Private Guides — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
Private guides can be useful for travelers with limited or no Spanish, especially when venturing off the well-trodden tourist paths or wanting a lot of flexibility in itineraries , which tours normally do not allow. They usually charge more than tours. The costs, however, can be shared among several travelers. When discussing price, which is usually by the hour, make sure it includes the cost of transportation.
There are a lot of guides in Oaxaca. The ones listed here come recommended by other travelers and speak good English. Like with tours, ask around. Try talking to other travelers, asking at the front desk, checking with the Spanish language school, or visiting the tourist information office.
Juan Montes Lara Prol. de Eucaliptos 303 Colonia Reforma 951-515-7731 firstname.lastname@example.org One of the most highly regarded guides in Oaxaca. He's fluent in English, has a broad knowledge of the local history and culture, and provides transportation. The best way to contact him is by email.
Sebastián Chino Peña email@example.com cell (044) 951-508-1220 Also comes highly recommended. He speaks excellent English and will guide and provide transportation to anywhere in the city or the valleys. The best way to contact him is by email.