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OAXACA, MEXICO

Oaxaca Tips: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
by Ron Mader

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PRONOUNCIATION - Oaxaca is pronounced 'Wah-HA-Ca.'

PREPARATION - Consider things you can do during your visit.

FOLLOWUP - After your trip, be sure to send locals any pictures or things you have promised. If you want to keep with the news - not to mention your Spanish (!) - browse the online local papers.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL - Be a responsible traveler. It's much better than being irresponsible.

LANGUAGE - Do not underestimate the importance of learning Spanish. Familiarize yourself with español before you arrive. You can also take classes at a local language school. There are a number of indigenous languages spoken. Learn how to say 'good morning' or 'thank you!'

TOUR GUIDES - We can recommend a few. Consult our travel directory.

WEATHER - Oaxaca City enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, though the hottest months are April and May. Expect a chance of rain between May and October. The rainiest months are June and July. Check the forecast.

FOOD - Learn what makes Oaxacan cuisine unique and plan ahead on where to eat and what to eat.

DAY OF THE DEAD - Oaxaca celebrates Day of the Dead between October 31st and November 2nd.

GUELAGUETZA - Check out the news about the Guelaguetza and your chance of seeing a mini-Guelaguetza.

BARGAINING - Bargaining is part of the traditional purchasing system. That said, pay a fair price and don't spend too much time haggling.

NEWS - Keep an eye on news from Oaxaca.

WATER - Oaxaca is an arid environment. Conserve water during your visit. Limiting shower time is a good way to be a responsible traveler.

KIDS - Oaxaca is kid-friendly. Check out the summertime workshops run by Boris Spider.

CLOTHING - Oaxaca is a conservative place. Think twice about entering churches wearing shorts. If you are walking any distance, flip flops are not that comfortable.

VISITING VILLAGES - Traveling in Mexico requires a sensitivity on the part of travelers to enter the rhythm and customs of the community.

SAFETY - Play it safe.

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AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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