to arrive at a realistic budget.


kendra mijeski wrote:

Dear Maria,

My husband and I along with our daughter are revisiting oaxaca after 2 years. My grandson of 9 months will be joining us. Please advise me on availability of infamil baby formula. Also, we plan to bring an infant car seat that is required in the USA. I know that Mexican laws do not require child car seats, but the pediatrician feels that the same protection should be followed in any car anywhere. Do some taxis in oaxaca have seat belts so that the seat can be secured?

Thank you for your help with this.

Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 16:00:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz"   
Subject: Re: visit to oaxaca in july

The baby formula is not a problem. You will find a number of brands, among them Infamil, Similac, Nan, Enfagro and others in the supermarkets.

As for the seat belts, I am fairly sure you will not find them in the older taxis. However, as Mexico now has a seat belt law and the new cars come equipped with both front and rear belts, you should be able to find them in newer taxis. You might spend a little time the first day locating one or more taxis that are so equipped and making arrangements with the driver(s). Many of them are available to rent by the hour at reasonable rates for your excursions or you may just be able to call the individual driver on his cell phone when you need to be picked up. In case you find yourselves in a car without belts, I am sure a helpful driver can figure out a way to secure the child seat. Enjoy your return visit to our beautiful city.

Dear Maria,

Send me please Email adresses of Rotary Clubs in Oaxaca - there are two.

We have read about social rumours/strikes in Oaxaca. What is the situation now?. Will the Guelaguetza be organized this year? Is it safe to travel there by car from Mexico City, or f.e. travel by rented car from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondito?

Is Oaxaca seriously destructed by these rumours?

Best regards: Jacek Lozowski, Email: jacek_loz@hotmail.com

Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:18:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: trip to Oaxaca

Here again is the information about the Rotary Clubs in Oaxaca:

There are two Rotary Clubs in the city -
- #7169"Oaxaca" President Rafael Morales Arango mozar@prodigy.net.mx
TEL: 951-5135165 and

- #22788 "Oaxaca Antequera"President Lamberto Leon Ortega
leon-ortega-lamberto@hotmail.com TEL: 951-5149170

Both meet, on Thursday and Tuesday respectively, at the Colibri Restaurant on Calz. Heroes de Chapultepec # 903

Preparations are currently underway for the Guelaguetza 2007. According to preliminary announcements, it will be presented four times - July 23 and 30 at 10 AM and 5 PM. Tickets will be 400 pesos and will be available through Ticketmaster as of a date to be announced - probably just after Easter.

There were exceptionally unpleasant protest manifestations in Oaxaca in the second half of 2006 as reported in VERY EXAGGERATED terms but things are now very quiet, with no "plantones". It is safe to travel in the city and state of Oaxaca, as in most of Mexico - whether by car, bus or other means. The only word of caution to everyone is DO NOT LOOK FOR PROBLEMS, as it is usually possible to find one if you look for it.

Should you ever come across any kind of political or other protest at any point, no matter how pacific and "interesting" - DO NOT GET INVOLVED. As a foreigner, you are subject to possible arrest and deportation for participating in any way in political affairs. It is rare that protests become violent but it is only common sense to avoid situations that you have nothing to do with.

Because of the often distorted rumors, tourism in Oaxaca dropped considerably in the second half of 2006 but, with the current calm things are picking up and we hope to again welcome many visitors from all over the world who come to peacefully and respectfully enjoy the beauty and culture of our wonderful city and state.


"Robert A. Oeser" <71022.2560@compuserve.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,

Do you know if there are different versions of Copala Triqui committed to writing? I am aware of the version codified by Barbara Hallenbach, but I am led to believe that a different version is used in Copala Triqui schools.

E.g. gushtaá wiíaá
guun xta' güii a

The first line above is perhaps the version in use while the second is the more 'official' codified version.

I ask because I am in search of any bilingual materials (either Copala Triqui/English or Copala Triqui/Spanish) that might be available, but I need versions which comply with the former writing system rather than the latter. Any leads other than Hallenbach [sil.org] or COMINEX?

Thank you for any assistance you might be able to offer.

Robert A. Oeser
P.O. Box 3732
Albany, New York 12203-0732 USA
e-mail: 71022.2560@compuserve.com

Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 07:49:31 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Triqui

I´m sorry to have taken so long investigating for you. I have not been able to speak personally to all the personnel in this field but recommend you start with the researchers at CIESAS and at the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indigenas



Thanks. The more I learn, I think the answer is that we are dealing with an evolving language that has only belatedly beenreduced to writing, so it is like trying to capture the constantly evolving. I'll check out the sites.

Thanks again.
Bob Oeser

I believe you are correct. One important factor is that there is now more contact with the Spanish language (and others) and that ideas of phonetics - that forgotten science/art - now favor more simplified versions.

Buena suerte.

Hola Maria:

I am coming to Oaxaca in April for a minmum of a year, maybe longer. Iwould like a 2-bedroom house with a garden that would welcome 2 dogs, one cat, all betterbehaved than I am! (two old and gentle dogs, female, arottweiler and a rottweilermix, we have never had a problem with either of them. They do notbark a lot, they go for walks on leashes and we take them to thecountryside to run. One is 10 years old and the other 11. The cat is 9 years old and spends most of her time being frightened out of her wits by her shadow.

I am a professional writer (my grown up daughter may be with me for a time) and I can even supply references from San Miguel. Anyway, can you give me a good website which might list such a place? Or any other information will be very much appreciated.

Mucho gracias,

Phylis Collier <trinity33@localnet.com>

Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007 12:23:24 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: ayudarme por favor

I am sorry to report that none of the possibilities I checked have availability and/or are willing to accept two large dogs and one cat, in the price range you indicated.

My best hope advises you had already been in touch with her direct (Vera Kandt). She often rents to people with pets but her asking price is higher than you said you can pay. Check the classifieds at http://oaxacatimes.com and http://go-oaxaca.com, maybe put your own ad there and see what comes up. The most likely will probably be something well outside the city but I have not been able to find anyone.

Buena Suerte.


Murray Kimber <mkimber@shaw.ca> wrote:

Hi Maria,

How wonderful to have someone to ask questions about Oaxaca! My family and I will be moving to Oaxaca City for a year. Our daughter will be in grade 3 and we were wondering if there are any bilingual schools you would recommend. We would like her to learn Spanish but we would also like her to have some of her learning in English. Any suggestions?

As well, we are looking for a home - 3 bedrooms or more. We are walkers and like to be close to things. Do you have any suggestions for homes to rent.

Thanks Maria! Please reply to my email at karikroker@mac.com

Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 15:01:06 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: schools in Oaxaca city

Some of the better bilingual primary schools are listed below. For phone contact your international access code is 011, country code is 52 and lada (area code) is 951. Thus you would dial 011 52 951 plus the local seven digit number shown.



Colegio La Salle
Guadalupe No. 1 - Guadalupe Victoria
Tel. 520-2800, 520-2801, 520-2802, 520-2435, 520-3463

Instituto Mckinley
Heroes de Chapultepec No. 413
Tel. 513-5179

Instituto Mexico Britanico
Av. Mexico 68 No. 324, Col. Olimpico
Tel: 513-7415(primaria)

As for house rental, you do not say when you think of moving so I can not advise as to availability. You can check the classified ads at http://oaxacatimes.com, http://go-oaxaca.com and also http://www.prodigyweb.net.mx/vbkandt/

It is much easier to find rentals when you are here but you should be able to get some ideas at least from these sites. If you let me know dates, I may be able to give you some more information.


Veronica Ferrarone <veefer2@yahoo.com> wrote:

Maria, I am trying to find out more information on a couple of antique Lat. Am. santos statues I purchased in Bolivia. They are small and are encased in hand-painted boxes with doors that open. Do you have any idea how I could search for information on these. I would love to know how old they really are and approximate value. Thanks.


Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 11:58:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Antique L.Am. Santos Statues

As you bought them in Bolivia, I have no information. You might look for a website in Bolivia that could help or, possibly, write our reader Al Widziewicz <aaw@cbinstiute.org> who also collects santos.


hannigan <hannigan@abs.net> wrote:

I would very much appreciate your help. Several years ago I was given a pair of the most beautiful handmade candles (a tapered candle with molded flowers of wax surrounding it) And I finally discovered them on the internet at Casa Viviana, Abasolo #7, Teotitlan del Valle but without a way to contact them. I would like to sell them in my antique shop in Washington, DC but don’t know how to contact them or how to go about such a purchase. I would be so thankful for any information you could give me.

Marilyn Hannigan

Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 16:48:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Handmade Beeswax Candles from the town of Teotitlan del Valle

There are a number of families in Teotitlán del Valle who make the beautiful candles (velas de concha). The only names that come to mind at the moment are Doña Viviana Alavez of la Casa de Viviana and Doña Sofía Ruíz. Names, addresses and telephones follow:

Sra. Viviana Alavez Hipólito
Mariano Abasolo No. 7
70420 Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, México
(951) 524-4309

Sra. Sofía Ruíz Lorenzo
Belisario Domínguez No. 7
70420 Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, México
(951) 524-4299

The candles are delicate but some of the families have experience in shipping them successfully.


hannigan <hannigan@abs.net> wrote:

Maria - I can not begin to thank you for giving me these names - it ends a search for more than ten years. I promise not to bother you after this but do these women understand English and read English or should I have someone translate into Spanish. Also will they accept charges.

Thank you so much.
Marilyn Hannigan

Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 07:00:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>

I am not sure if they themselves speak/read English but will have access to someone, possibly a family member, to help them. I suggest - for the sake of courtesy and just good, respectful business practice - that your first contact should be made in the best possible Spanish. Thereafter, you will see how and in what language things progress.

I am not sure what you mean by "charges". Do you perhaps mean "custom orders" (pedidos)? If so, the answer is more than likely in the affirmative. You should set out your questions clearly in the Spanish language contact.

I am glad we could be of assistance.


DaveOGrady@aol.com wrote:

Hola Maria

What a great site you have! Thank you so much for all the useful information. My family (2 parents, 2 teen girls) will be staying two weeks in Oaxcaca at the end of December. We are looking for an apartment or suite located in the historic district that has 2 bedrooms and a kitchen. We would like a place with a pretty garden or patio.

Also, we would like your recommendations on a language school that offers one-week classes.

Thank you!

David D. O'Grady, Ph.D., ABPP

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:59:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Lodging and school advice

Dear Dr. O'Grady,

Thank you for your kind words. I don't know offhand of an apartment or suite such as you describe but you might be interested in staying at la Casa de Maria Bed & Breakfast, with our lovely, tranquil gardens and roof terrace. As of right now we can offer you a choice of our Family Suite with use of the kitchen on our los Geranios Terrace, or a bungalow with kitchenette and a standard room next door to it. Or most any other combination. With the exception of the Family Suite, all the rooms have only two beds, either two singles or one double and one single, or one kingsize. Check the information and photos at http://oaxacalive.com/maria.htm

You can also check for other possibilities in the classifieds at http://oaxacatimes.com or the forums at http://www.simplymexico.com/forums/index.php?f=11&custom=oaxacalive

With respect to language schools, these are the ones on the internet, in alphabetical order. All or most of them probably offer one week classes.

Becari Language School
M. Bravo 210, Plaza San Cristobal
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Phone/Fax: (951) 514-6076
Email: becarioax@prodigy.net.mx, becari@becari.com.mx
Web: http://www.becari.com.mx

Centro Linguistico y Cultural de Oaxaca (CELCO)
Malcedonio Alcala 803
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Phone: (951) 503-0809 and 503-0811
Fax: (951) 513-9296
Email: celco@celco-oax.com.mx
Web: http://www.celco-oax.com.mx

Español Interactivo Language School
Armenta y López No. 311-B
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Tel/Fax: (951) 514-6062
e-mail: spanishmaestra@yahoo.com

Barrio de Xochimilco

Instituto Amigos del Sol Language School
Libres #109
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Contact: Rogelio Ballesteros
Phone: (951) 514-3484, Fax: (951) 514-2046
Email: amisol1@prodigy.net.mx
Web: http://www.oaxacanews.com/amigosdelsol.htm
2.- amisol1@prodigy.net.mx

Instituto Cultural Oaxaca
Apartado Postal 340
Avenida Juarez 909
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Phone: (951) 515-3404, 515-1323 and 515-3728
Contact: Lucero Topete
e-mail: inscuoax@prodigy.net.mx
http://www.instculturaloax.com.mx/ http://www.inscuoax.com

Instituto de Comunicacion y Cultural
Alcalá No. 307
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
e-mail: iccoax@iccoax.com http://www.iccoax.com/

Solexico Language and Cultural Center
Abasolo #217
Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Phone/Fax: (951) 516-5680
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It is important that you review the choices, as what may be a wonderful program for one person may be less than desirable for another. Let me know if we can be of further assistance.


"valerie.linetfrion" <valerie.linetfrion@free.fr> wrote:

we are french and we are coming to oaxaca in august. can you tell us if hierve el agua is open in this period

thank you very much

valerie linetfrion

Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 08:21:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: hierve el agua ?

Hierve el Agua is open to the public and is now reached via the road Oaxaca-Mitla and then from Xaaga to Roaguia - about one hour driving. There are many local excursion operators who make this trip, as well as public bus service.

Julio Mendoza <julorver@yahoo.com> wrote:

Maria le saludo con mucho gusto deseando se encuentre bien .i espero de respuesta a mi pregunta, pues deveras se lo voy a agradecer por toda la vida, hace 2 anos mi padre fallecioy lo llevaron a sepultar al pueblo de San Pedro topiltepec oaxaca.

El vivio toda su vida en la ciudad de orizaba, ver, pero una tia mia fue la que tomo esa decision. yo residoen california por 30 anos i ya no logre verlo por ultima vez. mi pregunta es adonde me puedo dirigir? o a qien le puedo escribir en ese pueblo. ya sea al encargado del panteon municipal o alguna otra persona para verificar que el descansa alla. o alguna direccion de ese pueblo..en este fin de ano visitare la ciudad de orizaba en la cual naci.

por fabor digame como le hago para llegar a ese pueblo para visitar la tumba de mi padre, pues yo recuerdo que el en vida me llevo a su tiera san pedro topiltepec cuando yo tenia 6 0 7 anos. en la actualidad cuento con 53 anos i me es dificil recordar como se llega alla. por la via mas corta, pues mi estancia en Orizaba sera breve y no quiero regresar a los estados unidos sinh aber visitado la tumba de mi padre,en espera de su respuesta,me pongo a sus ordenes como un amigo mas,i sin mas que decirle por el momento


Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 18:15:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>  
Subject: Re: informacion

Estimado Julio,

El municipio de San Pedro Topiltepec se encuentra en el distrito de Teposcolula, aprox. unos 15 km de la ciudad de Nochixtlan.

Se puede llegar de Orizaba a Nochixtlan via el autopista No. 150 y la supercarretera No. 135. Hay buen servicio de autobus o se puede manejar en solo 2-1/2 horas. Ver http://www.sct.gob.mx - "Traza tu Ruta" para las tarifas de cuota (actualmente $199 MN) y otros detalles. Son 245 km a la salida de Nochixtlan.

De Nochixtlan, hay que tomar la carretera internacional No. 190 aprox. 9-10 km hasta la desviacion a San Andres Sinaxtla. De alli son 3 km a Santiago Tillo y otros 4-5 km a San Pedro Topiltepec, sobre camino pavimentado. Tiene una poblacion de aprox. 250 habitantes.

Anexo un pedazo de mapa donde se señala la ubicacion de San Pedro Topiltepec. Ya que es municipio, puede haber un regidor de panteon. El Presidente Municipal (segun datos del 2005) es el C. INOCENCIO SANTOS ANTONIO, Palacio Municipal, CP 69590 San Pedro Topiltepec, Distrito de Teposcolula, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Le deseo suerte con su visita y espero que disfrute del poco tiempo que pueda tener en nuestro bello estado.


Al Widziewicz <aaw@cbinstitute.org> wrote:

dear maria

I collect latin American colonial santos (statues of saints that are very old). My family and I will be in Oaxaca next week. Can you recommend any antique shops where I might find them?

AL Widziewicz

Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:14:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: A question about santos

The best place to find something like this is the shop at Abasolo No. 107, beside the Camino Real Hotel. The sign outside probably says Monedas, as they sell old coins, or it may say Antigüedades, as they sell a wonderful, eclectic assortment of old things. (I haven't noticed lately which but you will have no trouble finding it.)

There are also religious article shops, such as la Niña de las Posadas and others, but I wouldn't expect to find really old things there.


Psarvzq@aol.com wrote:

Hi Maria

I used this website last year while doing a project for school and you were very helpful then as I hope you can be with my following question. I heard that there is a Guelaguetza held in or near Los Angeles? If so do you know the dates of the event or any other information that you can provide would be deeply apreciated. I try doing some research of the event on my own but nobody seems to have an answer.

Thank You,

Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:20:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: guelaguetza

The Los Angeles Guelaguetza 2006 was held on May 21 in
the Sports Arena.

You can find some information at


KareHarber@aol.com wrote:

Dear Maria

I would like to bring my 81 year old mother to Oaxaca in August. Do you think she may have trouble with the heat or the altitude?


Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 21:43:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>

That is not a question I am qualified to answer. You should talk to her physician. The heat should not be a problem in August, as it is rainy season still and, while the sun is very strong, the temperature in the shade is several degrees cooler. See Oaxaca's Wonderful Weather at http://oaxacalive.com/weather.htm for more information. The altitude is just over 5000 feet in the city - not quite "high altitude" but a factor to be considered, especially if your mother lives at or near sea level and would thus particularly note the difference.

Czey@aol.com wrote:

Hola Maria,

I have seen several "Yalalag crosses" for sale on the internet - most of which feature the three "elements" dangling from the two sides and the bottom. . . I am fascinated by these. I have read that these crosses are sometimes used as milagros. . . but then, I've also seen them shown as pendants on necklaces. . .

I have searched all over the web and cannot find any information about the origin, what the three elements represent, why did the artisans go to the trouble to have the elements dangle, etc. I read that these were introduced by the Spanish when they invaded. . . but then what's the origin there. . .???

I realize this is an odd inquiry, but any information and/or references you could provide would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your help,

Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 08:10:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (no subject)

While there may be other interpretations of its origin and meaning, this interpretation of the Cruz de Yalalag is the result of extended conversations with the elders of the community.

The Cruz de Yalalag is based on the cosmic, social and theogonic concept pertaining to the (non-christian) crosses in all the Mesoamerican cultural area, since prior to the Spanish invasion and conquest.

The cross symbolizes the world, with its four corners and directions. East-West defines the solar direction of God, who is born in the East and dies symbolically every day in the West. North-South is the human direction, which is vital in the South and mortal in the North.

Depending on how the elements are combined, the significance of the cross is enriched. As is the case of the Cruz de Yalalag which is presented with three pendants: the left represents heaven, the right the earth and the central - key to the interpretation of this cross, is the wind - element of intermediation which opens the possibility of passing from heaven to earth or from earth to heaven. It is the itinerary Cocijo (personage equivalent to the Nahuatl Quetzalcoatl or Maya Kulkulkán) made to make human history and to serve his community, as well as the road we must follow to pass from our terrestrial experience to the celestial. The intermediation, the three, the wind, is a road necessarily taken through service. In the cruz de Yalalag, as in the Mesoamerican culture in general, service to the community is symbolized by a feather. A feather is given to men and women for each service performed for the community. The person with the fullest headdress has the greatest prestige, earned on the basis of service to the community. In the cruz de Yalalag, the central pendant, that of the wind and service, communicates with a winged, feathered personage.

The central head, in the upper part, has eminently prehispanic features. They are those of Cocijo, and it is he that gives total meaning to the cross. It is the deification, the socialization and the materialization of service.

When the cruz de Yalalag is adorned with a stone, its color completes the significance. Green refers (all the foregoing) to the agricultural life, yellow to the feminine, blue to the masculine and red to the divine. From the ends of the cruz de Yalalag crosses hang from a heart(s). The discourse of which we have spoken is human, communitarian; it supposes the life and giving of the persons, and could recall human sacrifice. The service given has a cost, it is as valuable as the life. The human life is at the service of the community and the people.

fallingangel29@aim.com wrote:


Me llamo Maranyel y soy una estudiante de la College de New Rochelle, en Neuva York. El 25 de mayo, viajare a Oaxaca, con un grupo de amigas a terminal un trabajo de campo que empezamos aqui en NY. Nos quedaremos en Casa Panchita, y por lo que oigo es un sitio excellente. Ahora, necesito su ayuda, si no es mucho pedir. El proposito con el cual viajo a Oaxaca, es para terminar mi projecto sobre Oaxaca. Quisiera enfocarme en los grupos indijenas que todavia viven en alli, y quen tan activos ellos son en el govierno y la politica. Tambien quisiera hablar sobre la arquiologia de Oaxaca. Que libros o articulos me recomiendas para leer? Tambien necesito entrevistar a nuestro Tour Guide, y varias personas en los museos y en las calles para colectar informacion. Que clase de preguntas piensa usted que yo deveria de hacer, ya que no quiero ofender a nadie. Gracia por su tiempo y atencion.


Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 09:44:55 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: necesito su ayuda

Considero que lo dejo muy tarde para empezar con las referencias, ya que hay dieciseis grupos etnicos en el estado - todos activos, algunos mas que otros o mas en unas areas que en otras - y hay miles de libros y otras publicaciones sobre el tema, asi como sobre los esplendores arqueologicos de Oaxaca.

Para encontrar informacion sobre libros, etc. disponibles en los EUA, puede buscar con Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. y/o con las bibliotecas de las universidades, titulos "oaxaca" y "oaxaca+(temas especificas)". Hay miles.

Tambien puede leer los periodicos de Oaxaca - http://www.noticias-oax.com.mx/ y http://www.imparoax.com.mx/ (es mas facil con Noticias accesar ejemplares anteriores).

En cuanto a entrevistarse con funcionarios y ciudadanos en general, las preguntas deben ser al grano pero redactadas de una forma respetuosa de la persona, asi como, en su caso, del oficio. Recuerde que, como extranjera, la ley prohibe estrictamente que se inmiscuya de cualquier forma en la politica de Mexico. Hay que portarse siempre con el debido respeto.

Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 17:55:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "ARCENIO LOPEZ" <aj2lopez@yahoo.com>
Subject: consejos para tu viaje

Respuesta para Maranyel:

Mi nombre es Arcenio esto es increible estaba buscando informacion de oaxaca porque i have three years que estoy aqui y extrano mucho mi estado yo soy de oaxaca. Cuando yo estaba en mi estado no me importaba la gente ni el estado porque solo vivia en mi mundo yo soy de la region mixteca y hablo el idioma mixteco. Debes saber que en Oaxaca hay 7 regiones no se donde exactamente tu vas, pero por lo que he comprehendido vas ala capital y la capital es la region de Valles Centrales. Ahora que estoy aqui en California despues de 2 years me doy cuenta que aqui mi gente tiene mucha necesidad encuento al idioma mixteco y investigue y encontre un proyecto que se llama Proyecto Mixteco donde su principal goal es dar poder a la comunidad oaxaquena. Yo te recomiendo que no te preocupes que tipo de preguntas tu quieres hacer la gente en mi estado son mucho muy calidos y tecontestaran cualquier pregunta. Solo que las regiones que tienen idiomas que estan activos son los que mas no pueden participar en la politica porque la diversidad de cultura que existe alla hace mas dificil entender cada una de ellas. Tengo muchas ganas de ir a mi estado y trabajar con ellos como lo estoy haciendo aqui con ellos me gusta me hace feliz poder involucrarme con la comunidad mixteco y me da mucho gusto que tu allas escogido este estado para tu proyecto de estudio. gracias y que tengas una maravillosa impresion de este lugar y puedeas logras hacer tu proyecto. Sha A Bindo ( Gracias )

Andy Henderson <andyhen@charter.net> wrote:

Hola Maria,

I belong to RCI Weeks timeshare. There is an RCI resort in Oaxaca, Mexico. The high (Red) season times are listed as March 1 -April 8; June 24-Aug 26; and December 16 - Dec 31. We thought the month of February would be a good time to go to get away from the cold in Atlanta, GA.

Could you tell me any disadvantages of going to Oaxaca in February?

Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 20:51:01 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: high season

There is never any disadvantage in coming to Oaxaca - ever!

February is a very quiet time, still "dry" season but not yet hot like April and sometimes March. There aren't as many tourists as at other times and not as many "events" as sometimes but the jacarandas are in bloom and everything is beautiful.

By the way, the high season dates you mention are not the same at all hotels, etc. (especially July - month of the Guelaguetza) but February is always low season for everyone.

Sandra Henderson <sandrahen@charter.net> wrote:

Hola Maria,

I just learned about Oaxaca and am excited about visiting within the next year.

How can I get a map of Oaxaca similar to the one at the Itinerary Planning site? I can’t figure how to make it 8 1?2’ x 11” so I can print it.

Date: Thu, 4 May 2006 20:58:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: need map depicted in planning itinerary

There are two maps on the Itinerary Planning page and neither would be legible if reduced to letter size. I suggest you download them both separately and, if you do not have capability to print them (one is about 16x16 and the other 13x18 inches), then you could put them on a CD and take them to be printed where they can adapt them to single sheets, or print them on several sheets and piece together. They should work very well with a slight reduction to double letter size (11x22).

Linda Glass <lglass@sonic.net> wrote:

Hola, Maria!

My husband and I will be traveling to Oaxaca for the first time, arriving June 11th. A travel guide recommended Casa Cue. I e-mailed them and they have a junior suite available during the time we will be there. However, I haven't been able to find any critiques of this hotel on line. Do you know anything about it? I understand it is very close to the zocalo and I'm wondering if it will be noisy. Do you know anything about the staff, if they speak English and are able to help with tours and directions? Please let me know of any information that you have. Also, we will be going to a language school for a week and then are considering a trip to Puerto Escondido. Will it be worthwhile to fly there for 3 days and how often are the flights? We are leaving Oaxaca on June 21 at 12:05 PM and are wondering if there is a morning flight from Puerto Escondido that will get us to the airport in time for our departure flight. What about weather during June on the coast? Is the beach safe and pleasurable for swimming? Any snorkling?

Thank you so much for your help!
Linda Glass

Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 21:49:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Oaxaca trip

The Casa Cue is located diagonally across the street from the Benito Juarez market, which you may find noisier than you would like. There are other hotels and B&B's in the Historic Center and nearby that will be quieter. June is not an exceptionally crowded month, so that you should have many choices. I can recommend that you check la Casa de Maria, Hotel Casa Conzatti or Suites la Fe (http://oaxacalive.com) - each totally different from the others but all quiet, reasonable and comfortable.

You will also find that most of the language schools are closer to these - and other good hotels - than to the market. Any good hotel/B&B will be able to help with tours and other arrangements and to communicate - after a fashion, at worst - in English.

There are daily flights to and from Puerto Escondido - all around 7-8 AM and it is about 30 minutes flying time, so you will have no problem making your departure flight. Check

Cessna 7 PAX

Cessna Caravana 14 PAX

There are several nice beaches to choose from, some snorkeling and, of course, excellent surfing - for experts at Zicatela and for beginners at Carrizalillo. For detailed weather information, see Oaxaca's Wonderful Weather at http://oaxacalive.com/weather.htm

Peter Reimer <pwreimer@gmail.com> wrote:

I am interested in cycling from Oaxaca to the pacific coast on my mountain bike... can you send me information on best routes, accomodations, etc?

Peter R.
Winnipeg, Canada

Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 21:13:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: mountain bike information

I suggest you communicate with Pasquale Alati, Toronto, Ontario, Canada "PatAlati" <palati@3web.net> who, with a friend, did this trip in December 2004. He can give you much more detailed information and, if we can be of assistance, then let me know.

jess winteringham <j_winteringham@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Buenas tardes Maria,

Yo recibí su correo electronico sobre la muerte en Mexico. Gracias.

Tengo otra pregunta. Estoy investigando la representación de la muerte en los medios de comunicacion, y los motivos por los periodicos mostrar imagenes espantosos de cadaveres y accidentes

Si usted tiene alguna información le agradecería


Jess Winteringham

Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 15:33:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: la muerte en los medios de comunicación

La actuacion de los medios de comunicacion no tiene nada que ver con Oaxaca, su historia, tradiciones, etc. Es un fenomeno de los tiempos que vivimos y la frialdad y violencia de muchas personas que ya parece ser la norma en el mundo entero.

Por que no pregunte sus motivos directo a los periodicos?

Nick Gallo <ngallo@covad.net> wrote:


How can I purchase tickets for the Guelaguetza from the United States? I've never attended, but from what I understand, events happen on two Mondays. Which day is the main event, or are both days filled with dances and music? Do you buy tickets separately for each Monday or do they cover both days?

Mil gracias


Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 09:43:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>

Subject: Re: Guelaguetza tickets

The Guelaguetza 2006 will be held two times each Monday, on July 17 and 24, at 10 AM and 5 PM. Tickets cost 400 pesos each and are for one performance only. Each is the "main event" full of music and dancing, although the delegations and the villages they represent are different on each Monday. There are also many other events going on during this time, many free.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at http://ticketmaster.com.mx
I understand that American Express is the preferred (perhaps only) credit card accepted. I do not know if tickets will be delivered to points outside Mexico but they can be picked up here in Oaxaca at Fabricas de Francia department store or the box office at the Auditorio Guelaguetza.

See http://oaxacalive.com/guelaguetza.htm for more information.

jess winteringham <j_winteringham@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

Dear Maria,

I am a student from England, undertaking a research project on views of death in Mexico and death with regards to national identity, it is due at the end of April. I am interested in opinions people may have on this subject and am trying to find out information on the following aspects -

The commonly held view that Mexico is 'obsessed' with death. Where this originates? Is it Pre-Hispanic? I would also be interested in looking at different ethnic groups - such as the Mixe and ideology on death and dying.

Has the notion that Mexicans have a unique approach been reinforced by outside influences, such as the US and the popularity of Día de los Muertos in terms of tourism?

I would be extremely grateful of any answers you may have,

best wishes
Jess Winteringham

Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 11:07:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: La Muerte en Mexico

The Mexican view of death as evidenced by the tradition of the Days of the Dead originated in prehispanic beliefs and customs, greatly influenced by the religious practices imposed by the Spanish invaders in the XVI century. I recommend you read the information at http://oaxacalive.com/muertos.htm for some basic information, then go on to research other publications.

I would not say that Mexicans are in any way obsessed by death. It is simply a fact of life, another stage of existence, which is accepted in a more matter of fact way than in some other cultures. We treat the idea of death with certain irreverence, making jokes and lighthearted fun of the spectre but accept it as inevitable. You can find a wealth of information about celebrations of the dead in different parts of the country, on line and in many publications (some serious studies), especially by foreigners who are intrigued by our views.

I am not aware offhand of anything serious published regarding specifically Mixe customs but will investigate and let you know if I find anything. This would be very interesting because the Mixe traditional religious beliefs differed considerably from the great majority of ethnic groups in Mesoamerica.


"Donahue, Ruth A 390"
<Ruth.Donahue@cignabehavioral.com> wrote:

Hola Maria,
I am tired of the rat race here in the USA. I am seriously considering moving to the Oaxaca area and looking for a job as teacher of English as a second language. Any insight you have regarding availability of such positions would be appreciated.

Muchas gracias,

Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 11:11:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: "maria diaz Color " <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: EASL

I suggest you consult Oaxaca's Forum at http://www.simplymexico.com/forums/index.php?11
for postings about this and other topics.

s14johns@meded-mail.ucsd.edu wrote:

Hola Maria,

Thank you so much for your wonderful site! We are planning a trip to Oaxaca from April 1 to the 15th and were planning to spend the first week in Oaxaca City and the second week at the coast near Puerto Escondido, and I am wondering if we will have trouble finding lodging in those places during that time. Does the week before Holy Week in Oaxaca city become crowded and require advance reservations? Does the coast also become crowded like other Tourist areas during Holy Week, and should we thus make reservations for that time?

I really appreciate our help--muchisimas gracias!

Sara Johnson
San Diego, California

Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 08:53:45 -0800 (PST)
From:"maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: questions about travel during holy week

"The beach" is the number one destination during Holy Week for everyone - national and international. Once school is out - wherever - families and young people of all ages head for their favorite place in the sun and water. So DEFINITELY you need CONFIRMED advance reservations for the coast.

I would strongly suggest that you CONFIRM reservations in the city as well, during this and any other holiday season. FYI - La Casa de Maria Bed and Breakfast at this moment has a couple of rooms available for the period (-:


Hjim360@aol.com wrote:

I am doing a report on Oaxaca for a big project. I've been looking all over the web for information on Oaxaca's tallest mountain - without success. Could you give me some information on it please?

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 07:53:24 -0800 (PST)
From: "maria diaz" <askmariaoaxacalive@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Oaxaca Mountain

The tallest mountain in the state of Oaxaca is Cerro Nube (Quie Yelaag) - 3,720 meters above sea level (96ºW 13ºN) in the district of Miahuatlan, in the Sierra Sur.

You can find information on this and other peaks (next tallest are Cerro del Aguila at 3,380 meters, Cerro Zempoaltepetl at 3,280 meters and Cerro Volcán Prieto at 3,250 meters, all of these in the Sierra Norte) using any search engine.