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All About Oaxacan Mezcal

With agave growing in hundreds of small-scale family plots, mezcal is a modern-day cultural phenomenon in Oaxaca—one with deep historical roots. Mezcal has been the “national” drink of the state of Oaxaca for centuries, and though perhaps the method to make it is more mechanized than in the past, it is mostly the same hands-on, handmade operation.

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An Expert Guide to the Top Destinations in Mexico

From beachfront yoga retreats to avant-garde photography exhibitions, international performing-arts festivals to breathtaking wilderness, Mexico is a fascinating place with a seemingly endless variety of experiences to offer. The constant is the warmth of its people and culture—and, of course, its enviable weather—near-perfect year round. If you’re considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, here’s a primer to the country’s most popular destinations right now.

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Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

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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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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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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.