Viva Oaxaca is the guidebook that we wish had been available before our first trip to Oaxaca. It’s the perfect guide for first-time visitors, and it offers in-depth information for repeat visitors as well. We started Viva Oaxaca as a short introduction to Oaxaca and nearby attractions. It’s grown over the years into 100-plus pages that include just about everything helpful and interesting that we’ve learned during our nine years there. We feel that it provides visitors with the most useful, insightful and up-to-date information available anywhere about the city of Oaxaca and its surroundings. The guidebook offers travelers detailed information about when it’s best to visit Oaxaca, how to get there and get around, and describes hundreds of attractions from magnificent Monte Alban to where to taste mezcal. It also lists and reviews what we consider to be the best places to stay, eat, snack, and shop, the best Spanish schools and tutors, the most enjoyable cooking and dance classes, the best guides and English-speaking doctors, plus dozens of other helpful tips. We know that travelers want to make the most of every minute of their time. Viva Oaxaca provides clear descriptions and reliable recommendations that let visitors find exactly the hotels and B&Bs, restaurants and cafes, and destinations and activities that suit them best. We want to make sure that readers of our guidebook don’t waste an hour at a boring event or an evening at a disappointing restaurant. One thing that sets Viva Oaxaca apart from many guidebooks, websites and other sources of travel advice is that we don’t accept ads, favors, or promotions of any kind. As a result, we’re free to provide accurate and unbiased recommendations based on our own firsthand experience and research. Viva Oaxaca includes everything a traveler needs to explore and enjoy this beautiful and magical place.