Guided Hike: 10 km / Fitness level: Intermediate – Advanced / Group Size: Up to 10 people


We meet at 7:00 AM in Macedonio Alcalá 802, Centro, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, ring the bell ‘’A’’, between Bicibella and Café Punto Paz.

Join us on a full day hiking and culture expedition in the mountainous town of Santiago Apoala. We’ll visit protected natural areas that have great hiking trails which lead you to waterfalls and lagoons. After a long hike, a traditional and delicious meal will be served in town. The water in the river is pristine as it is born in the mountains surrounding Apoala. Our group will also get to spend the day with a local guide who will share their in-depth knowledge on Apoalas history and legends.

Santiago Apoala is considered the cradle of Mixteca culture located in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca.  It’s name in Mixteco is Yutza Tó Ón which means” where the river starts”. The town has four municipal agencies that are Jazmín Morelos, San Antonio Nduayaco, Unión Buena Vista, and Tierra Colorada. Put together, these four municipal agencies make up a total of 1,250 inhabitants most of which are adults. Beautiful landscapes, caves, hiking trails, waterfalls, lagoons, and prehistoric paintings are just some of the reasons people come to explore Apoala. 

This pueblo, like many others in the state of Oaxaca, depends on individual labor for the success of the population. Therefore, almost every family in Santiago Apoala cultivates different types of foods. Wheat, corn, oatmeal, alfalfa, avocado, pear, quince, nisperos, and pomegranate are just some examples of foods produced in Apoala. Most of the town’s economy depends on agriculture; much of this agricultural trade is done by bartering. 

Discover Santiago Apoala with COYOTE Aventuras for a once in a lifetime experience. We’ll meet at seven in the morning at the COYOTE office for our departure. After meeting our guides, checking our equipment, and handing out fresh fruit, we’ll set off on a three hour ride to Apoala. 

The hike is intermediate level. Close toed shoes are recommended along with sandals or water shoes. The first destination is a beautiful canyon with magnificent views. After we’ve explored the canyon, we’ll follow the river down to the first lagoon where we can swim and jump into the blue water from a tree. Our third destination is another lagoon with calmer water and a pebble beach. After soaking in the beauty of these calm lagoons, we’ll hike up to Apoalas iconic waterfall where we can swim, take pictures, and hangout in the cave beneath the waterfall. Once we’re done swimming and enjoying the waterfall, we’ll finish our hike at our lunch destination back in town.

A well-deserved meal will be served at a local home. We’ll enjoy traditional Mixtec dishes that are cooked using ingredients cultivated in Apoala. These dishes are very hard to find in Oaxaca since the ingredients used are organically grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. During this multicourse meal, we’ll get to ask questions about the dishes and what other dishes are offered depending on the time of year. Our tour will end with a sunset trip back to Oaxaca with a departure of 5:00 or 6:00 PM. 

Visit this beautiful place with us and discover the magical town Santiago Apoala.


The cost of the hike may vary depending on the number of booked guests. The initial price for 1 person will be $5000, which is the price of a private Apoala tour. In case that another person joins the group, the standard price will be $2800.

Note: in the event that another person joins the group and you had paid the price of a private tour, a refund of half your payment will be issued. (only if you had not requested a private tour).

Cost of tour 

1 person – $5000

2+ people – $2800


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 Departure from Coyote Aventuras offices
10:00 Arrival at Santiago Apoala´s Scenic Viewpoint
10:45 Arrive in Town Eat gourmet sandwiches and get ready for a hike
11:10 Begin hike
13:40 First swim at a rarely visited lagoon
14:30 Swim at the second lagoon
15:15 Swim spot @ iconic and legendary waterfall
16:10 Back in town for lunch
17:30 – 18 Departure from Apoala to Oaxaca City
20:30 – 21 Arrive at Oaxaca City


– Certified guide
– Transport
– Drinks: Water, coffee, tea
– Breakfast: Fruit, memelas, hot chocolate and coffee
– Lunch: Vegetable soup, tostadas and refreshments (vegan and vegetarian options will be available)
– Trail Mix: Organic snacks
– Access to protected natural areas
– Insurance


Want to go Private?
Don’t see your desired date available?
Do you want to spend the night there?
Please contact us! We will do our best to make special arrangements for you!


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