Hike in the beautiful Sierra Norte mountains to various communities of the Pueblos Mancomunados. Get to know local people and learn about their traditions!
|Number of Travelers||Price Per Person|
|5 - 9||USD $447.00|
|10 or more||USD $344.00|
On this unforgettable 7-day hiking journey, you will experience the Pueblos Mancomunados first-hand. The Pueblos Mancomunados is a group of Zapotec indigenous communities who decided to share and unify their territory more than 400 years ago. Since community-based tourism first started there in 1994, Mancomunados has gained world-wide recognition.
On this 7-day hiking expedition, you will get to know the local territory, history, culture, and traditions with the area’s inhabitants and your local guides. You will also love the magical forest of the Northern Sierra.
Your trip wanders along rural paths that lead you to a different community every day. Since the trails have distinct difficulty levels and lengths, you will need to be in good shape. You will walk 5-10 miles (8-16 kilometers ) per day. In some of the communities, you will have evening activities to learn about local products or traditions and hang out with residents. Come join us to discover the unique Pueblos Mancomunados!
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Start and End location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Day 1 – Hike “La Sepultura” Trail in the Mountains and Explore Llano Grande Community
At 7:00 am, you will be picked up and driven for 2 hours to the Llano Grande Community. This community has one of the smallest populations of the Pueblos Mancomunados. Then, you will hike through a typical pine forest in the mountains on a path called “La Sepultura.” In the afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional lunch. You will also have free time to walk through town or go on a short bicycle route. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay in a small house in Llano Grande.
Day 2 – Walk to Cuajimolovas Community and Learn about Medicinal Plants
After breakfast, your adventure continues as you go to the Cuajimolovas Community. You will reach the highest part of Pueblos Mancomunados by taking a path called Latzi Hroo Lli. You can see a variety of medicinal plants along the way. By 13:00 pm, you will arrive to Cuajimolovas and check in to the cabins. After a typical lunch, you will learn about traditional medicine from a local woman named Mrs. Teléfora. At night, you will enjoy dinner and then spend the night in cabins.
Day 3 – Appreciate Stunning Valley Views and Visit a Farm
In the morning, you will have breakfast, then continue walking on a rural path to local fields. Along the way, you will stop at the Benito Juárez Lookout Point to see a magnificent view of the valley. Then, you will visit Mr. Elo’s Farm and have the pleasure of meeting the owner. In the late afternoon, you will check into your cabins and have free time. Then comes dinner and rest in the Benito Juárez Rural House.
Day 4 – Hike to La Nevería and Learn about Cooking Traditions from a Local Family
Once you finish breakfast, you will continue on a 5-mile (8-kilometer) trail to the small village of La Nevería. This is the youngest and smallest community of the Pueblos Mancomunados. Its name means “ice cream parlor,” after the activities of its first inhabitants at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. After lunch, you will visit a local family to learn about cooking. You will have dinner with the family, then stay in a small rural house in La Nevería.
Day 5 – Admire the Oak Forest and Learn How to Make Traditional Alcoholic Drinks
When you are full from breakfast, you will continue your trip on a quiet path where you can fully appreciate the biodiversity and the changing climate of the Sierra Norte. You’ll see the landscape change from the fresh pine forests of La Nevería to the lower oak forest of Latuvi. There, you will have lunch. Then, you will visit Mrs. Martha to learn about the process of making “pulque” and “tepache”, two types of traditional alcoholic beverages. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay in cabins in Latuvi.
Day 6 – Walk near an Ancient Zapotec Road, “Camino Real,” and See a Historic Museum
As usual, your day starts with a lovely breakfast. As the end of your expedition gets closer, you will be able to walk on one of the most impressive trails of the region, “Camino Real.” This trail was part of a longer pre-Hispanic route that united the Zapotec cities of the central valleys with the Gulf of Mexico. Along the route, you can see ruins of the original stone road that is still well-preserved. Part of the path follows a riverside and crosses a canyon. You can see the marvelous biodiversity of the Sierra Norte region by observing the lush vegetation.
In the afternoon, you will have lunch in Lachatao and visit its historic museum. From there, you will walk for 15 minutes to reach the Amatlán Community. There, you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Day 7 – Explore the Amatlán Community and Return to Oaxaca
To finish up your trip, you will have breakfast, explore the Amatlán Community, and return to the city of Oaxaca by 13:00 pm.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.