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Trip Report 5 Weeks in Chocolate Paradise

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Oaxaca is a most interesting city & area.
I arrived 3 days before my apartment was available due to a change of plans. I had planned on taking the bus down the coast to Puerto Escondido via Acapulco but demonstrations shut down Highway 200 between Zihuatanejo & Acapulco, so I flew Aeromexico via MEX for $198 US.
Arrived mid afternoon on the 6th of February at the surprisingly small but adequate airport that looked to be very new. Caught the "collectivo" for 60 pesos a true bargain. It turned out to be a regular cab which I shared with 3 others.
About 20 minutes to the Hotel Oaxaca Magico in El Centro. It was a very nice small hotel. Room was small (would hate to share it with my wife's luggage) bur well equipped & meticulously clean.
Excellent cable, WiFi & the tiny bathroom had all the amenities of far more expensive then my $56 US rate here. The staff was the best especially the young lady who seemed to run the front desk day & night.
After getting settled I returned to the front desk where I was given a much better map than I had downloaded off the internet. She gave me correct instructions to get to the Zocalo, but 3 blocks away. I of course with my unerring sense of direction & excellent Spanish skills took a wrong turn at the first corner & headed in the wrong direction. After I walked about 5 blocls hitting a major highway I suspected I was headed in the wrong direction.
So turning around I found the Zocalo on my second try.
Lovely Square with a string of cafes on 2 sides, hotel & cathedral on a third & abandoned government buildings on the 4th. This is the result of the protest/demonstrations back in the mid 2000's that just about wiped out the tourist business for a few years. While the demonstrators are still there it is a much lower key & no violence that I saw.
Had my first Mole dish at one of the street level cafe finding it Delicious! With my first cup of Chocolate Caliente after I knew I was in for agreat 5 weeks.
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