Oaxaca's Tourist Guide
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Ecotourism

Introduction

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The Northern Mountain Range and the Coast of the state of Oaxaca, are endowed with great natural beauty, which for many years was protected by the rugged geography which surrounded them. Today, the region has much to offer the visitor in the way of natural marvels which have been created through the passage of time.

Eco-tourism continues to grown in our state. The culture of ecology has grown deep roots in towns and cities, the inhabitants of which have learned to both respect and take advantage of the richness of its forests.

In the southern mountain range of the Oaxacan coast, it is possible for the visitor to alternate visits to the beautiful Huatulco Bays (Bahias de Huatulco) with adventures in the coffee plantations which are found in Santa Maria Huatulco, San Miguel del Puerto and Pluma Hidalgo. There, plantation owners provide assistance to the visitor in order that he or she learn about the natural and cultural riches that the residents have inherited through the passage of the years.

Imagine yourself navigating through the rapids of the Copalita river, contemplating beautiful sunsets and birds of many different species as they search for an evening refuge. It is possible to enjoy all of these activities to the fullest!

One of the ecological wonders of the world is found in the Northern mountain range of Ixtlan de Jurez, a mountain town whose inhabitants, from an early age, are aware of the need to respect the environment by taking care of, and protecting the flora and fauna that is found in its forests. It is for this reason, perhaps, that this region has developed an important eco-tourism project which it has made available to the visitor. The visitor is shown, via guided tours, what may well be the most attractive forests in the world. Here, it is possible, within a 60 minute period, to move from a hot, dry climate into mountains which are cold, damp and covered by ice the greater part of the year and upon which snow occasionally falls. The visitor will have the opportunity to see a large number of plants indigenous to the area, as well as birds, reptiles and mammals such as the tapir, the jaguar, the spider monkey and 3 varieties of guacamaya.

We invite you to brush the cob-webs from your mind and come to encounter a real paradise.

Another attractive option is a visit to the towns in which eco-tourist modules called Tourist Y (a Zapotec word which means the Tourist House) and tourist inns have been especially built to bring together all of the elements necessary to allow the visitor to experience great natural and cultural richness every day. It is here that ancestral traditions and customs still prevail.

The inns were designed to offer the visitor an alternative form of lodging, thereby assisting in ensuring a pleasant stay in all of the places visited. Generally, all of the inns have private rooms, small kitchens, bathrooms, areas for camping, parking spaces and a small shop which sells arts and crafts which are locally produced.

If the visitor wishes to see more of the surrounding area, we recommend a visit to the towns of Hierve el Agua [Boiling Water] (in San Lorenzo Albarradas), San Sebastian de las Grutas (Grotto), Santiago Apoala, San Francisco Yosocuta or Benito Jurez. The feeling of freedom that will come from travelling in this region cannot be compared with anywhere else.



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