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The diversity of landscapes and towns offered by the Central Valleys of Oaxaca are endless for hiking lovers, but among the best options are:


Located an hour and a half from the city of Oaxaca. You can start by exploring the beautiful corners of the Magical Town. In its surroundings, the routes in the beautiful wooded landscapes also offer you the experience of being in contact with nature and there are several options:

Cueva del Arroyo

It is located north of the community. This adventure includes the exploration of the cave, as well as the observation of flora and fauna.

UMA de Venado Cola Blanca (White Tailed Deer)

It is an Environmental Management Unit whose objective is the conservation and reproduction of the white-tailed deer. So you not only enjoy the forest full of bromeliads, but you also have the opportunity to have contact and feed the friendly deer.

Cerro Pelado

It is one of the highest points of the town and therefore it is the ideal place to be able to contemplate either the sunrise or the sunset. Along the route you can enjoy pastures, oak forests and a wide variety of bromeliads and wild orchids. It is located 3 hours and a half from Capulálpam de Méndez.

Sierra Norte de Oaxaca

It is another place with various options for hiking: you can walk through the landscapes of coniferous forests that surround Ixtlán de Juárez until you reach the Pozuelos hill, where, continuing the journey, you enter a beautiful cloud forest and you can see bromeliads, orchids and mosses. It is located an hour and a half from the Magical Town.

In Benito Juárez, located an hour and a half from the city of Oaxaca, there is an ecotourism center at more than 3,000 meters above sea level. It is an ideal place for hiking in the middle of the coniferous forests where pine and oyamel abound. These roads were the ones used by the Zapotecs in the past and are known as “royal roads”. Additionally, you can visit a very attractive area called "Los Pinovetes" with pine trees over 300 years old and a height greater than 30 m (98 ft).

Hiking in Oaxaca

San Miguel Amatlán

Here you can travel the route of the Santa Ana river, descending a winding path of the Camino Real (Royal Road) that dates from pre-Hispanic times, in the middle of oaks and pepper trees. At the end there is an ex-hacienda and further on you will arrive at "Los Chapoteaderos". Another option in the area is the Las Minas route, where you walk along a path of pines and oaks until you reach Los Pozos de Sauz; later you will reach Las Minas (The Mines), offering an underground tour.

Centro Ecoturístico Ecoturixtlán (Ecotourism Center)

Located in Ixtlán, it offers tours in the middle of a cloud forest between oaks that measure up to 70 m (230 ft). The paths are populated with orchids, moss and ferns that together look like a true fairytale forest. It is located just 20 minutes from Caulálpam de Méndez.

Ixtlán de Juárez

It is a place with rich biodiversity in the middle of a forested landscape that is a delight for all those who like hiking. You can visit the viewpoint of Cerro de Cuachirindoo from where you will have an exceptional view of the town and its surroundings. Another trail will take you to the Los Pozuelos viewpoint to observe the beautiful surroundings and on clear days you will be able to see the Pico de Orizaba. If you like adventure, you can also visit the El Arco Grotto, which is the habitat of hundreds of bats and swallows. It is located 20 minutes from the Magic Town.


San Juan Atepec

In this place you can take beautiful walks in the Daniel H. Álvarez Bicentennial Ecological Park where you can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. It is located one hour and 20 minutes from Capulálpam de Méndez.

Vega del Sol

This area offers several attractions such as several springs, natural pools, waterfalls and a beautiful former tobacco farm where you can walk among rubber tree plantations. Located three and a half hours from Capulálpam de Méndez in the Papaloapan region.

Santa Martha Latuvi

It is a town full of traditions, especially the preparation of fruit preserves, and it has beautiful natural settings. You can take walks to an attractive spring. It is located just over an hour from Capulálpam de Méndez.

Centro Recreativo Los Molinos (Recreational Center)

It is located just 10 minutes from the Magical Town of Capulálpam and is an ideal place to walk among the beautiful natural landscapes of the region. You can also cycle the trails on the trails, rappelling or cross a river on a 100 m (328 ft) long zip line.


Hierve el Agua

It is a unique natural beauty with two beautiful petrified waterfalls 30 (98 ft) and 12 m (39 ft) high. In this place you can take a walk along a pedestrian path of approximately two kilometers, having a different perspective of the site when walk at the foot of the waterfalls.

Llano Grande

Located 66 km from Oaxaca, there is the option to hike the surroundings such as Piedra Larga that offers a panoramic view from one of the highest points of the Sierra Norte. Another option is to walk to Amatlán along trails between forests and waterfalls. You can also walk from Llano Grande to Cuajimoloyas in the middle of a pine and oak forest. There are other route to Benito Juarez and the Nevería to learn more about the flora and fauna of the forests.

Santiago Apoala

It is a place where there are several natural attractions including waterfalls, canyons, rocks and unique views of the valley. There are several options to explore such as the Cueva de la Serpiente (Serpent Cave), which is only for adventure lovers and the remains of cave paintings that will take you not only to discover its beautiful natural landscapes, but also part of its history. It is located two and a half hours from Oaxaca.


La Nevería

It offers you a different experience, in your tour you can learn about the process and cultivation of the variety of corn that grows in the mountains. If you want you can take a workshop on how to make tortillas.

From here you can take several routes: the local route where you will visit, in addition to the vegetable fields, a waterfall. La Nevería-Latuvi Route, which is a 10 km route where you go through a beautiful wooded landscape. Route La Nevería – La Cumbre, with a 20 km path where you explore the forest enjoying a beautiful landscape all the way. Route La Nevería - Tlalixtac, is an old route that was used at the beginning of the 20th century by community members and the distance is 25 km where you will have panoramic views of the central valleys. It is located just over two hours from Oaxaca.


It is located just over two hours from the city of Oaxaca. In addition to enjoying this beautiful town and its imposing colonial convents, you can walk the trail in Pueblo Viejo, the Camino Real trail or the forest trail in San Andrés Lagunas. If you are in good physical condition, you can visit the Las Nubes and La Peña viewpoints and enjoy a magnificent view of the valleys of Oaxaca.


This town is distinguished by its buildings with a clear French influence. In its surroundings you can see some cave paintings, a series of small waterfalls and several wheat mills. Located one hour from Teposcolula and two and a half hours from the city of Oaxaca.