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Old 12-01-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Oaxaca, the Mexican state I would consider the most exotic of all 31 that Mexico has, is also the name of her intriguing capitol city. Touching the beautiful blue Pacific on the south, Chiapas to the east, Guerrero to the west, and Puebla and Veracruz to the north, Oaxaca was and is easily reachable from the U.S. (Texas) in 2 or 3 days, depending upon how much time you choose to dawdle. This was a relatively expedient run down to Oaxaca, now officially one of my favorite places in all of Mexico.



This is the land of the Zapotec and Mixtecs, an ancient land. Oaxaca itself sits in the confluence of three relatively high altitude valleys, and what is to be found in these valleys as well as the surrounding hills and mountains is what gives purpose to going, as much as the city itself.

Fans of colonial Mexican architecture will be thrilled with Oaxaca, as much as with Chiapas' San Cristóbal de las Casas. Ancient indians, Conquistadors, ties to Mexico's own revolution is all here, as well as one of the biggest reasons to pin Oaxaca on your map: artesanias. If you're interested in one of, if the the, premier places on the planet for black pottery, loomed rugs dyed with cochineal, or fantastic (in both the sense of the imagination as well as quality) wood carvings, Oaxaca is your place.

Much more about Oaxaca (both the city and state), getting there, getting back, recommendations on what to see and do, some restuarants not to miss, and a few (ok, a lot) more treats thrown in for good measure.

Exotic landscapes such as Hierve el Agua (The Water Boils) within a short ride:



Warm blue skies over endless colors everywhere on Oaxaca's streets:



A guide for getting an international bicycle riding chick to smile on your bike:



Or just getting some nice smiles:



This was my solid week in Oaxaca, to include the Day of the Dead, plus the ride in via Veracruz and out via San Miguel de Allende and Real de Catorce....

¡Oye!.....here we go again

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Old 12-01-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Tricepilot's Oaxaca

Looks like a truly great adventure, and I can tell by your postings your intimately familiar with Mexico. It's inspiring to see folks traveling there and posting up. Beautiful pics, looking forward to more!



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Old 12-01-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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Show us OAXACA !!

has been more than a month since we had dinner the night before you left for this trip !



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Old 12-01-2010, 03:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for another one of your most excellent Mexico ride reports!! Thanks for taking us along
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:33 PM   #5
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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I only hope someday to experience Mexico before I can't. Thanks for your many fine reports.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:11 PM   #7
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My wifes from oaxaca....
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:16 PM   #8
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Tons of snow outside....Wishing I was in Oaxaca. This trip report may be the next best thing.

Great pics, and looking forward to the rest of the journey
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:38 AM   #9
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Great thread Bob.

Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas are my favorite states in MX.

Missing MX in Peru.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:38 AM   #10
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This photo is a bit of an optical illusion:



Along with Ralph, on the left, this is Big Jim there on the right (he's 6'6", at least). They're the only real people in the picture.

I took this in a coffee house in Veracruz, sitting Ralph and Jim against a black and white wall poster. I greyscaled the photo to make it look like they were sitting in the crowd when the poster photo was taken.

Along with Frank, Ralph, and Brian, Jim was also a rally rider traveling via Oaxaca. He used to guide for MotoDiscovery, but hasn't done any tours in a couple of years. Has a mental library of jokes that knows no end. Owns a '07 R1200 GSA. He lives fairly close to me here in northeast San Antonio.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:59 AM   #11
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Trace,,,, picture from last years ride to Panama.. Leaving tomorrow on next moto adventure. Tucson to Veracruz, Cancun and Belize.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:25 AM   #12
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Trace,,,, picture from last years ride to Panama.. Leaving tomorrow on next moto adventure. Tucson to Veracruz, Cancun and Belize.
Feliz viaje......¿vas por el caballo? (.....'stoy bromeando )
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Trice:
If you've covered this elsewhere in your report, my apologies.

What have been your observations of the security situation in the Mexican borderlands? You mention the soldier with the grenade launcher. But clearly you've made it without getting crossed up with any narcotraficantes. What were the Mexican border areas like?

For what it's worth, I grew up in McAllen, crossed the border countless times to visit family in Monterrey. But the last time I did this there was 1998. To state the obvious, things are different now.

I dream of riding my RS down Chiapas with a stop in Monterrey to visit la familia (mi familia, no La Familia). But it seems like it would be too nerve-wracking these days.

Very well done report!
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:07 AM   #14
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Trice:
If you've covered this elsewhere in your report, my apologies.

What have been your observations of the security situation in the Mexican borderlands? You mention the soldier with the grenade launcher. But clearly you've made it without getting crossed up with any narcotraficantes. What were the Mexican border areas like?

For what it's worth, I grew up in McAllen, crossed the border countless times to visit family in Monterrey. But the last time I did this there was 1998. To state the obvious, things are different now.

I dream of riding my RS down Chiapas with a stop in Monterrey to visit la familia (mi familia, no La Familia). But it seems like it would be too nerve-wracking these days.

Very well done report!
I've copied this to the Is Mexico Safe? thread. There are 2,700+ posts and 180 pages+ over there that talks to this. I and other inmates there can (and have, extensively) expound on my/their thoughts and experiences.

I'll give you a little teaser right now though: Now is the time to visit Mexico, especially since the news media reports of violence are at an all-time high. Sounds like backwards logic, but I have provided the rationale behind it. See the thread link.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:52 AM   #15
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Hey Trice will you share some camera info with us? Your photos are stunning and without a doubt some of the best I've ever seen on this site.

Did you use some state of the art hi tech camera that does it all with an automatic setting? Or have you taken a lot of photo classes to get these results?
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