Bike Ride – Teotitlan del Valle
This morning, we will meet in the hotel lobby for breakfast and introduce the group to the trip leaders and discuss our travel itinerary. After breakfast, we will load our bikes and luggage on the support vehicles and drive to Teotitlán del Valle, the hub for the world-famous, traditional, woven, wool blankets and rugs of the state of Oaxaca. For generations, the locals have dedicated their lives to weaving rugs with 100% natural fibers and colors. The natural dyes used to color the fibers are a blend of fresh fruits, minerals, and the “Chinchilla”, an insect that produces a bright red tincture when crushed. After a couple of hours in Teotitlán, our van will take us up a winding dirt road to the town of Benito Juarez. Here we will unload bikes, have a quick snack and head out on our first mountain bike ride. Lots of single track and super enjoyable downhills on rolling terrain will take us to Latuvi, a small town deep in the Sierras, where we will enjoy a late lunch. A local family will prepare our first of many incredible Oaxacan meals, and serve it in the humble, comfort of their own home. After lunch, those who wish, may ride back to Benito Juarez on a variety of fire roads and single tracks, or for those who are tired, the van will be available to drive you back. Tonight we will sleep in the Benito Juarez Turis-Yu’u lodge which provides huts and rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. These huts are the only lodging in the area. Río y Montaña always books accommodations here to support the sustainable development of the community as well as the ethics of their programs and efforts. Bike ride details: 13 miles/20 km, 80% technical single track and downhill, 20% dirt roads, elevation is 8,200 ft/2,500 m.