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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475143273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475143270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In addition to co-authoring Viva Oaxaca, Robert Adler is the author of hundreds of popular articles about scientific and medical advances, as well as three books—Sharing the Children, Science Firsts, and Medical Firsts. Science Firsts and Medical Firsts have been translated into several languages. He and his wife, Jo Ann Wexler, are dedicated travelers, with Oaxaca being their favorite destination. They’ve spent the past many years in and around Oaxaca, giving them the insider’s knowledge of Oaxaca that they share in Viva Oaxaca. Co-author Jo Ann Wexler spent many years as a public-sector human resources director, and is an avid and experienced world traveler. She has been visiting Mexico since she was a child, speaks fluent Spanish and French, and has a talent for making lasting friendships wherever she goes. She also has a deep interest in folk art and crafts, which are among Oaxaca’s many attractions. She and Robert share their in-depth knowledge of everything Oaxaca has to offer with the readers of Viva Oaxaca.

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Robert Adler was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, studied physics and mathematics at the University of New Mexico, and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. During his career as a clinical psychologist he researched and wrote Sharing the Children, a book aimed at helping divorced or divorcing parents resolve their conflicts and work out child-rearing plans that protect their children. Since completing the science journalism program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he has worked as a freelance science and technology writer. He has written many science and technology news stories, profiles, and features for New Scientist, Nature, Astronomy, ScienceNow, the San Jose Mercury News, the Boston Globe and other print and online publications. He has also written two books published by John Wiley & Sons, Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation, and Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome. These books trace the history of science and medicine through the stories of some of the greatest researchers and their discoveries. With his wife, Jo Ann Wexler, he writes and continually updates Viva Oaxaca: An Insiders Guide to Oaxaca's Charms, which has become a leading guidebook to that Mexican destination.

Customer Reviews

The information we used was all up-to-date and the tips were excellent.
Tamlane
So to finish I can only repeat: You need this book - It is small but has everything you need and who wants a fat book anyway - if you are planning on going to Oaxaca.
carlos quernes
We've used Viva Oaxaca on several trips and found it to be most accurate and helpful.
Douglas Eads

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Miller on July 3, 2011
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This small but concise and delightfully written guide provides a trove of information about Oaxaca. Like other travel guides it guides you to the best places to dine and stay (at various price ranges), excellent suggestions on what to see and when, and the times of year when Oaxaca's most interesting religious and cultural events take place.

What really sold me on this guide was the very personal approach the authors take to their readers. It is clear that they have not only scoped out the variety of places and events they recommend, but that they have talked to and in many cases come to know the dozens of artists, chefs, hotel owners, guides, etc. that they introduce you to. You will come away not only with why you should go to a certain place or event, but the depth of what you can get out of it and who you can talk to in order to get the most out of it.

The authors also provide the reader with a discussion of some of the cautions one should keep in mind when visiting any place in Mexico, although they also explain that Oaxaca has not experienced the kind of drug related violence that makes for frightening headlines. They provide some historical and political background, alert you that you undertake any political activities at your own risk, place Oaxaca in the context of Mexico's problems (yes, it is a poor state, but tourists do not face the level of danger they would in notorious border towns), discuss the safety of food from vendors on the streets, and they even (after some thought on the subject) list a few places they do not recommend, such as over-rated restaurants. The authors point out that they base their recommendations on up-to-date personal experience, allowing them to give readers unbiased advice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary E. Goelitz on September 14, 2011
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This guide provides the most up-to-date information about Oaxaca and surrounding areas, and is essential reading for those not familiar with Oaxaca. The guide introduces travelers to Oaxaca in a very effective way and enables them to get the most out of the trip. I found the guide to be invaluable in my trip to Oaxaca. I read it through and made a note of everything we might want to visit - all the main sights, all the galleries, the shops, and also found quite a few things I didn't know about. Buy this book even if you think you know Oaxaca, because you're bound to find something you haven't discovered before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Eads on July 8, 2011
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We've used Viva Oaxaca on several trips and found it to be most accurate and helpful. It's obvious that the authors have personally experienced what they write about. The restaurant guide by itself is more than worth the price, but there is much more that I think saved us a lot of trial and error effort. Oaxaca is a comfortable and fascinating place. It should be on your list of places to visit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carlos quernes on December 13, 2011
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As everyone in their reviews here says, this is the book you need in oaxaca. It was written by some friends who have lived here in Oaxaca for years, know everyone, and have been everywhere. Also they are nice people. Finally Juana (Jo Ann's name down here.)works in the Oaxaca Lending Library on Tues mornings. The library is full of expats, doing the things expats do (selling tickets to christmas dinners, etc.) And dont forget Beto. He is around as well, often in the Zocalo having coffee. So to finish I can only repeat: You need this book - It is small but has everything you need and who wants a fat book anyway - if you are planning on going to Oaxaca. Or are already there.

P.S. The only thing it really needs are the local bus maps and you can buy them in the library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Guy Pocklington on December 19, 2012
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Viva Oaxaca has a great deal of information that you will not find in Lonely Planet and other travel guides. It includes restaurants and activities that most gringos would never find out about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Lindstedt on February 8, 2014
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Not the fault of the writer but some of the restaurants were non existent. I appreciated the approval of Mariposa Hotel. Theresa was very helpful and helped us in directions to the proper bus and making flight reservations
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2014
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I truly admire the entrepreneurial spirit of the authors of this book, but this is not the book for me.

They overly focus on restaurants, shopping and dentists, while under-focusing on bars, things to do, and useful details, especially for those of us without a car.

After 3 weeks staying in central Oaxaca, I still don't know how far away Colonia Reforma is (or why I would ever go there except for maybe one special corn restaurant).

I hope the authors take my feedback into account and can appeal to a wider audience with the following tips:
* Have a bar section in your book
* Have consistent details for every museum/church (including price, hours, and location). There really aren't that many, and they all deserve a paragraph of their own.
* Have specific, consistent details as to how to get to each out of town location without a car (or with a car) as well as how much it will cost and how long it will take
* When giving addresses always reference cross-streets and/or general location
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. McCourt on December 12, 2013
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Kindle edition is terrible. There is no easy way to find your way back to a certain page. So it's just a jumbled mess. I would never again buy a travel book on Kindle. It's better to have the paper copy that you can flip through quickly and easily and bookmark, etc.
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