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“Great way to invest your time” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pueblos Mancomunados

Pueblos Mancomunados
Ranked #25 of 116 things to do in Oaxaca
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Owner description: The Pueblos Mancomunados of the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca constitute one of the most outstanding examples of community social organization in Mexico. Their Nature trails integrate a network of more tan 100 kilometers of rural footpaths and country roads suitable for hokers and mountain bikers of all abilities, designed to show its visitors the most relevant aspects of this exceptionally beautiful natural area. This is an intercommunity cooperation initiative which promotes the communities preservation of natural and cultural heritage through the promotion of responsible tourism of high quality, linked to the natural environment, traditions and customs of the pueblos. Please, help us to improve our services and complete our Satifaction Survey (only in spanish, available on our facebook page.Thank you!
Corvallis, Oregon
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“Great way to invest your time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We spend the night in Llano Grande. The rooms are great- full bed and a bunk bed with a fire place and wood available. The local guide started the fire for us. They do have hot water and electricity from solar panels. Our hike was beautiful and the food at the little restaurant was great.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Rather do a day hike in the Waitaks.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

Booked 1 day / "3hr" hike from Benito Juarez to Cuahimaloyas through Expeditiones Sierre Norte. Bare bones info provided ("ecotourism"). No seats on the bus. Stood for 2 hours. Nice 4km walk to Benito Juarez, some view points back to the valley. Met guide and had breakfast. Nice walk to Mirador - optional zip line / death wish available, path then deteriorates rapidly - narrow, steep, slippery and mostly indistinguishable from bush. After 2 hours guide informed that there was still 3 hours to go. Guide laughed at the difficulty we were having. Asked to return to road which was facilitated. ~6 km walk to Cuahimaloyas. Guide had no idea we had lunch arranged. Had lunch - same as breakfast. Cuahimaloyas is a small town in the hills. Went home.

Visited December 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Lovely hiking trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

We took a three day hiking trip with Expediciones Sierra Norte through the towns of cuihimoloyas, natuvi, la neveria and Benito Juarez. It was a great experience. The good:
- cabin accommodation that was much more appealing and comfortable than we had been expecting, with fireplaces and hot water
- friendly, welcoming and helpful guides, cooks, and managers - especially Samuel in la neveria, Yolanda in natuvi, ismari (?) in la neveria and an older man from la neveria (I can't remember his name) who was our guide from la neveria to Benito Juarez
- excellent value - we paid just under 1000 pesos each (plus tips and bus fares) in a group of three for three days's hiking with guides, all meals, and two nights accommodation
- beautiful hiking and views
- opportunity to learn about the local flora and the community (in spanish)
- the sense of solidarity and community in the project - it actually seemed like the whole initiative was truly owned by the community, with a lot of people engaged and benefiting from it.

If no one in your group speaks Spanish you might have a harder time of it but it would still be very worthwhile. Highly recommended!

Visited December 2013
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South Wales
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“Great ecotourist experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We did a days hike from Llano Grande, the smallest of the villages in this beautiful area. We arranged it through Tierraventura which I will review separately. We had a village elder called Don Rufino as our guide. This was particularly rewarding as he knew the area like the back of his hand and had personally experienced the changes it had undergone over the past sixty years. He was particularly knowledgable about the plants and their medicinal and ceremonial usages. The only negative was the weather which was damp and cloudy all day which prevented us from enjoying the views from 11,000 feet. After the hike we returned to the village and had a lovely veggie lunch where we were able to talk to Don Rufino about his life and he was able to enquire about ours.

Visited November 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“promoting nature and small village sustainability”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

Expediciones Sierra Norte promotes preservation of nature, responsible land use, and sound local and indigenous economies. In two days of hiking -- you could do more -- we passed through communally owned land that allowed small privately managed corn and potato fields on the steep slopes (as I understood the explanations), so different from giant monoculture tracts on flat fields in the US. We did not see tractors, but horses for transport. The three small Zapotec pueblos we visited did not have a lot going on to the eye; for example, Latuvi has internet access in two locations, one being the ecotourism office, but only in the afternoons, and no bank or ATM. The store was out of beer. The three guides we had all said they loved their communities, saying they were “tranquillo.” One said he went to Oaxaca about once a month, none had been outside the state of Oaxaca. So if guiding on these trails can provide a living and permit constancy in the pueblos, good.

The hiking was strenuous, on trails ranging from excellent – and historic, prehispanic even – to abysmally in need of maintenance, and through the beautiful range of ecosystems with mosses and lichens and low shrubs to 60-foot pine trees. We followed an arroyo overtaking its banks after the hurricane conditions last week and baked in the open sun.

Visited September 2013
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