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Oaxaca in March with my 17-year-old? Opinions/ideas sought.

Oaxaca in March with my 17-year-old? Opinions/ideas sought.

Old Feb 15th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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I just want to chime in. I was in Oaxaca last month and really liked the city and surroundings. It felt completely safe. The zocala is very busy at all hours with entertainment. The food was good, not great, but eating at a comida for 35-60 pesos can't be beat. The art was amazing! I would not hesitate to go and take your daughter. Very authentic with few gringos.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:46 AM
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Oaxaca's a wonderful place. If you're into Mexican crafts, the outlying villages are particularly known for black pottery and alebrijes (wildly-colored little wooden sculptures of animals). The churches are spectacular (especially Santo Domingo), the zocolo is lively and the museums are very interesting. The Jardin Etnobotanico (Ethnobotanical Garden) has good guided tours.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for all these helpful responses about Oaxaca. I think I will probably have to shelve the trip until the fall for various reasons, but I'll be saving all the advice from this thread and will let my friends know I will be coming. It definitely sounds like a trip my daughter and I would enjoy.
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Old Mar 5th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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I agree the bus trip to the beach is a long one but if you are observant you will notice you pass through many ecological zones which is interesting. In Puerto Escondido they have a small but nice market area. You might take a horseback riding tour into the mountains to a hot spring, try surfing, or go to Huatulco and take a snorkeling tour of the bays of Huatulco. A great way to spend a day.

Monte Alban is a must see. You can take a bus up there but do yourself a favor and hire a guide. Much more interesting and informative. The museum is nice too there. Take water and a hat. You will be surprised how hot it is up there---of you can buy a hat when you get up there, but take water with you. Also, Mitla is nice and if you can get to Ocotlan where they make the black pottery that is very nice. You can visit a factory where they make it. Also, the plan museum has an excellent tour in English. Not too expensive and well worth it. You can see the ancient corn the Mayans had. Very interesting. The zocalo at night is a party and also on Sundays. Not too many tourists make their way to the indigenous market on Saturdays 9-3 or so but it is very interesting and who knows, you might buy a goat to take home.
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