Justin Henderson

Traveling to Oaxaca by Bus

Bus travel rules in Mexico, with hundreds of sleek luxury- and first-class bus lines. Here’s what you need to know when traveling to Oaxaca by bus, including border crossing on foot, getting to major terminals, detailed route instructions and suggested itineraries, a brief overview of bus lines, and helpful vocabulary.

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San Agustinillo Accommodations, Oaxaca

A number of lodgings sprinkle the San Agustinillo beachfront and hillside above the road. Here, you can enjoy it all: charming Mexican beach village ambience; stores and small restaurants nearby; hammock-hung verandas with gorgeous views of the foaming San Agustinillo surf; and hundreds of yards of golden sand.

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Visiting San José del Pacífico in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s San José del Pacífico is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view. The main local diversions are natural, such as basking in the sun and hiking mountain trails to panoramic viewpoints (and a partaking in a particular type of mushroom).

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Where to Go in Oaxaca

The best thing to do in Oaxaca is explore. The city of Oaxaca has a rich downtown area with plenty of architecture and handicrafts (a theme continued throughout the state) as well as galleries and museums. Outside the city, outdoor adventure and cultural immersion rule.

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Planning Your Time in Oaxaca City

The city of Oaxaca is both the governmental capital of the Mexican state of the same name and the de facto capital of Mexico’s southern indigenous heartland. Learn about the city and its extraordinary diversity, along with helpful tips on planning your time while exploring.

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Hierve el Agua: Mexico’s Mineral Springs

Although the name of this place translates as boiling water, the springs that seep from the side of a limestone mountain less than an hour’s drive east of Mitla aren’t hot. Loaded with minerals, over time rock-hard deposits formed great algae-painted slabs in level spots and, on steep slopes, accumulated into what appear to be grand frozen waterfalls.

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Discover Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca offers the best of Mexico, both old and new. It has a vibrant urban city, abundant indigenous arts and handicrafts, renowned native cuisine, fascinating history, natural wonders, and a rich cultural heritage.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.