Ecotours: Sierra Norte

In addition to our normal day-long tours, the Institute has begun offering 2-day all-inclusive eco-tours to the Sierra Norte, the mountains directly above Oaxaca.

These tours include delicious meals, accommodation in comfortable shared cabins and visits to various high altitude ecosystems such as cloud forests and bromeliad and orchid habitats.

sierra norteThese tours give you an opportunity to view another, less-seen, aspect of Oaxaca. The rural mountain towns such as Cuajimoloyas, Latuvi and Lachatao provide a view of the radically different lifestyles of those who live in Oaxaca’s mountains. The ecotourism organizations that we work with are all community owned and use the revenues generated from visitors to fund schools, clinics and public works in the mountain towns.

The tours conveniently leave on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and return on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tours include breakfast, lunch and dinner, one night’s accommodation, transportation from the Institute to the mountains and back, a coordinator/interpreter from the Institute, and local guides from the mountain communities.