A highlight from AT#721 - Travel to Oaxaca (Repeat)
Go to Oaxaca, Mexico. Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host, Chris Christensen. Let's talk about Oaxaca. I'd like to welcome to the show, Susan, met noske from Brooklyn tropically dot com, and that's tropically with an eye at the end, but I'll put a link to that in the show notes. Susan, welcome to the show. Thank you. Thank you so much for having me. And Susan, you are coming on the show to talk about one of my favorite places in Mexico. Of course I haven't been every place. Oaxaca. And why are you talking about Oaxaca? Well, it is also one of my favorite places. It's actually my favorite place because I now live here. After I think my first trip was in 2015 and I just kept coming back and back for months at a time, and then finally, I had been traveling full-time for a while. I'm a travel blogger. And when I was just ready to settle down, this was the place that was at the very top of my list. Excellent. Well, and I understood after reaching out to Susan that she was a longtime listener of the show, which is always fun to hear. Yes, it is a big honor for me to be on the show when there was a time many years ago I wasn't able to really travel and this was my constant source of inspiration. I can not imagine a time not being able to travel except, of course. Right. Excellent. And why should someone go to Oaxaca? So I think that the thing about Oaxaca that's really so special and is not often matched in other places, is that it's so dynamic. There is such a depth and breadth of things to do and learn and taste and understand here. It's so easy to fill a week itinerary full of all these things. And not just one type of thing, but a huge variety of things. So there's incredible culture here. There's history, an amazing food and mezcal scene, beautiful nature, artisan work, so there's really something for everyone and it's just such a dynamic place to learn a little of everything. Excellent. kind of itinerary are you going to recommend for us? Where are we going to start? So I've worked on this a lot. Over the years, because as I say, there's so much to do and I actually hear over and over again that people come here, they plan a long weekend trip, and they pair it with Mexico City or the coast or other places in Mexico. And on their first or second day, they're already planning a return trip. Because they realize immediately that there's just such a huge amount of things to do. It's such a beautiful place such a compelling place. So I've come up with a 7 day itinerary that I think is really a nice balance of all these different aspects of the nature and the culture and the history and the food and artisan work. And I think that's a great way to have your first trip to Oaxaca to have a little bit of a balance of all the things and learn a little of everything and just have this well rounded perspective of Oaxaca. And where are we going day one? Well, so I have this kind of divided by Oaxaca city and then day trips and I think that one way people go wrong is they don't necessarily know that the day trips and the villages and the nature sites and the archeological sites outside the city. The number of things to do outside of the city is equal or more than within the city. So I think that the best way to kind of approach your itinerary is to think of it more or less in a 50 50 way that maybe you're going to be doing day trips about as many days as you will be just strictly inside the city. So first, I'd like to just kind of talk about stuff within the city and then later I can get into the day trips if that works for you.