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
At Merced Market: 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.
Mezcal:Now available for purchase at Casa Murguia. Artesan Mezcal Joven handcrafted by Quiéreme Mucho. Cuiche, Tobalá, Espadin and several blends. http://quierememucho.com.mx
Honey: Mary Jane has partnered with Quiéreme Mucho visionary Eduardo Muñozcano Skidmore cultivating organic mil flores honey and employing Taviche residents in the apiary care and creating the one-of-a-kind jars.
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 ) <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
Yoga Classes Certified bi-lingual yoga instructor Teresa Diaz offers classes just 3 blocks away. www.teresadiazyoga.com tel . 951-378-8084. Teresa is also leading a yoga and cultural week based at Casa Murguia from April 27 – May 5. See her website for details.
Drivers 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.
Taxi driver José Luis Mendez very safe and polite driver charges about 11 U.S. per hour. New car with seatbelts. tel. 951-181-3559. Text, WhatsApp or call. Only Spanish speaking.
14 Passenger Van with Driver contact: Hugo Cano tel. 951-182-2787. Text, WhatsApp or call. Speaks basic English.
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. https://www.flickr.com/photos/arboldelavida/sets/72157631255419626/page2/
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. http://www.horsebackmexico.com/rancho-pitaya