Pueblos Mancomunados

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Pueblos Mancomunados

The Pueblos Mancomunados (Commonwealth of Villages) are eight remote villages (Amatlán, Benito Juárez, Cuajimoloyas, La Nevería, Lachatao, Latuvi, Llano Grande and Yavesía) protected under the umbrella of a unique and foresighted ecotourism project. Communally they offer great wilderness escapes and an up-close communion with Zapotec village life. More than 100km of high-country trails suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding run between the villages and to local beauty spots and places of interest, and you can easily enjoy several days exploring. Elevations in these hills range from 2200m to over 3200m, and the landscapes, with canyons, caves, waterfalls and panoramic lookouts, are spectacular.

The tour companies here are an
intercommunity cooperative that promote the communities preservation of natural and cultural heritage through the promotion of responsible tourism of high quality ecotourism that allows exploration of traditions and customs of the pueblos.

For centuries, these villages have pooled the natural resources of their 290-sq-km territory, sharing profits from forestry and other enterprises. In recent years they have also turned to ecotourism to stave off economic difficulties. Currently 120 local people work in a tourist industry that attracts 17,000 annual visitors. Ninety percent of the money goes directly back into the communities.


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      Features confirmed by parents

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Reviews (1)

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    Brinavet

    Mexico, Mexico City

    6, 5

    Based in Lachatao

    Reviewed 18 March 2018

    We originally planned to do horseback riding and hiking between the villages, but then we realized this might be too much to plan with our young children (ages 4&5 years). Therefore, we contacted Lachatao Expeditions and booked cabanas through them with the intentions of doing day trips out of the village. They were incredibly helpful and accommodating. We had a meal made by a local family in their kitchen and they gave us a tour of their property/small farm. We did a shorter horseback ride (totaling 3 hours) through the forest with Spanish moss. While we admired the view, we relaxed on the porch and played games with no access to the rest of the world.This is a personal opinion of a KiddieMundo user.

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    - We used Lachatao Expediciones www.lachataoexpediciones.com.mx and they catered our trip to our needs with children. It saved us about $1,000 to do the trip based out of Lachatao. -Be sure to have at least one meal with a local family in their home. Ask to have a tour and learn more about the ecotourism initiative. -Do ALL of your grocery shopping before you arrive as there are no grocery stores here and only a couple of people selling eggs out of their garages. There are kitchens and refrigerators in the cabanas. - Bring smores for the fireplaces or fire pits.

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    • - We used Lachatao Expediciones www.lachataoexpediciones.com.mx and they catered our trip to our needs with children. It saved us about $1,000 to do the trip based out of Lachatao. -Be sure to have at least one meal with a local family in their home. Ask to have a tour and learn more about the ecotourism initiative. -Do ALL of your grocery shopping before you arrive as there are no grocery stores here and only a couple of people selling eggs out of their garages. There are kitchens and refrigerators in the cabanas. - Bring smores for the fireplaces or fire pits.

    Practical info

    Col. Centro
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    01(951)-514-82-71

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