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Oaxaca Day of the Dead Hiking Adventure

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October 20 -
November 1, 2018

CMC Members: $2,129
Non-Members: $2,343

Trip Overview

Oaxaca, in the shadow of the Sierra Madre mountains, is home to the famous Mexican molé sauce and cradle of the Dia de Los Muertos festivities. Surrounded by pre-Columbian Monte Albán pyramids, gorgeous churches and cultural sites, this vibrant and fun town provides the palette for a colorful, tasty adventure into the land of the Zapotecs. We’ll start our adventure in Oaxaca City with an overnight in a local hotel, a custom tour where we visit the cultural and historical highlights, and a tour to the alejibres  craft center(alejibres are vibrant, hand carved, wooden figurines that are collected by people all over the world.) We’ll continue our tour of Oaxaca with a day-long urban hike through the barrios of Oaxaca, getting a local's view of the wonderful city.

On the way up to the Sierra Madre, we'll stop mid-valley for a rural day hiking through farming, agricultural, and tiny pueblos on our way to learn to make tortillas and molé . We'll even get a chance to see how rugs are made and learn about how they use natural items to make gorgeous dyes.

We will leave the mid-valley and head to the mountains and the Pueblos Mancomunados. This ring of eight villages has historically worked together to farm and do forestry, and recently joined together to develop a world-class ecotourism adventure. We’ll trek from village to village, learning about the local flora and fauna from our English-speaking guides. From valley to cloud-ringed mountain tops, we might experience or glimpse over 400 types of birds, 350 types of butterflies, and we may even see one of six types of large cats. Claimed by the World Wildlife Fund as a biodiversity gem, we’ll also learn how the locals live off the land in harmony. Each night the locals will serve us fabulous hand-cooked food. We’ll stay in community cabins and intermingle with the friendly Zapotec people.

After enjoying the mountains, we’ll head back to Oaxaca for the flamboyant Dia de Los Muertos festival. This holiday, known as the Day of the Dead, is a traditional celebration where locals honor their family’s dead. It’s a vibrant, fun, and sensual experience that flows into streets, cafes, town squares and markets. You'll have the day on your own to float through the festivities, and then at night, as a group, we'll go to the historic cemetery for a tour. Think Mardi Gras at a flower show with tuba bands and mezcal.

The trip ends after the tour of the cemetery when we return to the hotel late. You can either journey home on November 1 or stay on for the Dia de Los Muertos festivities that continue for another day. Mexico City is a short hop away. Both should be considered for additional Mexican adventure on your own.


What's Included?


7 nights’ hotel (including hotel in Capulálpam de Méndez)
Welcome get-together including beverages and snacks
Oaxaca urban hike
Monte Alban tour and admission
Other tours as described in itinerary
Ground transportation,
Meals as described
Farewell dinner

Sierra Madre:

5 nights in cabanas
Tour guides
Tips for guides and Pueblo staff
Meals as described
Ground transportation


Level of Activity / Difficulty

Urban walking and B-level hikes over a variety of terrain. Daily mountain treks range from 8-16 km. From flat, to undulating, to steep, the trails are narrow to wide, dry cactus to lush forest. We will be in a rain forest—so expect the chance for rain, mud, wind, or fog, although it could just as well be scrumptious with bright sun, warm days, and clear skies. Elevations range from 6000’ - 9500’ in possibly dirt, muddy, and wet conditions. Expect possible tree roots, shale, a few steep climbs, and poorly marked trails (the reason for the guides!). Within the city during the Dia de Los Muertos festivities, expect large crowds and a party atmosphere in the streets. 




Trip Leader: Chris Englert

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