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Hike - Benito Juarez to La Neveria 
Hike - Benito Juarez to La Neveria 

Mon, Jan 15


Parque Llano on Dr. Liceaga

Hike - Benito Juarez to La Neveria 

A true mountain hike starting at 2938 m. above sea level, with a moderate hiking level option. Mountain  /  Difficult

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Jan 15, 2024, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Parque Llano on Dr. Liceaga

About the event

About the Hike:  

The trek from the village of Benito Juarez to La Neveria is a true mountain hike with both a difficult and moderate option. The high point is just outside of Benito Juarez.. The initial 1.88 miles (3.0 km) is on a dirt road or a path bordering the road. The remainder, though, is a singletrack footpath that plunges through the forest down to the Rio Guacamayas — and then clambers steeply back up, eventually reaching La Neveria. Benito Juarez sits at 9600 feet (2926 meters) above sea level, and La Neveria comes in at 8921 feet (2719 meters).  The moderate hike option mainly follows the road that connects the two villages. The road runs along a ridge, and so does not have as much elevation change as the footpath. The singletrack trail at the end is steep in places.

As with all hikes in the area known as the Pueblos Mancomunados, there is an addiitonal admission and guide fee, so bring extra cash. Visitors are asked to dress in earth tones (green, brown and blue) and to avoid other colors, particularly bright ones. And speaking of garb, the temperature in the rain forest is typically 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit (6.6 degrees Celsius) cooler than in Oaxaca city and morning fog and drizzle are commonplace, even in the dry season, so light jackets and gloves are recommended. Given the steepness of the terrain, you may find a walking stick handy. Parasols are discouraged – much of the route is in deep shade, and overhanging vegetation is a hazard. Cameras and binoculars are encouraged. Participants should carry plenty of water and pack a hearty sack lunch to enjoy midway on the trail.

Time frame:  8:30 depart / 10:00 arrive Benito Juarez  / 10:30 begin both hikes / 1:00 lunch on trail / 1:30 easy hike reaches La Neveria / 1:45 difficult hike reaches La Neveria / 2:30 buses leave La Neveria / 4:30 return to Oaxaca. 

Rating: Difficult - 8.7 km, + elevation 363 m., - elevation 565 m., up to 36% grade / Moderate option - 8.2 km, 156 m. + elevation, 257 - elevation, up to 29% grade.


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