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Walking & Hiking Tours — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca


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Walking forces you to slow down, giving you time to observe a place, taking in its rhythms, engaging with its people, bringing you deeply in contact with it, making walking a great way to experience a place. And walking and hiking tours offer a convenient way of visiting a place, especially when pinched for time, by avoiding many of the inevitable hassles that come with self-organizing an excursion. In the city several reputable outfits lead guided walks in the city and hikes throughout the state.

In general, when choosing a tour company, it's best to stick with an outfit specializing in one or two things; presumably, it'll do them well. If a company claims it can do many things, chances are it'll be mediocre at them all.

This listing of tour companies, although not complete, comes from recommendations by other travelers. In fact, word of mouth is the best way to determine if a tour is right for you — talk to other travelers, ask at the front desk, check with Spanish Language schools, or visit the tourist information office. Also, make sure to check the listings in this guide for tours in places of interest, since most do not have a presence in the city.

  Walks & Hikes



Oaxaca Tours   Tours     (M)
Offers a range of tours and services — walking the city, private car and driver around the valleys, and hiking in the Sierra Norte.


Academic Tours in Oaxaca   Tours     (E)
Located just over a mile north of the Zócalo in the Lomas del Crestón neighborhood, west of Colonia Reforma, Academic Tours specializes in putting together customized tours with a focus on the the state's cultural and historical heritage, including walking tours of the city's colonial center. Its website has detailed information on tours, lectures, and prices.


Ecoturixtlán   Outdoor Adventure Tours     (G)
Ecotourist cooperative run by the village of Ixtlan de Juarez in the Sierra Norte mountains. Activities and amenities include hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding along pine- and oak-forested trails; cabins with fireplaces; and a restaurant that serves traditional Oaxacan food. In Ixtlan de Juarez the office is at Av. 16 de Septiembre, corner of Revolución in front of city hall, 951-553-6075.


Rancho Buenavista   Outdoor Adventure Tours     (H)
From its headquarters, a ranch twenty minutes outside the city in full view of Monte Albán, Rancho Buenavista leads guided rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking outings in the valleys and Sierra Norte and to the Pacific coast, as well as mountaineering expeditions outside of the state to the summits of the Pico de Orizaba, La Malinche, and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. A stay at the ranch is in itself a worthwhile experience, with comfortable cabañas (Mex$300, or pitch a tent for only Mex$50), nearby hiking trails, and interesting villages within walking distance. Their website has detailed information on outings and accommodations.


Tierraventura   Tours     (J)
Run by a multilingual German an Swiss couple, Tierraventura operates guided ecotours and workshops throughout the state focused on cultural exchanges, traditional medicines, ecological awareness, and hiking. Their website has detailed information on tours, workshops, and prices.


Bicicletas Pedro Martinez   Outdoor Adventure Tours, Bike Rental     (O)
Runs half- and full-day guided bike tours for all levels in the city and the valleys and multi-day trips to the sierras and the Pacific coast. Also runs guided hikes and mixed tours of hiking and biking. Costs vary, starting at Mex$430 for city bike tours and topping off at Mex$4250 (all inclusive) for the four-day trip to Puerto Escondido. All guided trips have a two person minimum. Bike rentals are available for Mex$120 per day, includes helmet, lock, tools, and map. The shop also sells new and used bikes, as well as a full line of accessories.


Expediciones Sierra Norte   Outdoor Adventure Tours     (C)
Leads single- and multi-day guided biking and hiking tours for all levels in the pine- and oak-forested Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountains.

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