Sierra Norte: Oaxaca Adventure Tour: Traditional Mexican Communities Hike

Oaxaca Adventure Tour: Traditional Mexican Communities Hike

Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico

Sierra Norte

Community-based cooperative

3 days
From$243 USDPer person

Expediciones Sierra Norte aims to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of local communities through responsible tourism, which conserves traditions and customs, creates local jobs, and allows communities to overcome challenges.

Tour Highlights

  • Take a three-day hiking expedition through traditional, high-mountain communities while supporting local livelihoods and the promotion of responsible tourism.
  • Hike through the Sierra Norte mountains to the villages of Latuvi, La Nevería, and Benito Juárez.
  • Visit the communities' greenhouse and mushroom farm to learn about their sustainability development.

Tour proceeds are channeled back to local communities, supporting their livelihoods and allowing for the creation of workgroups of producers and artisans.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment.

  • Start Time

    8:00 am

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Change of clothes, Hat, Hiking boots, Mosquito repellent, Rain gear, Warm clothes, Brightly colored clothing is discouraged as it disturbs local fauna

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 30

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Discover the heritage of a living land amongst the traditional communities of Pueblos Mancomunados, tucked high up in the mountains of the Sierra Norte. This three-day hiking expedition takes you to three communities and invites you to awaken your senses. Smell the fresh scent of flowers, fruit, wet earth and mountains, experience the shelling of a corn cob, the water's freshness flowing out of a spring, hear the stories of the forest, and treat your palate to the products of the earth and people's hard work.

Day 1
Travel from Oaxaca city to Latuvi, where we will begin our tour on the route El Manantial. El Manantial, or 'the spring,' is a hike of special significance to the inhabitants of Latuvi, as it demonstrates the importance of agriculture and the cultivation of fruits to their community. Before the hike begins, attend a workshop on the production process of homemade jam and the typical mountain bread of this high-altitude region. In the evening, enjoy these products as you sit around a campfire and listen to the legends and the traditions of the Latuvi community.

Day 2
Walk from Latuvi to the smallest community of Pueblos Mancomunados, La Nevería. Follow a quiet path to the community, amidst the biodiversity and the changing climate zones of the Sierra Norte. Observe the change from the oak forests of the lower altitudes to the cold pine forests of La Nevería. In La Nevería, work as a volunteer in a greenhouse, getting to know this community’s efforts to create traditional and sustainable development.

Day 3
Hike to the community Benito Juárez, taking in the locals' farming plots along the way. In Benito Juárez, visit a group of locals that have dedicated themselves to mushroom cultivation, and learn about their use and medicinal qualities.

2 Visitor Reviews

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    Guus V ●  May 16, 2016

    Everything was organized perfectly. The views are amazing and the villages are nice. Recommended if you like trekking and seeing more of life in mexican villages

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    Viajero ●  Feb 14, 2016

    Remote mountain villages in the mountains north of Oaxaca city. The villages preserve much of their historical indigenous traditions. Friendly and helpful natives (don't expect them to speak English - Zapotec and Spanish). Beautiful vistas in the high mountains, great hiking. Its clean, uncommercialized and simply WONDERFUL!

Tour Start Address

M. Bravo #210-A Plaza San Cristóbal centro, Oaxaca or you can be picked up at your hotel, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico

How To Get There

The org headquarters are located in the city center. The org can also arrange pick-up from hotel in Oaxaca.

More About Sierra Norte

Mission

To preserve the natural and cultural heritage of local communities through the promotion of responsible tourism, which conserves traditions and customs, creates local jobs, and allows communities to overcome their limiting challenges.

Main Programs

  • Increase the capacity of community members to protect and sustainably manage their cultural heritage

  • Development of responsible tourism in Pueblos Mancomunados

  • Employment opportunities for local community members

Awards & Recognition

BBC Travel
"In Oaxaca, a community unchanged" - Article
World Travel & Tourism Council
2016 Tourism for Tomorrow - Community Award