In the middle of my Spanish studies in Oaxaca, we planned an informal field trip to the mountains. We stayed two nights in San Jose de Pacifico - a small quiet mountain village three hours from the city between Oaxaca and the Pacific Coast.
At over 8,000 feet, it doesn’t take much to feel short of breath. San Jose is a common stop for musicians and artists traveling between the beach and the interior of Oaxaca.
We stayed at Casa de Catalina, a slightly crazy but magical hostel. Run by a South Korean, Nam who speaks fluent Spanish with a strong Korean accent, he has been living in and working in this remote area for two years. While we never chatted about it, I still wonder how he ended up there. It was extremely casual:
- All guests pay 50 pesos regardless of where or how they sleep. We slept three girls to one bed, which was actually great since it gets quite cold at night.
- Food (amongst other things) is prepared and then shared freely amongst guests
With only three or four restaurants and an equal number of stores, there isn’t much to see or do in the town itself. What San Jose de Pacifico does have tho, is an extremely relaxed atmosphere, and perhaps the most brilliant sunsets I have ever witnessed.