Mexico/time in Oaxaca


We are thinking of trying a month in Oaxaca in winter (December) to see how it feels to live there and perhaps study some spanish.  Do you think we will find enough to do there?  We enjoy cultural events and exploring the area.  How would we go about finding a small apartment to rent for 4-5 weeks?  Do you recommend any particular language school?  How much can we anticipate to pay for rent/food?  Thanks for all tips.

Yes of course you will find enough to do here.  We have been here as visitors and residents for 24 years and are still exploring the state.  If interested there is a vibrant expat community via the Oaxaca Lending Library, and for accommodations try the Oaxaca Lending Library website and newsletter (sign up for it).  However, most snowbirds by then will have taken the better lodgings. You can also look in one of the daily newspapers. Consider a cheap hotel for a week while looking for lodging rather than renting online blind.  We attended Becari language school.  Also with a good rep is Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca.  Rent is between 5000-9000 pesos a month roughly but you can spend more but likely not less.  It all depends on what you want. Food across the board is about half of what it costs in the US.


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Can: The State of Oaxaca, and in particular the city and its central valleys including questions regarding sites and touring, current social and political climate, transportation, and all other matters relating to tourism in and around the city of Oaxaca and its central valleys with an emphasis on mescal, pulque and fermented pre-Hispanic beverages. Can't: Everything else.


First visited Oaxaca in 1969. Began vacationing exclusively in Oaxaca in 1991. Permanent resident of Oaxaca since 2004. Written over 280 articles about Oaxaca. Master Mezcalier certification by the federal government. Author of Mezcal in the World Spirits Market: Unrivalled Complexity, Innumerable Nuances Co-author of the first bilingual full color mescal tasting wheel. Owner of Mezcal Educational Excursions of Oaxaca. Fixer for several international documentary film companies as well as for photographers.

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Interweave Transitions Abroad The Eye Korean Air Ensamble Vacations Crime & Justice International The Upper Canadian Antiques Showcase Oaxaca Times The Etobicoke Guardian York University archives (M.A. thesis)

Specialized Honors B.A. (social anthropology) 1974 M.A. (social anthropology) 1978 LL.B. (law degree) 1984 Master Mezcalier and various other courses on educating given by the federal government.

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