I am writing this with a spot of mole on my glasses as I cook up a pot of my new favorite dish for friends. Oaxaca surprised us with its ability to transition us from big city bustle to wet pine forests with wild mushrooms and silent trails to the heat of its isolated beaches monitored by black iguanas.
I was dizzy. I was in pain. And a black haze was seeping into my vision.
The morning beforehand had been perfect. I had woken to the hot, salty Oaxacan air, excited to be in the water again. The sunbaked sand, warm ocean water, and iguanas inhabiting rocky ledges were a perfect, calming way to end a two-week long trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Our car rental in Oaxaca was mostly awesome. It enabled these adventures: being the first ones to arrive for sunrise at Monte Alban, seeing two-day old puppies during a mountain pull-over, beach hopping from Puerto Angel to the nudist beach at Zipolite, and delicious roadside snacks of coconut and Mezcal.
Your vacation is planned and you can’t wait to start the adventure. Then…disaster strikes: hurricane, flooding, earthquake. What do you do? Cancel? Delay? Switch to an unaffected destination? Don’t change your plans. Revise them. If you were planning on a beach vacation maybe half of it could be on a towel with sand in your toes and the other half could be with a pair of sturdy gloves and a shovel.
When travelling with kids, there are dimensions beyond standard guidebook activities that can make a place GREAT for kids. Here are four factors beyond the “things-to-do” that made the Oaxaca region engaging and interesting for our kid companions…