Mexico City to Oaxaca

Oaxaca Travel Blog

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We headed downstairs and waited for our shuttle to arrive. With no idea what to expect, we hoped it would be a minibus with plenty of space for luggage and nicely airconditioned. We weren't disappointed. 25 minutes after it was due to arrive, the shuttle pulled up. It was a 11 seater minibus with lots of legroom and with air conditioning.

We soon set off on our long journey through the Mexican countryside. The cityscape melted away into the green hills and valleys of the countryside. We left the state of Mexico and entered Puebla. We took a break at a rest stop and had some lunch. Fab ordered a torta, which is a warm sandwich filled with ham, cheese and salad, and I ordered pancakes which came with a butterscotch sauce.

As we had an hour there, we also ordered the choriquesilla, (a chorizo and cheese mixture eaten in a tortilla) which we had seen the driver eating. Sadly, my Spanish let me down and I ended up ordering the wrong type - with mushrooms instead of chorizo, which was disappointing. To add insult, the other people on the shuttle (a group of 9 Belgians) asked the driver if they could leave early, so 40 minutes into our break we had to leave, meaning we rushed the food and didn't enjoy what we had anyway.

We left Puebla and entered the state of Oaxaca, where we climbed high into the mountains. We drove through the Sierra Negra which reaches altitudes of 4000m, and the views were stunning. The clouds came down over us and then lifted and nestled over the dark mountaintops like vanilla frosting on a chocolate cake.

After a very tiring journey, we reached Oaxaca city where we were dropped off at our hostel. The owners were so nice and friendly and they had a gorgeous grey cat with blue eyes that was very affectionate. We were shown to our room, which had a huge comfortable bed, ceiling fan, and a nice big clean bathroom.

To be continued...
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