This adventure gives the traveler a nice contrast between authentic ‘no frills’ (backcountry MTB experience) to the comfortable luxaries of the city of Oaxaca. It is truly a culturally diverse adventure experience that brings travelers into the heart of the land, community and diverse cultures of the locals and Zapotec Indigenous Villages. If you are looking for an authentic experience away from the resorts of Mexico and the traditional all inclusive luxary resorts, we bring to you an exciting and unforgettable adventure of the road less traveled!
- Duration: 7 Days
- Level: Expert (see skills assessment here)
- Type: All-Mountain/Enduro
- Dates: March 15th-21st, 2020
Sunday 3/15: Arrival
- Welcome Dinner: Traditional food of Oaxaca!
- Evening Yoga & Introduction
Monday 3/16: Explore the city of Oaxaca!
- Explore City
- Dinner at Casa Oaxaca
Tuesday 3/17: MTB Day 1
- MTB Ixtepeji/Trails of La Cumbre
- Afternoon/Evening in Lachatao
- Dinner + Temezcal + stay in cabins of Lachatao
Wednesday, 3/18: MTB Day 2
- Sunrise Cerro del Jaguar Hike + Yoga
- MTB Ixtepeji/Trails of La Cumbre
- Dinner and stay in cabins of La Cumbre
Thursday 3/19: MTB Day 3
- MTB Etla
- Evening back in Oaxaca
- Dinner at Los Dazantes
Friday 3/20: Hierve el agua
- Hike & Explore
- Mezcal Distillery
- Dinner at Mezquite
Saturday 3/21: Departure
- 3 day backcountry Mountain bike trip
- Transportation to and from the Sierra Norte/Los Pueblos Mancomunados
- Daily Vinyassa Yoga/Mindfulness classes
- All meals
- Accomodation at Chicatana Bed and Breakfast and daily complimentary breakfast
- Excursion to Hierve el Agua (hiking/yoga trip)
- Airport shuttle (pickup and drop off)
- 24/7 Bilingual Guide
- Amazing, unforgettable experience!
What’s not included:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
There are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take spending money for such things as souvenir shopping or nightlife. Laundry service fees are not included if you choose to wash your clothes.
We will stay at the charming Chicatana Bed and Breakfast for 5 nights while exploring the beautiful city and surrounding areas. This beautiful bed and breakfast is located only 6 blocks from the central square and offers a quaint accomodation with personal service and quality.
You will have your own private room. This accomodation will include:
- Complimentary breakfast (coffee, fruit, organic yogurt, and granola and on M, W, F a Oaxacan breakfast)
- Spacious living/dining area and kitchen
- Free wi-fi
- 2 outside patios
- The most lovely hospitatility!
Getting there and back
You will fly into and out of the Xoxocotlán International Airport of Oaxaca, Mexico. We will be there to greet you and provide you a complimentary shuttle ride to the hotel. There will be plenty of places to exchange US dollar to Pesos and we can help you find the best rate!
Travel insurance is mandatory for all of our trips. If you have your own travel medical insurance it needs to:
1. cover evacuation (e.g. air evacuation) and hospital costs while in other countries.)
2. cover mountain biking trips (some policies include mountain biking in their list of ‘extreme’ sports that are not covered.)
We strongly recommend also getting insurance that covers the following:
- Trip cancellation up to 100% of trip cost
- Equipment protection for delay, loss, theft and damage. (if traveling with your bike and equipment)
- Trip interruption up to 100% of trip cost
- Medical expenses up to $50,000
- Emergency medical transportation up to $1,000,000
For travelers from around the world, we recommend getting your insurance through World Nomads.
For Canadian travelers, we recommend going through The Northman.
For travelers from the US, we recommend getting your insurance with Travelex.
Safety and Security
Oaxaca is a very tourist friendly city and you will see people visiting from all around the world. With any foreign travel, excercise common sense and caution at all times. The general rule of safety is to not walk alone at night and to keep close watch of your belongings and valuables. We recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and keep your valuables safely stored at the hotel. Always keep a copy of your passport, travel insurance and airline tickets with you.
There is a laundry service located near the Bed and Breakfast. They provide a pick up and drop off service.
Wi-fi is available at the accommodation, although likely to be slower that you are used to. While in the Sierra Juarez mountains there will be no access to wi-fi or cell-phone service. Hallelujia!
You are highly encouraged to bring your own bike! The techs/guides at Pedro Martinez Bikes are more than happy to assemble your bike upon arrival. If however you don’t bring your own, mountain bikes are provided at the shop. The rental cost is $45/day (COST NOT INCLUDED). If you prefer clipless pedals, you will have to bring your own. The bike techs/guides will put them on for you. Pedro has all single suspension bikes with either 27.5 or 29 inch wheels. He carries the Orbea MX30 bikes all of which are in excellent condition.
Weather and climate
Oaxaca has a hot desert climate and is located at 5,000 feet above sea level. Summer temperatures average 80 degrees Farenheit during the day and drop to a cool 60 degrees Farenheit during the evenings. The mountain bike segment of this trip is located up to 9,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level in the Sierra Juarez Mountains with significantly cooler temperatures. Daytime temperatures range between 70 to 80 degrees Farenheit with evenings ranging from 40 to 50 degrees. Bring a light jacket or sweater for evenings in the city! And extra layers for the mountains.
Accomodations in the mountains
We will stay in little cabins with bunks located in the villages. All sleeping necessities are provided. (Sleeping bag and pillow) If you are generally more cold than normal, bring extra layers for the evenings!
Food in the mountains
We will eat at the village restaurants where the local zapotec residents are excited to prepare delicious food from their farms. All food is organically grown and prepared by hand. You can expect delicous coffee, hot chocolate or poleo tea served throughout the days. Breakfast entails farm fresh eggs cooked to your liking with handmade corn tortillas, fresh salsa and beans. The menus vary from village to viallage, but all serve typical food from the reigon consisting of organic meat (beef/chicken), yellow potatoes, fresh vegetables and Chichilo; one of the famous seven moles of Oaxaca and quesadillas made with the famous Oaxaqueno cheese. The cooks prepare all food with much delight to ensure you have an amazing experience in their sacred land.
On the bike:
- jersey tops
- cycling shorts with a quality chamois (padding)
- bike gloves with padding under the palm
- cycling socks (synthetic or lightweight wool)
- arm warmers
- leg warmers
- helmet (available at the shop if you don’t want to bring it)
- cycling shoes
- energy bars and electrolytes
On and off the bike:
- rain jacket (Gortex with pit-zips)
- wind jacket (lightweight and form fitting)
- sweater (fleece and form fitting mid layer)
- top and bottom base layer (synthetic or lightweight wool)
- backpack with hydration system (2-3L water capacity)
- flip flops
- small camp towel
- comfortable, casual clothes for relaxing in (cotton attire, such as jeans, t-shirt, hooded sweater will be welcomed after a day in synthetics or wool)
- down-filled coat
- stocking cap
- trail shoes or hiking boots
- backpack (for day hikes)
- flashlight or headlamp
- toiletries i.e. toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, feminine hygiene products etc.
- sunscreen (oil-free for sport)
- insect repellent (with Deet)
- anti-bacterial wipes
- anti-bacterial gel
For the city
For the city
- summer style clothes (day time temperature averages 80 degrees Farenheit)
- light jacket for the evening (temperature cools off between high 50’s and 60’s Farenheit)
- comfortable walking shoes
- dresses and skirts!
Yoga / Mindfulness
- yoga mat
- personal writing journal
- comfortable clothing for practice
Passport, visa and entry cost
You will need a valid passport and Mexico Visitor’s Permit (FMM) to enter Mexico. The FMM can be filled out on the plane before landing. Mexico charges a fee to all tourists and business visitors arriving in the country. The fee is approximately US$22, and the money collected is passed to the Tourist Ministry to promote Mexican tourism.