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2 Days Trekking Pueblos Mancomunados

Trip description

The local ambience of Los Pueblos Mancomunados is fittingly described by the inhabitants' self given title "the people of the clouds".

Located in the Sierra Norte, at an altitude of 3000 meters (9,870 feet) above the dry and hot central valleys, you will find a range of unique and diverse ecosystems: seven of the nine types of vegetation existing in Mexico are found here.

This region boasts a diversity of fauna, with over four hundred bird and three hundred and fifty butterfly species. The area is home to the six forest cat species found in Mexico, including the jaguar, as well as endangered animals such as the spider monkey and the tapir. The Sierra is also the site of mixed pine-oak forests, classified by the World Wildlife Fund as being the richest and most varied on earth and one of the world's oldest ecosystems, estimated to be over twenty million years old.

The Zapotec people of the Sierra Norte live from their forests and mineral resources. In 1998 an ecotourism project was founded to protect and preserve this nature system in a sustainable way (Expediciones Sierra Norte A.C.). A small tourism infrastructure has been established and the tours offered in the area are organized by the villagers themselves; guides from the villages accompany us during our walks and explain the different kinds of animals and plants and their uses.

Our trips are confined to 4 to 5 hours hiking each day so that we still have time to participate in the life of the villages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the local 'Comedores' (village restaurants). Your luggage will be transported in our van from village to village. The villages are connected by radio and our local guides are in constant communication with them.

Trip details

Day 1

Cuajimoloyas – Latuvi

San Antonio Cuajimoloyas is located on 3000m (10000ft), about 1.10h driving time from Oaxaca city. We will start hiking from Cuajimoloyas which is the biggest community of the Pueblos Mancomunados, counting about 1200 inhabitants. From there we will hike steeply down to a little trout-farm in Latuvi on 2200m where we will have lunch. The vegetation changes from high pine forest to oak forest with a greater biodiversity. Hiking time is around 5 hours. We stay overnight is the beautiful guesthouses of the village

Day 2


We hike on an old pre-Hispanic trading path (hiking time around 4-5 hours). The Camino Real used to reach from Veracruz at the Gulf Coast to the central valley of Oaxaca. Parts of this path still exist like our hike from Latuvi to Amatlan. Most of the vegetation is a very old oak forest but on the way, you will see spectacular phenomenons. On this hike, for example, you will find the Spanish moss that changes the woods into kind of a fairy tale forest. After the hike we have lunch in Amatlan one of the two prehispanic villages of the Pueblos Mancomunados.

This two day combination gives a very good overlook of different vegetation types existing in the northern Sierra of Oaxaca.


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