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Oaxaca Mexico and Sierra Madre Trek

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Date:
October 21 -
November 1, 2017

Price:
CMC Members:  $1699
Non-Members: $1888

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Trip Overview

 

Explore Oaxaca

Oaxaca, in the shadows 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 12 days together with an overnight in a 3-star hotel, a custom tour where we visit the cultural and historical highlights, and a tour to the alejibres factory (alejibres are vibrant, hand carved, wooden figurines that are collected by people all over the world). We’ll spend one final night in Oaxaca before beginning our trek. 

 

Trek the Sierra Madre

We will leave the city 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 the community cabins, and intermingle with the friendly Zapotec people.  

Daily treks range from 12-18 km. One day we will stay in a village and learn how to prepare tortillas and molé sauce from the women of the village. Local handicrafts will be available for purchase in the villages. 

 

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

After enjoying 8 days in 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. With no particular structure to the day, we’ll break into smaller groups and meander and amble through the festivities, grabbing street bites and tastes while we walk, dance, sing our way through the markets and streets of Oaxaca. 

We’ll end our trip with a farewell dinner together. After breakfast the next day, we’ll say our goodbyes and head on to our further travels or homes. The Dia de Los Muertos festivities continue for another day; Mexico City is a short hop away. Both should be considered for additional Mexican adventure on your own. 

Type of activity/level of activity: Urban walking and B-level hikes over a variety of terrain. Mountain trekking will range from 6000’-9500’ of elevation in possibly dirt, muddy, and wet conditions. Expect possible tree roots, 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

Chris Englert, forced into wanderlusting at the age of 5, has been traveling her whole life. With 50 countries and all 50 states checked off, she’s even circumnavigated the globe! Despite all her travels, Mexico finds a sweet spot in her heart. Growing up in San Diego with frequent jaunts to Tijuana, Chris fell in love with this beautiful country. She’s enjoyed all the beach towns (Puerto Vallarta, Cabo, Mazatlan), the Yucatan, Northern Mexico and even Mexico City. Now she’s excited to lead this trip to her soon-to-be favorite destination, Oaxaca, where she can habla español, taste great molé flavors, and party with her dead relatives at Dia de Los Muertos. When Chris isn’t traveling, she runs her own walking tours business in Denver--EatWalkLearn--where she provides guided educational walks for the public, and where she leads private customized walks for boards, foundations, and executive retreats.