Welcome to Oaxaca!

Kirchoff Fitness Adventures provides a once in a lifetime experience in global travel which will not only challenge your body, but will open your mind and soul to other cultures. Our commitment to getting you physically prepared along with giving back to the local communities around the world guarantee that when you travel with Kirchoff Fitness Adventures you will have a truly unique experience whether you are trekking in Nepal, or Cycling in Vietnam, hiking in Peru, or Kayaking in Croatia.

Kirchoff Fitness will be teaming up with yoga instructor, and nutrition coach-Elsa Gil, a native of Mexico City, to explore the diverse state of Oaxaca Mexico. Oaxaca State is the most diverse and indigenous region of Mexico, where some 17 languages (including Spanish) are still spoken. We will begin in the UNESCO World Heritage of Oaxaca City, an architectural gem filled with amazing museums, festivals, colorful handicrafts, pre-Columbia ruins and baroque churches. It is revered as the culinary capitol of Mexico.

We will take you off the beaten path, providing the opportunity to support the local Zapotek communities while trekking through the forest land of Pueblos Mancomunados in the Sierra Norte. We will have an opportunity to learn about the cultures, fruit trees and medicinal plants along the way.

Finally we will end our journey at the Pacific Ocean in beautiful, Puerto Escondido where you will eat delicious home cooked food, do some sunset and sunrise yoga, take a surfing or paddleboard lesson and enjoy cocktails by the pool. We are so excited to have you with us for this extraordinary adventure.

DAY DATE LOCATION / ACTIVITY
Day 01 Sat, Mar 16, 2019 Oaxaca City
Arrive
Day 02 Sun, Mar 17, 2019 Oaxaca City
Optional running / City tour / Tlacolula Market
Day 03 Mon, Mar 18, 2019 Oaxaca City Sierra Norte
Transfer to Llamo Grande Trekking
Day 04 Tues, Mar 19, 2019 Sierra Norte
Trekking
Day 05 Wed, Mar 20, 2019 Sierra Norte Trekking Oaxaca
Trekking
Day 06 Thurs, Mar 21, 2019 Oaxaca City
Monte Alban Ruins, half day free
Day 07 Fri, Mar 22, 2019 Oaxaca City
Optional running / Botanical gardens, half day free
Day 08 Sat, Mar 23, 2019 Oaxaca City Puerto Escondido
Yoga, beach, pool
Day 09 Sun, Mar 24, 2019 Puerto Escondido
Yoga, paddle board, yoga
Day 10 Mon, Mar 25, 2019 Puerto Escondido Mexico City
Depart, back to USA

Tour Summary: Itinerary in Brief

DAY 01 | SAT, MAR 16, 2019

Welcome Dinner

El Diablo y la Sandia

ARRIVE TO OAXACA CITY

Welcome to Oaxaca City! You will be welcomed at El Diablo y la Sandia Libres, in Oaxaca. Enjoy a relaxing walk around the city. We will meet in the evening for our welcome dinner.

DAY 02 | SAT, SEP 22, 2018

Breakfast, Lunch

El Diablo y la Sandia

Mercado de Tlacolula

SUNDAY MARKET IN TLACOLULA & EXPLORE OAXACA CITY

(We will have an option to do a short run around the city: 3-4 mi.)

Begin the day with a healthy delicious breakfast at our accommodation. Enjoy fresh juice, local coffee and fresh fruit as part of your meal. After breakfast we will head out to the Sunday Market in Tlacolula.

Arguably the most famous Oaxacan market outside of the state capital is the Mercado de Tlacolula, just 45 minutes east of Oaxaca City. Hunt for handmade rugs from Teotitlán del Valle, and absolutely try some of the region’s mezcal, but don’t leave without trying the barbacoa.

Tlacolula is a traditional market tianguis that has been taking place since Zapotec and Mixtec times. Tlacolula market is present all year round but it is on Sunday when it has its market day (día de plaza). Tlacolula market on Sundays is awash with fantastic food, colorful artisans and plants, dried chillies and seeds and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Many people from the surrounding villages come to buy and sell at Tlacolula on Sundays. In the afternoon we will return to Oaxaca City for a tour of the city.

DAY 03 | MON, MAR 18, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cabins

Sierra Norte Mountains

OAXACA CITY LLANO GRANDE COMMUNITY TREKKING IN THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

It’s an early start to the day with breakfast then we’ll head out for our journey to the Sierra Norte Mountains.

08:00 - Transfer Oaxaca to Llano Grande in Sierra Norte

10:00 - Arrive to Llano Grande. We’ll start our hike to Amatlan throughout the trail “Yatini”. This trail crosses the territory of Pueblos Mancomunados, change in elevation, climate and vegetation is pronounced and due to its length, go physical condition is required. Distance: 22 kilometers approximately. (At half way a picnic is included)

Activity: Trekking/hiking
Distance: Approx 23 km
Altitude/Elevation: Start point: 10,000 ft. Finish point: 6,560 ft

DAY 04 | TUES, MAR 19, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cabins

Pulque and tepache

TREKKING IN THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

08:00 - Breakfast

10:00 - Hiking through “The Camino Real” (Royal Trail), which was part of an ancient pre-Hispanic route that linked the Zapotec cities located in the Valley of Oaxaca with the Gulf of Mexico. We will find, on the way, vestiges of the original stone paved trail. Part of the road follows the riverside. We will cross a canyon and you will observe the marvelous flora of the Sierra Norte.

We’ll stop for a local lunch in Latuvi then visit Mr. Martha to learn about the “Pulque and tepache”, two ancient beverages. After lunch we will return and enjoy free time.

Take a temascal (Traditional bath with medicinal plants)
*additional cost/reservation required

Activity: Trekking/hiking
Distance: Approx 14 km
Altitude/Elevation: Start point: 6,560 ft. Finish point: 7,874 ft.

DAY 05 | WED, MAR 20, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Diablo y la Sandia

Los Danzantes Restaurant

SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS OAXACA CITY TREKKING IN THE SIERRA NORTE MOUNTAINS

After breakfast we will hike from Latuvi to Benito Juarez through the along a rural path used by the farmers to get to their farmlands. We will end our Sierra Norte adventure in the mirador o Benito Juárez with a nice view from central valles and a suspension bridge. Then we’ll enjoy lunch with a local family.

After lunch we’ll head back to Oaxaca city to rest at our hotel before a delicious dinner at Los Danzantes.

Activity: Trekking/hiking
Distance: Approx 14 km
Altitude/Elevation: Start point: 6,560 ft. Finish point: 7,874 ft.

DAY 06 | THURS, MAR 21, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

El Diablo y la Sandia

Monte Alban Ruins

EXPLORE MONTE ALBAN RUINS / OAXACA CITY

08:00 - Departure

14:00 - Half day free

Dinner on your own

After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the Monte Alban Ruins. One of the most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico was inhabited between 500 BC and AD 1000 by Olmecs, Zapotecs, and Mixtecs, who carved pyramids, terraces, dams, and canals directly out of the mountain. Its sheer size will give you room to roam — and learn about ball games played, literally, to the death. Lunch is at nearby Itanoni, where all the recipes are based on corn, the local wonder food.

You will have the afternoon to explore markets, look at pottery and textiles, go to museums etc.

DAY 07 | FRI, MAR 22, 2019

Breakfast, Dinner

El Diablo y la Sandia

Oaxaca Ethno Botanical Gardens

OAXACA ETHNO BOTANICAL GARDENS

(We will lead an optional short run before breakfast: 3-5 mi.)

08:00 - Departure

14:00 - Half day free

Dinner on your own

After breakfast we will enjoy a guided tour of the Ethno botanical garden which was designed by Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo as an alternative to the government’s plan to develop the site into a luxury hotel and car park. Officially opened in 1998, the ethno botanic Located behind the Santo Domingo Cultural Center. The garden was originally part of the church grounds until it was occupied by the Mexican army and used as both a rubbish dump and shooting range. In 1994 the army was finally ousted and the site was excavated and developed according to Toledo’s plan.

The result is a beautiful garden that showcases the diverse range of flora that is native to Oaxaca, the most bio-diverse region in Mexico. Called an ethno botanical garden because of the focus on the relationship between the people and the plants, all the trees and plants featured in the garden are from Oaxaca and were specially brought in from other sites around the city. Each one has a story. There is a ‘rescue’ area where you can see agave and cactus that have been saved from development projects in other parts of Oaxaca, a collection of medicinal plants, and a variety of traditional foods.

The rest of the day you have free to go to museums, take a ride to the pottery or textile areas, cooking class etc.

DAY 08 | SAT, MAR 23, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Casa 6 Olas

Puerto Escondido Beach

OAXACA PUERTO ESCONDIDO BEACH

We will rise early to catch our 7am flight departure to the beach! Arrive at the lovely Olas 6 owned by our guide, Elsa’s family.

After arriving and settling in we will have time to walk the beach or sit by the pool. We will do sunset yoga overlooking the beach followed by a short meditation.

End the day with the beverage of your choice at the pool overlooking the beach.

DAY 09 | SUN, MAR 24, 2019

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Casa 6 Olas

Casa 6 Olas

PUERTO ESCONDIDO

We will arise and a light morning yoga flow class. After a refreshing yoga flow we’ll enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast of:

  • Sope- beans, fresh tomato salsa, cheese
  • Homemade coconut yogurt
  • Coconut water
  • Granola, honey

Have an afternoon surfing lesson.

We will end the day with an evening yoga vinyasa and meditation. Those that want to explore the town are welcome!

DAY 10 | MON, MAR 25, 2019

Breakfast

DEPART PUERTO ESCONDIDO

GOODBYE OAXACA STATE! Say goodbye to guide and group. After breakfast, we will Depart from Puerto Escondido at 1:40 pm. Arrival to Mexico City at 2:55 pm.

Trip Cost & Payment

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast. Check-in time is 3:00 PM and checkout time is 12:00 PM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
  • Leadership of a Kirchoff Fitness Adventure Travel Trip Leader
  • Private English speaking guides
  • Fitness guidance and prep for the trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Domestic Flight ticket (economy class - including all applicable taxes)

TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • International Flight
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels(surcharge if request)
  • Tips
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly recommend)

TRIP COST

$3,295 (10 members)

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: $2,695 (balance due)

CANCELLATION & TRANSFER FEE SCHEDULE

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 65% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Cancellation and transfer schedules for certain group trips, as well as cruises, private departures, extensions, and Special Events are often more strict. These exceptions are clearly indicated in the detailed itineraries for each of these trips.

Rates are based on group participation and no partial refunds will be given for unused trip arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Once you have been confirmed on a trip that requires a medical certificate signed by a doctor, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not sign the certificate. We highly recommend that
all clients purchase trip cancellation insurance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We will do everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, all travel involves some degree of risk and we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance for your adventure. Your insurance protection should include cover for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability.

GOVERNMENT TAXES & PARK FEES

Any increase in Tanzanian government taxes or park fees affecting the cost included in the adventure price will be passed through and paid for by the traveler. Any increase in the adventure price due to a government tax rate hike and park fees shall not be sufficient grounds for any refund of fees already paid for the adventure.

VISA

All travelers must have a valid passport with minimum 6 months validity. A visa to Tanzania can be purchased at any Tanzanian embassy prior to your adventure or at any entry point in Tanzania. Current price for U.S. nationals is $100 US.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We will do everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. We highly recommend coverage for medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance reimburses you for non-refundable payments should you need to cancel your trip due to a covered sickness or injury to yourself, a traveling companion, or family member, or for other unforeseen circumstances. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the traveler to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents and traveling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa. Kirchoff Fitness will take no responsibility for any costs for loss of personal luggage, money, and goods, medical expenses, theft, damage or cancellation or curtailment of the adventure. The traveler will be charged directly by the relevant service provider for any emergency services they may require.

ARRIVAL & MEETING PLACE

  • Oaxaca City, Mexico, El Diablo y la Sandia
  • Date: March 16, 2019
  • Suggested Arrival Airport
  • Oaxaca City

We will arrange one group pick up time at airport that is included in the base price of the tour. If coming in early or at a different time we can help arrange transport but will not be included in tour price. If you arrive early no problem, we will have your bags stored.

DEPARTURE

  • Mexico City
  • Date: March 25, 2019
  • Suggested Airport: Mexico City, Mexico
  • We will be arriving to Mexico from Puerto Escondido at 2:55pm so your outbound flight should be after 4pm.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

You are responsible for making your own arrangements flights to from Mexico. There are many online consolidators
for booking travel like kayak.com or expedia.com but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact George Moore at [email protected] He is very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the U.S. one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the U.S.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased,
please send us a copy of your airline schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

In Oaxaca your unique hotel El Diablo y la Sandia is conveniently located walking distance to the city center. When hiking in the Sierra Norte we will stay in mountain cabins. And at the beach in Puerto Escondido we are at Casa 6 Olas, a fabulous villa with a pool overlooking the beach.