Indigenous Community Encounter (5 days)

The development of a fair trade economy based on responsible, sustainable tourism is one of the foundational pillars of indigenous community survival. Explore the real world success stories of Oaxaca’s internationally recognized Commonwealth Village Project and see firsthand how locally owned and managed enterprises combine respect for the natural environment and regional culture with tangible profitability.

DAY 1
Visit two community owned companies in Oaxaca City that provide wood and spring water products respectively
Transfer to and overnight in the community of Benito Juarez

DAY 2
Visit the ecotourism center of Benito Juarez
Lecture on the history and development of the Commonwealth Village Project
Tour through Mr. Eli’s organic farm
Lookout point at Benito Juarez
Overnight in Benito Juarez

DAY 3
Hike to the community of La Nevería
Volunteer work in the community greenhouses
Overnight in La Nevería

DAY 4
Transfer to the ecotourism center of Cuajimoloyas
Hike through Coyote Canyon to “La Parcela” cabañas
Lecture on the history and development of “La Parcela” and the regional wild mushroom fair
Overnight in Cuajimoloyas

DAY 5
Transfer to the ecotourism center of Llano Grande
Lecture on the history and development of “Llano Grande”
Walk in forest
Return transfer to Oaxaca City

Price: from $245
English speaking guide: additional $60 per day

Features

Your Indigenous Community Encounter (5 days) includes the following:

  • Round trip transportation from Oaxaca City
  • Entrance fees to the Commonwealth Village Project
  • 3 day hikes (with local guides)
  • 4 conferences on the Commonwealth Village Project
  • 1 visit to the Forestry Project
  • 1 visit to local organic farms
  • Zip lines
  • 1 visit to community greenhouse
  • 14 meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • 4 nights accommodation (private cabañas)
  • Travel insurance
Details
  • Tour duration: 4 nights, 5 days
  • Tour departure: from Oaxaca City (details will accompany your reservation confirmation)
  • Tour group size: minimum 10 persons
  • Activity level: easy
  • Clients who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate
Recommendations

Please bring the following to your Indigenous Community Encounter (5 days):

  • Biodegradable sunscreen/repellent
  • Small backpack
  • Comfortable clothing for included activities (hiking, biking and/or horseback riding)
  • All clothing neutral colors (bright colors are not permitted)
  • Comfortable hiking/walking shoes
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Items for personal hygiene (soap is provided)
  • Sweater or jacket
  • Raincoat (during rainy season)
  • Jacket, gloves, cap and scarf (during winter months)
  • Extra $$ for souvenirs, tips etc…
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