in Oaxaca’s High Sierras
Oaxaca Mexico has made mountain biking and Hiking through cloud forest at ten thousand feet possible for tourist by building and maintaining inexpensive cabins.
The local villagers manage the cabins and continue the building and maintaining the trails in a program to attract adventure tourists and ecotourists to the high Sierras north of Oaxaca City.
Oaxaca Mountain Biking, Biking and Hiking in Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca State runs the program to preserve the natural beauty of the mountains. The State works to help the local people earn an income without having to exploit or deplet the natural resources.
Miles of paved and dirt roads connect dozens of villages in the mountains. The local people keep these open to hiking, biking, and camping.
Public buses and collectivos (shared Taxis) run from Oaxaca City to the mountains. To book a trip contact Expeditions Sierra Norte.
Oaxaca State agencies help the villages to run the tourists Cabins throughout the mountainous State of Oaxaca.
The local people manage the cabins and offer them at affordable prices to visitors seeking alternative adventure.
After a mountain adventure, if you are still in the spirit of absorbing the culture, head for a Sunday dinner at one of the many Zocalo restaurants.Sample some of the more exotic Oaxacan dishes, foremost among them, roasted grasshopper.
After a day trip or weekend in the mountains, the lively City of Oaxaca with its fine restaurants and salsa dance clubs makes a welcome change.
Oaxaca Mexico's mountains reach ten thousand feet and rim the city of Oaxaca. Inexpensive cabins are available for visitors in the mountains where trails, dirt roads, and paved roads connect the many villages.
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Biking, Hiking, Camping
Oaxaca City at 5000 feet elevation can be a comfortable base for trips to the ten thousand foot sierras for mountain biking,hiking, and camping.
.travel Information from the
Tourist Information Center
The region closest to Oaxaca City is called Lachetao. This region includes the towns of Benito Juarez Lachetao, Cuajilmoloyas, Llano Grande, and Santa Maria Yavesla.
These towns are near 10,000 elevation but are closer to Highway 190 and within sight of the Valley of Oaxaca.
The State provides tourist housing (cabanas) for those who come to mountain bike, to hike, and to camp. The local people manage this resource.
Reach these villages by the road to Santa Ana del Valle/ Diaz Ordaz from the town of Tlacolula.
Stay right at the crossroad to Santa Ana del Valle and follow the signs to Diaz Ordaz. Take a left for Pueblo Mancomunados.
The turnoff for 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.
Visit Expeditions Sierra Norte 210 M. Bravo in Oaxaca City for information
Getting There: Gueletao Ixtlan
The birthplace of Mexico's President Benito Juarez, Oaxaca's Sierra Norte are the mountains that are visible to the north from the City of Oaxaca. These mountain towns are serviced by one main road near the city which heads towards Tuxtepec (on the highway to Veracruz).
Take Route 175. (left off Rt.190 a few miles southeast of the city at the Benito Juarez monument}
This well maintained but steep 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.
Two 17th Century churches should be of interest to the visitor. Ixtan's and Calpulalpam' churches have extraordinary carved wood altars.
The clinic for traditional medicine in Calpulalpam is notable also for having over 700 plant and mineral based curatives as well as a Temezcal or herb and steam bath treatment that is 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 roads for hiking and biking but reached by two well-maintained paved roads and one gravel road in three different routes from the city of Oaxaca.
Tourist Information Center Secretaria de Tourismo
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.
seven mountain villages cooperate to preserve the mountain ecosystem that is their home by offering lodging, hiking, horseback riding, and biking on over 60 miles of trail between the villages. The cooperative effort is coordinated in Oaxaca City by Expeditions Sierra Norte, the agency that runs the office for the ecotourism trips to the mountains.
Make travel Arrangements with Expeditions Sierra Norte
Spanish speaking Guides are available at each village for between $12 and $20 USD per day
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
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Pueblo Mancomunados describes the seven mountain villages to the north of Oaxaca City where the residents cooperate to preserve the mountain ecosystem that is their home. To that end they offer lodging, hiking, horseback riding, and biking on over 60 miles of trail between the villages. The cooperative effort is coordinated in Oaxaca City by Expeditions Sierra Norte, the agency that runs the office for the ecotourism trips to the mountains.
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
Oaxaca Mountain Biking and Hiking in Oaxaca Mexico's mountains is in cloud forest at ten thousand feet.
Hiking and Biking in the high Sierras is possible because the villages offer inexpensive cabins.