E-BIKE TOUR: ZAPOTEC CULTURE IN OAXACA
Guided MTB Tour: 35-40 km / Fitness level: Beginner-Intermediate / Group Size: Up to 8 people
WHAT YOU’LL DO
We will travel 35 kilometers (22 miles) on e-bikes through Oaxaca’s Central Valley where we will learn about various aspects of Zapotec culture. On this experience, we are going to ride around Oaxaca City, visiting the ancient Zapotec archaeological site of Dainzú. Following our visit with the ancestors of the region, we will have a traditional breakfast in Teotitlán del Valle, where we continue our e-bike ride to the world capital of mezcal, Santiago Matatlán. Here, a family of mezcal producers will prepare a delicious mezcal tasting accompanied by some organic, locally-sourced Oaxacan cuisine. This adventure is sure to take you to unforgettable places where you will meet some of our amazing local hosts in their communities!
Oaxaca City is where we begin our e-bike adventure. We start by traveling through the picturesque cobblestoned streets of the centro histórico, observing certain iconic sites such as churches, parks, and neighborhoods where street artists decorate the walls with calls for social justice and colorful murals.
Our next stop is the Zapotec archaeological site of Dainzú (600 BCE – 1200 CE). Situated in the heart of the Central Valley region, Dainzú is a complex of different monuments that were used for specific religious rituals and the ancient ball game, which is still played in parts of Oaxaca today!
Here is where we will relive some elements of the past and pay homage to the ancestors of this territory. The archaeological site tells stories of grand ball players and the ancient life of the Zapotecs. While our guide tells us about the history of the site, we will get ready for the next step of our journey.
Let’s get on our e-bikes and start pedaling! We will travel through rural dirt roads, fields of agave, majestic mountains and the delicious aroma of Oaxaca’s countryside to arrive at Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community that still conserves grand part of its culture through vibrant traditions, the Zapotec language, cuisine, music, rituals and dance. Here, we will explore the town, visiting the local church and enjoying a delicious breakfast in the market. We will also be able to visit a family of artisans who weave unique Zapotec tapestries with ancestral and contemporary symbols.
The ride continues as we pedal through mountainous landscapes, agaves and flowers for various kilometers as we ride on roads that have been used since ancient times. Finally, we arrive at our destination, Santiago Matatlán, the world capital of Mezcal.
Here, a local family that produces artisanal mezcal waits for use with a delicious tasting and local Oaxacan cruise. This is where the essence of mezcal permeates the air and incites you to try a little bit of this ancestral drink. At our host family’s home we will begin to explore the secrets of this delicious distilled Oaxacan elixir. After our mezcal tasting awakes our senses, we will join the family to enjoy a traditional meal. Between laughs, history and a feeling of creating community, our transport will be waiting for us to take us back to Oaxaca City.
As the old Mexican saying goes, with our “stomachs full and our hearts content” we will begin our return to Oaxaca City, bringing with us memories from an amazing day, where we traveled through time learning about the ancient past and promising future of the Zapotec people.
Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).
7:00 Meet at the Coyote Aventuras Office 7:30 Ride through Oaxaca City 8:00 Leave for Dainzú 8:45 Visit the Dainzú Archaeological Site 9:00 Ride our E-bike 10:00 Arrival in Teotitlán del Valle 11:00 Breakfast in Teotitlán. 2:00 Visit the Tlacolula Market. 2:30 Ride to Santiago Matatlán 3:30 Arrival for our Mezcal Tasting & Traditional Lunch. 4:30 Return to Oaxaca City
Drinks: water, coffee, tea, chocolate, beer
Breakfast: Memelas, quesadillas, and eggs. Home-made salsas. (Veggie and vegan options)
Lunch: Vegetable soup, mole, tlayudas, beef, chicken
Trail Mix: nuts, almonds, cacao
Want to go Private?
Don’t see your desired date available?
Please contact us! We will do our best to make special arrangements for you!
I love to travel
Out of the Box
Need more info?
Send us a message