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Trekking In Oaxaca
Oaxaca is known among adventurous travelers to be a destination of intense cultural activity and indigenous traditions that bring to life the history of
intricate weaving, hand-crafted pottery, unique cuisine and stunning styles of dress. What many don’t realize is that Oaxaca has maintained these traditions in part by the difficulty of the mountainous terrain that discouraged conquering indigenous tribes and Europeans alike, leaving communities much as they were found hundreds of years ago. This terrain is where we today find the interplay of incredible natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and an up-close look into the world of traditional rural life in the Oaxacan Sierras.
On this program, you will trek through the Oaxacan Sierras. In an effort to bring revenue to their communities without disrupting their way of life, these communities have created a rustic tour destination by linking their small towns by trails lined with traditional and medicinal plants, maintained by the community members, and guided by locals. Your local guide is well-versed in the medicinal properties of the plants and the history of the region, and will often hand you leaves and flowers to taste as you trek into the mountains. In each town, there are rustic cabins that offer staggering views of the steep cliffs, and hammocks to swing in as the sun goes down after a long day of hiking. Local villagers take turns providing meals either in the guest cabin’s kitchen or in their own homes; you will see the pride the community members take in the cleanliness, comfort, and natural beauty their guests experience.
Below you will find a sample itinerary, but like all Crooked Trails trips, this is 100% customizable. Once you’ve decided that Oaxaca is where you can envision yourself, we will work with you to design the trip around your personal preferences and interests, timeframe, budget, and physical fitness level. With 42 trails and options for hiking, biking or horseback riding, the options are virtually endless. Our partner communities will sometimes have service opportunities, such as reforestation, trail maintenance, and community health projects, that you can opt to take part in. From mezcal to medicinal plants, let your fascination guide you; we offer many unique custom experiences to make the experience all your own.
Optional extensions include a visit to the rugged Oaxacan coast, shorter day trips to explore the rich local traditions of textiles and pottery, market tours and cooking classes, and much more.
ARRIVE OAXACA CITY
Welcome to Oaxaca City, Mexico! Make your way through the airport and grab a taxi to your hotel. You will have the evening free to explore and grab some dinner.
EXPLORING OAXACA CITY
Your trip will begin in the heart of the city of Oaxaca. As one of the most captivating cities in Mexico, Oaxaca City has simultaneously maintained its rich cultural traditions and architecture while creating some of the most sophisticated and sought-after art and cuisine in the world. Tuck into any art gallery along the way to learn about Oaxacan art history, visit the traditional marketplace of 20th de Noviembre, and treat yourself to a mezcal tasting at one of the many bars and restaurants that specialize in traditional cuisines.
TREKKING IN OAXACAN SIERRAS
After breakfast in the hotel, your trip to the Sierras begins. Your guide will arrive to transport you the hour and a half to your first destination.
The Oaxacan Sierras are proud to host some of the cleanest communities in the country, thanks to the ecological dedication of its people. Your first day of hiking will be an opportunity to breath fresh mountain air and acclimate to your surroundings, with spectacular views and microclimates that provide ever-changing biospheres. Your first evening will be a welcome evening of rest with hammocks just outside your room, and warm fires lit in your room upon your arrival.
TREKKING IN OAXACAN SIERRAS
After waking from under the warm, thick wool blankets, you will have breakfast in the one comedor of the village, in which the women of the town take turns each week, cooking for the few hikers traveling through.
Once you set off onto your hike, you have another day ahead of you to marvel at the natural beauty of your surroundings, which may include stunning waterfalls, caves, and indigenous landmarks.
TREKKING IN OAXACAN SIERRAS
Your third day of trekking will include more to explore among pine forests, giant maguey plants, and fruit trees. Your guide will often stop to have you taste a medicinal flower or leaf, or show you how traditional plants are used in braiding and weaving. The evening is yours to enjoy after a traditional dinner in the comedor. You may choose to rest, or if your legs are accustomed by now, you are welcome to roam the towns, which often wind up hills for more site seeing.
FINISH TREK - OAXACA
Before being transported back to Oaxaca, you will join a local family on their beautiful organic farm. The family of Señor Eli truly lives farm-to-table, and subsists entirely on their own crops and livestock. You will assist the family in making hand-made tortillas and other seasonal fare for a truly rich experience, and the perfect ending to your time in the mountains. From the farm, you will be transported back to Oaxaca City.
Your last day in Oaxaca is yours to create, and a perfect opportunity to do some last-minute exploration and shopping. The evening ends with a special tasting menu created at one of Oaxaca's most celebrated restaurants, complete with live music and time to speak with the chef.
DAY Day 8
Grab a taxi and make your way to the airport for your flight home.
8D / 7N
Custom departure dates available year-round
Oaxaca - Trek in the Oaxacan Sierras - Oaxaca
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