Huautla de Jimenez
Huautla is a remote mountain town in the state of Oaxaca, South Mexico. After an article was published in Life magazine in the late 50´s about the shamanic rituals of the local Mazatec peope, it caused a flood of international drug tourists. Back then, it was far more difficult to reach Huautla, but since a new road was finished in 2009, it now takes a scenic 4.5 hours from nearby Tehuacán (M$77). Nowadays, the hippies and the drug tourists have mostly disappeared, leaving Huautla feeling like a fairly avarage mountain town nestled admist some stunning mountain ranges and valleys. Spanish is widely spoken here, but many of the older indigenous people speak Mazateco only.
From Tehuacán it is around 4.5 hours (M$77). Tehuacán is 3 hours from Oaxaca city (M$206) and 2h for Puebla (M$68). There are collective taxis to move around town. You could always try hitching or simply just walk around. Between the roads there are often small pathways, be careful of dogs.
Huautla is set amongst some beautiful surroundings of the Sierra Norte mountains. The main plaza has a fairlytale-like church that sits in front of a basketball court. Beside this is the market where you can buy fruit, veg or have a bite to eat in any of the cheap eateries serving up tacos, etc. If you are feeling adventourous and your language skills are sufficient, you could always go off and explore the surrounding area by foot. For those geniunely interested in Mazatec rituals who have good language skills and a lot of time to spare, Huautla still feels like a place that could offer some insight, but don´t expect much if you just intend to turn up for a day or two.
There are several options around the centre, generally, rooms start at 150.00 for a single with attached bathroom, T.V, and complimentary soap. The hotels all seem to offer similar facilities for the same price. Shop around to find what´s best for you.
Huautla´s legacy still attracts foreigners interested in the psilocybe mushrooms that grow here during the rainy season. You might well be taken by touts to places to meet a "Shaman" - it is upto you to decide whether real Shaman are interested providing psychedelic tours to tourists. If you have never taken psychoactive mushrooms before, be advised that the vast majority of the psychedelic community would only ever advocate the use and consumption of these extremely powerful psychoactive drugs in surroundings you are familar with, and with a person or people you know, and absolutely trust. Not observing this basic advice often results in extemely unplesant consequences.
Get a AU bus to Tehuacán, and from there you will have many options for onward travel to Puebla or Oaxaca city.