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Hello Everybody!
My wife and I decided to liquidate our life here in Arizona... Grab our 5 month old son and take a year long "vacation" in Oaxaca.

Would anyone currently living there be able to point me towards a decent long term apartment? I only find vacation fancy stuff online, just looking for a basic apartment for us to start our journey in.

Also, any communities/clubs around with some English speaking people?

She is a tattoo artist (bringing her tattoo stuff), yoga instructor, musician

I am an engineer / builder / mechanic

Both in mid 30s

We are coming with skills and wills to become a part of the local community!

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You likely will not find economical long term rentals online. Instead, consider finding a short term rental, a few weeks, in an AirBnB or hotel. Then spend that time looking for a longer term rental. Lots of rentals are only advertised with a sign and phone number on the building. So looking around the neighborhood where you would like to live, and talking to people in a local corner store will lead to less expensive units.

It will have the added advantage that you can see what you are renting for a year before committing to it.

Finally, you mention coming with skills. If that implies that you expect to work during your vacation year, you might need to rethink it. Tourists are not allowed to work. Temporary residents need permission to work.

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Welcome to the forum.

You likely will not find economical long term rentals online. Instead, consider finding a short term rental, a few weeks, in an AirBnB or hotel. Then spend that time looking for a longer term rental. Lots of rentals are only advertised with a sign and phone number on the building. So looking around the neighborhood where you would like to live, and talking to people in a local corner store will lead to less expensive units.

It will have the added advantage that you can see what you are renting for a year before committing to it.

Finally, you mention coming with skills. If that implies that you expect to work during your vacation year, you might need to rethink it. Tourists are not allowed to work. Temporary residents need permission to work.

Good luck.
We will be getting our temporary residence papers soon as we can. And for the first couple of months we are strictly tourists 🙂

And i kind of figured that was going to be the deal. I told my wife we are just going to drive down there and see what happens lol

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Oh and i did not mean for skills and wills for jobs... But if someone wants a tattoo, then needs a singer to celebrate, and decided to do some yoga to exercise... And then all of a sudden the electric pops and the living room wall collapses.... We would be a good couple to have around.

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For someone with an interest in construction, Mexico is a fascinating place to live. The construction and utility practices are very different. I bought a house that is over 100 years old. After 10 years, I am still learning new things about the water and sewer system. I rewired the whole house from the meter a few years ago, no permit nor inspections required. Learning to work with adobe has also been a learning experience.
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Tundragreen has given good advice about working in Mexico. It does require a proper residence visa and permission. Even those with Residente Permanente visas will have to notify INM officials of their work and the location.
By the way, on a cultural note; a tattoo in the Mexican community can make finding a job much more difficult. I cannot remember ever seeing a Mexican with a tattoo in my 13 years living in Jalisco.
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We will be getting our temporary residence papers soon as we can. And for the first couple of months we are strictly tourists 🙂

And i kind of figured that was going to be the deal. I told my wife we are just going to drive down there and see what happens lol
: You will need to start the application for temporary residence while you are in the USA. You can do that by visiting the Mexican Consulate near you. It will probably take a minimum of two trips and with Covid-19 could take up to 2 months two schedule the visits. You also have to meet minimum monthly income standards to qualify.
Not sure if you knew this.
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So what happens if I come as a tourist, and decide to stay? Is there no proccess i can undergo? The website says up to 6 months no temp residence card is needed. Ive seen numerous expat posts and videos, one lady came on vacation and has been in oaxaca for like 6 years now.

And i do find it hard to believe that there is absolutely no tattoo culture... Body art is one of the oldest forms of art. I understand that people may get them on parts that are covered, i think "acceptance in the workplace" was an american movement.

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Things changed in 2012. Now, you must apply, and meet the requirements, at a Mexican Consulate in your home country. If approved, you will have a time limit to enter Mexico, and a time limit to complete the visa processing at the nearest INM office to your Mexican residence, with proof of address, etc. It is a very formal process, and you must appear multiple times during the process. There are fees.
If you enter Mexico as a tourist, you can get up to 180 days, for you and your car; not a minute longer. You must leave Mexico, with the car, before that permit expires. You cannot "just go, and see what happens".
You may find other things "hard to believe" in any foreign culture. You may also discover that there are other cultural taboos that you should be aware of, and avoid violating. Some are just interesting, while others can be quite serious. enforcement is a "neighborhood thing" for the serious ones. Minor transgressions may never be mentioned to you, but will affect your relationships.
Now, I do recall one guy with tattoos, who had been deported back to Mexico from the USA, where he had obtained the "body art" and the habit of selling street drugs. He lasted a few weeks and community disapproval caused him to vanish suddenly; never to be heard from again. No discussion, either.
There is an advantage to doing lots of reading, and other "homework", before considering moving abroad, no matter the country. All cultures are fascinating, and none are without surprises.


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Hmm - I don't recall seeing many tattoos - but one which stands out was a small scorpion on the on the neck/shoulder of a 'cute' real estate agent who showed us properties years ago. Last year when we were thinking of listing our house I could not remember her name, but I asked for the girl with the scorpion tattoo and they knew exactly who I was looking for.

In this, the time of covid, I have read (on a local site) that INM is making exceptions and extending tourist visa beyond the 180 day limit - at INM offices within Mexico. They are not making it easy, nor cheap. People were complaining...

Here is a link to some info : https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/cor...-an-extension/

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