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Sierra Norte hike

We took a hike through Sierra Norte with Yves and Quetta, and couldn’t recommend it enough. The... read more

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Reviewed July 5, 2018

If you like hiking in nature, you can't miss Tierraventura's tours. Seriously. We did Santiago Apoala and Yves was our tour guide. Yves is knowledgable and has a deep respect for Mexican culture. He's also funny! As for the tour, I think Santiago Apoala is outside the range of typical tourist activities. You definitely need a local to guide you through the mountains that surround Santiago. The results were long hikes in the beautiful hills and waterfalls that surrounds Santiago Apoala. The town, Santiago, is also beautiful and it was great meeting the locals! If you like nature, this tour is a MUST. You'll feel super happy and relaxed –– as one does after a long hike in nature –– by the end of the 2-day tour. You'll also get to experience a side of Oaxaca that is unique and rather difficult to see.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

My friend and I both consider our day trip with Tierraventura to have been one of our favorite days on our trip in Mexico. San Miguel del Valle is a beautiful area in the Sierra Norte mountains near Oaxaca City. Yves, accompanied by his dog Queta, picked up a group of 6 in Oaxaca City in the morning, and we were joined by a local guide as we headed up to the mountains. The starting and ending points for the beautiful Cueva Iglesia hike are two of the Pueblos Mancomunados, though the majority of the day is spent on San Miguel del Valle land. Highlights of the day included the canyon rock formations, look-out points, a meadow valley, and the homestyle meal at a comedor in Cuajimoloyas. Both of our guides were knowledgeable about the native plants of the Sierra Norte, a curious combination of what I had previously thought of as mountain and desert plants that did not grow in the same environment.

Would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys hiking or is interested in the landscape or ecology of Oaxaca. I would love to do an overnight trip with Tierraventura if I am ever visiting again.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

Went with my wife and two teenage sons on this tour from Oaxaca to the coast and we all had a fantastic time. Yves was knowledgeable and a great person to travel with. We were very concerned about getting from Oaxaca to the coast due to the windy mountainous road, and because of this tour it became the highlight of our trip. Learned a ton, had fun adventures, ate great, and was able to see some amazing sites that we never would have known about.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

We had a fantastic time on the two day trip to Santiago Apoala with Claudia and Yves. Our 8 year old son joined us for this magical trip into the Mixtec Valley. The hike was split into two parts, the first day we hiked through the canyon into the valley. We had a nice lunch followed by some rest and a dinner that was arranged for us. We were made to feel at home and we enjoyed meeting the people of the village. The following morning we had a hearty breakfast and hiked down to the waterfall. While the water was rather cold it was a beautiful setting and the hike was not too difficult.

We are extremely appreciative of Claudia and Yves's company and the extra work they did to help us navigate some of the street closures. We would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to spend time in the outdoors.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

My husband and I loved our two-day excursion with Yves in the mountains (Sierra Norte) outside of Oaxaca in April. Yves is personable, funny, a good story teller, and incredibly knowledgeable about the Pueblos Mancomundos, and Oaxaca in general. It was clear that he is very connected to the people in the villages. He hired local guides for our walks through the beautiful forests - people he has known for years. One guide, Sonia, taught us all about the medicinal use of plants we found along our hike. Yves' dog, Queta, was good company too! Yves came well prepared - with water, snacks, and arrangements for meals in local comedores which were simple and delicious. I would love to return to Oaxaca one day soon and take a longer tour with Yves - whether in the Sierra Norte or somewhere else in Oaxaca state: it is sure to be amazing.

Date of experience: April 2018
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