The route between Yanhuitlán, Tamazulapam and Apoala in the Upper Mixteca areas of Oaxaca, also known as the “Dominican Route”, goes back to the colonial period and is characterized by the presence of four old convents: San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula y Santo Domingo Yanhuitlán. In order to undertand and appreciate the historical, cultural and social richness offered by these areas it is necessary to mount the experience on its pre-Hispanic history which combines its rich cultural and gastronomic history with the intricate relation that its inhabitants have with the with the environmental services offered by nature. This relationship makes it possible today to implement many important conservation actions.
The visit includes a tour of the Upper Mixteca Geopark which is a community project focused on local development through educational tourism that promotes natural and cultural heritage. The Geopark has been supported by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through its Geography Institute, through historians from the Centre for Research and Higher Study in Social Anthropology (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social - CIESAS) and the town council. The GeoPark boasts numerous interesting and stunning examples of Earth’s plate tectonic movements and folds during the Cenozoico period.
The fieldtrip, which includes a visit to the communities of Teposcolula, Huamelulpan and Tlaxiaco, is an attempt to illustrate the intricate relation that exists between pre-Hispanic cultures and the development of agriculture and local culture. Similarly, the visit will explore traditional medicines and the lifestyles of indigenous communities in the region.
Environmental degradation and efforts in sustainable use of resources.
Local producers of art, Community organization and local authorities.
Implemented/current solutions or actions taken
Several income generating activities have been implemented related to existing relations between indigenous groups and their natural resources. Links to different spheres of the government have been made to address public Policy and sustainable activities.
Number of Participants
7.30 -8:30 Transit to Yanhuitlán
8:30-9:30 Breakfast at Yanhuitlán
9:30-11:30 Cultural tour of Yanhuitlán
11:30- 14:00 Visit to the GeoPark and a talk with the Yanhuitlán Commissioner for Communal Property
14:30 - 16:30 Lunch at Tiltepec Community’s Ecotourism Centre
16:30 Walking tour of Tiltepec
18:30 Leave for Piedra de Agua in Tamazulápam
20:30 Dinner and lodging at Piedra de Agua in Tamazulápam
8:00- 9:00 Breafast /Piedra de Agua Tamazulápam
9:30-10:30 Arrival at Teposcolula
10:30-11:30 Visit of Capilla Abierta (Open Chapel) in Teposcolula
11:30- 13:30 Visit to the archeological sites, Presentation of the Son’s Arrow show and a visit to the Community Museum of Huamelulpam
13:30-14:00 Arrival at Tlaxiaco
14:00-15:00 Lunch at Tlaxiaco
15:00-16:30 Tour and presentation of pre-Hispanic agricultural techniques and traditional medicine
17:00-20:00 Transit to Oaxaca City
This fieldtrip is being offered by Natura Consultores:
Diamante 110, col. Bugambilias, Oaxaca, Oax. Méx.
Cel. 044 951 504 00 61
Tel Oficina: (01951) 13 2 17 41