Los Pueblos Mancomunados are a 400,000 hectare community-run ecotourism reserve located in the Sierra Norte mountains of Oaxaca State. The reserve is made up of seven villages: Amatlán, Benito Juárez, Latuvi, Cuajimoloyas, La Nevería, Llano Grande and Yavesía (Lachatao still participates informally but left the collective in 2007). These towns are connected primarily via gravel roads and hiking trails and sit at an elevation of between 7,000 – 10000+ ft (2133m-3048m).
There are a wide variety of outdoor activities you can do there including hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, bird watching, and horseback riding, and more. The park offers local guides who will explain the history and biology of the different forests and make sure you get around easily. The guides are generally not bilingual but will often know some English words.
Sprinkled throughout the reserve are cabins to stay in (which are very clean and comfy) and small restaurants where you can eat hearty Mexican food like beans, rice, Tlayudas, trout, and tostadas.
Approximate Costs: The park costs 60 pesos per person to enter. This money is distributed in the community and goes towards funding many community improvements. The cabins generally cost around ~240 per person each (depending on the size of cabin you book). One of the guides or residents will light a fire for you and supply you with a great supply of firewood for roughly 60 pesos.
If you’d like to do a bit of hiking/exploring near Oaxaca City, sit around a fire in a cozy cabin, or just get some forest time in, this is your place. Bring hiking shoes, a book, a hammock, and warm clothes (temps can get down into high 30s F (or 2-6C) at night).
The busses and vans that go the Cuajimoloyas, Llano Grande, and Benito Juarez leave from the second-class bus station oaxaca. Autotransportes Benito Juárez is one company with service to the sierra norte (including Los Pueblos Mancomunados). It’s also possible to catch transport up into the Sierra Norte from Tlacolula (which has an enormous market that’s worth checking out)
This is the go-to site for booking the cabins and guides.
Coyote Aventuras is tour company that can setup all the gear, housing, and transportation logistics for you. (disclaimer: they are friends of OaxacaExplorer).
If you’d like to get a bit of a deeper understanding of this place, its history, and the effects of this ecotourism model.
- Benito Juarez and Latuvi Hiking Trail
- Cuajimoloyas to Lachatao Hiking/Biking Trail
- Cuajimoloyas to Teotitlan del Valle via Benito Juarez Road/MTB Ride
- Cuajimoloyas to Yavesia Road Bike Ride
- Lachatao to Latuvi Road/MTB Trail
- Latuvi to Benito Juarez Road/MTB Trail
- Latuvi to Cuajimoloyas Hiking Trail
- Llano Grande to Benito Juarez Road Bike Ride
- Mil Rios MTB Trail
- Neveria to Latuvi Hiking/Biking Trail