HIKE AND SWIM IN THE HEART OF THE MIXTEC REGION
Guided Hike: 10 km / Fitness level: Intermediate – Advanced / Group Size: Up to 8 people
WHAT YOU’LL DO
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. Upon arrival, sandwiches made to order at Boulenc restaurant will be given out to group members, before we set off on the hike.
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.
Adults (13 +): $2,500 MXN
Kids (- 12): $2,500 MXN
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
Lunch in the Community
Trail Mix and Fruits
Sandwich or pizza rol
Access to protected natural areas
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