The Oaxaca Cultural Trek

Day 1 | Arrival in Mexico, Oaxaca
Jet down to Oaxaca and meet your guide for an orientation and walking tour of the Zócalo, Oaxaca’s bustling city center. Tonight we will enjoy our first Mexican dinner in town. Oaxaca is famous for it’s regional cuisine. Like the rest of Mexican cuisine, Oaxacan food is based on staples such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but there is a great variety of other ingredients and food preparations due to the influence of the state’s varied geography and indigenous cultures. Oaxacan’s are know to use ingredients such as chocolate (often drunk in a hot preparation with spices and other flavorings), Oaxaca cheese and grasshoppers with dishes such as tlayudas, Oaxacan style tamales and seven notable varieties of mole sauce. Yummy! (D)

Day 2 | Oaxaca City / Monte Alban
This morning, our guide will introduce us to the ancient ruins of Monte Alban.  The ancient city was build by the Zapotecs high up the mountains so that the royals could live closer to the gods. After a local lunch, we head back to
to the colonial gem of Oaxaca to explore the deepest corners of the city with our local guide. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Oaxaca City is a recognized wondrous blend of colonial charm and indigenous culture! (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Oaxaca City / Xaaga
After breakfast we will journey to Xaaga which is a small village near the ancient ruins of Mitla. There we will do a short walk to admire the pre-Columbian petroglyphs over large rocks on the hillside. These prehistoric paintings are over 10,000 years old. From there we will continue our day to Hierve el Agua. It is a natural warm spring which contains air trying to escape, hence the name “Hierve el Agua”which means “the water boils”. The water is also full of minerals, so as it runs off of the edge of the nearby cliff, calcium carbonate and magnesium in the water create a petrified waterfall, and the sulphur ads nice yellow accents in places. There are only two such sites in the world, the other one is in Turkey. After a nice relaxing swim we will enjoy lunch at the local comedor (restaurant). Time permiting we will still stop at Santa Maria del Tule where we can admire The Tree of Tule. This tree has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world and in 2001 it was placed on a UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites. We will get back to Oaxaca City by in time to enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Sierra Norte / Cuajimoloyas
Today, we head to the pine forests of the little known Sierra Norte Mountains and the small village of San Antonio Cuajimoloyas. We will do a hike of Coyote Canyon. Our night’s accommodation is in the community owned lodge which offers bunk beds and shared bathrooms. The lodge is very warm, clean, and accommodating. By staying here we are contributing directly to the community and ensuring the preservation of the surrounding forest. After the dinner we have a possibility to stay around a bonfire with the locals.

Day 5 | Sierra Norte / Benito Juarez
A day of hiking awaits us today as we explore deep into this pristine forest.  Today, we will hike through small farms and valleys, encountering varying vegetative zones en route to the lovely mountaintop village of Benito Juarez. Here we learn about traditional agriculture, local culture, and history.  In the afternoon there is a possibility to organize a friendly basketball game with the locals which helps us to connect with the local community. Accommodation is in community owned cabins with dinner served family-style at the community diner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Sierra Norte
The last day of hiking ahead of us. Today we will hike to an area called the Neveria. There we also have possibilities to enjoy the local communities on the way and engage in discussions of environmental degradation and conservation efforts, including sustainable tourism initiatives. We will return back to Benito Juarez and dine and sleep with local families. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Sierra Norte
After breakfast we will head back to Oaxaca City but stop on the way in Teotitlan del Valle that is
a traditional rural town that maintains its Zapotec culture. Here we visit a local Zapotec house and see how they prepare their everyday food and participate in making it. After lunch we head back to the city for our last night. (B, L)

Day 8 | Oaxaca City
After an educational trip we depart back to our home. Hasta luego Oaxaca! (B)

 

Starting price
10 – 12 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 520 / student
13 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 320 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years period are peak season)

If your group is bigger, please contact us for more information.

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with private van, accommodation in an economic hotel, cabins or in a tent, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees,  a Students Journey guide

Price does not include:
Flights, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance,  all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.


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