Experiencing the Real Life in Rural Villages

oaxacaCultural tourism has developed as the kind of tourism which allows integration of travelers with the locals. The goal is to allow tourists to explore the destinations in a more authentic manner – as if they were living with the locals.

Mexico is one of the countries where cultural tourism is promoted. The rural villages close to Oaxaca are teaming with tour buses which carry tourists and show them the traditional life of the locals.

It’s not hard to plan such a tour as part of your vacation in Mexico. First you need to look for cheap airfare to Oaxaca and book your ticket. Then search the many hotels in Mexico and choose the right one for you.

There are many indigenous villages in the area. So there are plenty of opportunities to see the real life in those places. If you do choose an organized tour, you are probably going to be left with a sour taste, noticing that western-like facilities are available for the tourists but the locals never seem to need them or use them.

But if you really want to see the real life of the locals, avoid the tourist trails and talk to someone living in the area and ask them to be your guide. Spend time in the villages where you cannot see any trace of western-like facilities or tour buses. And if you do want to buy a souvenir, just ask the locals for something interesting. Arts and crafts are present all over the area and you’ll be delighted to get something original which wasn’t created for tourist purposes.

Cultural tourism is not a bad idea. However, if you’ve already experienced the rural life with the “touristy” additions, you cannot help but wonder whether this type of tourism is helping the locals. Looking from the outside, they seem to be living in a well organized museum rather than in their natural habitat.