An eco-friendly hotel stay in Oaxaca City, Mexico

Whenever  I’m looking for a place to study Spanish for a few weeks and need a safe, quiet and reasonably-priced place to stay that’s kind to the planet, my first choice is Las Mariposas in Oaxaca City. This centrally-located B & B offers studio apartments and is a great spot to escape for a few weeks, take cooking lessons, study Spanish and take in some  films, the art or action in the zocolo. It is very near the popular language school Academia Vinigúlaza.

Street mural in Oaxaca City

Street mural in Oaxaca City

The markets (held different days of the week in various towns in the valleys) offer the opportunity to explore unexcavated Zapotec pyramids or sample local specialties such as Oaxacan cheese, empanadas and BBQ goat.

Benito Juarez Park also known as El Llano

Benito Juarez Park also known as El Llano

Great places to eat nearby  Las Mariposas include the garden patio at Marco Polo Restaurant, 806 Pino Suarez, for brunch or a seafood lunch or La Olla, for authentic Oaxacan food.

Request a room at the back of Las Mariposas expansive gardens and you’ll have a quiet patio, wireless internet and often a fridge.   All for 550 pesos a night ( under $50) in the high season  including a continental breakfast.

The hotel is one of the few hotels in Oaxaca offering earth-friendly, environmentally-sustainable services and products such as organic coffee, biodegradable laundry soap, recycling, composting and low-energy LED lighting.

If You Go

Tel. +52 (951) 515 5854
U.S.A./Canada Toll Free: 1-619-793-5121

Las Mariposas website

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