Yesi wears the spirit of her hometown Santiago Minas, Oaxaca: a natural paradise in the Southern Sierra filled with friendly people who are always ready to celebrate. She remains connected with her roots and family even after spending 8 years of her childhood in the United States. Ultimately she returned to Oaxaca and quickly found exceptional potential within the local tourism scene as she loves to share all of the wonders of her home and the warm Oaxacan people and culture.
She carries the official Tourist Guide Accreditation of Mexico as well as that of a Red Cross First Responder yet considers each trip a distinct opportunity to grow. Whether inspired by a client’s determination to reach Iztaccíhuatl’s volcanic summit or a local sharing their custom, she’s always eager to learn more. Yesi is a wonderful role model for her family and community and holds a great vision for Oaxaca: a state whose diverse communities will fight for one another and work together to preserve its rich traditions, indigenous languages and surreal landscapes. She knows that as Coyote Aventuras grows, the team will always be a part of the movement as well.
María es una mujer increíble, Partera tradicional y fundadora de Hoja Santa, proyecto dedicado a la naturaleza medicinal y a la salud escencial.
Luis Fernando, chief organizing guru, keeps the Coyote team in good order. He grew up in Oaxaca City and quickly ingrained himself in the hospitality industry that has been at the epicenter of the city’s growth. Fernando credits much of the tourism boom to the Oaxacan custom of sharing and its warm energy, especially emanating from the bright colors on the worn walls. Fernando now makes sure the coordination between Coyote’s tours, community partners, and clients is perfect– that guests are engaged in a local and adventurous experience away from technology and more connected with the land and its people.
Fernando’s “work-hard play-hard” mentality enables the team to learn from each experience while trusting the process through the good and tough times. He sees us as “passengers of life” and is sure that Coyote’s adventurous soul will a great guide throughout. Fernando envisions a more equitable Oaxaca in part through the power of increased responsible tourism that has already provided numerous communities the opportunity to realize positive economic, health, and environmental changes.
Co-founder Fernando is a key asset to the Coyote team through his learned sense of balance, perseverance and constant sense of gratitude. Through his childhood and corporate career spent in Mexico City and years studying at the University of Tampa, he also brings an invaluable multicultural perspective through those years living in an urban environment where his bike never left his side. Needless to say however, Fernando belongs amongst the heartfelt people and therapeutic landscapes that are Oaxaca.
While working the corporate grind and fighting depression in Mexico City, Fernando’s admirable sense of self-awareness led to the realization that he needed to find healing outside the city and on his own terms. After an intense period of introspection, he connected with a traditional healer who provided him the opportunity to try plant medicine as an alternative to modern pharmaceuticals, which had proven ineffective. Fortunately Fernando found incredible strength through entheogens and has integrated those learnings into his interpersonal interactions and his passion to share other cultures and the natural environment in all its facets.
Through each life transition, physical activity has been key to reaching this mindset. Fernando consistently stays engaged with basketball and tennis leagues, which have been integral to maintaining positive community connections, while never losing sight of the vital role that individual sport plays in his life. Swimming in its inherent meditative and disciplinary teachings has proven to be a great tool in self-accountability. It’s a physical outlet but also a way to ensure he stays focused in all other areas of his social, professional and spiritual life.
Fernando knows that the journey that led to this refreshed mentality transcends his personal experience. He’s sure that many other people can also benefit from Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions and landscapes, just as he has. Here he sees immense potential in the emotional and spiritual growth that people can reach together and how we can heal as a larger divided world.
A professional in the field of responsible tourism, social justice, education and cross-cultural communication.
Co-founder Carlos is the key ingredient to all things Coyote. Drawn to the magic of Oaxaca and its dynamic cultural and biodiverse landscape, he holds a vision to share an unfiltered Oaxaca. While exposing travelers and locals alike to the beauty and complexities of the state, Carlos ensures Coyote maintains its sustainable and reciprocal approach in prioritizing lasting relationships within small and indigenous communities. Carlos has intentionally brought all team members into this lasting philosophy: to learn, to share, and to change for the better.
Since growing up in Jalapa, Veracruz, gaining his MBA in Mexico City and becoming an official tourism guide, Carlos continually focuses on incorporating a strong sense of social responsibility into his business and personal ethics. What also remains constant is his gratitude to work in the outdoors and the opportunity to introduce people to alternative perspectives, stunning scenery, and a shared sense of responsibility to protect and preserve. With Carlos, Coyote Aventuras will always be a steward for adventure and community building across Oaxaca.