I just returned from 8 days on Oaxaca with my husband and 9-year old daughter. I addressed safety and the recent killings in another post. We felt very safe the entire time. This was our first visit. We had a wonderful time, we fould Oaxaca to be a beautiful city, full of wonderful, friendly people, beautiful architecture, world class museums, good food and lots and lots of crafts.
This was our first visit to Oaxaca. One of my strongest impressions of Oaxaca was how genuinely kind the people we met were. We traveled two days with a guide who is often mentioned on this site (Antonio Z.), who was excellent. The other days we wandered about by ourselves and/or took taxis. This was our itinerary: Day 1: El Tulle, Mitla and Teotitlan Del Valle (weaving). Day 2: Coyotepec (black pottery), Ocotlan Market and San Martin Tilcajete (woodcarving). Day 3: stayed in Oaxaca city and visited the Textile Museum, the Museo Arte Prehispanico, Jurez and Artisan markets. Day 4 went to Monte Alban. Day 5 took a cooking class at Casa Crespo. Day 6 back to Monte Alban again (it's vast),Santa Domingo church and the Cultural Museum plus shopping at the craft cooperative store. Last day revisited Teotitlan plus Yagul and Dainzu.
We stayed at Hotel Azucenas, which was great, well located, clean, wonderful staff. I wrote a review of the hotel separately.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.Edited: 1:23 pm, November 05, 2010