Multi-Day Tour

Oaxaca Cycling Excursion (7 days)

Journey Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico To Oaxaca, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Arrival to Oaxaca

Welcome to Oaxaca City, capital of the colorful state of Oaxaca! Río y Montaña will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in town. Spend the rest of your day exploring this beautiful colonial city. Its cobblestone streets will lead you past a multitude of historical buildings built in the XVI century, incredible museums, world-renown art galleries and regal cathedrals. Or head to the local market for a taste of Oaxaca’s arts, crafts, folklore and delicious cheese. If you are lucky, your trip could coincide with one of the many, amazing cultural events that take place here.

Day 2
Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico
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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.

Day 3
Llano Grande, Mexico
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Bike Ride – Llano Grande

While our bikes are prepped by our local guides, we will walk into town for breakfast. Today, our ride begins with some uphill pedaling before we begin a long, downhill single track: a spectacular challenge for any level rider. After some amazing riding in the forests, lunch will await you in a prairie filled with meadow flowers where relaxing is a must in this dreamlike setting. After lunch, another hour and a half of riding will bring us to Llano Grande, a picturesque village of only 120 people. Three simple, wood cabins will be our home for the next two nights. These “cabañas” feature shared accommodations, restrooms and hot water showers.  Bike ride details: 14 miles/22 km, semi–technical downhill and single track, elevation is 8,200 ft/2,500 m to 10,200 ft/3,200 m.

Day 4
Llano Grande, Mexico
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Bike Ride – Llano Grando

After a typical breakfast at the local “comedor” or dining hall, we will hop on our bikes and head for the surrounding slopes and valleys. An uphill ride will take us to some amazing rock formations and through pristine alpine forests. Yet another great downhill will lead us to Carrizal, where we will enjoy a lunch of real “tostadas and tlacoyos” in another typical home. Following, we ride back to Llano Grande. Van lift will be available for those who wish to relax after their meal. Tonight we sleep in the same “cabañas” of Llano Grande but before we rest, a group of local women will prepare an absolutely scrumptious “parrillada” (local barbecue) to satisfy any appetite. Bike ride details: 19 miles/30 km ride, 50 % uphill and rolling terrain, mostly single track,  elevation is 8,200 ft/2,500 m.

Day 5
Santa Catarina Lachatao, Mexico
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Bike Ride – Lachato

After breakfast, we will load our gear in the vans, and head out to pedal a sweet downhill run as we drop almost 4,000 feet to a lower altitude. The route, mostly single track and some fire roads, will lead us all the way to the town of Lachatao. Lachatao is an ancient town which features a XVI century church built by the Spanish Dominican priests. After a light refreshment, we will load our bikes on the truck and head to a nearby, very typical restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to our hotel in Oaxaca City. Tonight we will share memories and celebrate our victories over a splendid meal at a well-known restaurant. Bike ride details: 25 miles/40 km ride, 80% downhill, single track and dirt roads, elevation is: 8,200 ft/2,500 m to 4,600 ft/1,400 m)

Day 6
Monte Alban, Mexico
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Monte Alban

After breakfast in the hotel, we will head off to the spectacular ruins of Monte Alban. In the afternoon you will be free to explore the museums, plazas, markets and art galleries of Oaxaca City.

Day 7
Oaxaca, Mexico
None None

Departure from Oaxaca

Today we say goodbye. Río y Montaña will transfer you to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

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Description

The Oaxaca Cycling Excursion provides you with the adventure to explore the amazing culture, cuisine, and landscapes of this spectacular area. Experience a bike tour like never before. The Oaxaca Cycling Excursion will not only provide you with great routes to bike, but will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing culture, cuisine, and beauty of this spectacular area. Mix adventure with culture; embark on this cycling journey through the wonderful towns, cities, and forests of Oaxaca.

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
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Journese is no bargain

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

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Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

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Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

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Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

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Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

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Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

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Journey Mexico in Mexico City

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Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

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