Oaxaca offers incredible diversity because of its high mountains and jungle coastline. The State began back in 1937 to set aside areas of natural beauty and remains committed to preserving the nature of the Oaxacan mountains and coast by developing sustainable Eco and Ethno tourism.
To that end, the State started in 1993 to build and manage a system of modern cabin complexes first called tourist Yu’us and now called cabanas (cabins) which are available throughout the State of Oaxaca at affordable prices to tourists who seek alternative adventures
Oaxaca Mountain Biking, Hiking, Oaxaca, Mexico
Mountain Biking Oaxaca
Oaxaca Biking, High Sierras Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking Oaxaca’s High Northern Sierras
In an ideal place for mountain biking, ten thousand feet
up on a Sierra ridge that hugs the Valley of Oaxaca in
South Central Mexico, bike trails follow old dirt roads
and paths that connect a dozen remote mountain villages.
You bike on paths lined by large agave plants on trails
that lead to villages where the houses are surrounded
by Cala Lilies
Biking through the cloud forests of the Sierra Norte, you can appreciate the State of Oaxaca’s commitment to Alternative Tourism. They have built over a dozen inexpensive lodging places called cabanas where those that come for recreational sports like kayaking, rappelling, ballooning, hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and hang gliding, can house while they are in the mountains.
The housing is reasonably priced to attract adventure and ecotourists.
The local people maintain the trails and offer tourists many opportunities for mountain sports. They have welcomed adventure travelers to little villages like Benito Juarez, Lachetao, located ten thousand feet high in the Northern mountains within sight of Oaxaca city.
Book your transportation and lodging ahead with Expeditions Sierra Norte. ( see below) .
Oaxaca's Northern Sierras is rare air country where exotic flowers crowd the southern slopes, and even on the sunniest of days, puffy white clouds loft in from the Gulf of Mexico to cool the biker and hiker.
Pine forests give the mountains their green color and add shade for the biker.
Many villages now grow trout in impoundment ponds for the local restaurants. Towns like Cuajilmoloyas grow potatoes for market
All villages grow corn for their own use and other than a sustainable harvest of lumber, and a small gold mine at Trinidad, there is no industry except Ecotourism.
Getting There: Lachetao
One region is called Lachetao and includes the towns of Benito Juarez Lachetao, Cuajilmoloyas, Llano Grande, and Santa Maria Yavesla.
These towns are at 10,000 but are closer to highway 190 and within sight of the Valley of Oaxaca.
The State manages tourist housing (cabanas)for those who come to mountain bike, to hike, and to camp.
Reach these villages by the road to Santa Ana del valle at Tlacolula.
Stay right at the crossroad to Santa Ana del Valle, follow the signs to Diaz Ordaz and take a left for Pueblo mancomunados.
This paved road into the mountains is not well marked and you might need to get local information if you are driving your own vehicle.
Bus service out of Tlacolula reaches Cuajilmoloyas
.For Benito Juarez Lachetao, a bus runs through the village of Teotitlan del Valle and takes the dirt road into the mountains.
Getting There: Gueletao Ixtlan
The birthplace of Mexico's President Benito Juarez, Oaxaca's Sierra Norte, the northern mountains that are visible to the north of the City of Oaxaca, are serviced by one main road near the city which heads towards Tuxtepec (on the way to Veracruz).
Take Route 175. (left off Rt.190 a few miles Monument}
This paved route takes you up into the high mountains to the towns of Guelatao de Juarez, Ixtlan de Juarez and Calpulalpam, about 50 miles north of the city on a steep but well maintained mountain road.
Two 17th Century churches should be of interest, Ixtan's and Calpulalpam' churches have extraordinary carved altars.
The clinic for traditional medicine in Calpulalpam is notable for having over 700 plant and mineral based curatives as well as a Temezcal or herb and steam bath open to visitors.
Getting there: Two main villages or regions (Lachetao and Galetao) give names to the places in the mountains of the Sierra Juarez. They are connected by dirt tracks and crude roads for hiking and biking but reached by paved roads in different ways from the city of Oaxaca.
Tourist Information Center Secretaria de Tourismo
703 ave Juarez
How to Get There
From the Zocalo go north to the Llano Park and the theatre building at 703, the office is on the right side of the building.
Expeditions Sierra Norte in Oaxaca city runs the office for the ecotourism trips to the mountains and can supply information reservations, maps and transportation information.
Oaxaca Biking in the High Sierras and mountain Biking in Pueblo Mancomunados is biking in seven mountain villages that cooperate to preserve the mountain ecosystem that is their home. Hike, horseback, and bike on 60 miles of trails between the villages.
Expeditions Sierra Norte 210 M. Bravo (street) two blocks west of the pedestrian- only Alcala (street) can supply English and Spanish language information, reservations, maps and transportation information.. Mon- Fri. 930- 500 Sat. until Noon
Dirt and paved roads connect the mountain villages north of Oaxaca City