We took a taxi to the airport. Because it was not an official "airport taxi", the driver had to let us off outside the airport gate. He said he faced a $4000 peso fine if he entered the airport.
When we got to the airport, there was a large prop-jet being loaded by 4 armored cars next to our plane. Armed guards stood by the plane until it taxied away shortly before we did.
I filed a VFR flight plan to Oaxaca. For the first portion of the trip we were stuck beneath an overcast until we could find a way through. We then climbed to our cruising altitude of 11,500'. With a tail wind we made good time to Oaxaca. We flew past Pico de Orizaba at 11,500 then climbed to 12,500 to fly over the mountains rather than through the valley for the remainder of the trip. We were surprised at how populated the mountains were except for one area. I took many photos.
On the ground at Oaxaca I tied down the plane. The tiedowns were spaced far apart and there was no tiedown for the tail. I refueled the Arrow. They didn't want to accept a credit card so I paid in pesos.
Next is Valley of Oaxaca