Take a deep breath and enjoy your visit: Oaxaca Postcards

Postcards from Oaxaca = Tarjetas Postales de Oaxaca

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Take a deep breath and enjoy your visit. Write a postcard!

Support the Oaxaca Wiki with the purchase of postcards, tarjetas postales, grußkarten ... you might still be able to find them at stores in Oaxaca City (see below), but the first (and only) edition was published years ago.

Slow Travel and Local Travel

Planeta.com has long touted the motto 'think smart, travel slow' as a means of making the most of engaging, experiential tourism. Slow travel allows visitors to enjoy more than the adrenaline kick of racing through a foreign landscape. Slow travel encourages person-to-person contact and a deeper appreciation of people and place. It allows experiences that can be enjoyed rather than running from one destination to another without savoring the journey. If you are seeking experiential tourism, use common sense ... heck, use all of your senses.


Srute nain (Very beautiful)
- Aurora Bazan, Teotitlán del Valle

Translating: Take a breath and enjoy your visit

Spanish: Tome un respiro y disfruta tu estancia

Amate Books
Alcalá #307
Artesanias Teresita
Murgia #100B (at the corner of Alcalá)
Margarita Maza #414
Casa Arnel
Aldama #404
Grupo Lula'a
Calzada Heroes de Chapultepec #801
Morelos #511
Jarcieria El Arte Oaxaqueño
Mina #317
La Cabaña del Llano
Llano Park
Museo Rufino Tamayo
Morelos #503
Hidalgo #104-C
Ayuuk Store, La Cosecha

Tarjetas Postales
Viva slow travel! In an age of email and twitter, postcards are a terrific souvenir of a trip and a reminder of people and places worth remembering.

To raise awareness of the extensive cultural and biological diversity in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ron Mader has created a series of eight postcards with local graphics design company Despacharte. Each postcard includes Ron's original photo, a bilingual English-Spanish caption and a classic Mexican proverb.
Viva slow travel! En una época de correo electrónico y twitter, tarjetas postales son un excelente recuerdo de un viaje y un recordatorio de personas y lugares que vale la pena recordar.

Para aumentar la conciencia de la diversidad cultural y biológica extensa en Oaxaca, México, Ron Mader ha creado una serie de ocho tarjetas postales con una compañía local de diseño - Despacharte. Cada tarjeta incluye una foto original de Ron, una descripción bilingüe Inglés-Español y un proverbio clásico mexicano.
Viva langsame Reisen! Im Zeitalter des E-Mails und des Twitter, sind Postkarten ein tolles Andenken an eine Reise und eine Erinnerung an Menschen und die Orte nicht vergessen zu werden.

Um die umfassende kulturelle und biologische Vielfalt in Oaxaca, Mexiko Bewust zu machen, hat Ron Mader eine Serie von acht Postkarten mit der Grafik-Design-Firma Despacharte erstellt. Jede Postkarte enthält ein Foto das Ron machte, eine zweisprachige Englisch-Spanische Beschriftung und einem klassisches mexikanischesn Sprichwort.

Stamp Facts

As of July 2013, the cost to mail a postcard from Oaxaca to elsewhere in Mexico is 7 pesos, to the United States is 11.50 pesos, to Europe 13.50 pesos, to Australia 15 pesos.

2013 Calendar

Tarjetas postales de Oaxaca (2013 Calendar)
Postcards from Oaxaca (2013 Calendar)


Ron can integrate the postcards into events, including talks about Oaxaca, slow travel and world crafts.

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Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.
The devil knows more because he is old rather than because he is a devil.
Santa Catarina Lachatao, Oaxaca - Window view from abandoned schoolhouse

Santa Catarina Lachatao, Oaxaca - Vista de la ventana de una escuela abandonada
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De la vista nace el amor.
Love grows from sight.
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca - Workshop of Josefina Méndez López and Porfirio Hernández Alavez, Calle Guerrero

Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca - Taller de Josefina Méndez López y Porfirio Hernández Alavez, Calle Guerrero
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Cada cabeza es un mundo.
To each his own.
Oaxaca, México - crystallized fruit candy made by Enrique Matadamas
Oaxaca, México - Dulces cristilizadas hecho por Enrique Matadamas
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Más vale paso que dure, que trote que canse.
A steady step is better than a trot that tires.
Oaxaca, México - Arte Ayuuk sells handmade ceramics from the Ayuuk region. In the local language, the pots are called 'yakxtö'ts' used to cook food under a comal.

Oaxaca, México - Arte Ayuuk vende ceramica de la region Ayuuk de Oaxaca. En el idoma local, las ollas atravezadas estan llamadas yakx to'ots y usadas para cocinar comida bajo la comal.
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El muerto a pozo y el vivo al gozo. El muerto a la sepultura y el vivo a la travesura.
The dead to the grave, the living to pleasure.
Oaxaca, México - Marigolds

Oaxaca, México - Cempasúchil
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A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.
God helps those who rise early.
Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca - Angel
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El que busca encuentra.
One finds what one looks for.
Oaxaca de Juárez, México - Shopping bags for sale at the Benito Juárez Market

Oaxaca de Juárez, México - Bolsas de plástico en venta en el Mercado Benito Juárez
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Entre faros no hay competidores.
There is no competition among lighthouses.
Oaxaca de Juárez, México - Virgen of Guadalupe Display made by Boris 'Spider'

Oaxaca de Juárez, México - Virgen of Guadalupe Display hecho por Boris 'Spider'

Toma un respiro y disfruta tu estancia: Tarjetas Postales de Oaxaca




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Technical question

Does anyone sell biodegradable bags, around 11cm x 21cm in size?

Working Notes

November 12 - Día del Cartero (Post Office Worker's Day)

March 2010 - Amate Books have re-stocked!

September 2009 - The postcards are for sale at Casa Arnel

August 2009 - Packaging the postcards for sale at future events.

July 2009 - The postcards are for sale from the Mendoza Family on Alcala Street during Guelaguetza. Photo

March 2009 - I have found resealable plastic bags that can be used to sell packages of the postcards. Now if I can find the bags in biodegradable plastic!

September 2008 - The cards are now available at Hotel Las Bugambilias.

July 2008 - The cards are out. Despacharte did a great job with printing ... Handing out a choice of cards at the Sanchez Pascuas Market, venders chose the Guadalaupe postcard about 80% of the time ... The only criticisms of the cards are that the descriptions could be longer on a few of the cards ... Also, the cards do not identify the photographer (Ron Mader). Oops! ... Looking for good ways to display the cards. Working with artisans to prepare some ceramic and pine needle displays ... The postcards will be sent to sponsors of Oaxaca Amigos.


Postcards from Oaxaca on Flickr
Lessons from Mexico

Social Web

All of the photos chosen for the postcard series are already visible on Flickr, one of the web's premiere photography websites. Ron Mader's photos have been viewed more than 500,000 times.

One of the inspirations for the Oaxaca postcard series are notecards featuring the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, photographed by Tom Walter. Manaki Whenua, Manaki Tangata, Haere whakamua (Care for the land. Care for people. Go forward) is one of the best examples of inspired travel photography and a great introduction to the country of New Zealand.

Pídele tu postal en su paso

Postcards from Oaxaca
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