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Ecotourism in Oaxaca region
 Page updated on 03.10.2015
 
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Presentation of the Pueblos Mancomunados, small communitarian villages, isolated on the densely planted with trees high lands of the Sierra Norte. The villages are accessible to the visitors for an excellent guaranteed stay. This project allows the village people to keep their traditional activities and preserve their forests.
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This is Ecotourism from village to village : the eight Mancomunados villages, located in the cold mountains of the Sierra of Oaxaca, work together to manage their forest and water and to keep their medicine. There are 120 km (80 miles) marked trails covering 2,900 hectares (11 square miles). You can take them hiking or biking to reach any village and discover a nice region.
It is a place of hiking and mountain biking with possibilities of camping or lodging in the cabanas of the communities but it is also a place of sharing and exchanging with the Zapotec communities perched at 3,000 m (9843 feet) of altitude (you can attend cooking classes, see a traditional healer, have a temazcal..).
After 17 years of existence, the project of the Pueblos Mancomunados is the Mexican communitarian ecotourism place that welcomes the biggest number of visitors. The members of the project are really professional, with an information and reservation office in Oaxaca.
The villages, located in an exceptional environment, are linked together only with trails and offer only cabanas to the tourists. The principle of soft traffic (walking, biking or horse riding) naturally regulates the number of tourists on the lands. Here, the Indians (Zapotecos, Chinantecos and Mixtecs) manage their lands and belongings according to the ways and customs, with a political system that grant them quasi-autonomy. The decisions, the projects, the benefits are common and corruption is not proper. In the tourist project, the cabanas, bikes, buses and all the equipment belong to the eight villages. The inhabitants built the cabanas and trails and work on the reforestation and protection of water. In exchange, the benefits are reinvested into the common services, especially in health, transportation and education of the children.
The villages make 60% of their economic resources from forestry. They don’t want to go over this number. They needed to reforest their lands so they looked for a common development of economic alternatives. The ecotourism is one of them along with the mineral water bottle-filling factory, the mine and the flower nurseries and greenhouses.
The guides take the visitors to these places when asked. While they guide you, you will notice that they also check on fires, poachers and illegal wood-cutting. The 450,000 hectares (1737 square miles) of forests of the Sierra Norte are part of the protected ecosystems, included as part of the new Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (CBM), but the wood traffic rages in the whole state of Oaxaca. The tourist project has a real role to play in the protection of the forests. It brings real resources to the most visited and easily accessible villages.

Information :

Expediciones Sierra Norte
M.Bravo # 210
Oaxaca - (951) 514 82 71 - sierra_norte@infosel.net.mx,

One to five day stays organized for a reasonable price : Log onto the website : in order to better apprehend their objectives !

The different routes and facilities are described in this website :

 



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