Monthly Archives: November 2012

Guacamaya – More Information

Guacamaya is a small community in a mountain setting 23 miles (37 km) north of Oaxaca City. Perched on the side of a hill in a luxuriant valley, the village is dependent on visitors who come to the area to … Continue reading

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Benito Juarez to La Neveria – More Information

The trek from the village of Benito Juarez to La Neveria rated “difficult” is a true mountain hike. GPS data shows the route runs 5.1 miles (8.7 km), with a drop in elevation of 1855 feet (565 meters) and a … Continue reading

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Zaachila & Cuilapam – More Information

Zaachila has been an active Zapotec community since about 2000 BCE. It likely began as a small farming village and remained so for most of the thousand years before Monte Alban came into existence. During that time the dominant city … Continue reading

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San Felipe del Agua Bike Trails – More Information

In the minds of some visionaries, Oaxaca has the potential to become the kind of mountain biking Mecca that Moab is in Utah or Fruita is in Colorado. Mother Nature has provided the terrain and the climate. There are already … Continue reading

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Dainzu to Tlacochahuaya – More Information

Dainzu is a small archeological site that sits on the floor of the Tlacolula Valley – the eastern of the three connecting valleys that together form the Valles Centrales of Oaxaca state – about 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the … Continue reading

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Rojas de Cuatemoc

Visitors to Oaxaca who are looking to explore the area by bicycle may very well enjoy an easy ride into the countryside to get a sense of the rural communities that dot the Valles Centrales. ¬†Bikes can be rented from … Continue reading

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San Pablo Etla Loop Ride

There are many trails in the communal park lands adjacent to San Pablo Etla that cry out to be ridden by mountain bikers. The track shown on the map below is one of the several loop rides that can be … Continue reading

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San Pablo Etla Mountain Park

San Pablo Etla, like all the communities abutting the mountains around Oaxaca city, lays claim to communal land rising from the town up the neighboring hillsides. In recent years (2008-2012) various people in the village have worked together to create … Continue reading

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San Sebastian Teitipac

Bike rides to villages in the Tlacolula Valley to the east of Oaxaca City are generally easy affairs. The terrain is mainly flat, and there is a good network of dirt roads linking the many small communities. It is a … Continue reading

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La Neveria to Latuvi – More Information

The hike from La Neveria to Latuvi takes place in an area of the Sierra Norte called the¬† Pueblos Mancomunados, located approximately 56 Km (35 miles) east of Oaxaca city. This is a region of communally-owned land shared by the … Continue reading

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