Event Detail

Sports/Salud :: Walking / Caminata
Hike - Mitla Caves
9:00 AM
Oaxaca Lending Library
One might argue this is by far our longest hike — if measured by going back in time rather than in physical distance traveled. Elementary school kids are taught that the cradle of modern civilization is the Mesopotamian valley between the Tigris and Euphrates river where ancient Sumer was located. This is where wheat, barley, lentils, garlic and onions were domesticated 7,000 years ago, marking the beginning of the agricultural age. However, archeologists now know that the caves around Yagul and Mitla were occupied 7,000 years ago by people who had already domesticated corn and beans, as corn cobs and bean seeds were found there. And the great granddaddy of them all — domesticated squash — has been dated in local caves to 10,000 years ago! On today’s outing we will visit five caves located in hillsides just 3 miles (4.8 kms) from Mitla which were likely used as shelters by the forebears of today’s Zapotec people. There is an admission fee of 50 pesos per person and local guides must be hired through the “Bienes Comunales” office in Mitla. The group will stop for lunch at any of several restaurants in Tule after the hike.

Time frame: 9 am to 3:15 pm / Distance: 2.0 kms (1.3 miles) round trip / Elevation gain & loss: 111 meters (365 feet) / Type: loop trail / Trail: challenging hiking trail on steep hillsides with lots of steps and lose footing / Exposure: mostly sun / Rating: very difficult — on account of terrain and close quarters in caves
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Oaxaca Lending Library
Address: 519 Pino Suarez Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico 68000
Phone: 951-518-7077

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