Event Detail

Jan
07
Saturday
Jan
07
Sat
Sports/Salud :: Walking / Caminata
Hike - El Picacho
9:00 AM
Oaxaca Lending Library
Description:
Challenging option: The Zapotec village of Teotitlan del Valle sits in the Tlacolula valley 19 miles (31 km) east of Oaxaca city. It is the most renowned of the weaving villages of the area, famous for the rugs and many other items most families there spend their time producing and selling. It is also reputed to be one of oldest continuously inhabited sites on earth, with archeological records going back over 7,000 years (making it as old as Damascus). The community museum and the new cultural center on the market square are worth a visit, as are a number of home workshops where villagers work their textile magic. However, the object of our attention is El Picacho, the peak that looms above the town. We will hike the well-defined trail that winds up the side of the mountain to the cross and shrine at the summit. The way is fairly steep, calling for a good dose of stamina. There are panoramic views at the top to reward those who make it all the way. There is a 15 peso charge to hike the trail. After the hike the group will stop for lunch at any of several restaurants in Tule on the way back to Oaxaca.

Time frame: 9 am to 3:30 pm / Distance: 4.7 Km (2.9 Mi) / Elevation gain & loss: 334 M (1097 Ft) / Starting point: 1752.6 M (5750 Ft) / Highest elevation: 2081.8 M (6830 Ft) / Type: out & back / Trail: footpath / Exposure: mostly full sun / Rating: difficult

Moderate option: Those hikers who don’t feel compelled to climb El Picacho have a ready alternative in the trails that stay in the valley and loop around the reservoir at the edge of town and and the dirt road which climbs 4000 feet in elevation to the village of Benito Juarez. The same 15 pesos admission charge applies to the easier hike as well. After the hikes, both groups will stop for lunch at any of several restaurants in Tule on the way back to Oaxaca.

Time frame: 9 am to 3:30 pm / Distance: 6.8 Km (4.2 Mi) / Elevation gain & loss: 152 M (500 Ft) / Starting point: 1752.6 M (5750 Ft) / Type: out & back / Trail: country road / Exposure: full sun / Rating: moderate
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Oaxaca Lending Library
Address: 519 Pino Suarez Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico 68000
Phone: 951

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