The Oaxaca Mountains to the Pacific (OMP) is an exciting 9-day itinerary, which combines walking through remote mountain villages in the Sierra Norte; exploration of some of the famous archeological sights of the Zapotec, and Mixtec cultures; and the luscious warmth of Mexico’s Southwestern tropical coast. The trip emphasizes experiencing and absorbing all the breathtaking scenery; exploring the cultural and historical past; and relaxing on Mexico’s lesser visited, beautiful Southwestern tropical coast. The gateway city (Oaxaca) is easily accessed from anywhere in the world through Mexico City. The trip always ends with a flight back to Oaxaca to catch your flight home.
This trip is a memorable adventure taking in two different areas of Southern Mexico. It is ideal for active clients who want to combine fascinating archeological ruins; hiking through small, off-the-beaten-path villages; diverse scenery, and amazing wildlife viewing opportunities.
After exploring the colonial city of Oaxaca, a few days are spent hiking and living in the untouched Sierra Norte of Oaxaca with the locals who have set up a remote system of trails and cabins. Our visit contributes to sustainable community development by offering alternatives to logging that has begun to deforest areas of the Sierra. A model of ecotourism, visiting the Sierra Norte helps to conserve the beautiful surroundings, while contributing to the progress of the Zapotec communities that continue to live a very traditional life in the Sierra.
The trip ends in our lodge on the Pacific Coast with an array of optional activities to complete the holiday such as deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and sailing.
Oaxaca City and Neighboring Villages:
Incredible pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Alban, Mitla
The colorful markets of this Colonial Spanish City
UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity Site
The fascinating mixture of Colonial Spanish influence and indigenous cultures offers indigenous markets, weaving and pottery crafts, and world renowned cuisine
Weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle and Ceramic Center of San Bartolo de Coyotopec
Hiking Oaxaca's Sierra Norte:
A climb up to cool pre- alpine mountain scenery and cloud forest
Numerous microclimates and vegetation zones with a host of native plants and animals
Visits with villagers in this remote mountain landscape who have set up a model community owned eco tourism complex. A chance to sample local fare in the community dining room and watch how the local foods are prepared.
Pacific Coast of the State of Oaxaca:
Drop down through verdant and lush valleys to the tropical Pacific lowlands
Unwind at our lodge with fantastic views of the sea enjoying margaritas and sunset swims to finish off this active journey
Visit Mexican Sea Turtle museum and conservation project
Finish the trip with one of many optional activities including tropical jungle hiking to spectacular waterfalls; Kayak and bird watch in the protected coastal lagoons with local expert naturalist guide and more
This trip suits those who wish to combine local flavor with their outdoor active adventure. Hiking through the countryside, we will experience a first hand view of Mexico’s rural life and the joys, threats and difficulties posed by farming in this area. The majority of the hiking takes place in rural settings offering plenty of diversity with peaceful hikes through valleys and forests. Accommodation throughout is clean, comfortable and welcoming – all of it having been chosen for its beautiful location and local charm.