Flights, taxis, food and favourite places.

Flights to and from Oaxaca

The coast: Huatulco and Puerto Escondido


Eating Out in Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca Reforma Contemporary informal patio dining managed by chef Alejandro Ruiz

El Milenario in El Tule for consistantly delicious and economical Oaxacan dishes

La Biznaga for modern Oaxacan-inspired food at reasonable prices

Los Danzantes for Wed and Fri fixed-priced lunch menu

Maria Lombardo for woodfired pizzas and good pasta at Abasolo 304, 1/2 block E. of Juarez

La Güerita for quesadillas, memelas and empanadas. Entering the Mercado de la Merced off of Murguia take a right at the first hallway, right there, you’ll see the red stools. The quesadilla with squash blossoms ( flor de calabaza ) is a classic and for meat eaters try the Cochinito Pibil. What makes these special is the way they are finished off on a rack under the charcoal, toasted to a perfect crispness.  Across from this place is a juice bar – carrot pineapple is one of my favourites.

Quesadilla at La Gúerita at the Merced Market

Quesadilla at La Gúerita at the Merced Market


Esther Novoa's clean, quiet massage room.

Esther Novoa’s clean, quiet massage room.

I’ve been going to Esther Novoa for years. She gives a consistently professional massage in a quiet, tranquil environment. Esther has strong yet sensitive hands. 550 pesos for a full one-hour plus full body massage. She gives only 2 massages in the morning 10 and 12  and 2 in the afternoon 4:30 & 6:30. Esther Novoa tel: 501-0938 ( Spanish only ) <> Her office address is Tinoco y Palacios 707-A but it’s really right around the corner on Callejon del Carmen, first door on the south side of the street just before Hostel El Pochon.


We have known Tomas Ramirez for decades; he is totally trustworthy and most knowledgeable about the area. Tomas speaks English and has an 8 passenger van as well as smaller vehicle.

For identifying the native plants found in the area around Rojas de Cuauhtemoc where Rancho Pitaya is located. This site is by Valerie Nadeau, long-time resident of Rojas.

Lodging in other parts of Oaxaca

Also owned by Mary Jane, Rancho Pitaya has three guest suites, excellent cook, rare ecosystem and  perfect location to explore the Valle de Tlacolula, ride horses or hike.