In early March I'll be spending a week in Oaxaca. Does anyone here have experience traveling to the area and care to comment? Lodging recommendations in Oaxaca City would be appreciated - even though they'll add to my "too many good choices" dilemma. -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland, Ore, USA Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity http://www.patch.com/words/
the man to ask is Charlie BC Canada he is a list member and knows all there is to know about Oaxaca, his list handle is Oaxaca Charlie. Chime in Charlie if you are lurking. RK
Is it safe to go to Oaxaca right now? They had some serious civil unrest a couple months ago. If you look around online, there are a ton of Oaxacan bed and breakfast type places that people recommend highly. Also, there is a book about traveling to Oaxaca that is quite good. It's on my wife and I's to do list, but last year, when the unrest occurred, we had to put it on the backburner for a while.
I am totally jealous - please report back to us. That is one place I would love to visit. Lynne (sigh...maybe someday...)
The current US travel advisory:http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_2100.htmlv bb wrote: <Snip>
bb wrote: <Snip> Over the last summer and early fall there was a strike by teachers. It seems to have gotten pretty confrontational. Since early December it's been quiet. Good enough for me and my wife. It's a surprise trip for her 50th birthday. "Good enough" may need some explaining. Remember when a US plane bombed the Chinese embassy? She was in Bejing at the time. Remember when the passenger plane was forced to land? She was in Bejing for that too. A local argument is not a problem compared to times like those. <Snip> A book? I have three so far. There are a ton of Oaxacan b&bs and hotels that used to be b&bs some of which even have no negative reviews on the review sites. It's an embarrassment of riches. That's before you consider the archeological sites, first rate museums, colonial architecture and ... I'm sorta wishing I hadn't scheduled a couple of days in Mexico City on the return. -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland Oregon Be appropriate && Follow your curiosity http://www.patch.com/words/ The fortune cookie says: The hatred of relatives is the most violent. -- Tacitus (c.55 - c.117)
On 1/31/07, Michael Rasmussen wrote: <Snip> We stayed in two different hotels, a couple of nights each. The Hotel Victoria, some distance uphill from the city center, is "nicer", kind of expensive, and somehow unsatisfying. We were much happier at Las Golondrinas, a few block northwest from the square. It's simpler, cheaper, less luxurious, but felt much better. The restored monastery near the center (Dominican?) is a wonderful example of what can be done to preserve some history. Monte Alban is a must, of course, and I really enjoyed riding a bus east to Mitla, a really distinctive site. Oh, and a few blocks south of the center of town is a street full of chocolate makers. Danger! I'm sorta wishing I hadn't scheduled a couple of days in Mexico City on the <Snip> The Museum of Anthropology is worth the trip to Mexico City, all by itself. The museum at the site of the Templo Mayor, just off the Zocalo, is also wonderful. Our favorite restaurant, Las Sirenas, is just up the street, right behind the Cathedral. Visit Coyoacan, for the Frida Kahlo and Trotsky museums as well as a generally cool neighborhood. The Saturday artists' market in San Angel is a lot of fun and great shopping. There's good Cuban food (and rum) at Mama Rumba there. Enjoy! Bill
Michael, Needless to say I am jealous but can't really complain as we had a great time in China last month. Hope we can get together before you leave or after you return. How long do you seriously think you can keep this a surprise from your wife. dave ehrenkranz On Jan 31, 2007, at 11:12 AM, Michael Rasmussen wrote: <Snip>
Dave Ehrenkranz wrote: <Snip> Until we get to the airport. She is really enjoying the suspense. The only real clue she's received is "prepare for weather from the mid 80s to the mid 40s, are political disturbances OK?" The real question is can I keep the two day stop in Mexico City on the way back a secret. -- Michael Rasmussen, Portland Oregon Be appropriate && Follow your curiosity http://www.patch.com/words/ The fortune cookie says: The Czechs announced after Sputnik that they, too, would launch a satellite. Of course, it would orbit Sputnik, not Earth!