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Day 1 Arrive at Oaxaca Airport
After arrival at the Oaxaca airport you will be taken to your hotel. Oaxaca city is located in the center of the central district of the State; in the southern part of the country. This city is home to the Zapotec and Mixtec people and has more people who speak indigenous languages than any other Mexican state.
Day 2 Oaxaca - Monte Albán - Oaxaca
Bicycle 5.6 miles from Oaxaca to Monte Albán, a large pre-Columbian archaeological site located on a low
mountainous range rising above the plain in the central section of the Valley of Oaxaca. After visiting the site you will bike to Atzompa town to watch the production of green clay handicrafts. Browse the market and stores before biking 16 miles back to Oaxaca.
In the afternoon you will visit the Santo Domingo Church , next to the Santo Domingo Ex-Convent and Cultural Center, and arguably the most impressive church in Mexico. Across from the church, at the corner of Alcalá and Cinco de Mayo Street, is a large esplanade where rows and rows of an unusual desert succulent grow. The Temple and ex-convent of Santo Domingo have been the seat of the Dominican Order in Oaxaca since the 16th century. If you book this over the first of November you can enjoy the rituals of the Day of the Dead – an important holiday in all of Mexico
Day 3 Oaxaca - San Antonio Arrazola - Oaxaca
Bike to San Antonio Arrazola to see the wonderful wooden handicrafts produced here. Then bike to
Cuilapam to visit another impressive church. Continue your bike tour to Zaachila to enjoy the lively market. Next a visit to the town of San Bartolo Coyotepec to see where the famous Oaxaca black pottery is produced. Finally return to Oaxaca.
Day 4 Oaxaca - Santa María del Tule - Mitla
Bicycle about 5.6 miles to Santa María del Tule to see a giant tree located on the church grounds in the center of the city. The tree is called Montezuma Cypress ( Taxodium mucronatum ) or Ahuehuete in the Nahuatl language. After, bike to Teotitlan del Valle where colorful handicrafts are produced. Later bike to Mitla town and check-in to the hotel. Visit the archeological sites located in the town, which is famous for its pre-Columbian Mesoamerican buildings. Stay overnight in Mitla.
Day 5 Mitla - Xaaga - Mitla
Bicycle to Hierve el Agua,a unique attraction of petrified waterfalls in the mountains. Bike to Xaaga to see prehistoric murals painted in the mountains. Bicycle back to Mitla.
Day 6 Mitla - Tlacolula - Oaxaca
Bicycle back towards Oaxaca, stopping in the quaint town of Tlacolula, to shop the market. Stay overnight in Hotel Francia.
Day 7 Oaxaca - Ixtlan
Bicycle to the town of Ixtlan. After the first 10.5 miles there is a 6.8 mile hill climb to La Cumbre. For those of you who wish to skip the hill climb there will be a van to take you up. After that it's downhill at the la Cumbre,. Just before Ixtlan there is another uphill climb. At the top you arrive at Ecoturixtlan and can rest and relax in the mountain cabins. On your ride you will passing the town of Guelatao, where Benito Juarez was born. He was Mexico's George Washington.
Day 8 Ixtlan - Oaxaca
Bicycle from Ixtlan to Oaxaca. You will cycle downhill, then a climb up a steep hill, and finally
bicycle downhill again. (Van support will be available to those who require it). Arrive in Oaxaca and overnight
in the Francia Hotel.
Day 9 Departure
Return to the airport by van for your flight home.
DURATION OF TOUR: 9 DAYS
MINIMUM OF 6 PEOPLE NEEDED TO RUN TOUR.
DEPARTS: SEPTEMBER OCTOBER. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Inclusions, Exclusions, Required, Suggestions
Airport pick up and return, land transportation, personalized attention, professional bilingual guides, all biologists or naturalists, equipment and entrance fees, meals according to itinerary.
Beverages, laundry, optional tours, personal expenses, airfare.
Comfortable clothes and shoes, biodegradable insect repellant and sun screen, hat, swimsuit, camera.