GARDEN CLUB-EXCURSION TO SANTIAGO QUIOTEPEC

Dear Garden Club Members,

 Our excursion to Santiago Quiotepec was a wonderful event. The official purpose was to see the Echeveria laui in its natural habitat, but to the non-initiated the beautiful scenery and the socializing were the main attractions. Thanks again to Mary and Jim for organizing the event. Maria took beautiful pictures which you can see by clicking the following link:  Maria´s Pictures. Additional information on Santiago Quiotepec can be found in the following website: http://www.santiagoquiotepec.com.mx/.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The meeting is at the home of Pierre Sollier and Jan Gerritsen. Directions are attached. The meeting starts at 11:00 am and will last till 1 pm. The topic is Garden Design and will be introduced by Jan Gerritsen. The talk is based on designing the garden of Pierre and Jan´s new home.

All the best and hope to see you soon,  Jan

“On The Road” to Puerto Escondido with El Jaguar

“On the Road” to Puerto Escondido with El Jaguar

Puerto Escondido on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast has so much to offer so much that trying to list everything would end up being a Travel Guide Books for Tourists. So instead I have photographed the city from every which way including air (on Highway 200). I couldn’t find a ship that docked in Puerto Escondido coming from anywhere but fishing boats and launches did dock at the various beaches I photographed, all within 15 minutes by taxi, car or boat.

Let me tell you about the roads first, as most nearly ANYTHING you will read that was written before February 28th,  2011 will be wrong. From Oaxaca I traveled both ways. First I took highway 175 (196 miles) and returned on Highway 131 (167 miles), yet they both took 6 hours and 15 minutes. The choice here is Freeway with sporadic potholes (Highway 175) or potholes with sporadic freeways and newly paved highway (131). My guess is that Highway 175, when finished will save an hour off your trip. It is under massive construction, including Highway 200 that connects its terminus to Puerto Escondido and on to Acapulco.

Puerto Escondido’s Playa Zicatela is first and foremost a surfer’s paradise. Many people consider it the Third best surfing spot on Earth and First in Mexico. I wouldn’t question that and my photos show you why this is a fact.

By far, Highway 175 has more to offer. You go through Coyotepec, famous for its Black Pottery and Ocotlan, the home of the famous artist Rodolfo Morales, but also the home and workshop of pottery maker Guillermina Aguilar and family. (check out website: <http://www.aboutoaxaca.com/oaxaca/culture.asp>.

But before we start the slideshow, there was one new thing that caught my eye as I traveled just past the outskirts of Oaxaca, a parking lot that said, in English, “Parking, no burros.” Now that’s progress in Oaxaca, where the First and Third worlds do not clash, but meld.

I spent ten days at the Flor de Maria Hotel and Restaurant (Resevations: 582 0536) on the Playa Marinero, conveniently located between the Playas Principal and Zicatela, a short walk to either. The food and service is great, pool, bar and terrace on the third floor, and a beautiful view.

Many photos and information about Puerto Escondido can be seen on my Facebook page at: <http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=669328411&aid=269552>.

Google map of Puerto Escondido: <http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=fr&ie=UTF8&msa=0&ll=15.863631,-97.077212&spn=0.00547,0.009624&z=17&msid=209258235497946604850.000497d72663b5c05707a&gt;.

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There are many other “ON THE ROAD” sites listed in the CategoryAbout Oaxaca.

“ON THE ROAD-HIGHWAY 190 EAST” with El Jaguar

“On the Road” is a series of photos with short commentarys.

El Jaguar-On The Road

The intent will be to give viewers an opportunity to see “Outside” Oaxaca; Teotitlan, Mitla, Monte Alban, the Jaguar Zoo, rug and pottery shops. When it’s near completion I will ad a map of locations showing where to go, the best places to eat and how to get there.  El Jaguar.

Eventually it will cover all the highways, in, out and through Oaxaca City. I have started with Oaxaca State Highway 190 but have added Highway 175 South and Highway 200 as it goes in and out of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.

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ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF OAXACA-Tranitravel

Enjoy the Beauty of Oaxaca

TOURS

VISITAS GUIADAS EN OAXACA

MONTE ALBAN—ATZOMPA

DIARIO / DAILY 10 am Y 3 pm

 MITLA

Diario / Daily 10am y 7 pm

HIERVE EL AGUA – EL TULE – MITLA – TEOTITLAN – MESCAL

See photos of tour minus Hierve  El Agua

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Rugs of Teotitlan by Casa “Vasquez” 951-524-4144

TOUR TODA EL Dia / Full Day 10 am a 7 pm

 MONTE ALBAN – ARRAZOLA – CUILAPAN – COYOTEPEC

Tour Toda el Dia / Full Day 10 am a 7 pm

 TLACOLULA – TULE – TEOTITLAN – MITLA

*Tianguis Jueves / ThursdaY 10 hours

ZAACHILA – CUILAPAM – ARRAZOLA

Tianguis  Hueves / Thursday 10 hours

OCOTLAN – JALIETZA – COYOTEPEC

Tianguis Viernes / Friday 10 hours

 ECOTURISMO TOURS

Tours Sierra Norte

Ixtlan / Cuajimoloyas / Benito Juarez

8:30 hrs.

*Tianguis is Indigenous for market

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Paquetes Turisticos Nacionales e Internacionales

Traslaados al Aeropureto

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