Need more help re trip plan
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 5, 2013 3:48 PM Last Post By: ladnermag
Oct 2, 2013 9:39 AM
Need more help re trip planHere I am again and I've been doing lots of reading and checking thorntree (and other google stuff) for posts and the more i read the more I keep adding to the list. Of course, there isn't enough time in one trip. Again, we are 2 females. I might add "older" here but age is only a number. We love the history but can only see so many ruins and churches. We love the outdoors and are good walkers (not hikers). Love markets, food and always seem to meet the most interesting people. Like what bigger places have to offer but love the villages for what they offer which is often friendliness, slower pace and diversity. Diversity is good.. We have 4 weeks planned but could add 2 or 3 days -- end of January/month of February. We will be getting around via buses & taxis.
Plan A is to fly into Mexico City and then take a bus to Puebla. We'll be in and around that area for 3-5 days and then we'll bus it to Oaxaca City. We then planned on the remaining 3 weeks in/around Oaxaca city. We'd rent a small apt so we could cook and have a home base. Would have no problem spending a night here and there away from "our apt." Then we'd be bussing it back to Mexico City.
Then I started to read about the Mixteca. Seeing as it is between Puebla and Oaxaca City and we'll be doing through part of it on our way to and on our way home, do we have time to stop and see some of it. The Valley of Apoala, Saturday in Tlaxiaco, Huajuapan???
Would 2 weeks in/around Oaxaca do it some justice and then a week in part of Mixteca going home.
Your assistance and advice is appreciated.
Oct 2, 2013 10:13 AM
1Sounds like a good plan. Apoala is a more involved trip (it's 3 hours each way from Nochixtlan), but visiting Tlaxiaco is easy and can be rewarding... as long as your expectations are on the right level. It's an interesting town with a fascinating (if hectic) market. However, the Tlacolula Saturday market is also great and in many ways more visibly interesting. I stayed at Hotel del Portal on my last trip to Tlaxiaco a couple months ago and it was decent enough. It's easy to take day trips from Oaxaca and visit spots like Yanhuitlan (about 20 mins from Nochixtlan); having an apt in the city is a great advantage and lets you feel like you can always come back to your home base while getting into the nooks and crannies of the state. "Enough time" is relative... you could easily pass a year here and still feel like you were missing something, but 3 weeks is a nice amount of time to get into the rhythm of Oax and explore many of the more easily reached attractions.
Make sure you give yourself at least 3 whole days in Mexico City, anything less would be a shame really!
Oct 2, 2013 11:06 AM
2If you make a schedule, you can spend each day of the week at a different market in a different town/village.
Oct 2, 2013 11:10 AM
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Oct 2, 2013 1:23 PM
5Then I started to read about the Mixteca. Seeing as it is between Puebla and Oaxaca City and we'll be doing through part of it on our way to and on our way home, do we have time to stop and see some of it
Don't be fooled by the location. There is very good bus service between Oaxaca and Puebla (and Mexico City), but the service to and from Tlaxiaco (or any other intermediate point, generally speaking) is not as frequent or convenient. For example, I just checked and found one daily ADO departure from Oaxaca to Tlaxiaco, at 21:00, meaning you will be arriving at midnight in a strange city. Of course you can travel by one of the colectivo van services, but not as comfortable or reliable. Again, from Tlaxiaco to Mexico City there is one daytime departure, and the others travel overnight. The Mixteca is an interesting area, but think about visiting some places closer to Oaxaca, in the valleys and nearby in the mountains, you may find the transport more convenient.
Oct 3, 2013 7:41 AM
6We love the outdoors and are good walkers (not hikers).
As an example of a nice easy walk I did this summer, the kind I imagine you might enjoy, I walked between seven different pueblos in the Etla arm of the central valleys, all ending with the suffix "Etla." Starting at Villa de Etla, where the main attractions are the ex-convento church and the market, and ending several hours later in San Jose Mogote (an exception to the rule), where the main attractions are the prehispanic ruins and the community museum. The terrain is flat, you'll meet lots of locals if you like, and the self-guided tour is cheap, I spent approx 50 MXN for food and transportation.
Oct 3, 2013 2:46 PM
7Tlaxiaco makes for a good stop, IMO. Not just for the town, but for others nearby. It's weekly, Saturday tianguis (market) has always been one of the more special ones in the country, I've thought. The town has been a center for commerce and education in the Mixteca Alta for a long time. Hotel del Portal is where I stay when I visit Tlaxiaco.
Hotel del Portal
Plaza de la Constitución
de La Constitución 2
Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
52 953 552 0154
Oct 5, 2013 3:48 PM
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