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Hike-Special Mardi Gras hike Zegache to Tilcajete
Hike-Special Mardi Gras hike Zegache to Tilcajete

Tue, Feb 21


South-East corner of Llano Park

Hike-Special Mardi Gras hike Zegache to Tilcajete

No place in the Valles Centrales has a more outrageous Mardi Gras celebration than San Martin Tilcajete. Many dozens of young people dress in costumes to carouse through town, whooping and ringing cow bells and generally creating a scene.

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Time & Location

Feb 21, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

South-East corner of Llano Park, 17.067142, -96.719444

About the event

About the Hike:

Zegache to Tilcajete  - Cultural & Countryside

The little village of San Martín Tilcajete, 15.5 mi / 25 km south of Oaxaca city, is where most of the fanciful wooden alebrijes which  abound in local markets are carved and painted.  It is the destination  for today’s hike, which begins in the neighboring village of Zegache, 3  miles (4.8 km) distant across productive farmland where many of the  vegetables sold in Oaxaca’s markets are grown. For its part, Zegache is  home to a church rebuilt and painted by the renowned artist Rodolfo  Morales of Ocotlan. Today’s hike will commence at the restored church  and then proceed on unpaved country lanes.  The terrain is nearly flat,  with a gain in elevation of only 191 feet along the way.  Once arrived  in Tilcajete, we’ll pay a visit to some of the many workshops lining the  main street where locals (often husband & wife teams) produce alebrijes. Afterwards, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Oaxaca.

Lunch is not included in the ticket price

Mardi  Gras special feature!  Participants on this hike will get a special  treat, as they will encounter costumed residents of Tilcajete cavorting  through the streets in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.  You will  definitely want to bring your camera for this!

Time  frame:  9 am to 4:00 pm  /  Distance: 4.8 Km (3.0 Mi)  /  Elevation  change: 58 M (191 Ft) gain /  Type:  point to point  /  Trail:  city  streets & dirt roads   /  Exposure:  full sun  /  Rating: easy.


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