DO put lime juice on everything, just trust me.
DON’T make the mistake of thinking buses in Oaxaca have designated stops. It’s a free for all. Just get up and stand near the door when you’re ready to get off.
DO try all seven moles (Negro, Rojo, Verde , Coloradito, Amarillo, Chichilo, and Manchamantel).
DON’T be closed minded about different perspectives
DO Say Hola! or Buenas Dias! to random people on the street. People in Oaxaca are very friendly and many enjoy striking up a conversation with a stranger
DON’T join protests.
DO visit Hierve el Agua.
DON’t take a mezcal shot, sip it if you want to live.
DO visit the art museums.
DON’T refuse food or drink, it’s considered rude.
DO try to speak as much Spanish as you possibly can. I’ve learned more in five weeks, than I have in five years of learning Spanish simply through conversing with people.
DON’T put toilet paper in the toilet!!! There is a basket next to the toilet in most cases. Oaxacan plumbing is very sensitive.
DON’T always assume no one speaks English.
DO realize mosquitos in Oaxaca are DEET resistant. You will get eaten alive, accept it.
DON’T be creeped out by the lack of personal space you will get, it’s a cultural thing.
DO visit the Zocalo.
DON’T be afraid of weird sounding foods like Chapulinas (cricket salsa). Most things end up being delicious.
DO go to Candela on a Thursday night.
DO bring Benadryl because of the previous DO.
DO try Tlyaduas. They will become your favorite thing ever!
DO bring a wide brimmed hat, and actually wear it even if you think it looks dumb.
DO the bike ride to El Tule (Be ware it is 12 miles though)
DO challenge yourself.
DON’T brush your teeth with tap water (always have bottled water nearby).
DO be aware if you’re black, people will stare unabashedly at you, but understand its curiosity not animosity.
DON’T pet the dogs on the street. Although they may be cute, they can be feral.
DO try lychee!
DON’T go to El Central by yourself, ever.
DO make lasting memories and international friendships to last a lifetime.
Megan Francis says
I love this list! It is such a simple and elegant way to describe your experience! Very appreciated!