Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary:
Community Forests of the Sierra Norte

Saturday, Oct 21  Fly to Oaxaca City. Welcome to Oaxaca! We'll meet at our hotel at 6 pm for introductions and tour talk before going out for dinner. (Overnight in Oaxaca; meals included - dinner)

Sunday, Oct 22  We travel to the town of Tlacolula that for centuries has hosted Sunday market. This fascinating, traditional, dynamic market is a feast of sights, smells and flavors. We'll spend some time losing ourselves here. Then we visit a village where women have been making pottery for over a millennium and spend the afternoon with a family of Zapotec women to learn how they make and woodfire their pots... and how they've managed their woods and non-timber fuels in subtle ways to keep themselves in firing fuel.  We'll spend the next two evenings in the town of Mitla. (Overnight in Mitla, meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Monday, Oct 23  Out early to catch the beautiful morning light at a natural wonder called Hierve el Agua. These mineral springs on a mountain side have created spectacular stone formations and pools. By lunch time we'll find ourselves in a place where we can lunch on a famous and complex Oaxacan sauce called mole, and we'll follow that with a visit to a still that produces another famous Oaxacan treat called mezcal, traditionally cooked with wood. We'll wrap up our day with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mitla to explore the palaces of ancient Zapotec kings.(Overnight in Mitla, meals included - breakfast, lunch)

Tuesday, Oct 24  We'll begin our morning visiting the home of a traditional village cook who will make us a breakfast that includes fresh made corn tortillas and a pre-Hispanic chocolate drink only found in Oaxaca. Then we'll take a peek at a tree listed in the Guinness Book of World Records! After that it's off to the Sierra Norte. On route we'll visit one of the first FSC certified forests in Mexico and take a walk thru their bird conservation area and a non-timber production initiative of resin, as well as a site for pre-technology Ice production for Oaxaca. We'll spend the evening at the Pueblo  Magico of Calpulalpam. (Overnight in Calpulalpam, meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Wednesday, Oct 25  Our morning will be spent in the village of La Trinidad where we'll learn about a small but important community-based forest management project certified for more than 20 years with an interesting approach to wood harvest and stewardship. In additional we'll learn about small-scale saw mills, local carpenters and charcoal production, which all add to the economy of the village. In the afternoon we'll spend time in Calpulalpam with a visit to a center for traditional medicine and the workshop of artisan toy makers working with sustainably harvested wood. (Overnight in Calpulalpam, meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Thursday, Oct 26  Yesterday we saw forest management on a small scale, today we'll see a large operation and learn the fascinating story of the town-owned and managed woods, forestry operation, nursery, sawmill and furniture factory in Ixtlan. Afterwards we travel deeper into the Sierra to the village of Analco and into the misty forest known as mesophile. Here we'll learn about the community and their careful management of plagues, pruning, and woods management, and spot the diversity of species being monitored. We'll spend the evening in the community owned and operated cabins on the edge of a pond. (Overnight in Analco, meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Friday, Oct 27  We leave the Sierra and return to Oaxaca City. In route we'll stop at a small shop of a wood smith who makes moinillos, or chocolate stirring sticks, out of sustainably managed alder on a lathe.After settling in to our hotel in Oaxaca and getting a bite to eat, we'll cap off our travels into this ancient land with a visit to the mountaintop ruins of Monte Alban with it's enormous and ancient Zapotec temples, palaces and ball court. In the evening we freshen up for a final dinner and official farewells. (Overnight in Oaxaca City, meals included - breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Saturday, Oct 28  A final meal is included on Saturday morning before you fly home or extend your stay to experience Day of the Dead festivities. (Meal included - breakfast)

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