Oaxaca, a colonial gem in the south of Mexico.
Oaxaca (pron. wa-HA-ka) is a beautiful and safe provincial town nestling in the Sierra Madre Sur mountains of southeast Mexico.
Only a 45 minute flight from Mexico City, Oaxaca is a great town and you'll love it here!
Apart from our great classes and school activities, Oaxaca has masses to offer. It's a beautiful colonial town with great museums, archeological sites, an incredibly rich indigenous culture (16 different groups) many of whom still produce traditional arts and crafts.
In your spare time you can visit majestic archeological sites such as Monte Alban and Mitla or the hill top fortress of Yagul. The views alone are fantastic.
Oaxaca boasts a wonderful state museum with treasures from tombs, examples of jewellery, pottery and clothing stretching back to pre-hispanic times.
Our museums of Modern Art and Insitute of Graphic Arts host exhibitors from all over the world.
There is also a thriving art community and there are many galleries. The picturesque main square is lined by cafes and great for people-watching over a beer or limonada!
On top of this, Oaxaca is set in lovely mountains and there are lots of eco-activities and sports available - paragliding, hiking, bird watching, cycling, rock climbing or swimming in outdoor swimming pools nestled in mountain villages. At night enjoy our fabulous bars, salsa clubs and restaurants .The food is incredible too! Oaxaca is famous across the country for it’s regional dishes – anything from quesadillas to moles!
You can get buses to Oaxaca from the TAPO bus station in Mexico City. There is a luxury bus called UNO which has 24 reclining seats and makes the 6 hour bus ride very comfortable. Costs and times are below. There is another coach, GL, which is also comfortable leaving from TAPO.
Taxi: Mexico City airport to TAPO bus station
On arriving ask a porter to take you to the taxi ticket office and wait. (If you speak Spanish, are confident or don’t have much luggage you may not need a porter). There, you tell the man behind the counter your destination (TAPO BUS STATION) and he will tell you how much the ticket is. Check your change!
Ask the same porter to take you to the taxi terminal. He will help you find a taxi. You should give him about 20 pesos. Another guy who has no apparent function will load your bags into the car. Why? A tip. Give him about 10 pesos. Then the taxi driver appears and asks you where you're going . Give him the ticket and ask him to take you to the TERMINAL UNO, if you are taking the UNO bus and TERMINAL TAPO GL if you are taking the GL bus. Lock the doors and when you get there check to see if it says UNO terminal. If it doesn't ask another porter to take you there. It's much safer to spend a couple of dollars on a porter than to get lost or mugge
Bus: TAPO bus station to Oaxaca bus station
First, average high and low temperatures only apply to a couple of hours at midday and late night/predawn.
Most of the day in the central valleys the temperature will be around 25º C (77º F) to 30º C (86º F). Remember, in the capital city of Oaxaca we are at an altitude of 1550 meters (5080 feet) above sea level which means that the sun is near and quite strong but that there will always be a significant difference in temperature out of the direct sun precisely because of the altitude. If you plan to be in exposed areas, such as Monte Alban, wear a hat and if you feel the heat just find a shady spot outdoors or rest indoors for a short time. After all, the siesta was invented to relax and enjoy the middle of the day.
Free-time Activities and Night-life