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
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
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
DAY OF THE DEAD - Oaxaca
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
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
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.
Trees (Arboles de Oaxaca)
de la Comida Indígena