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Oaxaca's Mountains & Mushrooms
In the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, a series of Zapotec communities are linked by a spectacular network of over 40 different hiking trails. In addition to the rich cultural experience and the natural abundance this region has to offer, these communities boast between 2,000 and 3,000 macroscopic mushrooms. In one community alone, 600 species have been identified.
In addition to the annual Feria de Hongos (Festival of the Mushroom) that occurs in July, Crooked Trails can now create adventures in these communities, the Pueblos Mancomunados, around the time of the mushroom.
Explore the mountains and mushrooms of the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca from May to August on your own customized experience in one of the most prolific fungi regions of the world.
Arrival in Oaxaca, Mexico
Welcome! Arrive in Oaxaca City and grab a taxi to your hotel in the heart of the action. Depending on your arrival time, Crooked Trails can set up a tasting menu at one of Oaxaca’s incredible restaurants, starting your introduction to local ingredients, traditional preparations, and world famous cuisine.
Private Cooking Class in Oaxaca City
Wake up at your leisure and enjoy the morning. In the afternoon, Chef Oscar at Casa Crespo will host a private cooking class which includes a market tour to purchase seasonal ingredients, grinding corn for tortillas, and utilizing his beautiful kitchen. Enjoy the meal you’ve prepared with a cocktail on the rooftop!
Oaxaca City - Cuajimoloyas
Begin your journey to the Sierras. In just under two hours, you will arrive in Cuajimoloyas, crowned the ‘Capital of the Mushrooms’ due to its perfect altitude for fungi. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a delicious local meal. In the afternoon the first immersion into the world of fungi begins, with a talk given by local collectors and guides about the importance of mushrooms in the region, and the role they play in the natural environment.
After breakfast, you will begin the hike through the forest with a community guide to identify and photograph the wild mushrooms you find. The local guide is well-versed in the uses of wild mushrooms: which are edible, and which are poisonous. In the evening, there will be a meeting with the women who have been utilizing the various mushrooms in their kitchens for generations, creating delicious and nutritious meals for their communities.
Cuajimoyolas - Benito Juarez - Oaxaca City
For the past two days, you will have learned in-depth about the region, the traditional use of fungi, and its importance to local communities. On the final day, you will see the mushrooms represent an economic bridge to the community. Sierra Viva is a group of women dedicated to the preservation of local hongos, from which has sprung a small cooperative. After a final hike to the last community of Benito Juarez, you will end with a true farm-to-table experience in the home of Señor Eli, whose family lives on a 100% organic farm. In the early evening, you will be transferred back to Oaxaca City.
Oaxaca City exploration
Enjoy a free day in Oaxaca City on your own with ample time to explore the many museums, restaurants, and markets that Oaxaca has to offer.
Optional: Allow Crooked Trails to arrange a day trip for your group. Options include a private tour of a small-batch mezcal farm, working with women in the weaving village of Teotitlan del Valle, or exploring the pottery villages of Atzompa.
Transfer to the airport to return home.
Optional Extensions: Add on 1 - 3 days hiking through the Pueblos Mancomunados, a 3-day extension to Oaxaca’s coast, or simply add several days in Oaxaca City.
7D / 6N
Custom departures available May - August
Oaxaca City - Cuajimoloyas - Benito Juarez - Oaxaca City
Customizable, Village Experience
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