You will not find places like San Antonio Lalana, San Sebastián Coatlán or San Baltazar Loxicha in any guides to Oaxaca or even on Google maps. They are not famous for their crafts or colonial or pre-Columbian architecture. They are simply rural communities buried deep within the mountains of the Southern Sierra Madre.
But starting in 2015, when they are only 30 minutes from Puerto on the super highway to Oaxaca — instead of 4 or 5 hours over dirt roads — they may become destinations for day trippers seeking respite from the heat of the coast. What the region lacks (but for how long?) in amenities like restaurants and hotels it more than makes up for in its natural beauty.
In this issue we explore San Antonio Lalana and its relationship with the highway being built through it. Closer to home, we also visit La Barra de Colotepec, and Sue Repanellis gives good advice for anyone thinking about starting a business in Puerto.
Barbara Joan Schaffer
Editor and Publisher
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