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Travel Websites — Oaxaca


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There are a lot of websites with travel advice and information on Oaxaca and México. A few are serious efforts; most are not. All of them, even the serious ones, have shortcomings in content or lay out or both. This is one of the reasons this website was developed, to put online a complete guide to travel in Oaxaca optimized to make the most of what the web has to offer for presentation of information. 1

We're always interested in finding new websites with information on Oaxaca and México. If you come across a one worthy of listing, email us the link at editor@oaxacanotes.com. All the websites listed are recommended; most come with qualification.

Oaxaca

www.aoaxaca.com

Produced by the Secretary of Tourism of the State of Oaxaca in English and Spanish, this website gives a good overview, along with an abundance of facts, of all the important sights, handicrafts, events, and regions of the state.

www.oaxacacalendar.com

Calendar of recurring and upcoming events, sights, and galleries in Oaxaca kept current by Margaret Barclay.

México

www.vivatravelguides.com

V!VA is a free web-based travel guide to Latin America. Because their focus is all of Latin America, the task of covering all destinations of interest to travelers is immense. Consequently, overall coverage is spotty.

In the section on México, some interesting destinations are well-covered, while others are barely mentioned, if at all. Oaxaca, unfortunately, is one of the less well-covered. Nevertheless, this website is the most serious attempt we've come across at a web-based travel guide to México. And the good news is, coverage appears to be constantly growing; every time we visit the site, we find new destinations and listings.

To help with the site's evolution, they've embraced the Web 2.0 model of allowing users to add content. Any aspiring travel writer can create an account, add content, and get attribution for it. This has obvious advantages and disadvantages. Undoubtedly, it has helped expand coverage quicker than it would have otherwise. The results, however, are mixed. While some of the travel advice and writing is top-notch, other is lacking.

All that said, we wholeheartedly endorse this guide and its aim of creating a free web-based travel guide to Mexico and the rest of Latin America.

www.mexperience.com

A well laid out website for traveler advice and information to México. The travel essentials section, in particular, is extensive and the advice dispensed first-rate. In most of the other sections, the content is meager. Be especially wary of the hotels and restaurants sections; there are lots of listing, but only a smattering of actual reviews. The hotel section appears to be little more than a portal to one of the online booking websites, which one is not clear. In their defense, they do seem to be adding a few reviewed listings for hotels and restaurants, although so far not many of them.

www.planeta.com

This site has lots of valuable information on socially responsible travel and ecotourism in México as well as other places in the Americas and the rest of world . It is unfortunate then that it is so poorly organized and hard to navigate. Still, if these are of interest, it's worth the effort of slogging through the site.

Travel Guidebooks Online

The Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Moon, and Let's Go guidebooks have put some or all of their content online for free. Every one of these efforts is disappointing. In each case, the content appears to be offered as a teaser to sell their guidebooks, not as travel information optimized for the web so readers can access it quickly. Still, being able to review significant portions of a guidebook is useful in helping to decide whether it is worth buying. Also, many old editions of travel guidebooks are online at Google books (books.google.com) and can be previewed.

www.lonelyplanet.com

Lonely Planet appears to have put all the listings for hotels, restaurants, sights, shopping, and entertainment and significant portions of the background information online from the travel guides to Mexico and Mexico City. The two best hard copy travel guides to México and México City.

www.moon.com

Moon appears to have put all of their listings for hotels, restaurants, sights, shopping, and entertainment and significant portions of the background information online from the Moon Handbook Oaxaca. By far, this is the best hard copy travel guide to Oaxaca.

www.roughguides.com

Recently, Rough Guides had 100% of The Rough Guide to Mexico online. Now, it appears a lot of the guide has been pulled off the website. What remains is some background travel information and all the listings appear to still be there.

www.letsgo.com
Let's Go seems to have put most of the Let's Go Mexico travel guidebook online.

www.peoplesguide.com

Sprawling companion website to the book People's Guide to Mexico. The website's content nicely augments the book with additional information by the book's authors and other contributors.

General Travel Websites


www.worldhum.com
www.gonomad.com

1 The other reason is the common sight of travelers lugging around the one thousand plus page copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to México. Now, there's nothing wrong with the Lonely Planet guide. In fact, it's probably the best hard copy guidebook to México. It's just that there has to be a better way of packaging and presenting information to travelers than having them lug around a one-and-a-half-pound brick everywhere they go.
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