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Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

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Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

Hola a todos!

My husband and I, and our two children (ages 6 & 8) are planning on staying in Mexico for 5 weeks this summer. Our goal is to learn more about Mexican history and culture while simultaneously immersing our kids in Spanish.

We thought we were headed for Cuernavaca but the more I read about other cities/towns, the more charming they seem.

Which of the aforementioned cities would you recommend?

Our first concern is safety and traveling with our little gringos...which city is safest? Also, what is the best/ cheapest way to rent a house for 5 weeks? Air b&b? Other suggestions?

Thank you for your suggestions and comments!

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1. Re: Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

Check vbro.com also. Vacation rentals to go. I just checked for Oaxaca and there were a number of places listed. I can´t speak for the other cities you mentioned but I loved Oaxaca and all the things there are to do there. It seemed very safe and the food was delicious. And, if you wanted a beach weekend or more you could always head over (by plane or bus) to Huatulco.

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3. Re: Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

I've been to three of the four places (Cuernavaca, Taxco, Puebla).

Agree that Taxco is more of a weekend or several day trip.

I was not a huge fan of Cuernavaca -- I found the centro to be traffic congested..

I like Puebla very much.

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4. Re: Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

Thank you for your replies! We're thinking of spending a few days in Mexico City, then perhaps a few in Puebla and then three weeks to a month possibly in Oaxaca.

Edited: 15 April 2017, 10:13
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5. Re: Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

Coming from someone who's spent more than a month in Oaxaca city in total, I think you'll be happy with that choice. The only change I might suggest would be, maybe a bit more time in Mexico City and Puebla. But of the three, Oaxaca is my favourite.

Especially if the protest camp is finally gone from the Zocalo, which I gather it is.

(No opinion on Cuernavaca or Taxco because I haven't been.)

Edited: 16 April 2017, 00:20
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6. Re: Cuernavaca, Oaxaca, Taxco, or Puebla?

In Cuernavaca you will find the best Spanish Language Schools, check on the TA's reputation of ASLI-Spanish Language Institute.

Also Cuernavaca is well located just 1 hrs from Mexico city where you can spend one or two weekened or join excursions organized by travel companies.

Also one of the weekends you may be able to vist Puebla.

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