Sendero del Jaguar: Whisperers of Preservation

Embark on a profound journey through the ancient paths of the Chinantla mountains, guided by local experts steeped in Chinantec wisdom.

Sierra Chinanteca, Oaxaca


5 days,4 nights

Activity level: Balanced Intensity (Intermediate Advanced)

Hiking experience


From $1,089 USD

 

Ranging 10 km daily

Discover the world through hiking

We look for new perspectives within cultures and communities in remote places that exist outside of modern societal structures which are focused only in progress and gains.

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We will depart from Oaxaca City in comfortable transportation provided by Aire Libre.

 

Upon arrival at Cascada de Niebla, we will enjoy a serene evening immersing ourselves in one of the most well-preserved cloud forests in the area, famous for its breathtaking sunsets.

 

Lunch & Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Cascada de Niebla Cabins

We’ll leave the community of Santiago Comaltepec behind and venture into Tepetotutla, a community that has harmoniously coexisted with jaguars, emphasizing the importance of water conservation.

 

After navigating through dense and ancient forests, we’ll reach our campsite where we’ll enjoy hearty meals and well-deserved rest.

 

As the sun sets, we’ll be serenaded by a chorus of unique birds native to the region. This mountainous terrain boasts an extraordinary variety of bird species, including the majestic pheasant.

 

We’ll spend the night in our “million-star” tents, immersed in the enchanting ambiance of the cloud forest.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included
Accommodation: high-altitude campsite amidst the cloud forest

We will embark on a captivating descent spanning 12 kilometers with a -1,650 meter of negative elevation, leading us to the heart of the conservation core zone. Here, we’ll find one of the world’s most enchanting cloud forests, adorned with a rich tapestry of bromeliads, orchids, magnolias, ancient oaks, sweetgums, mosses, and towering trees. It is almost guaranteed to come across fresh tracks of jaguars and other mammals, as well as sightings of the emblematic Great Curassow.

 

As we hike, the surroundings will gradually transform into a verdant mesophile forest until we reach Santa Cruz Tepetotutla, a village guarded by Nahuales, people of profound wisdom. This village stands out as one of the tidiest and most immaculate places you’ll ever visit, boasting a wealth of medicinal plants, captivating history, and residents with hearts as vast as the forest itself. We will spend the night in cozy cabins, and the meals, without a doubt, will become delightful stories to share back home—each dish a unique blend of deliciousness and local charm.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included
Accommodation: Cabins at Estación Modelo Tepetotutla

Today we will say our goodbyes to Santa Cruz Tepetotutla to start a lush descent 4 km hike into the next community that will welcome us: San Antonio Del Barrio.

While a single day can hardly capture the essence of this paradise, we dedicate this day to relaxation, savoring the delightful weather, and immersing ourselves in the pristine waters of the Perfume River.

 

We will delight in the region’s signature dish, “caldo de piedra,” prepared right by the river, and take the chance to connect with families who continue to preserve their ancestral customs and traditions.

 

As the day unfolds, we’ll come together for a surprise workshop, and as night falls, we’ll be lulled to sleep by the gentle and rhythmic melodies of the river.

 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Included
Accommodation: Community Cabins at San Antonio del Barrio

We’ll kick off the day with a hearty traditional breakfast, a fitting farewell to the Chinanteca communities that have welcomed us. Our adventure culminates as we explore one of the region’s most iconic and breathtaking sites: the edible forests of the lower Chinantla.

 

By approximately 5:30 PM, we’ll arrive back in Oaxaca City, marking the end of our unforgettable journey.

Our team

Who to follow

Your Host

Santiago Carsolio,

Resides in Valle de Bravo and hails from a family of passionate mountaineers. Both his grandparents and parents were avid mountaineers and ultra-distance runners. Santiago’s deep-rooted love for nature and physical activity was instilled in him from a young age. For years, he has been engaged in mountain trail running, not merely as a sport but as a means of healing and exploring new horizons.

 

He has been actively involved in alternative education initiatives, forest therapy, sustainable tourism, and nature guiding for several years. Collaborating with organizations, universities, and the private sector, Santiago believes that transformative experiences in nature can heal our relationship with ourselves and, consequently, with the environment affected by the environmental crisis.

 

Personally, Santiago is a natural explorer and harbors a boundless curiosity about nature. His passion has led him to set records on many of the country’s highest mountains, including Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl, Nevado de Toluca, and Tacaná, among others. When with Santiago, expect engaging conversations about mountains, history, mythology, plants, ecology, and various sensory activities to rejuvenate the body. Santiago is one of our Lead Guides at Aire Libre Running and the creative mind behind many of our “Local Escapes Mexico” experiences.

 

To connect with Santiago, you can find him on Instagram as @santiagocarsolio

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For five days, you’ll embark on a transformative journey along the ancient trails of Chinantla, guided by locals deeply rooted in Chinanteca culture. Explore the Oaxacan Chinanteca Sierra, where you’ll sleep beneath the stars amidst towering pine trees, encounter endemic wildlife, and swim in the region’s rivers. Delight in regional gastronomy, discover the secrets of medicinal plants, and tread the Jaguar Trail, where jaguars and local communities peacefully coexist. It’s a unique experience where nature and culture converge in their most profound expression.

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Sendero del Jaguar: Whisperers of Preservation

Join us for  a unique and transformative journey that will immerse you in the heart of Chinantla, a natural treasure harboring 11% of Mexico’s humid tropical rainforests. In this captivating oasis, traditions, culture, and nature have coexisted harmoniously since ancient times, infusing vitality into the nation’s second most crucial basin. Explore the profound human connections with the Chinantec mountains.

On our first night, we’ll indulge in the rustic charm of pitched-roof cabins, each housing shared rooms with two double beds. Every cabin is equipped with a full bathroom (shower and toilet), providing hot water, electricity, and Wi-Fi.

 

The second night, we will enjoy a completely isolated campsite within the dense cloud forest. The depth of the forest and the stars will witness a night that integrates the group with the local team, who are extremely hospitable. The 4-season tents accommodate 2 people each, with no access to electricity, mobile network, or Wi-Fi. The campsite features eco-friendly dry toilets, and all food and water are supplied by Aire Libre.

 

For our third night, we’ll find sanctuary in the Modelo Tepetotutla cabins—a unique haven for lodging and scientific exploration. Surrounded by agro-forestry coffee plantations and an orchid nursery, the station offers alpine shelter-style rooms. Divided into two main sections—one for women and another for men—these rooms feature single bunk beds. Shared bathrooms, toilets, a central courtyard adorned with endemic plants, and a dining area with panoramic forest views await. While internet access is not available, electricity is provided for your convenience.

 

Our fourth and final night will be spent in the welcoming embrace of San Antonio del Barrio Community Cabins. These cabins feature shared alpine shelter-type accommodations, with single bunk beds divided among three rooms, each accommodating up to five individuals. Enjoy the serene ambiance from the expansive terrace overlooking the mystic cloud forest. Common spaces like the dining room, living area, and kitchen foster a sense of community and connection.

March Edition

This month marks a period of drought, where the valleys are adorned with an abundance of fruits, butterflies and seasonal delights as the forests create a captivating contrast between their orange foliage and the lush green of conifers. The route weaves through bodies of water, bringing a refreshing touch amidst the prevailing dryness. Please note that mornings can be brisk due to the proximity to the mountains.

 

November Edition

November paints the landscape with vibrant hues as fields burst into bloom, marking the transition into winter. The mountains mirror this colorful spectacle. The skies remain mostly clear, accompanied by gentle winds. Precipitation chances are low, and the mornings offer a slightly chilly embrace.

The journey is designed hand in hand with local allies of the ancient Chinantec culture who care for and protect the forests through which we will be traveling, along with all the resources that benefits thousands of people downstream. The conservation status of the forests is a priority to the Sendero del Jaguar project, which is why our groups remain small, respecting the loading capacity of native forests. We follow responsible practices of Conservation Tourism and Regenerative Tourism. 

 

For those reasons, do not expect the comforts of a resort, boutique hotel, or all-inclusive hotel. Anticipate clean accommodation with basic amenities and shared bathroom facilities. 

 

Maintaining customs and traditions, as well as the natural context, encourages us to have Low Impact Tourism, benefiting both travelers by exposing us to different paradigms, rhythms, diets, and worldviews in harmony with the earth’s rhythms. It also benefits local communities by expanding the network of livelihoods through responsible tourism practices and the social encounters it enables. 

 

The limited Wi-Fi/mobile connectivity will allow us an invaluable detoxification from the usual digital stimuli.

 

What type of Tourism is Sendero del Jaguar?

  • Nature Tourism
  • Conservation Tourism
  • Biocultural Tourism
  • Regenerative Tourism
  • Rural Tourism
  • Transformative Tourism
  • Low Impact Tourism

 

What type of Tourism is NOT Sendero del Jaguar?

  • Lifestyle Tourism
  • Mass Tourism
  • Remote Work Tourism
  • Luxury Travel
  • Entertainment Tourism
  • All-Inclusive Tourism

INCLUDED:

  • Disconnection from Wi-Fi and mobile network, technological detox.
  • Transportation throughout the whole experience.
  • Specially designed trails along the magical landscapes of the Oaxacan Chinantla.
  • All meals and accommodations for the duration of the experience
    *The majority of our meals are plant-based, and for those that are not, we can cater to all dietary preferences.
  • Expert guidance from specialists in the region’s flora, fauna, and mushrooms
  • Knowledgeable and professional local guides.
  • Entrance tickets to all national parks and ejidos included in the experience.
  • Aire Libre & partner brands merchandise.
  • Complimentary La Familia Global Community Membership ($ 25 USD value).

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transportation to/from Oaxaca City.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend securing personal travel insurance for your peace of mind.
  • Alcoholic beverages and any additional meals beyond the provided ones.
  • Please note that throughout most of the trip, there will be limited phone signal or internet access, given the remote nature of our destionation. Keep in mind that this experience involves rural and indigenous community tourism, so access to hot water may vary, although it is generally available.
  • Currently, Mexico’s international borders remain open.

  • A valid passport is required for entry.

  • Foreigners might be required to present a return ticket.

  • A visa might be required depending on your nationality

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