HIKE & SWIM AT ICONIC APOALA WATERFALLS
Guided Hike: 10 km / Fitness level: Intermediate – Advanced / Group Size: Up to 10 people
WHAT YOU’LL DO
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 an overnight trip in the mountainous town of Santiago Apoala. On this expedition, we’ll stay in cabin-style rooms overnight and have the opportunity to decompress in this beautiful spot tucked away in the Mixteca Alta.
During this trip, we’ll visit protected natural areas, swim beneath waterfalls, and explore a sacred cave. The water in the river is pristine as it is born in the mountains surrounding Apoala making it the perfect place to bathe and swim. During the hikes, our group will be joined by a local guide who will share their in-depth knowledge on Apoalas history and legends. Meals will be served as needed by local cooks who carry hearty and ancient Mixteca recipes.
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.
This tour operates with a minimum of 3 persons. In case the tour doesn’t meet the minimum, the tour will be canceled, and you will receive your full refund
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 second lagoon.
15:15 Swim spot @ iconic and legendary Waterfall.
16:10 Back in town for lunch.
17:30 – 18:00 Departure from Apoala to Oaxaca City.
20:30 – 21:00 Arrive at Oaxaca City
– Certified guide
– 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
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